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SDSU faculty regularly contribute to comics scholarship. Here are a few of our publications, presentations and creative projects.

*Listed in reverse chronological order*

Jarmakani, A. “Rendering Absence in the War on Terror: Molly Crabapple’s Sequential Art,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, vol 17, no. 1 (March 2021): 131-136.

Howard, Yetta. “How Do We Hear Sexual Fluids as Sonic Difference in Comix?” The Middle Spaces Seeing Sounds/Hearing Pictures roundtable, 18 April 2019.

Penrose, W. "The Unwanted Gaze? Feminism and the Reception of the Amazons in Wonder Woman*" EuGeStA, no. 9, 2019.

Jackson, P. San Diego State University’s Speculative Fiction Collections: A Growing Center for the Study of Popular Culture. Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, 5(1), Nov 2018, pp. 56-65.

Nericcio, W. “The Masked Man in the Mirror: Seven Panels in Search of an Enigma Named Zorro in the Age of Latinx Emergency,” Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 38:1, 2018. [Find the Full-text (SDSU Only)]

Howard, Yetta. “Unsuitable for Children? Adult-erated Age in Underground Graphic Narratives.American Literature 90.2 (June 2018): 283–313. Special issue, “Queer about Comics," edited by Darieck Scott and Ramzi Fawaz.

Nericcio, W. “The Picasso of the Rio Grande Valley (Wait, or is that Foucault?): Pondering the Wickedly Ciphered, Frontera-Inflected Paintings of Izel Vargas, Artist/Painter & Television Kidnap Victim,” in ASAP/Journal {The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP/Journal), is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press}, 2.1, 2017, 187-201.

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. Comics and the Modern Library Catalog: New Rules for Breaking the Rules. The Serials Librarian, Vol. 14, issue 3-4, 2016. Find Full–Text

Howard, Yetta. “Politically Incorrect, Visually Incorrect: Bitchy Butch’s Unapologetic Discrepancies in Lesbian Identity and Comic Art.” Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 45, no. 1, Feb. 2012, pp. 79–98.

Nericcio, W. "Watching Critics, Watching Journalists, Watching Sheriffs, Watching Pee Wee Herman Watch: The Extraordinary Case of the Saturday Morning Children's Show Celebrity Who Masturbated." Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 4, 2004, pp. 43-70.

Nericcio, W. “Autopsy of a Rat: Odd, Sundry Parables of Freddy Lopez, Speedy Gonzales, and Other Chicano/Latino Marionettes Prancing about Our First World Visual Emporium,” Camera Obscura, 37, Jan 1996), pp. 189-237

Nericcio, W. “Artif(r)acture: Virulent Pictures, Graphic Narrative and the Ideology of the Visual,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 28.4, Dec 1995, pp. 79-109.

*Listed in reverse chronological order*

Howard, Yetta. “Feminism” in Keywords for Comics Studies, edited by Ramzi Fawaz, Deborah Whaley, and Shelley Streeby (New York University Press, 2021). 97–101.

Howard, Yetta. “The Experimental Interiors of Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?” in The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In, edited by Janine Utell (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). 135–146. 

Aldama, Frederick Luis & William Anthony Nericcio. Talking #browntv: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen. The Ohio State University Press, 2019.

Howard, Yetta. "Politically Incorrect, Visually Incorrect," chapter on work by Roberta Gregory and Erika Lopez, 75 -101, in Ugly Differences: Queer Female Sexuality in the Underground (University of Illinois Press, 2018).

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. (2016). Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E.: Breaking Ground in Collaborative Pop Culture Curation. In Kristen Totleben and Lori Birrell (Ed.), Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships (pp. 101-112). Chicago: ACRL/ALA.

Nericcio, W. “A Latina/o Pop Quartet for the Ontologically Complex Smartphone Age: An Afterword,” in The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Pop Culture (New York: Routledge, 2016).

Nericcio, W. “Tex[t]-Mex, Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America, 2.0: A Diary Chronicling the Transmogrifying Metamorphosis of a Neurosis from Book to Museum and on to the Internet” in Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (Latino Pop Culture Series), edited by Frederick Aldama (Palgrave: New York, 2014), 91-109.

Nericcio, W. “Roland Barthes, Mojado, in Brownface: Chisme-laced Snapshots Documenting the Preposterous Claim that the Postmodern was Born Along the Borders of the Rio Grande River” in Performing in the United States Latina and Latino Borderlands, edited by Chela Sandoval, Peter J. García, & Arturo J. Aldama (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012), 165-91.

