Welcome to the Comics Syllabus podcast, where we read widely and we dig deep. Your host Paul, a literacy researcher and English teacher, introduces curious readers to a range of current and classic comics, and then engages in closer discussion and analysis of a certain title with comics critics, creators, scholars, and teachers.
(4:58) On this week’s Comics Syllabus podcast, Paul is honored to be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Coody (https://twitter.com/ecoody) of Sacred and Sequential (http://www.sacredandsequential.org/) for a General Ed segment to talk about how comics take on the Bible. Dr. Coody describes how a New Testament scholar ended up studying comics, and breaks down different ways that comics interface with the Bible. Check out the list of references at the bottom of this page for the titles they discuss.
(49:06) Then, after some announcements, Paul offers a reading of “Barrier” by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente from Panel Syndicate, available at http://panelsyndicate.com/ and recently completed in 2017. Paul talks about this pay-what-you-want web-based comic’s take on immigration, language, and fascinating violence.
Finally… a new segment! (1:48:55) The Discussion Section today features the long list of comics that Paul’s been reading. What are you reading? Let us know!
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IMAGES AND LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Images are from Panel Syndicate’s “Barrier” by Brian K. Vaughan (w), Marcos Martin (a), and Muntsa Vicente (c).
Just grab me a shovel. from issue 1
Sky inbetween. from issue 1
Deafening language. from issue 3
TEXTS MENTIONED BY DR. COODY:
Janice Capel Anderson, and Stephen D. Moore, eds. Mark and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008.
Steve Ross (w, a). Marked. New York: Seabury Church Publishing, 2005.
Frank Stack (w, a). The New Adventures of Jesus: The Second Coming. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2006.
Jack Chick tracts (cf. Martin Lund)
R. Crumb (w, a), The Book of Genesis Illustrated. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009
Grant Morrison (art), Frank Quitely (a) All-Star Superman (2 vols.) New York: DC, 2006-09. [Bonus: Samson, too!].)
Doug Mauss (w), Sergio Cariello (a). The Action Bible: God’s Redemptive Story. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2010.
Tim Seeley (w), Nate Bellegarde (p), Mike Norton (p), Mark Englert (i). Joseph Baker (i), Melissa S. Kaercher (i). Loaded Bible, Book I: The Jesus vs. Vampires Gospels. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2010.
Eric Peterson (w), and Ethan Nicolle (w,a), Jesus Christ: In the Name of the Gun. vol. 1: A Hollow Cost. [Unknown]: Bad Karma Productions, 2009.
Chester Brown, Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus. Prostitution and Religious Observance in the Bible. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2016.