So, in an effort to get this little beaut off of the top bar of pages on this website, I am officially turning my online correspondence course’s syllabus into a post that will then be entombed for eternity. Sorry teach, but I just didn’t have time to make it work.

My new goal of starting to write about the comics I own, as well as digitize the contents of my collection, will continue unabated. Right now I’m working through the Roy Thomas Avengers comics, specifically looking at the Black Panther’s development during the arc. Expect some more words soon, but also expect some capsule reviews of comics more often, just to keep the writing arm strong.

Anyways, without further ado, the curriculum that my school would teach:


A course in how to ecstatically be:

all available coursework available for review in this long thread.

In addition to weekly creative writing/feat of language exercises due every week, one will also be asked to practice and compose within a creative medium, discuss these books, and write on at least twenty of them.

Reading List:
Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal,
America vs. the Justice Society 1-4,
Essential Avengers vol. 3-4 (The Kree/Skrull War by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams),
American Language in the 70s,
Batman: Gothic,
Day of Judgment 1-5,
Dead Babies by Martin Amis,
Death: The High Cost of Living 1-3,
Death: The Ride of Your Life 1-3,
Distric X 1-14, Mutopia X 1-5,
Fantomas by Allain,
Flex Mentallo 1-4,
Galactus: The Devourer 1-6,
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K leGuin,
Madman Comics (Tundra) 1-3,
Marvel Universe: The End 1-6 by Jim Starlin,
Planetary 1-27, /Authority, and JLA, vs. Batman,
Please Kill Me Now: An Oral History of Punk,
The Point Man by Steve Englehart,
Propaganda Technique in World War I by Laswell,
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov,
Sentry (Marvel Knights vol. 1) 1-5, vs. Hulk, and Spiderman, and the X-Men, vs. the Void,
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury,
Soulside by Ulf Hannerz,
Superman Chronicles vol. 1,
Swamp Thing (vol. 1) #140-171,
Thanos 1-12,
That Mighty Sculptor, Time by Margarite Yourcenar,
The Man in the white and purple white striped shirt by Maeve Brennan,
Thor 283-300 (The Celestials Saga by Roy Thomas, Keith Pollard, and John Buscema),
Vampires, Burial, and Death by Barber,
The Wandering Unicorn by Manuel Mujica Lainez,
When the Great Days Come by Gardner Dozois.

by the way, all of these items fit perfectly into a single comics longbox. sometimes, you know things are meant to be.

Other requirements for the course include a series of reaction papers on the works, of varying length between capsule reviews and long, research papers. This is a course in stretching the mind through stretching form. Images or lengthy (and well embedded!) quotes are needed for each, or at the very least an honest emotional reaction to the work from which strong impressions can cast their licking light.

Extra credit will be given for photographs of street art.

Extra Extra credit will be given for the anonymous and noble assumption of the street artist’s responsibilities to overclaim the world from the vain and greedy, Robin Hood slinging brushes of red across walls of glossy begging.