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Your topic is Emil Ferris and her graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters.

Your topic is Emil Ferris and her graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters. Some questions to consider but feel free to pick a topic that you enjoy: What seems to be definitive or emblematic of the artist’s art style? Try to describe what is intriguing or remarkable in their work. How might the artist’s work fit within the history of modern art or the history of comics and cartooning? What is its significance to the larger story of visual art in the 20th century? What does it mean to think of comics as a part of modern and contemporary art, and how does taking comics into account change the history we might tell about modern and contemporary art?
You could also talk about Emil Ferris’ life and hardships, importance in her field and for female artists/comic artists, and contributions in addition to her graphic novel. You should touch on comics as an art medium and talk about how Emil Ferris was able to essentially create a graphic novel biography. Why does she represent herself as a monster? What is the importance and symbolism regarding monsters in her book and in real life (ie. wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, ect) (They’re misunderstood outcasts). Talk about the extensive symbolism and important topics from her life and the book ie. death, struggling with one’s sexuality (she discovered she’s homosexual), women’s struggle in society and the oppression that occurs, ect.
In your short response, you should strive to analyze a work of art, respond to the course reading, and/or offer some sustained reflection and engagement with the thorny political, ethical, and artistic horizons of comics art. Be sure to include an image or a specific reference to a work of art from the reading, and explain why that work seems significant. I recommend even pasting an image or copying a quotation at the top of your short response, and then writing or drawing/writing below in reference to that image or quotation. Short responses do not need to be written as formal analysis papers. Feel free to use the first- or third-person voice, write about your opinions about class materials, and think through your writing in ways that don’t necessarily end with clear conclusions.
I’ve linked 3 brief lectures on Emil Ferriquis that may be helpful.


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