Research teas are opportunities to share research in process, learn about library collections, get ideas for new research techniques, practices, and tools with the comfort of late afternoon tea and cookies.We are having our final research tea of the fall semester on Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Van Pelt Library, on the first floor Collaborative Classroom. This week the topic for our tea is Picturing the Past and Present: Political Cartoons, Comics, and Graphic Novels. Besides the promised tea and cookies, John Pollack and Lynne Farrington will join us to share gems from the libraries Special Collections including a few newly acquired items. We’ll also have examples from our circulating research collections and ideas for identifying and locating materials in our collections and beyond.
Comics and Graphic novels have established themselves as important genres for creative and historical writing—evidenced by two spring semester courses being offered through Penn’s English Department.
Making Comics, English 122.301, taught by JC Cloutier and Rob Berry, “will expose students to the unique language of visual storytelling popularly referred to as ‘comics’ or ‘graphic novels.’” Word and Picture, Creating Comics in Prose and Verse, English 122.302, taught by Lawrence Abbott, you will have the opportunity “explore the reaches of this multimodal art form and make your own comics,” investigating the poetics of word and picture in the process. You can take a look at the full descriptions for these courses here: http://writing.upenn.edu/cw/courses16a.php#122.301
Get a head start! Explore our Penn collections, share your ideas, and take a little time to relax as the semester draws to a close.
Everyone is invited!