21st Century Comics, Photography,
Cinema, and Cultural Studies
T/Th 11-12:15 GMCS 333; Professor William Nericcio
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uckle your seatbelts and order up some eye-protection -- this is NOT your grandfather's "Comics and History" class! Our Fall 2022 experimental comix extravaganza will emerge out of the twisted corridors of something called I/Eyegasm as we explore the deliciously and outrageously twisted psyches, minds, and visions of outrageous women and men in some of the most exotic and eye-opening comix, film, sequential art, photography, and cultural analysis this side of the planet. Our focus (pardon the pun) will be both the "I" and the "Eye"-"I," the name we give to our complex consciousness and "Eye," the name of the organ that dominates us in the digital age. Between Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and more, our eyes have never been more saturated, never more filled with stimulus.
Our class will both study and (even possibly) reinforce our shared 21st century electro existential experiences where the mesh of our minds with computer screens, smartphones, and television screens comes to saturate our consciousness. The books and movies and pictures and videos we will experience this term will open our eyes to brave new worlds. But these works are not without their tricks, not without their surprises, and the fractured souls they flaunt before our eyes will test our intellect, imagination, and, most deeply, our emotions--they may even tattoo our psyche! Works to include artist/authors like Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Hernandez, Emil Ferris, Robert Crumb, Marjane Satrapi and more. Open to all majors and minors with no prior expertise with comics or literature anticipated or expected.
his is a university-level
course in comics, literature, film, art, and the
internet--as it is thematically focused on issues of
representation, subjectivity, psychology, and sexuality,
it should not come as a shock that students in the class
may, from time to time, encounter characters, ideas,
situations, images, language, and scenarios that make
WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY! The antithesis of a place of worship, the flipside of a space dedicated to faith and belief, the university is a site of questioning--a sacred space of critical thinking, skepticism, cynicism and irony. So open your eyes, jump-start your mind, and prepare to enter the choppy corridors of the always already evolving world of comics and history.
Our Fall 2022 Lineup of Required Books
THE BOOKS APPEAR IN ROUGHLY THE ORDER WE WILL BE READING THEM IN CLASS DURING THE SEMESTER...
Click each cover below the Aztec Shops Link to see the correct print edition of all the books we are studying together this semester! Should you buy print editions or digital editions -- the University may well recommend that you go the digital route.What about pirated pdfs? In the digital age, anything goes. Bottom line? You are welcome to pursue what you see fit, but, despite the expense, nothing beats working with the best, printed edition of the book. Last question: should you rent or buy? That is up to you! But remember, your personal bookshelf is like a mirror of the journey of your psyche--a snapshot of the evolution of your imagination.
Empty bookshelf? = Erased intellectual legacy
|Day to Day
of Nifty Assignments
|Passport, aka The Laws of I/Eyegasmlandia|
Engl 157: Comics &
A Description of How Your Work
Will Be Evaluated in #eyegasm22
This section of your online syllabus documents how your work will be evaluated Fall 2022. Here you will find all the little gates, cages, locks, statutes, ordinances, edicts, and formulas that allow our innovative comics and history collective to thrive.
Let me underscore that you have absolute intellectual freedom in our seminar, BUT to receive these awesome rights, you must also follow the serious but reasonable responsibilities outlined on this part of your syllabus.
After all, we want to have a great time, to be the best literature/cultural studies class on the West Coast, even! Take that USC! Eat my dust UCLA! And it will be easier to achieve this semester as they, like us, are online all the time!
But to do that, we need room for intellectual play--a safe asylum within which to forge our comics-laced, history-filled wanderlust. So, then, read these laws carefully and thoroughly, so when you enter our palace of comics, GMCS 333 on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, you will know what to expect!
RULE 1 BOOKS_BOOKS_BOOKS
BUY THE BOOKS AND READ
THEM--DON'T COME TO SEMINAR WITHOUT YOUR BOOK! Though we very much adore
living in the 21st century, we will, for the most
part use ANALOG, printed books in this class. So
check out each one and buy them now!
PASSPORT RULE 2 READ_READ_READ!
When you enter this room for
class you will have completed the reading that appears
on the day-to-day class calendar, aka the Daily Lineup!
Please note the word "finished" (not "started," not
"skimmed," not "glanced," and most decidedly NOT "I
read the Cliffs/Sparks Notes and a review of the
damned thing online!"). Coming to a university
literature/film/cultural studies class without
doing the reading is like a gardener trying to raise
roses without getting her/his hands filthy with shit,
a surgeon trying to operate without a scalpel, a
fireman without her/his ax, a prostitute without ...,
... er, ... well, I better stop there -- you get the
gist of it.
Do them twice if
you can MAKE the time! I know, you are saying to
yourself, "they don't make me read in my other
classes" or some other sort of nonsense... well here,
you must! Think twice about joining us online if you
have not finished the readings--the quality of our
class depends upon your dedicated work and your
relentless and independent curiosity. Without your
periodic intellectual donations, the class is likely
to evolve into a boring, even painful waste of
Your laptop will
be asleep IN YOUR BAGS during class--or, better
yet, resting in your dorm room or apartment.
Have you noticed
how anytime a student uses a laptop in an auditorium
there is a "cone of distraction" alongside and
behind the student using a computer?
This is usually due to said student surfing the web via wi-fi perusing erotic delights or god knows what. I was recently at a cool (ok, it was slightly boring, I confess) lecture by a noted writer--as I tried to listen to her, in front of me, a diverted student (attending the lecture, no doubt, for extra-credit) was perusing sites like these (nsfw or school). So, laptops are GREAT for entering your notes AFTER class, but they will not be allowed in our lecture hall. If you have an issue with this, schedule a meeting with me during office hours to chat the first week of class.PASSPORT RULE 4 PARALYZE
Your beloved magnificent
iPhone, your cherished Galaxy, your fetishized
Pixel, or even your
primordial pager will be off, off, OFF during
class meetings; if for some reason you are expecting
an emergency call, set it on VIBRATE (for privacy,
pleasure, or both!) and sit in the back near an exit
after letting me know in advance before class that
you are expecting an emergency phone-call.
Cellphones KILL collective spaces of learning with
their ill-timed, annoying clattering rings, bongs,
squeaks, chirps, and themes.
Yes, the trauma of that delayed text, yes, the horror of that missed hook-up call, yes, the loss of the buzz of that random Tinder swipe will no doubt doom you to years and years on an psychoanalyst's couch, but we, the rest of us, will gain some silence, a kind of sanctuary without which ideas wither on the vine. We are NOT joking about this unthinkable edict! Don't end up like this former student from another Engl 301 I taught back in the day:
PASSPORT RULE 5 Charlie-Delta_Thief
is for cads, thieves, and idiots who desire an "F" for
Plagiarism comes from the Latin word, "plagiarius"
which means kidnapper, plunderer, or (get this!)
thief--not a GOOD thing.
In the university, plagiarism refers to the art and crime of presenting other people's work under your own signature, aka cutting and pasting copied crap from Wikipedia--definitely a BAD thing. While your professor is forbidden by CSU/SDSU code from tattooing the word LOSER on the foreheads of guilty students, he can promise that felonious students will be remanded to the state-authorized SDSU executioners. Read THIS as well--SDSU is SERIOUS about this shit, so don't take any chances! Rely on your own singular mind and imagination!
Major Course Requirements
QUIZZES & ATTENDANCE
to class for each seminar session is NOT optional--the whole point
of this class is to work together, the idea being
that we creatively and magicly convert our classroom
into a chaotic, unpredictable, and exciting
Missing class, you miss, as well, the whole point of the adventure.
So please bypass
no more than three classes during the semester--you
are responsible for any work/notes you miss when you
are absent and can PRESUME
that what you missed that day was important! If
you miss MORE than three classes during the term and
your grade will decay in an ugly way. EXAMPLES: your
hard-earned A- will morph into a B-; your "gentleman's
C" will appear on the webportal as a "D," etc. etc.
Ditching this class too often will be as fun as a case
of flesh-eating virus. While attendance was not really
an issue last year during the beginnings of the COVID
crisis, it will be this fall as we all go into this
semester with eyes open.
semester, you can expect several In-class
Panic-Inducing Challenges otherwise known as CHECK-YOU-DID-THE-READING
QUIZZES. You can expect these miserable
quizzes from time to time, the number of quizzes
depending on how many of you are nostalgic for high
school. In other words, if everyone acts like a
talented university student, we will enjoy FEW if any
quizzes during our semester.
