Classes Start Soon

This weekend Christina Blanch sent out the reading list for her five week online course, “Gender Through Comics”. It’s a helluva reading list too.

It’s peppered with all sorts of high-level talent and comic classics, both new and old. The first week takes a look at the works of Terry Moore, featuring the first two volumes of “Strangers in Paradise”. From there the course examines various superhero books, taking a look at three different takes on Marvel’s Ms. Marvel, as well as Daredevil, Superman and others. The last week focuses on Brian K. Vaughan and two of his works “Y: The Last Man” and “Saga”. Best of all, each of the books is on sale on the Comixology website, keeping the cost reasonable. There are some additional readings as well, all with links in the syllabus for free.

Full comics reading list below:

Week One – What is Gender?
“Strangers in Paradise” vol. 1
“Strangers in Paradise” vol. 2
“Rachel Rising” #1

Week Two – Gender and Culture
“Superman: Birthright”
“Action Comics” #1
“Action Comics” #267

Week Three – Who is Producing Comic Culture?
“Captain Marvel” #1-7
“Ms. Marvel” vol. 1 #1
“Ms. Marvel” vol. 2 #1
“Daredevil” vol. 4 #1

Week Four – Femininity
“Secret Six” vol. 2 #1-7
“Wonder Woman” vol. 1 #1
“Wonder Woman” #7 (New52)
“Birds of Prey” #56

Week Five – Masculinity
“Batman” #0 (New52)
“Swamp Thing” #0 (New52)

Week Six – Gendered Spaces and Consuming Comics
“Y: The Last Man” #1-6
“Saga” #1

It’s not too late to sign up either. The class won’t start until next Monday, April 2nd. Check out the page and consider giving it a try.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a review of the first week of class and some thoughts on what’s being done. I hope some of you will have your own opinions to share (and maybe some notes from class).


About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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