About The Podcast
Historically, comics have not been accepted in educational circles. While this has begun to change in recent years, there are still students who are told to give up reading comics for "real" books, parents who have to retrieve confiscated comics from their kids' schools, and teachers who worry that using comics in their classrooms will give them a reputation as being unprofessional.
Reading in the Gutter is a podcast that attempts to bridge the space between comics and education. We aim to have thoughtful discussion with students, teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, and researchers about comics and roles they can place in classrooms and other learning contexts. We seek to share research, resources, pedagogy, and curriculum focused on comics with interested stakeholders that is theoretically sounds and empirically vetted.
When Reading in the Gutter was first conceptualized, Dani specifically approached approached other women scholars to become hostesses. Comics have long had a reputation for being a "boys club" and it is was important to Dani and ultimately, Ashley and Laura, that this podcast feature the voices of women in the world of comics. In addition to foregrounding the voices of women in a field that has long been dominated by men, Reading in the Gutter endeavors to highlight the voices and work of other underrepresented groups including people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals.