|Dr. Gene Kannenberg,
Above: Lecturing at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's exhibit "Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art," 27 June 2003. Here I'm discussing the work of Michael Ray Charles.
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Spring 2006: Dr. Kannenberg is no longer on the faculty of UHD. You may visit him on the web at the addresses above.
Item! November 2005: In the Will Eisner tribute issue of Comic Book Artist magazine, I am proud to be listed as "Special Contributing Editor."
Item! September 2005: I'm very proud that two extracts from my dissertation have been published in the gorgeous, oversized collector's volume Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays!
Item! September 2005: Along with Nicole Freim, I am serving as co-chair of the Comic Art & Comics area of the Popular Association (conference April 12-16 2006, Atlanta).
Item! Fall 2005: I'm unable to teach this semster and cannot hold office hours. If you would like to contact me, please do so via e-mail.
Item! Spring 2005: I'm unable to teach this semster and cannot hold office hours. If you would like to contact me, please do so via e-mail.
tem! 1/05: Information posted on my Spring 2005 graduate course "Visual Design."
Item! 11/04: Information posted on my Spring 2005 course "Comics & Visual Literature."
Item! 09/04: I am quoted throughout "From Pulp to Pulitzer: How the Underground Comic Found its Way to the Mainstream," an article in the August 29, 2004 Houston Chronicle by book review editor Fritz Lanham.
Item! 01/04: Unabashed plug: Read Pelzmantel, a fairy-tale-based novel by my wife, K.A. Laity.
Item! 11/03: In answer to requests about the history of comics scholarship, I've begun to compile a list of Comics-Related Dissertations and Theses.
Item! 10/03: I spoke at UC Berkeley's "Childhood: A World History" conference, Oct. 10-11, marking the publication of Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society. (I wrote the entries on "Comic Books" and "Tintin & Hergé.")
Item! 9/03: The above photo (in glorious black-and-white) appears in the Fall 2003 issue of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's newsletter.
Item! 8/03: I was interviewed for two stories in the August 14, 2003 issue of This Week Newspaper in Ohio, one on Ohio State University's Lucy Caswell, Director of OSU's Cartoon Research Library, and one on editorial cartoons. Read the text.
Item! 6/03: The Chronicle of Higher Education printed my letter to the editor, concering comics scholarship, in its June 27, 2003 issue.
|I received my Ph.D. in English at the University of Connecticut in 2002.
My dissertation, "Form, Function, Fiction: Text and Image in the
Comics Narratives of Winsor McCay, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware,"
discusses the work of three cartoonists whose careers mark touchpoints
in the transformation of
the comic strip from popular, disposable entertainment to enduring
artistic achievement. (Read
the abstract of my
dissertation, with information on where much of it already has seen
print; or order
a copy from
UMI.) My interest lies in the formal and rhetorical
comic art, as well as in comics history and comics scholarship.
Professional Activites: For several years (1997-2000) I served on the Executive Committee of the International Comic Arts Festival (1999-2000 as Chair); during various academic years ('00-'01, '01-'02, and '05-'06) I have served as Chair of the Comic Art & Comics Area of the Popular Culture Association; for four years (1997-2000) I served as the initial moderator of the Comics Scholars Discussion List; and I'm on the board of the International Journal of Comic Art. People interested in publishing articles on comic art might be interested in my "Illustrations or Quotations?: Permission & Rights for Publishing Comics Scholarship." For a full list of my academic activites, see my Curriculum Vitae. You can also visit my ongoing project, The Comics Scholarship Annotated Bibliographies.
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