Tag Archives: comics


Rhizcomics and the Future of Scholarly Forms


Last week, the University of Michigan Press / Gayle Morris Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative launched the open access version of a new book by Jason Helms: Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition. The work (as shown above) takes full advantage of its born-digital composition, making use of images, animation, video, and annotation, and it defies a straightforward linear reading by including a range of asides and diversions (as well as a few intentionally intertwined ch…


Making Comics as Scholarship

For the last few years, I’ve been collaborating with Roger Whitson on editing Comics as Scholarship, a special issue for Digital Humanities Quarterly. The open-access issue is now available and may be of interest to anyone experimenting with alternatives to the monolithic scholarly essay. The collection includes six comics written and designed by scholars as ways to think about using comics to communicate as part of humanities discourse:


Weekend Reading: Groundhog Edition



Happy Friday ProfHackers!  earlier this week, Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow, thus predicting another six weeks of winter (to be clear, that’s not usually the answer we want–if he doesn’t see his shadow because it is overcast that day, winter will end sooner).

Phil’s prediction wasn’t the only bad news this week. Faculty and staff in the University of Wisconsin system are reeling from Governor Scott Walker’s announcement of a $300 million budget cut, despite efforts to the contrary. Not only…


Make Your Own Comic Strip: Using Bitstrips For Projects or Assignments

comicsYou might have noticed that one by one, your Facebook friends have been turned into comic strip characters. The culprit: the free and extremely addictive application Bitstrips, which allows you to quickly create comic strips without needing to know how to draw. With a few clicks of the mouse button, you can select from a wide range of hair, skin, eye colors, face and body shapes, and clothing to create a comic version of yourself. The Facebook Bitstrips application then allows you to quickly in…