116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Comics and Graphic Narratives

Session Chair: 
Sam Johnson, Wenatchee Valley College
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 235


  1. Brett Driben, Boston University
    To date, there has been an over-attention to the gutter the space of formal experimentation. This paper analyzes the positional and cause-and-effect cues that structure time within a single comics panel. In One! Hundred! Demons!, Barry uses speech bubbles to manipulate narrative sequence within the panel to perform the drawn-out temporal strain of the Bush v. Gore Election. Barry integrates the trauma of the unresolved delay into the reading experience, making the reader integral to her performance.
  2. Bart Hulley, University of Lorraine
    English editions of Franco-Belgian albums often reveal how faithful, foreignizing translation strategies can impair character voice and orality when read. Given that “Dialogue in comics is more or less equivalent to dialogue written for the stage” (Groensteen 2015) should translation strategies be reoriented towards the reader as a performer of the text?
  3. Elizabeth Kubek, Gustavus Adolphus College
    Four contemporary comics are analyzed as using different visual and narrative approaches to remap images of disability, not as alternative identities for heroic characters but as liminal identities, granting access to alternative worlds and sources of truth.  
Session Cancelled: