SDSU faculty regularly contribute to comics scholarship. Here are a few of our publications, presentations and creative projects.

Journal Articles

*Listed in reverse chronological order*

Jarmakani, A. “Rendering Absence in the War on Terror: Molly Crabapple’s Sequential Art,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, vol 17, no. 1 (March 2021): 131-136.

Penrose, W. “The Unwanted Gaze? Feminism and the Reception of the Amazons in Wonder Woman*EuGeStA, no. 9, 2019.

Jackson, P. San Diego State University’s Speculative Fiction Collections: A Growing Center for the Study of Popular Culture. Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, 5(1), Nov 2018, pp. 56-65.

Nericcio, W. “The Masked Man in the Mirror: Seven Panels in Search of an Enigma Named Zorro in the Age of Latinx Emergency,” Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 38:1, 2018. [Find the Full-text (SDSU Only)]

Howard, Yetta. “Unsuitable for Children? Adult-Erated Age in Underground Graphic Narratives.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography, vol. 90, no. 2, June 2018, pp. 283–313.

Nericcio, W. “The Picasso of the Rio Grande Valley (Wait, or is that Foucault?): Pondering the Wickedly Ciphered, Frontera-Inflected Paintings of Izel Vargas, Artist/Painter & Television Kidnap Victim,” in ASAP/Journal {The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP/Journal), is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press}, 2.1, 2017, 187-201.

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. Comics and the Modern Library Catalog: New Rules for Breaking the Rules. The Serials Librarian, Vol. 14, issue 3-4, 2016. Find Full–Text

Howard, Yetta. “Politically Incorrect, Visually Incorrect: Bitchy Butch’s Unapologetic Discrepancies in Lesbian Identity and Comic Art.” Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 45, no. 1, Feb. 2012, pp. 79–98.

Nericcio, W. “Watching Critics, Watching Journalists, Watching Sheriffs, Watching Pee Wee Herman Watch: The Extraordinary Case of the Saturday Morning Children’s Show Celebrity Who Masturbated.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 4, 2004, pp. 43-70.

Nericcio, W. “Autopsy of a Rat: Odd, Sundry Parables of Freddy Lopez, Speedy Gonzales, and Other Chicano/Latino Marionettes Prancing about Our First World Visual Emporium,” Camera Obscura, 37, Jan 1996), pp. 189-237

Nericcio, W. “Artif(r)acture: Virulent Pictures, Graphic Narrative and the Ideology of the Visual,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 28.4, Dec 1995, pp. 79-109.

Books and Book Chapters

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Howard, Yetta. (2021x). “Feminism” in Keywords for Comics Studies edited by Ramzi Fawaz, Deborah Whaley and Shelley Streeby (NYU Press: New York, 2021x), TBD.

Aldama, Frederick Luis & William Anthony Nericcio. Talking #browntv: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen. The Ohio State University Press, 2019.

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. (2016). Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E.: Breaking Ground in Collaborative Pop Culture Curation. In Kristen Totleben and Lori Birrell (Ed.), Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships (pp. 101-112). Chicago: ACRL/ALA.

Nericcio, W. “A Latina/o Pop Quartet for the Ontologically Complex Smartphone Age: An Afterword,” in The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Pop Culture (New York: Routledge, 2016).

Nericcio, W. “Tex[t]-Mex, Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America, 2.0: A Diary Chronicling the Transmogrifying Metamorphosis of a Neurosis from Book to Museum and on to the Internet” in Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (Latino Pop Culture Series), edited by Frederick Aldama (Palgrave: New York, 2014), 91-109.

Nericcio, W. “Roland Barthes, Mojado, in Brownface: Chisme-laced Snapshots Documenting the Preposterous Claim that the Postmodern was Born Along the Borders of the Rio Grande River” in Performing in the United States Latina and Latino Borderlands, edited by Chela Sandoval, Peter J. García, & Arturo J. Aldama (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012), 165-91.

Nericcio, W. “How This Book Reads You: Looking Beyond New Horizons in the Analysis of World Narrative Fiction,” in New Horizons in the Analysis of World Narrative Fiction, Frederick Aldama, editor (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011), 269-276.

Nericcio, W. Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2007).

Nericcio, W. “Reading / Drawing / Screening / Being: Gilbert Hernandez’s Visual Biography of Frida Kahlo” in Latina/o Popular Culture eds. Mary Romero, Michele Habell-Pallan and Jaime Cardenas (New York: New York University Press, 2002).


