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rEading Group


The “Other” Great Comics

This reading group is an introduction to comics without Maus, without Persepolis or Watchmen. Instead, we’ll be reading the great works that are easy to miss but nonetheless represent the very best of the last thirty years in comics. We’ll read comics from across genres: from radical superhero stories like Truth: Red White & Black and The Shadow Hero to powerful works of nonfiction like Nat Turner. Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is the exception to our rule against the most “famous-y” famous comics, but his book is a great first step to making a savvy reader. In this group we’ll be privileging women and creators of color. Perfect for first-time readers and grizzled fans alike.


This book group will be moderated by University of Chicago PhD student Zoë Smith


Reading List:

Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud

Darkroom, Lila Quintero Weaver

Nat Turner, Kyle Baker

Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley

Bitch Planet, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

Truth: Red White & Black, Robert Morales and Kyle Baker

Shadow Hero: Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals, George Pérez, Greg Potter, and Len Wein