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Wrestling Graphic Novels: A Comics Grid Webinar with Anna Marta Marini and Jessica Fontaine

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On this fourth webinar co-hosted by Paula Clemente Vega (Open Library of Humanities) and Dr Ernesto Priego (editor, The Comics Grid; City, University of London) panelists Anna Marta Marini (Universidad de Alcalá) and Jessica Fontaine (McGill University) will discuss the following Comics Grid articles:

• Marini, A.M., (2021) “Discursive (Re)Contruction of Mexican American Identity in J. Gonzo's La Mano del Destino”, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 11(1). doi:

• Fontaine J., (2017) “Illusion, Kayfabe, and Identity Performance in Box Brown and Brandon Easton’s Andre the Giant Graphic Biographies”, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 7(0), p.17. doi:

The Comics Grid Webinar Series offers an online opportunity to chat live with authors about their articles published recently in the journal. Each episode focuses on two articles whose potential thematic and/or methodological interconnections can be explored and contrasted in order to stimulate scholarly discussion, collective learning and further research. You can watch the previous webinars of the series, here.

This event is organised by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.

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  • Anna Marta Marini -

    Anna Marta Marini is a PhD fellow at Universidad de Alcalá (Instituto Franklin), where her main research project (in collaboration with the CISAN–UNAM) delves into the representations of border crossing and the “other side” in US popular culture. Her main research interests are: critical discourse analysis related to violence, discrimination, and state repression; the representation of borderlands and Mexican American heritage; the re/construction of identity and otherness in film and comics, particularly in the horror and (weird) western genres. She is currently the president of the PopMeC Association for US Popular Culture Studies.

  • Jessica Fontaine -

    Jessica Fontaine is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies with an Option in Gender and Women's Studies at McGill University in Montréal. Her dissertation investigates the labor, affect, and performance practices of American and Canadian professional wrestling participants to examine how the industry operates as an affective economy that generates lived material and social effects. She has published in Space and Culture and her co-written chapter with Candida Rifkind, entitled “Indigeneity, Intermediality, and the Haunted Present of Will I See?”, appears in Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas Australasia (University Press of Mississippi, 2020).