The Center for Comics Studies


The projects listed below were made possible due to the efforts and expertise of faculty and/or students affiliated with The Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University.

Summer 2020

Consulting on the documentary Life in the Comics, which will examine how race, women's rights, family life, war, and immigration were represented in newspaper comic strips throughout the 20th century. The documentary is in pre-production and the producers are seeking a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

CANCELLED (due to COVID-19): The 3rd Annual Comics Studies Society Conference hosted by Henderson State University and co-chaired by Matthew J. Smith (Radford University) and Randy Duncan (HSU).

Spring 2020

CANCELLED (due to COVID-19): A talk on “The Short, Tragic (but Creative) Life of Charlotte Salomon” for the HSU Women’s History

[Mostly] CANCELLED (due to Covid-19): A series of workshops and talks for the Central Arkansas Library Association. On March 2, the “How (and Why) to Create a Memoir Comic Workshop” was conducted at the Dee Brown Library in Little Rock. And then, everything shut down.

Fall 2019

October 28: A “Visual Thinking in the Classroom: Enhancing Critical Reasoning” talk for The HSU Teaching & Learning Center”

October 2: TCCS director Randy Duncan had the honor of introducing Reddie Read guest speaker Thi Bui, author of the graphic novel The Best We Could Do

September 27: A “The Graphic Novels You Don’t Realize You Will Love” talk for the Rotary Club of Arkadelphia

September 27: A “How to Create a Comic Book Workshop” for the 5th grade classes at Goza Elementary School

September 20-22: At the Spa-Con popular culture convention in Hot Springs The Center for Comics Studies had two tables, displaying items from the Stephen R. Bissette Special Collection, and took part in two panels – moderating the “Artists Panel” and conducting the “Memoir Comics Workshop.”