By Darieck Scott

About Darieck Scott

Darieck Scott is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Scott is the author of Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination, winner of the 2011 Alan Bray Memorial Prize for Queer Studies from the Modern Language Association. Scott is also the author of the novels Hex and Traitor to the Race and the editor of Best Black Gay Erotica. With Ramzi Fawaz, he is a co-editor of the American Literature special issue, “Queer about Comics,” which was awarded the 2018 Best Special Issue by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.


What you read and see on the page is often fantastic, and the structure of the storytelling comics engage is fundamentally informed by fantasy. In comics, anything can happen: Visitors from other planets fire lasers from their retinas and lift …


There’s something queer about comics. Whether one looks to the alternative mutant kinships of superhero stories (the epitome of queer world making), the ironic and socially negative narratives of independent comics (the epitome of queer antinormativity), or the social stigma …

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