On his website, Mark Waid offers a persuasive reason to sign up for college comic book textbooks, top creative talent as primary resources, and a low tuition.
Ball State University, of Muncie, Indiana, is currently enrolling students for a “Gender Through Comic Books” course that plans to explore gender studies through the lens of comic books. Led by Christina Blanch, the course comes together as questions have long been asked concerning the lack of female driven books and lack of female talent in the industry (especially at Marvel and DC).
What might have people excited, however, is how much top-tier talent Blanch managed to draw to her course. In addition to Waid himself (Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk), the course offers live weekly interviews and exclusive interviews with Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man), Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), and many others.
What has Mr. Waid excited is the delivery of the course. Ball State University offers the course as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Anyone with a valid email address, Internet access, and a willingness to complete the work may enroll for free. To be clear: the course is absolutely free.
The innovative MOOC course, conducted online, will feature real time, socially driven content. An example: during the weekly live interviews, registered students have the opportunity to ask questions by live-tweeting. Mr. Waid points to the course as an exciting opportunity for any fan interested in the creative process who can’t get to as many conventions as he or she would like.
Enroll in “Gender Through Comic Books” at: https://www.canvas.net/courses/gender-through-comic-books.