Images for this episode are at http://www.multiversitycomics.com/podcasts/comics-syllabus-001-wonder-woman-year-one/
(also, please note a correction below- 5/31/2017)
This week’s Comics Syllabus podcast digs deep into the "Year One" story arc from "Wonder Woman" #2, 4, 6, 10, 12, and 14 by writer Greg Rucka, artist Nicola Scott, colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr., and letterer Jodi Wynne (leaving out an interlude in issue 8 with Bilquis Everly on art). I draw heavily on Carolyn Cocca’s Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation (Bloomsbury), recently nominated for an Eisner, to consider the heavy "representational weight" that Wonder Woman has historically carried as the iconic female superhero. I think about how the "Year One" creative team deals with (or doesn’t deal with) this history and the present in the pages and panels of their new origin story for Wonder Woman. (For a briefer primer on Wonder Woman and cultural history, check out this piece from the Nib by Lucy Bellwood and Sarah Mirk: https://thenib.com/what-does-wonder-woman-actually-represent?t=recent )
Also mentioned in this episode, an editorial from the National Review quoting a commentary piece from the James G. Martin Center throwing shade on the trend of comics in college classrooms:
and the venerable Comixscholars listserv where great researchers and theorists fan the flames.
SPOILER WARNING: In the beginning of the episode, we discuss Wonder Woman and comics in non-spoilery general terms. But after the first break at ( 33:00 ), we start diving into close-readings of the chosen work. So if you don’t want to be spoiled on the events and details of this work, please go and read it first, and come back to finish the episode with us and enjoy it with us. Consider it homework, but more fun.
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CORRECTION (5/31/2017): Upon re-listening to the episode, Paul realized that one of his brain farts was an egregious error that needed correction, naming the WW variant cover artist of some controversy as Michael Cho– an artist whose art and views Paul greatly admires– when it is actually Frank Cho– an artist whose art Paul sometimes admires, sometimes not so much. Paul is often unflatteringly mistaken for others, and so deeply regrets the flub, and has re-recorded that snippet for posterity.
Also, while shouting out the Comix-Scholars listserv, Paul misspelled "scolars." Great job. The irony ..)