I seem to have steered my entire Genre in Theory and Practice seminar into reading Watchmen (and watching the film, giant blue penis and all). I hope they don’t think I’m some weirdo who only reads ultra-violent, quasi-right-wing comic books.

And therein lies a lot of what I like thinking about when I think about Watchmen and other graphic novels – how we create hierarchies of literature, and why there’s still something somewhat shameful about reading a graphic novel/comic book versus reading “real” literature. I’m actually really excited to talk about all those things in a group, even if the group ends up hating me for it.

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