A History of Queer Comix with Valentino Zullo
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A History of Queer Comix
Comics is queer, existing outside of the boundaries of art and literature, the medium challenges conceptions of storytelling. For decades comics circulated stories about lived experience otherwise silenced in popular media as the lives of LGBTQ people were drawn, preserved and distributed in a form that was often overlooked as childish or silly. These so-called silly objects, though, created an archive of history for queer people. From the early underground comix to the popular superheroes Batwoman, Iceman and America, this lecture considers the history of queer comics and characters. Together we will explore questions of representation, and the many ways that queerness intersects with other identities.
Bio: Valentino L. Zullo is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Kent State University and licensed social worker practicing as a Maternal Depression Therapist at Ohio Guidestone. He is the former Ohio Center for the Book Scholar-in-Residence at Cleveland Public Library where he continues to lead the Get Graphic program. He is American Editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and has published articles in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Asylum: A Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry, and the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.