Author: Jason Helms

Jason Helms is an assistant professor of English at TCU where he teaches courses on rhetorical theory, writing, video games, and comics.

In January of 2008 I was in a research seminar at Clemson University trying desperately to come up with a research idea. My advisor Victor Vitanza had shot down my last three attempts, but I knew I was getting closer. It had to do with media studies, rhetorical theory, and visual rhetoric. I was particularly interested in comics. “That’s not an argument,” Victor sternly replied to my most recent attempt to formulate my thoughts. “You’re just arguing that comics are worthy of study. That’s not up for debate. Get more specific. Make an argument.” He stared right into me, willing…

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