Nericcio, W. “How This Book Reads You: Looking Beyond New Horizons in the Analysis of World Narrative Fiction,” in New Horizons in the Analysis of World Narrative Fiction, Frederick Aldama, editor (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011), 269-276.

Nericcio, W. Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2007).

Nericcio, W. “Reading / Drawing / Screening / Being: Gilbert Hernandez's Visual Biography of Frida Kahlo” in Latina/o Popular Culture eds. Mary Romero, Michele Habell-Pallan and Jaime Cardenas (New York: New York University Press, 2002).

*Listed in reverse chronological order*

Jackson, P., Pollard, E., Nericcio, W., Kendricks, N. & Qashat, F. Comics@SDSU: Transforming Campus Collaboration. (xApr 2022). Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Annual Conference.

Stout, M., Heid, D., Miller, S., Naumann, J. & Tracy Edmunds. Teaching Comics Literacy. (xApr 2022). WonderCon 2022.

Thompson, J., Hatfield, C., Dooley, M. & Jackson, P. The Future of Days Past: Eisner Awards as Comics Historiography. (xApr 2022). WonderCon 2022.

Estrada, J., Jackson, P., Thompson, J., Nunez, A. And Now for Something Completely Different: Expanding the Comics Medium. (March 2022). Comic-Con Museum.

Stout, M., Gomez, B., Jennings, J. The Eye of Eisner: Looking at Us Through His Lens. (March 2022). Comic-Con Museum.

Stout, M. Words and Pictures Together: Using Will Eisner's Work and Other Comics in the Classroom. (March 2022). Comic-Con Museum.

Estrada, J., Jackson, P., Thompson, J., Nunez, A., & Jones, K. Eisner Judging Panel. (2021, Nov). Comic-Con International Special Edition. November 27, 2021.

Pollard, E., Jackson, P., Nericcio, W., Kenricks, N. & Qashat, F. (Nov 2021). Comics and Social Justice at SDSU. Comic Arts Conference at Comic-Con International Special Edition.

Gomez, B., Jackson, P., Pollard, E. & Smith, J. (Nov 2021). CBLDF: Civic Engagement and Comics. Comic-Con International Special Edition.

Katin, M., Pollard, E. & Jackson, P. (Nov 2021). Drawing Through Trauma: Holocaust Memory and Graphic Novels - Miriam Katin. Holocaust Living History Workshop, UC San Diego, Virtual.

Pollard, E., Rhett, M., Abrams, L., and Knoblach, K. (September 2021). "Punching Nazis: Fighting Fascism in Comics." Rose City Comic-Con.

Pollard, E., Lach, P. and Jackson, P. (August 2021). "Collaborating to Build a Digital Timeline of Social Justice in Comics at SDSU." Digital Pedagogy Institute.

Brown, A. (director and producer), Diggs, J., Hopkinson, N., Womack, Y., Gomez, J., Thomas, S., Howard, L. (July 2021). Afrofuturism: Black to the Future 4 (the Ladies). Comic-Con, International.

Pollard, E., Rhett, M., Abrams, L., and Knoblach, K. (February 2021). "Comics as / in / of / History," Michigan State University Comics Forum.

Pollard, E., Jackson P., P. Nunez, A., Rhett, M., Abrams, L., and Knoblach, K. (December 2020). "Comics, World History, and the Classroom," Under the Baobab session for the World History Association.

Pollard, E., Jackson, P. Nunez, A., Childers-Lopez, V. & Jarocki, Z. (2020, October). "One Book San Diego Book Club: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei." 2020 Virtual SDSU Family Week.

Hernandez, J., Barajas, H., Andes, S., Restrepo, L., Nericcio, W. (2020, Aug). "Creating Authentic Storyworlds: Latinx Representation in Comics." Virtual Mid City Micro-Con, Baton Rouge, LA.

Jackson, P., Barrette, M., Klemen, A., & Magbanua, E. (2020, March). "The Library Panel." San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Nericcio, W. Penrose, W., & Pollard, E. (2020, March). "Wonder Woman, Witches and the Feminine Mystique." San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P. (2020, March). "Collection Care and Preservation." San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Pollard, E. (2019, June). “From Magica de Spell to Wanda Maximoff: Exploring Witches in Comics,” at the Annual Meeting of the World History Association in Puerto Rico.

