No, no, it will never end!
Actually, Graphic Novels and Academic Acceptance was one of the panels that I didn’t catch and desperately wanted to. It was at the same time as another panel I needed to catch, and so when Dean Haspiel passed along this link to the Wednesday’s Child blog and this excellent recap of the panel, I was thrilled to read it.
This passage in particular caught my eye, but I urge you to read the whole thing.
One person commented that when he teaches comics he uses them as a pedagogical tool. For example, he makes his students read Watchmen, which in turn prepares them to read Plato; it teaches them the way they SHOULD read. Comics can teach you how to see the world in different ways, yet its really easily accessible to a lot of people. This was an interesting point to me, because first it implies that the way one reads comics is the “correct” way to read. If this statement is true its a pretty big step in the right direction for comics as far as academic acceptance, though I suspect its a bit of a stretch. Secondly, it presupposes that comics are so accessible, yet I’m not completely sure that’s the case either. Just the idea of it as niche culture, as it is in our society today, creates a sort of inaccessibility that the average person may find frightening.
As a somewhat overeducated comics fan myself, and a huge supporter of teaching comics, I find all of this fascinating, and I really wish I’d been able to catch the panel. Still, this blog captured so well the feeling of being there–so thanks, Paul!