DIGITAL/VIRTUAL CONTRIBUTIONS (Voluntary NOT Mandatory)
Our main social media site for this
class, Facebook-based, is located here. If you are a member
of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s mad virus-like
experiment in digitized narcissim, then you are
expected to post class-related links, images, videos,
articles, etc at least ONCE a month or 5 total for the
whole semester. If you have not bought into
Zuckerberg’s mad experiment and stay away from
Facebook like the plague, you have a second
choice--you can directly submit a posting to the #eyegasm22 tumblr page--anonymous
submissions are allowed here for those of your who
don't want Edward Snowden peering in your digital
You can also
contribute to your own instagram hashtag#, which
goes by the catchy designation #eyegasm22. If Facebook,
Tumblr, and Instagram remain alien to your
consciousness, you can send your suggested
links/images/videos to me via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org; I don’t promise that I will post
ALL of your materials but I will try, however, to see
that some of them make their way to the fabulous
What are you
expected to share via social media?
Things you run
across that relate to our class readings and
discussions--you do not HAVE TO WRITE a long essay
with your postings... a couple of pointed, pithy,
well-crafted sentences will do, enough to give me and
your classmates a sense of a connection to ideas
developed during the semester in our class.
Your Mid-Term, aka the Mid-Semester Eyegasm Challenge, and Final Examination, aka the Final Eyegasm Challenge
There will be both a Mid-Term Eyegasm Challenge, a Mid-Semester test administered on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 11am AND a Final VirusEYE Challenge (aka, the FINAL EXAM) on the last regularly scheduled day of class: Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 11am--warm thanks to Shiraz Nicpon, your colleague whose nifty eye corrected my dates posted previously here in error. Your final is absolutely comprehensive; it assumes you have read all the books and screened all the movies that are part of our required work. If you do the work, the final is a breeze--even "fun" if you can believe it.
My Office Hours are Tuesdays, right after class from 12:30pm to 3 or so. My office is located in Arts and Letters 273. Why visit me during 'office hours'? Why not? If only to experience the madness of my working studio space! You are warmly invited to visit me in office hours at least once during the semester if you can.
it's easy to fall through the cracks, to feel that you
are nothing but a Red ID# or some warm pile of
sentient flesh filling a seat. In order to convince
you that the
Professor teaching you is occasionally human,
please make a point during the semester to take the
time to introduce yourself whether it be by piping up
in class, zapping me an email, or posting on one of
our social media channels.
Regardless of how we end up arranging things, if you find my posted office hours are inconvenient, do not hesitate to email me for a phone or zoom appointment either at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.orgYou can also call me at 619.594.1524 via telephone, but keep in mind I don't check my medieval office landline very often!
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UPDATED January 2022
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Since Gutenberg, printed books are one of the most remarkable inventions in the history of man—we will make great use of this invention.
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We stand upon a land that carries the footsteps of millennia of Kumeyaay people. They are a people whose traditional lifeways intertwine with a worldview of earth and sky in a community of living beings. This land is part of a relationship that has nourished, healed, protected and embraced the Kumeyaay people to the present day. It is part of a world view founded in the harmony of the cycles of the sky and balance in the forces of life. For the Kumeyaay, red and black represent the balance of those forces that provide for harmony within our bodies as well as the world around us. As students, faculty, staff and alumni of San Diego State University we acknowledge this legacy from the Kumeyaay. We promote this balance in life as we pursue our goals of knowledge and understanding. We find inspiration in the Kumeyaay spirit to open our minds and hearts. It is the legacy of the red and black. It is the land of the Kumeyaay. 'eyay e’haan My heart is good.
There is one way all of us in our class are members of the same minority! We are in a university—and most folks in the USA don’t go to university, let alone finish it. So we are all, each and every one of us, an educated minority and we will work to take care of each other throughout the year as our semester unfolds!
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Usually, state-mandated or CSU-authored "student learning outcomes" read like the drivel you don't read when you update the OS of your phone or laptop. We here at #eyegasm22 think differently. Here's our promise. If you do all the readings and attend all of the classes, I promise you will be able to talk about comics, literature, art, television, and culture as well as Nerdwriter, aka Evan Puschak. Or, at the very least, pretty close to his capabilities! Watch both of these whether you are familiar with comics or not!
Nerdwriter on Art Spiegelman's MAUS
Nerdwriter on Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN
My name is Matthew Jiménez, and I am a third-year graduate student at San Diego State University, pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction). I have years of experience in publishing, unique writing and assistant teaching all at the highest level of education. I am a San Diego native born and raised in Alpine, California! I currently also work as the Front Office Assistant at Montezuma Publishing, and as an assistant Muay Thai coach at Valiant Training Center.
I am looking forward to having an awesome semester learning about all that Professor Nericcio has in store for you. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, bitches, moans and groans please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be holding office hours Monday / Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 in AL 232. If you do not feel comfortable meeting in the office setting please email me, and I can accommodate via Zoom. I will be changing our team name as soon as my creative mind figures out something unique!
