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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:15am - 10:35am
Representation, Discrimination, And Nerd Culture: Comic Books And The LGBTQ+ Community

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In academic research, comic books have the potential to tell us great deal about the social and cultural values of the United States. Comic books have historically, and continue to be, primarily published in the United States. This, paired with the fact that mass production of comic books has been occurring in the United States since the early 1990s, makes the relationship between comic books and the social culture of the United States inseparable. Therefore, representation of marginalized identities in comic books, such as those in the LGBTQ+ community, is a topic of social importance and concern. This project analyzes several comic books by independent publishers and mainstream publishers including DC Comics and Marvel to examine manifestations of homophobia, including homophobic portrayals of characters and homophobic tropes that play out in the storylines of said characters. Also to be addressed is the invisibility of different LGBTQ+ identities and the resulting consequences of lack of representation. In order to bring this scholarship into context with lived experiences, I will present on focus group research that was conducted at a regional comic book store where individuals interested in LGBTQ+ issues and comic books discussed their opinions and experiences with comic books.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:15am - 10:35am
206 Karpen Hall

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