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LSU Shreveport Professor Contributes to New Book on Gender and Sexuality in Comics

October 05, 2020

Chilean Comics
Dr. Samuel Cannon.

Shreveport, LA— Dr. Samuel Cannon, Assistant Professor of Spanish at LSUS, has contributed to a recent book called The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies, which explores real experiences of the LGTBQ+ community in today’s cultural climate through comics.

In his chapter, “Feminist Riots and Gay Giants: The Mayo Feminista and Cultural Context of Contemporary Queer Chilean Comics,” Dr. Cannon explores the rise of significant feminist riots in Chile during 2018. He shows how comic book creators use art to reveal life in the LGBTQ+ community in response to the rise of documented anti-queer hate crimes.

“My contribution to this collection serves to bring the important work of these Chilean comic creators into a global discussion about the place of comics in cultural exchanges connected to feminist and LGBTQ+ inclusivity and experience,” Dr. Cannon said. “I was honored to be invited to contribute to this collection, and it’s one of the goals of my career to show the cultural value of sequential art (comics) and to study comic art by LGBTQ+.”

The book is the first edition of its kind and is primarily written and edited by Ohio State University professor and award-winning author, Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama. It was published in August 2020.

“Professor Aldama has been an influential force in bringing comic studies, especially Chicanx/Latinx comics, into the realm of academia through serious literary, artistic, and cultural analyses,” Dr. Cannon said. “I happened to be in Chile in 2018 when the massive feminist protests erupted, and I had, and have maintained, contact with several important queer comic creators. I hope that my small contribution can help bring attention and community to the LGBTQ+ comic creators in Chile and the important work they are doing to visualize queer experience.”

Dr. Cannon has been involved in opportunities such as sponsoring a panel of Chilean comic artists to attend San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016 (the first-ever delegation of Chilean comic artists to attend the largest comics event in the world), to assess comic production for Chilean government international marketing, and to organize panels that advance the cause. Dr. Cannon’s passion for the art form came from his graduate school research and a special gift from a friend.

“I was studying Latin American comic books about detectives, a very specific area of study, and one of my closest friends gifted me a Chilean graphic novel about a detective,” Dr. Cannon said. “That book became an important part of my research, and I was eventually able to travel to Chile and meet its creators.”

Dr. Cannon has an impressive history of published work since he joined LSUS in 2017. These contributions include an afterward and author interview for the graphic novel, More Than Money, by Claudia Dominguez and a co-authorship of an article titled "Chile's Military Dictatorship and Comics as Alternative Methods of Memorialization: Critical Approaches from Contemporary Chilean Graphic Novels" published in The International Journal of Comic Art. He is currently working on translating and editing the graphic novel The Years of Allende.

Because of Dr. Cannon’s work in the field, the Chilean government donated a selection of rare comics and graphic novels to the James Smith Noel Collection at LSUS in 2019. This unique acquisition joins one of the largest private collections in the United States.

About the Book

The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies is a comprehensive, global and interdisciplinary examination of the essential relationship between Gender, Sexuality, Comics and Graphic Novels. A diverse range of international and interdisciplinary scholars explore how gender and sexuality have been essential to the evolution of comics, and how gender and sexuality in comics demand that we re-frame and re-view the history of the art form.

About the Author

Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama is Distinguished University Professor at the Ohio State University. He is the award-winning author, co-author, and editor of over 40 books, including the Eisner Award-winning Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics.

For more information on the The Routledge Companion to Gender and Sexuality in Comic Book Studies or to schedule a zoom or phone interview with Dr. Cannon, contact Wendell Riley, Director of Media and External Relations at LSUS at or by calling 318-797-5108.

Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

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