The Satire Lounge, named after a landmark watering hole in my hometown, Denver, CO, is a site where I will be posting links to my comic book scholarship.

Feb 28, 2009: Presentation on Canon Formation in Comics. Organizer A. David Lewis posed the question of whether comics remain fan-driven or whether the comics canon has become the province of academics. I responded with a presentation arguing that comic book artists play a vital role in canon formation through visual references made to earlier works. The script is posted as a .pdf, and the accompanying slideshow can be accessed here. You may need to make your window larger to see the slideshow controls, located beneath the slides.

April 10, 2010: Presentation on the Übermensch in the work of Alan Moore. Organizer Joshua Cohen of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design proposed a panel focusing on dystopian and apocalyptic graphic novels, under the title “Images of Prophecy.” I responded with a presentation exploring a recurrent pattern in Moore’s work, in which something like a biblical apocalypse is ushered in by an individual who pointedly steps outside the limits of the prevailing moral system: and Übermensch, to use Nietzsche’s term. The script is posted as a .pdf, and the accompanying slideshow can be accessed here. You may need to make your window larger to see the slideshow controls, located beneath the slides.