I’ve finalized the reading list for my Fall 2009 course on graphic novels. This is the same super-sized class that I’ll be teaching with technologies that may help me preserve my student-centered pedagogy. The syllabus was especially hard to settle on, as there are so many compelling graphic novels worthy of inclusion. I had to make some tough choices: Neil Gaiman didn’t make it on, nor did Kyle Baker, Jessica Abel, Charles Burns, Rutu Modan, and a host of other possibilities. But what I’ve got is some great stuff, spanning genres, styles, and mood.
- Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
- Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
- Maus : A Survivor’s Tale : My Father Bleeds History/Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
- Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Uzumaki, Volume 1 by Junji Ito
- In My Darkest Hour by Wilfred Santiago
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
And here’s a more appropriately visual presentation of the same required texts, complete with pricing information.