On Wednesday, we will begin our conversation about race and gender in comics, with an emphasis on different aspects of resistance to societal norms. To prepare for class, please read excerpts from the following two comics:
The graphic novel by Baker is an almost wordless account of Nat Turner's rebellion that took place in Virginia in 1831. Aya follows the everyday life of a group of young black women in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, during a prosperous time in the 1970s when the city was considered the "Paris of Africa."
As you read, please consider how the writers and artists use the comics form to tell these distinctive stories. How do elements such as color, perspective, and layout help to shape meaning in the stories? Bring your observations and questions to share!