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MemberA. David Lewis

…MLA, AAR, PCA/ACA, Comics Studies Society…

Dr. A. David Lewis is a college educator and comics studies scholar, most recently co-editing Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation with Martin Lund. He is also the co-editor of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels as well as Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age. Dr. Lewis also serves on the board of NuDay Syria and has expanded his work to include the field of Graphic Medicine, specifically the representation of cancer in comics narratives.

MemberVictoria Addis

My current research examines the concept of ecomasculinity in contemporary fiction. My broader research interests include ecocriticism, gender/masculinity studies, comics studies, and transatlantic nature writing/environmental literature (1800-present). I am the recipient of the 2017 British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS) Postgraduate Essay Prize, the 2018 British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Essay Prize, and the 2019 Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ) Postgraduate Essay Prize.

MemberJohn Edward Martin

…UNT Comics Studies Blog

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I am a scholarly communication librarian and a collection development liaison for the departments of English, Communication Studies, and Technical Communication at the University of North Texas Libraries.  I work on scholarly publishing, scholarly impact, open access, open textbooks, journal hosting, information literacy, and digital scholarship initiatives.  I also hold a doctorate in American literature and have scholarly interests in American Romanticism, gothic & horror fiction and film, poetry, religion & literature, comics studies, and literary pedagogy. I’ve published scholarly work on Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, H.P. Lovecraft, and the pedagogy of horror, as well as other professional writing on scholarly communication, information literacy, and comics studies. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Digital Frontiers, a community of makers and users of digital resources for the humanities.

MemberDr. Carlos Acosta-Ponce

My name is Carlos D. Acosta-Ponce and I was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and raised in the nearby township of Hormigueros. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English, as well as a Master’s degree in English Education from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. I also hold a Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, where I am currently a doctoral candidate working on my dissertation titled Identity, Oppression, and Upheaval in the British Invasion: The Comics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Peter Milligan, and Jamie Delano. My research interests are comprehensive and are rooted in the intersections between literature, popular culture and media. My expertise is in Contemporary American Literature and Transatlantic Modernism with an emphasis in graphic literature, comic studies, and media studies. I am also interested in cultural studies, literary theory and criticism, film studies and theory, video game studies,gender studies, digital humanities, and pedagogy. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation on depictions of minoritized social identity categories in British Invader comics from the late 1980s. My ultimate career objective is to obtain a tenure-track position at a leading research university. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, video games, and music.

MemberAndrew Godfrey-Meers

Dr Andrew Godfrey-Meers is a recently completed PhD researcher in English and Comic Studies at the University of Dundee, and was the principal organiser of the 7th International Comics & Medicine conference (theme Stages & Pages) in Dundee in 2016. His research focuses on representations of disability, illness, and medical treatment in the interdisciplinary field and genre of Graphic Medicine. Using ritual, myth, and quest as theoretical tools he explores the tension between transformative and subversive representations of  illness and disability in works of Graphic Medicine as well as in the field itself-particularly its potential reinforcement of individualistic medical models. He was a monthly contributor to the Columbia University’s health humanities blog Synapsis between 2017 and 2018, has peer-reviewed articles for the Journal of Comics and Graphic Novels, and was the postgraduate secretary for the humanities between 2012 and 2013, as well as being on the organising committee for the 2013 postgraduate humanities conference. He has previously self-published comics about his experiences with the chronic illness Cystic Fibrosis, as well as collaborative comics on mental health with Emma Jeramie, under the name Sicker Than Thou. His current research interests include but are not limited to:

  • Examining the limitations of empathy in Graphic Medicine and the Medical Humanities (particularly from a disability perspective)
  • Examining the link between his lived experience of Cystic Fibrosis and wider issues and concepts from disability studies and disability activism

MemberJustin Wigard

Justin Wigard (“Why-Guard”) is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, where he works with and teaches popular culture, game studies, comic studies, children’s literature, and digital humanities in the literature classroom.   His work covers a wide range of subjects, including the Hallmark Channel’s Garage Sale Mystery film series; professional wrestling and Street Fighter; chronotopal representations of feminism in Marvel’s Jessica Jones; the visual rhetoric of dinosaurs in Calvin and Hobbes; monstrous motherhood in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline; and digital visualizations of early-Modern Mughal biographies.   Justin’s dissertation, Level 101: A Video Game About Video Games, focuses on utilizing, and developing, video games as learning tools within the classroom.