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The Digital Comic Museum

Apparently, there is a digital comic museum. Museums are always nice to have, especially when one doesn’t have to actually subject oneself to the elements (aka go outside) to visit one.

What really makes the Digital Comic Museum outstanding is that you can not only look at the items, but also download them for your research (aka reading pleasure). The only downside to the museum is that for obvious copyright reasons comics and characters from the major publishers (DC, Marvel and Disney to name a few) are missing. That said, it still is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in pop art/popular culture and its history before the 1960s.

Thanks to Open Culture’s Rebecca Onion for the point in the right direction.

Now, I’m off to research!

 

The #supermooc syllabus

Ok, after actually opening my eyes, I was able to find the syllabus of the Social Issues Through Comic Books supermooc.

I shamelessly copy it from here for your reading pleasure:

 

Course Schedule

Comic Book reading assignments Additional Readings
Buzzkill #1-4 Green Lantern V2 #85 and #86

Batman: Venom (The Dark Knight #16-20)

Sex Criminals #1

Article: What is Addiction?Article: Addiction is a brain disease, and it matters.
Swamp Thing: Rot World

The Massive V1

Hinterkind V1

Hawkeye #7

Article: The Moral Roots of Environmental Attitudes
Go to ScienceDaily.com and read at least one article on the environment
Lazurus V1

Scalped V1

X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

March

Article: The American Dream: Slipping Away?Article: Storm and the X-Men as Racial Projects
American Born Chinese

Action Comics #900


Superman Unchained #1

Skin Horse V. 1

Article: Public Opinion Toward Immigration Reform: The Role of Economic Motivations
Read this article on Superman: Unchained
Transmetropolitan V1

Global Frequency V1

Nightly News V1

Daredevil #4, 5, 6

Article: Social and Political Dimensions of Privacy
Article: The Quality of Government

Looks like I’m about to discover a fresh set of comics as I’ve only read the issues of Lazarus, Sex Criminals and some other issues of Hawkeye. Great!

The only point of critique I have to offer would be that the selection of comic books (this was true of the last supermooc, too, by the way) is rather US centered. But then, catering to an international audience must mean to choose comics that are both available worldwide and available in a language that can be read by most.