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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 1: Comics Defined + The “Reluctant Reader” Ethos


Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 1: Comics Defined + The “Reluctant Reader” Ethos

Cathy G. Johnson


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

Episode 1: Introduction episode! Cathy + e talk about how comics have been defined throughout history, how + why comics were adopted into English classrooms, + the “reluctant reader” idea.

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Episode Citation (chronologically as mentioned in podcast):

  • Franny Howes - UFL

  • Rodolphe Töpffer - UFL + Dartmouth

  • Martin Sheridan, Colton Waugh + "The Yellow Kid" - Comics Vs. Art by Bart Beaty, full citation below.

  • Scott McCloud - Understanding Comics, HarperPerennial, 1994

  • Depression-era comics history - Petersen, R. S. (2011). Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels: A History of Graphic Narratives. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

  • Beaty, B. (2012). Comics Versus Art. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2012.

  • Maughan, S. (2016). Graphic Novels Surge in the Educational Market. Publishers Weekly, 263(34), 22.

  • L. Snyder, personal communication, January 20, 2017

  • Gallo, D. R. (2001). How Classics Create an Aliterate Society. The English Journal, 90(3), 33-39. doi:10.2307/821305

  • "Adolescent reading habits" - Knoester, M. (2009). Inquiry into urban adolescent independent reading habits: Can Gee’s theory of Discourses provide insight? Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(8), 676-85.

  • "14%" - Slater, D. (2016, September). The uncomfortable truth about children’s books. Mother Jones

  • Bishop, R. S. Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors. (Reprinted from Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom. Vo. 6, no. 3. Summer 1990.)

  • Tim Smyth, "Overcoming Obstacles," published in BookShelf magazine, issue #23, Summer 2017

  • Franny Howes quoted again (see above)

Further Reading:

  • Image&Narrative Vol 17, Number 4 Comics in Art/Art in Comics - Link