Special Alert

Author Christopher Pizzino: Arresting Development

  • October 28, 2016
  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Location: Avid Bookshop
  • 493 Prince Ave. 
  • Athens, GA
  • Phone: (706) 352-2060
  • Price: Free!

Avid Bookshop is thrilled to host author and University of Georgia professor Christopher Pizzino in celebration of his book ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT: COMICS AT THE BOUNDARIES OF LITERATURE (University of Texas Press). Join us on Friday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Buy the book from Avid Bookshop here: http://www.avidbookshop.com/book/9781477310687


Mainstream narratives of the graphic novel’s development describe the form’s “coming of age,” its maturation from pulp infancy to literary adulthood. In ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT, Christopher Pizzino questions these established narratives, arguing that the medium’s history of censorship and marginalization endures in the minds of its present-day readers and, crucially, its authors. Comics and their writers remain burdened by the stigma of literary illegitimacy and the struggles for status that marked their earlier history.

Many graphic novelists are intensely aware of both the medium’s troubled past and their own tenuous status in contemporary culture. ARRESTING DEVELOPMENT presents case studies of four key works—Frank Miller’s BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Alison Bechdel’s FUN HOME, Charles Burns’s BLACK HOLE, and Gilbert Hernandez’s LOVE AND ROCKETS—exploring how their authors engage the problem of comics’ cultural standing. Pizzino illuminates the separation of high and low culture, art and pulp, and sophisticated appreciation and vulgar consumption as continual influences that determine the limits of literature, the status of readers, and the value of the very act of reading.


Christopher Pizzino is an assistant professor of contemporary U.S. literature at the University of Georgia. His teaching and research interests include comics and graphic narratives, science fiction, and theory of the novel. He has published essays on Cormac McCarthy, Gilbert Hernandez, Frank Miller, and Slavoj Zizek. An article on comics literacy and cultural memory has recently appeared in PMLA. He currently serves on the executive committee of the MLA's Comics and Graphic Narratives forum.

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