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A New Type of Color Line

My original intention when I started blogging was to create a space to collect ideas and flush out concepts. I try to incorporate current events and new ideas into my thinking about ongoing concerns. Case in point, the President had his first "State of Union Address" this week. Once again, the hidden racial context of the President's term in office came to the forefront. MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews suggested he "forgot the President is black," for an hour. The implication that he needed to forgot the President's color is full of questions about the problematic way he sees the President the other 23 hours in the day.

Matthews suggested the President was "post-racial" using language white people have used to get to a idea that the President is fulfilling the United States' destiny as place where everyone is treated equally regardless of race. While you can see this in many places, this is blog about comics, so..........

Obama has been d…

Action and Re-Action

I'll admit it, here in cyberspace.....I'm a little frustrated. You know that Thomas Donaldson, William Svitavaky and I have pulled together a collection of essay based on a both a conference panel presentation and a targeted call for papers. The collection, dubbed Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men is less lit crit in approach than much of what is written about comics, but more interdisciplinary than a standard history. The latest feedback from prospective publisher talk about how much they like it, but it was really the lit crit approach they favor. Other publishers have talked about the market not being right for a "collection" versus single author manuscript. Of course, there also have been statement that basically equal out to, "You didn't write what I would have written...." The problem here is that any day of the week I can walk into a bookstore or turn on the news and see something about a new book that looks stupid. Wow, that felt good...yes stup…