Panel Borders: Homogeneity in Gay educational comics

Panel Borders: Homogeneity in Gay educational comics

Continuing a month of shows about gay and lesbian comics, Panel Borders presents a lecture by post doctoral researcher Doctor Jordana Greenblatt on the similarity in content of gay comics about safe practices and HIV, concentrating on Safer Sex Comix (by Alexander and Gregg, publ. 1987 by Gay Men’s Health Crisis of New York) and Alex et la vie d’apres (by Thierry Robberecht and Fabrice Neaud, publ. 2008 by Ex Aequo), recorded at “Ethics under cover – the 4th international Conference on Comics and Medicine”, Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Jordana discusses the similarity of sexual expression found in graphic narratives published 20 years apart – one designed as an educational pamphlet and the other a modern graphic novella based on the experiences of young gay men in Belgium – and talks to Alex Fitch about how the talk fits into her ongoing research and interests. Originally broadcast Monday 8th July 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Panels from Safer Sex Comix and Alex et la vie d apres

Panels from Safer Sex Comix and Alex et la vie d’apres

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Links: Download Alex et la vie d’apres
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Article on the demise of Safer Sex Comix
Article on Tony Kushner in Vanity Fair, including images from Safer Sex Comix
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More info about Brighton and Sussex Medical School

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