Disaster Folklore through Multi-Generational Comic Art

Nic Hartmann (University of Iowa)

Comics are an important and often overlooked transmitter of folk culture through documentation of everyday practices and experiences. This presentation shares how my role as a tradition-bearer of a family comic art practice combined with ethnographic field notes in 2020 to create Derecho Days, a series of daily comic panels about life in the wake of the catastrophic Cedar Rapids derecho.

Part of V1-04 Growing in the Gutter: Comics, Culture, and Vernacular Narrative Art, Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm