Creating the Comic Book City

Spring 2015 | Rollins College


This course uses imaginary cityscapes in comic books to understand urbanization in the United States. Whether crime in Batman’s Gotham or innovation linked to Superman’s Metropolis, comic book stories draw meaning from urban actualities. This course recognizes historic social, political, and economic concerns shaping U.S. municipalities are reflected in comic books. Created in dialogue with attributes personal and communal, embellished by corporate ownership, and embraced by fandom in film, television, and videogames, this course will demonstrate how the comic book city acts as a mirror to understand our shared urban experience.


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