Brad Ricca is the author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster – The Creators of Superman, winner of the 2014 Ohioana Award for Nonfiction and named a Top 10 Book on the Arts for 2013 by Booklist. Ricca teaches at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He is a recipient of a 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature.
How to Make a Superman – The Amazing True Ohio Story of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
This talk is an overview of the book and its thesis that Superman, the billion dollar corporate icon, began as an autobiography for two teenagers during the Great Depression who would live out the highs and lows of the American dream.
The History of Comics in America
This lecture is an overview of the history of comics and superheroes in the United States, touching on how art and early publishing practices combined to create what is now the driving niche of the American popular culture.
What’s So Funny? Race, Gender, and Stereotypes in Comics
A provocative presentation highlighting comic books and their unsteady provocative past when it comes to depictions of gender and race.
We Won – Nerd Culture in America
This is a history of nerd/geek culture and how it moved from small groups of fans to the billion-dollar industry that gave us “The Avengers,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “San Diego Comic-Con.” How did we turn into a nation of nerds? The answers will surprise you!
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