Art for action! Comics for change! In what ways does art show us the world around us, our history, and who we are? Using comic books and contemporary media from a diversity of cultures, we will explore the ways in which artists and authors tell our personal and social narratives. You will step into the artists’ shoes to create our own artistic cultural and personal stories in comic book form.
Deep Dive FIG: Please note this FIG contains an intermediate course at the 300-level. This course has been vetted by First Year Programs to ensure first-term students can achieve success. The instructor will be available to assist students along the way.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:
UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit
ENG 280 Introduction to Comic Studies - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
Introduction to the art of comics and the methodologies of comic studies. Covers a range of comic texts from the early 1900s to the present. You will be exposed to a spectrum of comic-art forms (the newspaper strip, the comic book, the graphic novel) and a variety of modes and genres. You will also be asked to read several examples of contemporary comics scholarship.
ASIA 399 Special Studies - Elective satisfying course, Applies to overall degree, 1-5 Credits
Japanese fashions, games, manga, anime, toys, music, and more have spread worldwide and have created a new form of national superpower. Anime has played an important role in international events like the Olympics; anime fan cons are held around the world and attract tens of thousands of people. What makes Japanese popular culture so fascinating? We will look at how various kinds of people have used Japanese popular culture to form communities, make statements about gender and identity, and to overturn cultural stereotypes. We will analyze how Japanese popular culture both “belongs” to Japan and has become an “international “culture, linking people around the world.