Pencil Panel Page is pleased to welcome Michael A. Johnson and Adrielle Mitchell, two outstanding scholars who work in comics studies, as regular contributors to the blog. Below are their bios:

Michael A. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses on medieval literature, critical theory, and Franco-Belgian comics. His research centers largely on questions of gender and sexuality, rhetoric, pedagogy, and psychoanalysis. With one published article on Fabrice Neaud’s Journal (“Placing/Facing Fabrice Neaud”) and another essay in the works on Lefèvre’s and Guibert’s The Photographer (“How Not to Orientalize the Afghan”) his work in comics has been thus far focused on questions of autobiography, the ethics of alterity, and the face. He also keeps a food blog ( and is interested in the growing phenomenon of comics cook books and comics food blogs in the francophone world. His recently finished manuscript, The Medieval Erotics of Grammar, is currently under review.

Adrielle Mitchell is an Associate Professor of English at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, where she teaches courses in literature, writing and culture, including a course on “International Graphic Narrative.”  She is a comics scholar whose work is informed by visual and media studies, cultural theory and formalist criticism. Recent articles include: “Exposition and Disquisition:  Non-Fiction Graphic Narratives and Comics Theory in the Literature Classroom” in Lan Dong, ed., Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice (2012); “Distributed Identity:  Networking Image Fragments in Graphic Memoirs” in Studies in Comics (2010); “Graphic Journeys:  Figuring Americans Abroad in Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage and Abel’s La Perdida,” in the College English Association Critic (2010); and “Spectral Memory, Sexuality and Inversion: An Arthrological Study of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in ImageTexT (2009).  Recently, she realized that many of her childhood favorites (Tove Jansson’s Finn Family Moomintroll; Edward Gorey’s entire oeuvre; Mad, Cracked and Crazy magazines; Spiegelman’s Garbage Pail Kids cards; Tarot decks; the photonovel of Lamorisse’s film, The Red Balloon) are imagetexts and that she can return to them now “for scholarly purposes.”

All five of our regular contributors will continue to rotate new posts each Thursday. PPP will also maintain slots for guest posts, so if you are interested, simply contact us.

Welcome Michael and Adrielle!


About Qiana Whitted

Associate Professor of English and African American Studies

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