Education: Teaching Comics With a Straight Face

Courtesy of the Globe & Mail’s Campus Edition (a la the Comics Reporter), this article contains a very cursory look at some comics-related programs at three Canadian universities (in Newfoundland, Alberta and British Columbia). According to Vancouver English professor Marni Stanley, The University of Calgary’s Dr. Bart Beatty is “probably the most important comics person in Canada”.

When English professor Andrew Loman pitched a comics course during a job interview, the visibly unimpressed interviewer said, “Oh, that misogynist s**t.”

“I wasn’t offered the job,” said Loman, laughing. “I thought, ‘Well, I’ll never mention this in future job interviews.'”

This dismissive attitude was nothing new. In fact, Dr. Loman had sold his entire comics collection during his undergrad years so he could focus on the “canonic texts.”

“When I was living in Kingston and doing my graduate school, there were a couple of comic book stores in town, and I wouldn’t even go near them for fear of being polluted by association,” he said.

But times have changed, and Dr. Loman—who is trying desperately to rebuild his collection—now teaches Introduction to the Graphic Novel with Nancy Pedri at Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld.

Speaking of educators, I know a few people have linked to it on other sites, but earlier in the week, Wilfrid Laurier professor and author Jeffery Klaehn posted a revised version of the retailer round table discussion we linked to back on February 19th.