Pitt Comic Collective

Photo: Students of the Comic Collective sitting in a group discussion

5 p.m., Mondays
35th Floor Classroom, Cathedral of Learning

Events are posted to the the Comic Collective's FaceBook Events Page.

The Pitt Comic Collective (PCC) is a student-run group that discusses comic books and graphic novels. Subjects include the influence of society and social issues on comics as well as contributions and styles of famous artists and writers.

Below, we've listed a selection of texts and the social themes that can be accessed through them for others who might want to start their own group.

Social Commentary:

Kieron Gillen's Wicked + The Divine
(diversity/mythology/references to pop and rock music)

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home
sexual orientation/gender roles/how people cope)
Note: was also adapted into a Broadway Musical which won the Tony for 'Best Musical'

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira
(manga/foreign comic)

Pierre Christin's Valerian
(foreign comic)

Craig Thompson's Blankets
(coming of age in an Evangelical Christian household)

Craig Thompson's Habibi
common themes of Christianity and Islam/gap between first and third worlds/parable about humans' relations to the natural world)

Kevin Smith's Guardian Devil
(how Daredevil struggles with his Catholicism and sense of right and wrong)

Sana Amanat's Ms. Marvel
(female/Muslim superhero)

Alan Moore's V for Vendetta
(antihero in a fascist, dystopian England/references to American and British culture and the comic’s relevance todays)

Frank Miller’s Batman Year One
(origin story of Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Harvey Dent/used as part of the basis for Christopher Nolan's trilogy/beginning of the grittier version of Batman popular today)

Hernandez Brothers’ Love & Rockets
(multiracial characters, magic realist elements)

John Lewis’ March
(autobiography of civil rights icon; three volumes)

Pop Culture Phenomena and Artists

Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
(pop culture phenomena, local Pennsylvanian artist, incorporated op art in comics)

Alex Ross’ Marvels
(a history of Marvel comics and the characters, villains, and teams from the 1930s-1960s through the eyes of a photographer)

Warren Ellis’ Planetary
(exploration of the superhero genre and its roots in other types of literature and culture)