Ridout explores the horror underlying many comic books


On March 13, Trine University librarian Patrick Ridout presented his talk titled “Frankenstein vs Spiderman? Classic Horror’s Influence on Modern Comics.”

A large number of students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The video above is his complete talk with the question and answer discussion that followed. For a more detailed description of the talk, see below.

Monsters have always been a staple of comics, but the way comics are shaped and written, the traditions of the original stories from the classical and Gothic eras have been changed. From Frankenstein the mercenary to Cthulu’s stories reborn internationally, how has the influence of classic horror added to the myths and stories of the medium of comics?


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