Discussing the Themes and Formats in the Book On Comics and Grief

Sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Recorded on 04/10/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 373

On Comics and Grief book cover

In the second episode of this four-part series, Dale Jacobs, author of On Comics and Grief, dives deeper into the structure and making of his title, a creative nonfiction work that blends memories of his late mother with analysis of comics published in 1976. First, he explains his thought process behind selecting a wide variety of publishers and comics to research, extending beyond the superhero genre to include war, romance, fantasy, kids, and teen comics. Further, he highlights the business and marketing strategies comic book publishers employed in 1976 that reflect the changing demand and publishing landscape. Finally, he chats about the March and September chapters in the book, the latter’s unique format allowing him to contemplate the common practice in academia of turning conference papers into research papers.


About the guest:

Dale Jacobs headshot

Dr. Dale Jacobs
Professor, English
University of Windsor

Dale Jacobs is the author of Graphic Encounters: Comics and the Sponsorship of Multimodal Literacy (2013) and the co-author (with Heidi LM Jacobs) of 100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer (2021). His essays on comics have appeared in journals such as InksEnglish JournalCCCBiography, and Studies in Comics. He lives in Windsor, Ontario.


Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the rest of the series:


Check out our previous series with Wilfrid Laurier University Press:
– The Contemporary Leonard Cohen
– Creative Disruption in Scholarship
– Performing Female Blackness
– Canadian Poetry Today
– Animal Studies, Postcolonial Literature, and Multispecies Modernity


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