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The Future of History

Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Authentic students of history recognize that what is past doesn’t just stand: it shifts and changes shape as interpreters armed with the present look back. And those same interpreters look back from a landscape shaped by that same set of events, circumstances and changes created by that history. […]

A Taste of Essentials


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Philosophy and comics are much more common bedfellows than might be expected; take, for instance, that philosophy was Art Spiegelman’s academic choice although his parents had promoted dentistry as a good choice. Margreet de Heer studied the life of the mind for years within academia, but presents the […]

Sound, Sight and Imagination

Inner Sanctum

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Ernie Colón’s transformation of a quartet of horror tales from the essentially aural to equally essentially visual suggests some interesting questions about how our minds meet and work with elements of story. Inner Sanctum was among the radio-broadcast “theaters” through which audiences could get doses of pleasing thrills […]

Careful Arrangements

Bubbles & Gondola

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: As experienced readers even in traditional print formats, we all know how the size of a page, the presence or lack of margins, font choice and color can be relevant to something beyond merely our enjoyment or comfort with reading.  These factors can also tinge how we judge […]

Anarchists all?

Sacco and Vanzetti

From graphic novel blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: This week’s gn reviews are both nonfiction providing facts as well as opinions about some iconic characters.  While sequential art can be a better or worse way of recounting straightforward biography, both science and trial law are particularly well suited to the medium. Throw in the fact that both […]