AboutJustin 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.
EducationPhD, English, MSU (2016-Present)
MA, English: CL/YA Concentration, Central Michigan University (2015)
BA, English: CL/YA Concentration, Central Michigan University (2013)
Work Shared in CORE
Book Reviews (Published)
- Meaningful Play Proceedings 2018 (2019): Eds. Rabinda Ratan, Brian Winn, and Elizabeth LaPenseé. Published by ETC Press.
- “‘Once Uploaded, This Cannot Be Undone:’ Osmotic Studios’ Orwell as Dystopian Simulation of Participatory Surveillance.”
- The Artistry of Neil Gaiman: Finding Light in the Shadows (2019): Eds. Joseph Michael Sommers and Kyle Eveleth; published by University Press of Mississippi.
- “‘Evil Witch! I’m Not Scared!’: Monstrous Visualizations of the Other Mother in Multimodal Adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s”
- Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle (2019): Eds. CarrieLynn Reinhard and Christopher Olson; published by Routledge.
- “Ultimate! Atomic! Buster!: Street Fighter Video Games as Professional Wrestling Convergence” Co-written with Ted Troxell.
- Jessica Jones, Scarred Superhero: Essays on Gender, Trauma, and Addiction in the Netflix Series (2018): Eds. Tim Rayborn and Abigail Keyes; published by McFarland & Co.
- “Is that real or is it just in my head?” “Both”: Chronotopal representations of Patriarchal Villainy and the Feminist Antihero in Marvel’s Jessica Jones
- Arrow and Superhero Television: Essays on Themes and Characters of the Series (2017); Eds. Jim Iaccino, Myc Wiatrowski, Cory Barker. published by McFarland & Co.
- “Guess what I majored in. Hint, not the secretarial arts!”: Sexism, Heroism, and Morality in The CW’s Arrow and DC Comics’ Green Arrow,” Co-Written with Katherine E. Whaley
- The Ascendance of Harley Quinn: Essays on DC’s Enigmatic Villain (2017); Eds. Shelly Barba and Joy M. Perrin. published by McFarland & Co.
- “Harlequin, Nurse, Street Tough: The Visual Evolution from Traditional Harlequin to Sexualized Villain to Subversive Antihero”
- Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman (2016): Eds. Joseph Michael Sommers and Kyle Eveleth; published by Salem House
- “Biographical Sketch of Neil Gaiman”
- “We have an obligation to imagine” – Critical Reception of the Work of Neil Gaiman,” co-written with Kyle Eveleth.
- Critical Insights: The American Comic Book (2014): Ed. Joseph Michael Sommers; published by Salem House
- “Waiting for Wonder Woman: The Problematic History of Comic Book Women and Their Cinematic Doubles,” Co-Written with Katherine E. Whaley
- The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
- 29.3 (2018): Stephen King’s Modern Macabre: Essays on the Later Works. by Patrick McAleer and Michael A. Perry
- 27.2 (2016): Adventure Time & Philosophy. ed. by Nicolas Michaud
- The Lion & The Unicorn,
- 38.3; September 2014 “(Re)Imagining the World: Children’s Literature’s Response to Changing Times. ed. by Yan Wu, Kerry Mallan, and Roderick McGillis”
- First Opinions/Second Reactions: Purdue University;
- May 2013 “Second Reaction: Academically Adrift in the World—Pedagogical Applications of Ichiro.”