session 6

The History of American Comic Books

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville
Registration Deadline: February 22
Class Limit: 48

Graphic storytelling and comic books in the United States have matured in recent decades with such monumental works as Maus by Art Spiegelman, The Watchmen by Alan Moore, and The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. Beginning as cheap entertainment for children and adolescents in the 1930s, comic books have spawned a rich, modern American mythology—especially through tales of superheroes—but also including other genres such as science fiction, horror, romance, and mystery. This course will explore the ages of comic book history, the impact of significant creators, and the industry's influence on American popular culture.

INSTRUCTOR: Jerry Harrington graduated from Cornell College in 1977 with degrees in English and political science and from the University of Iowa in 1981 with a master's degree in history. He has worked at several newspapers and three public relations agencies. He recently retired as public relations manager for DuPont Pioneer.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.

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