Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Talk on Comics and Representation

Talk on Comics and Representation

The public is invited to "Jackie Ormes to Black Panther: Comics and Representation," a talk by Matthew Teutsch, on Tuesday, October 24 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Superheros and comics have become ingrained into popular culture in such a way that most people recognize Superman's logo, Captain America's shield, and Batman's Bat Signal. While these images and heroes are ubiquitous, do they only serve as escapism from the realities of everyday life or do they comment on society? Teutsch's presentation will examine the ways that artists and writers such as Jackie Ormes, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don McGregor, Christopher Priest, Reginuld Hudlin, Nate Powell, John Ira Jennings, and others use comics as a medium to comment on issues of race from the 1940s through the present.  

Matthew Teutsch is an instructor in the Department of English at Auburn University. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Along with book chapters, he has published and forthcoming articles in LEARMELUSMississippi Quarterly, and Studies in the Literary Imagination. His research focuses on African American, Southern, and Nineteenth Century American literature; and his current project examines the life and work of Albery Allson Whitman.  

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit

Last Updated: October 18, 2017