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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 21: Labor + Capitalism in Comics


Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 21: Labor + Capitalism in Comics

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 + e remus jackson.

Episode 21: Happy May Day! Cathy + e talk about labor and comics. They begin by defining what capitalism and commodification is. e goes over the history of attempts by cartoonists to unionize, then Cathy discusses theory about why we should make art as a community. We are stronger together!

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Episode Links:

  • Felluga, Dino. "Terms Used by Marxism." Introductory Guide to Critical Theory, 2019 - Purdue U

  • “Intelligentsia” - Wiki

  • Of Comics and Men, Jean-Paul Gabilliet, Bart Beaty, and Nick Nguyen, 2009 - University of Mississippi

  • Demanding Respect: The Evolution of the American Comic Book, Paul Lopes, 2009 - Temple University

  • Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels: a History of Graphic Narratives, Robert S. Petersen, 2011 - ABC-CLIO

  • Comics from the Underground: Publishing Revolutionary Comic Books in the 1960s and Early 1970s, 2019, Päivi Arffman - Link

  • “Creator ownership in comics” - Wiki

  • “Creator’s Bill of Rights” - Wiki

  • Bill of Rights for Comics Creators - Scott McCloud’s website

  • Arvatov, Boris. Art and Production. Pluto Press, 2017.

  • Tavin, K. M. (2003). Wrestling with Angels, Searching for Ghosts: Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Visual Culture. Studies in Art Education, 44(3), 197–213.

  • Graphic Artists Guild - Link

  • Teaching Artists Guild - Link


Letters to the Editor

  • Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 12: History of Racism + Physiognomy in Cartooning - Link

  • Nicholas Sammond, 2015, Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation - Duke University Press

  • Radiator Comics - Link (Since the time of our recording, Neil has fully funded! Yay!)

What are we reading?

  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada

  • Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

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