Wrestling Graphic Novels: A Comics Grid Webinar with Anna Marta Marini and Jessica Fontaine

 Left image :© Jason Gonzalez, 2021. Right image: © Box Brown and Brandon Easton, 2015

Today! Our Comics Grid Webinar as part of International Open Access Week 2021.

Date:  Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Time: 4-5pm BST. Check your timezone here

Registration: Free. Please register here.

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On this fourth webinar co-hosted by Paula Clemente Vega (Open Library of Humanities) and Dr Ernesto Priego (editor, The Comics Grid; City, University of London) panelists Anna Marta Marini (Universidad de Alcalá) and Jessica Fontaine (McGill University) will discuss the following Comics Grid articles:

•  Marini, A.M., (2021) “Discursive (Re)Contruction of Mexican American Identity in J. Gonzo’s La Mano del Destino”, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 11(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/cg.211

• Fontaine J., (2017) “Illusion, Kayfabe, and Identity Performance in Box Brown and Brandon Easton’s Andre the Giant Graphic Biographies”, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 7(0), p.17. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/cg.96


Anna Marta Marini is a PhD fellow at Universidad de Alcalá (Instituto Franklin), where her main research project (in collaboration with the CISAN–UNAM) delves into the representations of border crossing and the “other side” in US popular culture. Her main research interests are: critical discourse analysis related to violence, discrimination, and state repression; the representation of borderlands and Mexican American heritage; the re/construction of identity and otherness in film and comics, particularly in the horror and (weird) western genres. She is currently the president of the PopMeC Association for US Popular Culture Studies. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8268-2516

Jessica Fontaine is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies with an Option in Gender and Women’s Studies at McGill University in Montréal. Her dissertation investigates the labor, affect, and performance practices of American and Canadian professional wrestling participants to examine how the industry operates as an affective economy that generates lived material and social effects. She has published in Space and Culture and her co-written chapter with Candida Rifkind, entitled “Indigeneity, Intermediality, and the Haunted Present of Will I See?”, appears in Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas Australasia (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5249-2607

Hosts: Paula Clemente Vega (Open Library of Humanities) and Dr Ernesto Priego (editor, The Comics Grid; City, University of London). They are both on Twitter, @Paula_C_Vega and @ernestopriego

The Comics Grid Webinar Series offers an online opportunity to chat live with authors about their articles published recently in the journal. Each episode focuses on two articles whose potential thematic and/or methodological interconnections can be explored and contrasted in order to stimulate scholarly discussion, collective learning and further research.  You can watch the previous webinars of the series, here.

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This announcement was originally published by Paula Clemente Vega at https://www.openlibhums.org/news/476/