New Book on Working-Class Comic Book Heroes

Next month, the new book Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics will published by the University Press of Mississippi. The book is edited by Marc DiPaolo and includes contributions from Phil Bevin, Blair Davis, Marc DiPaolo, Michele Fazio, James Gifford, Kelly Kanayama, Orion Ussner Kidder, Christina M. Knopf, Kevin Michael Scott, Andrew Alan Smith, and Terrence R. Wandtke.

Informed by working-class studies, the book “examines working-class superheroes and other protagonists who populate heroic narratives in serialized comic books.” Read more about the book and pre-order it from the press here.



Announcing WCSA Election/Soliciting Nominees

The nominations process is now open for the WCSA and WCA elections in June. The open positions for 2018-19 are:

  • President-Elect
  • Two At-Large Steering Committee Members
  • Elections Committee Member
  • Working-Class Academics (WCA) Chair-Elect.

Though we will have blast email calls for nominations over the next couple of months, it is not too early to submit nominations, including self-nominations. Simply email your nominee to Elections Committee Chair Jackie Gabriel at

  • If you are nominating somebody besides yourself, please seek their permission before nominating and simply copy them on your email nomination to Elections Committee Chair.
  • In addition, please send along the nominee’s email address and provide the nominee’s status (graduate student, independent scholar, etc.). No biographical rationale is necessary at this point. However, for those of you who are self-nominating, please send along a brief biography.


New Book on Deindustrialization

Sherry Lee Linkon, Professor of English and American Studies at Georgetown University, has published a new book, The Half-Life of Deindustrialization Working-Class Writing about Economic Restructuring, by the University of Michigan Press.