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Notes on Contributors

Frederick Luis Aldama

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University where he is also Director of the Latino Studies Program and Latino & Latin American Studies Space for Enrichment and Research (L.A.S.E.R). He is the editor of five collections of essays and author of seven books, including Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros. Hernandez (2009) and Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle (2010). He has five books forthcoming in 2013. He is editor of the series “Contemporary Latino Cultural Figures” (OSU Press), co-edits the series “Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture” (University of Texas Press), and sits on the boards of journals such as Narrative and the Journal of Narrative Theory as well as the “Americas” book series with Texas Tech University Press.

James Bucky Carter

James Bucky Carter studies the intersection of comics and literacy. He has published multiple book chapters and articles on the subject and is the editor of Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel (NCTE, 2007), Rationales for Teaching Graphic Novels (Maupin House, 2010), and SANEjournal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education. He co-published Super-Powered Word Study with Erik Evensen (Maupin House, 2011). Currently he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English Education at Washington State University in Pullman.

Jennifer Glaser

Jennifer Glaser is assistant professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. She has published or has publications forthcoming in a variety of venues, including PMLAMELUSSafundiLiterature CompassEarly American Literature, the New York Times, and an anthology of essays from Random House. She is currently completing a manuscript on Jews, race, and American exceptionalism in postwar American literature.

Christopher González

Christopher González is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Commerce where he teaches 20th- and 21st-century literatures of the United States. He is currently at work on two book projects. The first is a contribution to the “Contemporary Latino Authors and Directors” series (Ohio State UP) on the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Junot Díaz. The second is a monograph exploring the works of Gilbert Hernandez, the Latino alternative comics artist. He also serves as the managing editor of Philip Roth Studies, and has recently published or has forthcoming essays on the comics artist Wilfred Santiago, filmmakers Alex Rivera and Robert Rodriguez, and novelists Philip Roth and Jonathan Lethem. Along with Frederick Luis Aldama, González is co-author of the forthcoming Latinos in the End Zone: Conversations on the Brown Color Line in the NFL (Palgrave).

Patrick L. Hamilton

Patrick L. Hamilton is an associate professor of English at Misericordia University where he teaches and studies Chicano/a and American Ethnic literature, American literature, and popular culture, particularly the workings of race in superhero comic books and narrative in the work of Los Bros Hernandez. His book Of Space & Mind: Cognitive Mappings of Contemporary Chicano/a Fiction was published in 2011 by the University of Texas Press. Currently, he is co-writing (with history professor Allan Austin) a  book-length critical history of race in superhero comics from World War II to the present.

Andrew J. Kunka

Andrew J. Kunka is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter. He is also the co-host and co-editor of The Comics Alternative podcast and blog ( He is co-editor, with Michele K. Troy, of May Sinclair: Moving towards the Modern (Ashgate Press, 2006) and a contributor to and editorial board member of Greenwood Press’s Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels (2010). His essay “Intertextuality and the Historical Graphic Narrative: Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner and the Styron Controversy” appears in the 2011 special issue of College Literature on “Visual Narratives.” He has presented papers on Will Eisner, Kyle Baker, Gene Luen Yang, and racial caricatures in American comics at various national and international conferences. Currently, he is at work on a book-length manuscript about racial caricatures in American comic books. He is also a member of The Bureau Chiefs, creators behind the parody of writing guide, Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide to Writing (Three Rivers Press, 2011).

Jesse Molesworth

Jesse Molesworth is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University and the author of Chance and the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Realism, Probability, Magic (Cambridge UP, 2010), awarded Honorable Mention in the Perkins Prize competition. The current essay on Gilbert Hernandez comes from a larger study examining comics and graphic narrative through the lens of media theory.

F. Vance Neill

F. Vance Neill earned his doctorate degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (RCTE) after earning a master’s degree in English literature, specializing in medieval literature. His research interest is imagetext rhetoric, which includes the rhetoric of comics. He has presented on the rhetoric of comics at the Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. He currently is an independent scholar and has another article on the interface rhetoric of Shakespeare comics for ImageTexT.

Christopher Pizzino

Christopher Pizzino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Georgia, where he teaches comics, theory of the novel, contemporary US literature, and science fiction. Previous publications have appeared in ELNExtrapolation, and Postmodern Culture. He is currently at work on a book entitled Arrested Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature.

Derek Parker Royal

Derek Parker Royal is the founder and executive editor of Philip Roth Studies, as well as the co-host and co-editor of The Comics Alternative podcast and blog ( His books include Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author (Praeger, 2005), Philip Roth’s American Pastoral (Atlante, 2011, co-authored with Patrick Badonnel and Daniel Royot), Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative (Purdue University Press, 2011), and upcoming books from Purdue University Press: Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Essays on Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels, and from the University Press of Mississippi: The Hernandez Brothers: Conversations and Coloring America: Multi-Ethnic Engagements in Recent Comics. He has guest edited eight different special issues of journals, covering topics such as Philip Roth’s later novels, contemporary Jewish narrative, multi-ethnic comics, superheroes and gender, politics and comics, and Woody Allen’s post-1990 films. His essays on American literature, comics, and film have appeared in a variety of edited book collections and scholarly journals.

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