Serious Funny Papers: A Contextual Examination into the Making of an Acadomic

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In this academic comic (or acadomic) I reflect on impacts to the creative process when reconceptualizing and recontextualizing a comics-based research (CBR) project as an acadomic for an edited book during the Covid-19 pandemic. The lockdowns intensified computer-mediated-communication (CMC) and I am compelled by two years of virtually exclusive engagement with digital technologies to explore the impact unrestrained online activities have on my creative comics practice, on my conceptions of research, and on my experiences as a teacher. Analysis of this process and its impacts is realized through a mixed research methodology that explores the impacts of conceptualizing and making an earlier acadomic, which in turn documents a comics-based research project between university students and a national charity as they successfully collaborate on the creation of a graphic novel.

I probe the boundaries of academic writing by visualizing and performing Baudrillard's theoretical violence to critique digital intensification through metaphor, semiotics, and comics. The work for this article was undertaken during the rolling pandemic lockdowns in the UK and around the world from 2020 to 2022. Academic theory and the medium of comics problematize the digital simulacrum as I action a utopian pedagogy that supports balance between traditional and digital techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-160
Number of pages22
JournalMedia Practice and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Thank you to Nadya Bondoreff and Jade Doran for their assistance with this acadomic.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


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