Internationally acclaimed comic artist and educator Nick Sousanis will discuss his award-winning 2015 book Unflattening, originally his dissertation written and drawn entirely in comics form, and now published by Harvard University Press.
Unflattening began as an experiment in making an argument through images, and as a challenge to traditional scholarship as it is currently produced in American universities. It embodies the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning. In his talk, Sousanis will delve into the distinct ways that comics create meaning through the constant play of word and image and how they can help one see and read comics better. Unflattening won the 2016 American Publishers Association Humanities award, the 2016 Lynd Ward prize, and is nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award. Unflattening was featured in the New York Times, The Paris Review, the LA Review of Books, and named the best graphic novel of 2015 by numerous critics. The Boston Globe and Nature have commissioned original comics by Sousanis. Sousanis is an assistant professor at San Francisco State University.
Nick Sousanis, Seeing Double (from Unflattening P.31), 2015. Digital drawing; 7 x 10 inches