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Pollard, E., Rhett, M., Abrams, L., and Knoblach, K. (February 2021). “Comics as / in / of / History,” Michigan State University Comics Forum.

Pollard, E., Jackson P., P. Nunez, A., Rhett, M., Abrams, L., and Knoblach, K. (December 2020). “Comics, World History, and the Classroom,” Under the Baobab session for the World History Association.

Pollard, E., Jackson, P. Nunez, A., Childers-Lopez, V. & Jarocki, Z. (2020, October). “One Book San Diego Book Club: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.” 2020 Virtual SDSU Family Week.

Hernandez, J., Barajas, H., Andes, S., Restrepo, L., Nericcio, W. (2020, Aug). “Creating Authentic Storyworlds: Latinx Representation in Comics.” Virtual Mid City Micro-Con, Baton Rouge, LA.

Jackson, P., Barrette, M., Klemen, A., & Magbanua, E. (2020, March). “The Library Panel.” San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Nericcio, W. Penrose, W., & Pollard, E. (2020, March). “Wonder Woman, Witches and the Feminine Mystique.” San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P. (2020, March). “Collection Care and Preservation.” San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Pollard, E. (2019, June). “From Magica de Spell to Wanda Maximoff: Exploring Witches in Comics,” at the Annual Meeting of the World History Association in Puerto Rico.

Pollard, E. (2019, April). “A Deep History of Witches in Popular Culture,” Keynote lecture for Witches Night at the San Diego Comic Con Museum.

Jackson, P., Nunez, A., Magbanua, E., Klemen, A. & Barrette, M. (2019, March). Graphic Novels In Libraries. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P., Bennett, A., Robbins, T., Estrada, J., Mars, L., Yeh, P. & Friedrich, M. (2019, March). Friends of Lulu: 1990s Feminism in Comics. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Pollard, E. (2019, February). “Projections of Fear: Cinematic Spell-casting and Witches’ Sabbaths in Global Perspective,” at the California, Northwest, Hawaii World History Association Meeting, UC, Berkeley.

Jackson, P. (2018, July). Comics and Critical Librarianship. Comic Arts Conference at Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P., Nericcio, W. & Dominguez, C. (2018, April). The Origin of Amatl Comics and Claudia Dominguez’s More Than Money. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P. & Culbertson, A. (2017, March). Freebies, Fanzines and Foam Chainsaw: Preserving Southern California Fan Culture. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P., Nunez, A., Flynn, A., Leitner, S., Mitchell, C. & Wynns, P. (2016, July). Making Comics Accessible for All . Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA.

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. (2016). New Modes of Popular Culture Curation, or, My Life As Concierge of a Comics Flop House. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle, WA.

Culbertson, A. & Jackson, P. (2015). NSFW: Sexually-Explicit Comics in Academic Libraries. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.

Jackson, P., Culbertson, A., Lapins, M., Stapko, K., Tumlin, M. & Weston, W. (2014). It’s Alive!: Comics and the Arts Visibility Initiative at SDSU. Comic Arts Conference, Comic-Con, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P. & Culbertson, A. (2014, April). Embracing Graphic Content: Comics and Science Fiction in Academic Libraries. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Chicago, IL.

Jackson, P., Tumlin, M., Weston, W. & Culbertson, A. (2013, October). I Like My Books With Pictures: Comics in Academic Libraries, the SDSU Way. San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, CA.

Jackson, P., Culbertson, A., Tumlin, M. & Weston, W. (2013, July). Preserving Comic-Con’s Cultural History: The Richard Alf Collection and The Comic-Con Kids. Comic Arts Conference, Comic-Con, San Diego, CA.

Grant Projects

Jackson, P. The Comic-Con Kids: Finding and Defining Fandom. Funded by Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Creative Work (i.e. comics, films etc)

Brown, A. Straight Outta Freemanville, a comic inspired by the 1993 Black western film, Posse.

Kendricks, N. Comics Are Everywhere!is a feature-length documentary-in-progress exploring the pop-cultural intersection where alternative comics, animation and the Art World collide as seen through the eyes of of emerging artists JJ Villard and Danni Shinya Luo and established comic creators Daniel Clowes and Jaime Hernandez, among others.