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Open Courseware: University of Florida Comic Book School

Posted by Kris Madden Categories: Editorials,

University of Florida Comic Book School

After finding out Michigan State University had courses on comic books, I looked into finding other schools that offered degrees in comic books. In my research I found the University of Florida, home of the Gators, who not only offer courses in comic books, but also make available syllabi and course materials for free through their website: UF Comics Studies.

As a student at the University of Florida, you can also check out comic books for your enjoyment. Per UF’s website:

Special Collections at UF’s Smathers Library has a large and growing collection of comic books, strips, graphic novels, historical and contemporary anthologies, original Sunday pullouts, artist’s proofs and original artwork. Originally consisting mostly of Silver and Bronze Age (1960’s on) superhero comics, donations and acquisitions have more than doubled the size of the collection in recent years.

The University of Florida is also home to the sequential art journal, ImageText. The journal offers a large and unique collection of articles for free perusal, such as Reading Peanuts: the Secular and the Sacred by Stephen J. Lind, which takes an in-depth look into the life of Charles Schulz and the impact of his comic strip on readers worldwide. ImageText also makes available online archives of Batman, Flash, and Superman.

Whether you’re a collegiate comic student, professor, kid, dummy, junkie, etc. the University of Florida’s Comics Studies hosts a massive collection of resources for anyone interested in the medium.



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