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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 7: Violence in Comics + How It Affects Us


Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 7: Violence in Comics + How It Affects Us

Cathy G. Johnson

Artwork by e jackson.

Artwork by e jackson.

Drawing a Dialogue is a podcast discussing comics in historical + educational contexts by Cathy G. Johnson and e remus jackson.

Episode 7: Cathy + e examine the aesthetics of violence, its depictions in comics, + look at research on how media violence affects its viewers. e examines the ways comics are uniquely suited to depict traumatic memories + violent acts; Cathy talks about the ways the art classroom can address school violence.

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Episode Citation (chronologically as mentioned in podcast):

  • Episode 4 of Drawing a Dialogue to recap our Fredric Wertham discussion - Link

  • Jonathan Gaboury (2011) - ImageTexT

  • Gail Simone - Women in Refrigerators

  • Margaret Ervin Bruder (2001) - Indiana University

  • Hajdu, D. (2008). The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. New York: Picador.

  • Schott, G. (2016). Violent Games: Rules, Realism and Effect. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

  • "music senate hearing" - Wikipedia

  • "video game senate hearing" - Wikipedia, YouTube

  • "film" (correction: rather than a senate hearing, the codes were brought about after a Supreme Court ruling) - Wikipedia

  • Hillary Chute (2010) - Columbia University Press

  • Hillary Chute (2016) - Harvard University Press

  • Spiegelman, A. Maus. New York: Pantheon Books.

  • Lewis, J., Aydin, A., Powell, N., & Walton, L. (2016). March. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.

  • Susan Sontag (2003) - Picador

  • Freedman, J. L. (2013). Media Violence and Its Effect on Aggression : Assessing the Scientific Evidence. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division.

  • "films + blood" (correction: this history is more nuanced than Cathy makes it out to be, check out this article by Nick Lucchesi - Link)

  • Violence in the Media page on the American Psychological Association (APA) website - Link

  • Alia-Klein, N., Wang, G., Preston-Campbell, R. N., Moeller, S. J., Parvaz, M. A., Zhu, W., & ... Volkow, N. D. (2014). Reactions to Media Violence: It’s in the Brain of the Beholder. Plos ONE, 9(9), 1-10. (correction: aggressive participants in this study were chosen through self-reporting of "physical fights" in the past year, and were in the 75th percentile of the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire.)

  • O'Dea, J. (2015). Media and Violence: Does McLuhan Provide a Connection?. Educational Theory, 65(4), 405-421.

  • Smith, P. (2000). Violence and Art Education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Art Education Association (Los Angeles, CA, March 30-April 4, 2000).

  • Heise, D. d. (2014). Steeling and Resilience in Art Education. Art Education, 67(3), 26-30.


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