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Graphic Justice: A Comics Grid Webinar with Johanna Commins and Dr Neal Curtis

Venue: Online

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On this webinar hosted by Paula Clemente Vega (Open Library of Humanities) and moderated by Dr Thomas Giddens (University of Dundee), authors Johanna Commins (University of Melbourne) and Dr Neal Curtis (University of Auckland) will discuss the following Comics Grid articles:

Commins, J., (2021) “Composing the Handmaid: From Graphic Novel to Protest Icon”, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 11(1). doi:

Curtis, N., (2017) “Doom’s Law: Spaces of Sovereignty in Marvel’s Secret Wars”, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 7, p.9. doi:

Participants are strongly encouraged to read both articles in preparation for the webinar.  

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.

This event is organised by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, diamond 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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  • Johanna Commins -

    Johanna Commins is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School and a member of the Institute of International Law and the Humanities. Her professional background is in refugee law and her current research is in law and literature, broadly defined. Her thesis reads Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, as a feminist jurisprudential text and uses it and its various iterations to think about relations between law, literature and women.

  • Neal Curtis -

    Dr Neal Curtis is Associate Professor in Media and Screen at the University of Auckland. His recent books include Sovereignty and Superheroes (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Hate in Precarious Times: Mobilizing Anxiety from the Alt-Right to Brexit (I. B. Tauris, 2021). He is currently working on a book project for University Press of Mississippi entitled Comics and Communication: Graphic Storytelling from Activism to Science.

  • Thomas Giddens -

    The live discussion will be moderated by Dr Thomas Giddens. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, founder of the Graphic Justice Research Alliance and the co-editor of the Comics Grid "Graphic Justice" Special Collection.