“The Stripped South”

On 29 April, I gave my first lecture. Let’s call it “The Stripped South,” though I hadn’t really titled it beforehand. It owes a huge debt to the work of M. Thomas Inge, Nicholson Baker, Bill Blackbeard, and Arthur Asa Berger, among others. Here’s the full transcript, and here are the slides.

Many thanks to Millsaps College for hosting the event as part of its Arts & Lectures Series, and to Brannon Costello, for being a participant.

Notes: As I discovered, transcripts have the same relationship to actual speeches as blueprints have to finished buildings. Also, I’m well aware that this is a much-oversimplified version of this aspect of comics history but it’s a start for newbies.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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