In this illustrated talk, Katherine Kelp-Stebbins will introduce the genre of comics journalism and explore why comics have been the medium for some of the most innovative and emotionally engaging journalistic work since the late 20th-century.
Historically, comics have been associated with younger audiences, humorous narratives, and lowbrow aesthetics. However, comics are now also employed in serious journalism. Kelp-Stebbins will highlight comics reportage from areas as diverse as the U.S.-Mexico border, refugee camps in Malta, and army bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. In connection with the exhibit Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, she will discuss his place in the birth of the genre by examining his editorial cartoons and his role in establishing the visual language of gonzo journalism.
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