What is the course about?
The one day course looks at race and LGBQT representation spanning over a 100 years of comics and graphic novels.
Bobby Joseph is the comic book author of cult classics Skank Magazine, Black Eye and is the author of the critically-acclaimed Scotland Yardie graphic novel. His comic work was featured in the 'Anarchy in the UK' comic exhibition at the British Library. The piece, 'Co-Co Nutts' was viewed by over 60,000 visitors during the summer of 2015. He is a vocal advocate for diversity in comic books. He has appeared in documentaries and has done talks about diversity in comics on BBC Radio, BBC London News, Radio 4’s The Today show, The Lakes Comics Festival, and Amnesty International.
What will we cover?
The course will look at race and LGBQT representation from the early 1900s through to the controversial war comics of the 1940s. The course will look at the mass appeal of superheroes of the 1960s to the present. This course will also look at the negatives and positives of representation to understand how diversity has shaped the modern imagination.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- To understand the true history of representation in comics.
- To understand the motives of comic book creators from different eras.
- To understand why representation matters.
- To understand why diversity matters.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to be able to read and write English
- You need to be able to have a certain level of sightedness as the course works partly with material that is only
- The level is open to all comers, from amateurs to professionals. Enthusiasm for the medium is the key
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will include short lectures and group and individual work in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen, paper and notebook.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for othe Literature courses under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk.