I’m a Professor of English at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois and I live in Chicago. I earned my Ph.D. in English with a concentration in African American Literature and early African American film at the University of Connecticut in 2004. I’ve been a proud Harper Hawk since 2008, and I currently serve as one of the Associate Editors for Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, published by the Ohio State University Press.
Under the “My Essays” tab, I’ve included links to my articles in various academic and nonacademic journals, magazines, and websites. The University Press of Mississippi published my first book, Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, in December 2016. UPM issued the paperback edition in February of 2019! I’m currently editing the collection The Other 1980s: Reframing Comics’ Crucial Decade with my colleague Brannon Costello.
I think of this blog as a commonplace book where I take notes about comics or books or ideas that I’m thinking about. I hope you find something you like.
Here are a few of my favorite essays, both here and elsewhere, if you’d like a place to start. If it sits behind a paywall and you can’t get access, just email me:
“Bodies, Transfigurations, and Bloodlust in Edie Fake’s Graphic Novel Gaylord Phoenix.” Journal of Medical Humanities, Volume 34, Issue 2 (2013). 301-313.
“Brass City: Notes on Jane Fonda’s Stanley & Iris” (from Bright Wall/Dark Room Issue #13, June 2014)
From 2014-2016, I served as a Member at Large of the transitional Executive Board of the Comics Studies Society, a new academic organization devoted to the study of all sorts of graphic narratives. You can read more about the origins of the CSS at the ICAF Facebook page or at Tom Spurgeon’s site.
I had a great time talking comics with Tom in this interview at The Comics Reporter.
You can reach me at brianwcremins AT gmail DOT com.
Thank you for reading!