- Gian’s favorite scholarly topic!
- A blog telling the story of 3 Comics Studies Scholars rewatching the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Video: Chainsmokers and Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
- Video: “What is it to be a hero?”
- “It’s the choices that make us who we are. And we can always choose to do what’s right” (Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man)
- This video captures perfectly why we need to teach about superheroes: To encourage our students, and ourselves, to act heroically whenever we the opportunity comes our way; to choose to do good whenever and however we can
- Graphic Novels in the ESL Classroom
- Developed by Tyler Glodjo
Comics Studies Scholarship
- Comic Book Citation Samples
- Comics Studies Texts & Graphic Novels
- The Comics Studies Society
- Comics Studies
- Comix-Scholars Listserv
- The Center for Cartoon Studies
- The History of Comic Books
- How to Cite Comic Books and Graphic Novels!
- Dr. Pagnucci’s basic guide for citing comics in APA, Chicago, and MLA Style
- The Term “Origin Story”
- Dr. Pagnucci’s claim to fame: He is cited on wikipedia as an expert on superhero origin stories
- Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA)
- Batman (Dr. Pagnucci is also cited on Wikipedia under the “Batman” entry)
- Will Eisner Comic Book Award History
Comics Studies Dissertations
- A few of the doctoral students Gian worked with who wrote dissetations dealing with comics:
- Burke, Brian P. (2012). Using comic books and graphic novels to improve and facilitate community college students’ literacy.
- Helvie, Forrest C. (2013). Capes and the canon: Comic book superheroes and canonical American literature.
- Romagnoli, Alex S. (2013). Comics in the classroom: A pedagogical exploration of college English teachers using graphic novels.
- Stainbrook, Eric J. (2003). Reading Comics: A Theoretical Analysis of Textuality and Discourse in the Comics Medium.
- Zimmerly, Stephen M. (2016). The sidekick comes of age: Tracing the growth of secondary characters in young adult literature.
- O’Connell, Shevaun Donelli. (2015). Harry Potter and the order of the metatext: A study of nonfiction fan compositions and disciplinary writing. (This dissertation is not on comics, but it is related to popular culture.)
Video: Free the Superheroes–Tales of Censorship, Comic Books, and the First Amendment (Or, There’s Always Someone Trying to Take Over Our World)
Comics Studies Web Resources
Comic Book News
Comic Book Companies & Publishing
- Dark Horse Comics
- DC Comics (publishers of the characters Superman, Batman, & Wonder Woman)
- Marvel Comics (publishers of the characters Spider-Man, the Hulk, & the X-Men)
Comic Book Conferences, Conventions, and Events
- Awesome Con DC (Washington, DC in April)
- Free Comic Book Day (1st Saturday in May)
- Fourth Annual University of Florida Comics Conference
- SteelCityCon (Pittsburgh, PA)
Comic Book Downloads/Reproductions
- Comic Book Plus
- The Digital Comic Museum
- Superdickery (site contains many comic book covers and a light-hearted history of comic books)
- Vertigo Comics First Issue Classics (free downloads from DC Comics)
Comic Book Stores
- Capital City Comics (Madison, WI; The first comic shop Dr. Pagnucci ever visited)
- Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
- ComicConnect (online comic auctions)
- Infinity Comics & More (in Monroeville, PA)
- Midtown Comics (in New York City)
- Mile High Comics (in Denver, CO)
- Westfield Comics (in Madison, WI)
Comic Book Terminology
Comic Book Writers
Miscellaneous Comic Book Information