Howard, Yetta. Moderator and Panelist, “Holding Lines: Comics Confront AIDS” panel. Queers & Comics , School of Visual Arts, New York, NY | May 2019.

Pollard, E. (2019, April). “A Deep History of Witches in Popular Culture,” Keynote lecture for Witches Night at the San Diego Comic Con Museum.

Jackson, P., Nunez, A., Magbanua, E., Klemen, A. & Barrette, M. (2019, March). Graphic Novels In Libraries. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P., Bennett, A., Robbins, T., Estrada, J., Mars, L., Yeh, P. & Friedrich, M. (2019, March). Friends of Lulu: 1990s Feminism in Comics. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Pollard, E. (2019, February). “Projections of Fear: Cinematic Spell-casting and Witches’ Sabbaths in Global Perspective,” at the California, Northwest, Hawaii World History Association Meeting, UC, Berkeley.

Jackson, P. (2018, July). Comics and Critical Librarianship. Comic Arts Conference at Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P., Nericcio, W. & Dominguez, C. (2018, April). The Origin of Amatl Comics and Claudia Dominguez's More Than Money. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Howard, Yetta. “Listening to Sexualities of Difference in Underground Comix.” American Studies Association, Chicago, IL | November 2017.

Howard, Yetta. “Queering the Money Shot.” Chair, Queer and Trans Female Sexuality in Comics panel. Queers & Comics , California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA | April 2017

Jackson, P. & Culbertson, A. (2017, March). Freebies, Fanzines and Foam Chainsaw: Preserving Southern California Fan Culture. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Diego, CA.

Howard, Yetta. “The Pornographic Aesthetics of Fluidity in Comix.” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA | January 2017.

Jackson, P., Nunez, A., Flynn, A., Leitner, S., Mitchell, C. & Wynns, P. (2016, July). Making Comics Accessible for All . Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA.

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. (2016). New Modes of Popular Culture Curation, or, My Life As Concierge of a Comics Flop House. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle, WA.

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. (2015). NSFW: Sexually-Explicit Comics in Academic Libraries. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.

Howard, Yetta. “Teaching Queer Bodies and Sexualities with Alternative Comix.” Chair, Pedagogical and Theoretical Approaches to Queer Comics panel. Queers & Comics, CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY | May 2015

Jackson, P., Culbertson, A., Lapins, M., Stapko, K., Tumlin, M. & Weston, W. (2014). It's Alive!: Comics and the Arts Visibility Initiative at SDSU. Comic Arts Conference, Comic-Con, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P. & Culbertson, A. (2014, April). Embracing Graphic Content: Comics and Science Fiction in Academic Libraries. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Chicago, IL.

Jackson, P., Tumlin, M., Weston, W. & Culbertson, A. (2013, October). I Like My Books With Pictures: Comics in Academic Libraries, the SDSU Way. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P., Culbertson, A., Tumlin, M. & Weston, W. (2013, July). Preserving Comic-Con's Cultural History: The Richard Alf Collection and The Comic-Con Kids. Comic Arts Conference, Comic-Con, San Diego, CA.

Howard, Yetta. “Informal Contentions: Comix and Queer Nihilism.” Sites of Visual and Textual Innovation. International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Instituto Franklin, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain | November 2011.

E. Pollard and Jackson, P. Building A Comics And Social Justice Curriculum At SDSU. NEH's Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. $149,998.

Jackson, P. and E. Pollard. Building Capacity for Research and Teaching with Comics and Graphic Art. Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) Forum Grant. $149,305

Jackson, P. The Comic-Con Kids: Finding and Defining Fandom. Funded by Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Anson, April, et al. Against the Ecofascist Creep,  a comic and web resource for stemming the creep of ecofascist logic in our everyday lives (including the Marvel Universe!) April Anson is now Assistant Professor of English at University of Connecticut, [email protected] and

Brown, A. Straight Outta Freemanville, a comic inspired by the 1993 Black western film, Posse.

Kendricks, N. Comics Are Everywhere! is a feature-length documentary-in-progress exploring the pop-cultural intersection where alternative comics, animation and the Art World collide as seen through the eyes of of emerging artists JJ Villard and Danni Shinya Luo and established comic creators Daniel Clowes and Jaime Hernandez, among others.

2023 Da Quanisha Parks, "#EnvironmentalJustice.Now," Research Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice at SDSU Student Research Symposium
Faculty Mentor: Kishauna Soljour