The Eye Squad -- TA Luis Torres
GAETNER to JUNG
Hello all, my name is Luis Torres and I'm excited beyond words to be working alongside you in this thrilling, intellectually stimulating course on comics. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, home of interminable rains and old growth forests. After graduating from Emory University with honors, where I studied at the intersection of philosophy and economics, I worked at a financial services firm for a year. Over the course of the pandemic, I turned to the world of arts and letters to pursue writing. Currently, I am a first year student in the Creative Writing program at SDSU, and am working towards an M.F.A. in poetry. More importantly, I am here at SDSU to expand my knowledge, to think critically, to question, to be questioned, to grow and become an impactful individual alongside you all. Office Hours: Tues/Thurs after class, in AL 232, 12:30-1:15pm (or 12:30 - 1:30, depending on the hours of my appointment). Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Best, Luis
The Optical Illusions -- "TA" Dr. Bill Nericcio
KAINUMA to NEWLAND
office hours: Tuesdays 12:30 to 3:30 and by apppointment
The Director of San Diego State University's longest-running Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies graduate program, MALAS (the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program), William Nericcio is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU, where he also serves on the faculties of Chicana/o StudiesCenter for Latin American Studies. Nericcio's first book, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of "Mexicans" in America, appeared with the University of Texas Press in February 2007. His next book, an edited anthology of playwright Oliver Mayer's early works entitled The Hurt Business appeared in April of 2008 and his follow-up to that, Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California, on the work of John Steinbeck (with a strong California focus), appeared in March, 2009. Publishing in various fields across the humanities and social sciences, Nericcio is the author of noteworthy essays including his lurid meditations on the life of Pee-wee Herman (aka Paul Reubens) in the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies and an illustrated survey of the cool comic Mestizo stylings of Gilbert Hernandez and his spiritual godmother, Frida Kahlo, for NYU Press's Latino Popular Culture. Links to these works and more are available on his World Wide Web Mothership while his latest blog entries on stereotypes and American mass culture can be found on The Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog and at mextasy.blogspot.com. Lastly, Nericcio's latest books, Talking #browntv: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen, co-authored with Frederick Luis Aldama (December 2019), for the Ohio State University Press and Cultural Studies in the Digital Age: An Anthology of 21st Century Interdisciplinary Inquiries, Postulations, and Findings for Hyperbole Books, co-edited with Dr. Aldama and Italian semiotician Antonio Rafele (January 2021), are now in print. Learn more about Dr. Nericcio published work on Amazon.com and Academia.edu.The Eyegasmatronics -- RA/TA
"Gio" Michael Giovan
NGUYEN to SEVERIN
Hi everybody! My name is Gio. I’m a MFA student of Creative Writing, working on a novel and a graphic novel for my thesis. I’ve always loved reading and drawing comics, and I’m excited to work with you all as we dive deeper into them. My office hours Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 to 2:30. You can find me at the coffee shop in the engineering building. It’s a short walk from our class.
Please email me to make an appointment, or if you have any trouble finding the office. Of course, if these times conflict with a class, I’m more than happy to arrange another scheduled meeting time. All the best,Looking forward to a great semester, Gio.
The Eyeball Addictis -- RA/TA
SHIELDS to ZENNER
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12pm-1.45pm
Ndeewo nu! (Igbo language for "Hello all!”) My name is Kennii Ekundayo and I am a curator of modern and contemporary African art — actively practicing since the last five years while being based in Lagos, Nigeria!
I first visited San Diego in February 2022 to present an exhibition project at the SDSU-Art Gallery. It was during this period that I heard about the MALAS program and began working towards being a cohort. Just like every part of my life, MALAS happened when I least expected it and though at the beginning, I can tell you how much of a cornerstone this is going to be for me.
Naturally, I am an uber-curious person and as a curator, the object of my curiosity has come to be the artist’s mind, thoughts and creative process. I am also constantly in search of other mediums outside of art exhibitions to document the results of my interrogations and so, encountering an interdisciplinary program that has as its motto, “an M.A. in Curiosity” has surely been a match—that could have only been—made in heaven.
This program means a lot to me, especially as it redefines AND SOLIDIFIES my journey in academia; more so, as a first-generation graduate. So, this is not just about me or my interests, it is about the long line of people whose quest to push harder, dream big as well as dare to believe in their big dreams, ties to the ability of this ‘small town, small name girl’ to progress. And for all it is worth, I count myself very lucky to have found a program as this that can truly accommodate the weightiness of my participation.