News Items!

Well, here in Orlando, we’ve survived Hurricane Matthew…mostly…until it swings back around and pops us in the eye for gloating.

I wanted to make a quick Fall 2016 posting to share a couple links.

The first is about my “Rhetoric of Comics” course. I was recently interviewed by a student in the College of Arts & Humanities about the course and its purpose, and you can find the final article here at NSM Today: “UCF Professor Uses Comic Strips to Teach Social Understanding.” There’s a picture of me drawing a picture on my office wall. Is that enough to entice you to follow the link?

Also, I forgot to share (back in July) a really cool online article about the literary community’s reaction to the Pulse shootings. This is from Sarah Nicholas at Book Riot, and–despite the horror of that day and its aftermath–I think this article is a really joyful look at a community coming together and doing beautiful things: “#Litlando Meets #Orlandostrong.”

And here’s a link to video of the monthly lit event “Loose Lips,” wherein I was recently invited to read an original piece of fiction called “Gabby Douglas Will Destroy Us All.” It’s a fun story, I think, and because it was topical in nature (the event essentially asks you to write about a current event) I don’t really have plans to seek publication with it. It lived at Loose Lips, in that bar, under the haze of two full beers (it was a week night, come on), and it now lives here in this video, and that is enough.

Soon, I hope to have another link to share, as one of my recent comics was accepted for publication online. Until then, it’s October, Scary Movie Month, so you know what I’ll be doing! That’s right! Falling asleep at 9 PM without watching a scary movie!

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