various covers and panels from Latinx and social justice comics

ECL 568 - Chicanx Comix: Community, Storytelling, and Social Justice

When it comes to the history of comics, comic books, editorial cartooning, and animation in the United States in the 20th and 21st century, the chapter dedicated to works by Americans of Mexican descent (Chicanos/as/x) would be enormous. Examining pathbreaking works by Los Bros. Hernandez, (Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario), Lalo Alcaraz, Gus Arriola, Sergio Aragon├ęs, Kayden Phoenix, and others, Chicanx Comix treats advanced undergraduates and/or graduate students to broad array of styles, genres, media and more.

Course Materials


About the Course Designer


A first-generation citizen of the Ivory Tower, William Nericcio was born in Laredo, Texas, and educated at the University of Texas, Austin, and Cornell University, where he completed his Comparative Literature Ph.D. at the age of 26. Now the Director of MALAS, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Program, Nericcio also serves as Professor of English and works on the faculties of Chicana/o Studies & Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. 

Nericcio's signature book Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America, appeared with the UTexas Press (2007). His next books were on playwright Oliver Mayer's works, The Hurt Business (2008) and Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California (2009). Nericcio's #BrownTV: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen (2019), co-authored with Frederick Aldama, appeared with Ohio State University Press. He also co-edited Cultural Studies in the Digital Age (2020) for Hyperbole Books.

Read Bill's blog post about the course.