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Sunday Speaker Series Online: The Phantom Zone and Other Stories

August 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

José Alaniz, a comics scholar and artist, will discuss his first comics collection, made up of strips first published in the 1990s in The Daily Texan (the student newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin) and more recent material.

José Alaniz, professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature (adjunct) at the University of Washington, Seattle, has published two books, Komiks: Comic Art in Russia (2010) and Death, Disability and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond (2014), both from the University Press of Mississippi. Long before that, though, he was drawing comics. His work has appeared in The Bobcat News Journal, The Daily Texan, The Moscow Tribune, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, the Seattle anthology Dune, AltCom: How To Survive a Dictatorship (2018), Tales From La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology and BorderX: A Crisis in Graphic Detail.

The Phantom Zone and Other Stories (Amatl Comix, 2020) is his first comics collection. He was born and raised in Edinburg, TX.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.


August 23
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm