Adrienne Resha

Comics & Cultural Studies

CSS (2018) #1

Truth be told, CSS18 day one was exhausting so I’m writing this on day two from the comfort of my hotel room. I live-tweeted just about every session I could yesterday and today so you can check out my tweets (if that isn’t how you got here) @AdrienneResha.

The first panel I attended was “Popularity and Privilege.” The experience of being in the audience, live-tweeting, helped me settle into the conference. It also helped to see a familiar face. Josh Kopin (CSS Graduate Student Caucus President) greeted me almost immediately after I entered the room.

Afterwards, I attended the “Rewriting Women in Comics Studies” roundtable, which the panelists supplemented with a zine that they had created. I really enjoyed watching scholars I had admired on Twitter (since joining Twitter late last year) interact with each other and an audience of their peers in person. I am also grateful to all of them for being so incredibly welcoming this weekend. I’m not the first person to say this, but Comics Studies feels like a place that I could (and want to) call home and that’s in large part due to how welcoming just about everyone I’ve met so far has been. 

After that, I presented in the last Thursday session before the plenary talk. Although I usually just kind of wing it when talking about my work, I wrote out notecards for the maiden voyage of “Blue Age.” There were (are) 29 altogether. The audience laughed at some of my jokes (I think Leah Misemer said something to me about the way I talk being like the way I tweet if you weren’t there/haven’t met me/need a point of reference). Candida Rifkind, the First Vice President of CSS, moderated the session and was exceptionally kind when I took my sweet time answering questions during the Q&A. She told me to check Twitter when we finished: my Twitter app was getting the most notifications it has gotten in nine months of being on my phone, not to mention the responses that were happening in the CSS18 hashtag that didn’t include my handle.

I’ve written a lot about Twitter. I’ve probably written twice as many tweets in the last forty-eight hours as I have in the nine months I’ve been on the social media platform. Someone remarked to me that the response that “Blue Age” got on Twitter was in part because it was the kind of thing that appealed to people that use Twitter. Which is really cool. I’ve had (or am having) conversations about an idea that I’ve kept mostly to myself for the last year. That’s what I came to this conference to do.

The penultimate event of the first day was the plenary talk given by cartoonists Hazel Newlevant and Whit Taylor. It was an absolute privilege to see the behind-the-scenes of their work in autobio comics.

The last event was the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony. It was a celebration of everything that CSS has done and everything it’s going to do. I’m even more excited than I was before to be even just a small part of it.

"CSS (2018) #2" should be out tomorrow.