Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Comics Studies at the University of Florida

In the last few years, the University of Florida has become a magnet for graduate studies in comic art. When you know that pioneering scholar Dr. Don Ault teaches there, this information isn't terribly surprising. Don's scholarly interests range from William Blake to Carl Barks, the "Good Duck Artist" who is best known for bringing life to Scrooge McDuck in Disney comic books. (Here's one of Don's articles, encompassing both Blake and Barks!) Florida also hosts a yearly conference on comics and now hosts the Comics Scholars' Discussion List.

Don is quoted today in an article on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln library's new comics collection, where he briefly discusses the growth of comics scholarship. He also drops this tidbit about comics studies in his own backyard:
[T]he University of Florida has more students applying for post-graduate work in comic books than any other field this year.
This statistic is great news for the field, and is a tribute to all of the hard work and dedication put forth by Don and his host of graduate students.

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Blogger dj sciz said...

I agree that this is dynamite news. Also, I read in Luis Bunuel's autobiography that Lacan's wife was the most beautiful woman Bunuel had ever seen.
--Your friend Beth Davies, resolved to become your fifth reader, seasoned purveyor of irrelevance.

11/16/2005 8:01 PM  
Blogger Gene K. said...

Thanks, Beth! Five whole readers - now for Everest: double-digits!

11/20/2005 10:05 AM  
Blogger Ghormax said...

I think comics are truly worth more academic research. Carl Barks has contributed a lot to the American cultural heritage and he should be recognized for that!

11/23/2005 4:26 PM  
Blogger Gene K. said...

Sorry for the delay, Ghormax - I'm very far behind on my blogging, but I plan to catch-up a bit this weekend.

Folks, Ghormax knows of what he speaks - check out his massive "Carl Barks - His Life and Work" website. Thanks for the visit!

12/03/2005 11:05 AM  

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