Killer Bees Comic Biography

This is the last of the Inverse Press comics biographies I purchased as a part of a Humble Bundle. In my last blog post, I nodded to the place of religion in the Bobby Fulton story;  this comic opens with the same theme: It's possible, though, that I am out of steam on these -- … Continue reading Killer Bees Comic Biography

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Trump and Wrestling Rhetoric

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth, and John Heppen, Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin River Falls [unpublished notes from a recent project] We've been puzzling through the relationship between rhetoric and politics.  Everyone is.  Works like “How Professional Wrestling Explains American Politics (Especially Donald Trump)” by Oliver Willis make broad … Continue reading Trump and Wrestling Rhetoric

Wrestling Is Both a National Media Phenomenon and a Local Periodic Market

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth and John Heppen, Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin River Falls [unpublished notes excised from a recent project] The wrestling industry is both a national media phenomenon (visible nationally on cable and soon, again, broadcast TV) and a periodic market (as national promotions appear … Continue reading Wrestling Is Both a National Media Phenomenon and a Local Periodic Market

Wrestlers in Comics: Leaping Lanny, the Genius

The story of Lanny Poffo, as told in the recent biography by Squared Circle Press, is a story of family. Poffo's first wrestling opponent, in this biography, was his father.  But the story starts earlier, with his father's record for situps, recorded in a single-panel newspaper cartoon.  Poffo also wrestled with his brother, Randy Savage. The … Continue reading Wrestlers in Comics: Leaping Lanny, the Genius

Elections and Wrestlers, Notes IV: Is there a Jesse voter? Is there a Trump voter?

From "Where Has the Jesse Voter Gone?" by Andrew Grossbach, Rusty Kath, Alicia Spencer, & Danielle Stuard So we now ask if there in fact is a “Jesse Voter?” We argue no. Ventura appealed to a number of different demographic groups. Granted, though there was support from the youth, particularly males, Ventura could not have … Continue reading Elections and Wrestlers, Notes IV: Is there a Jesse voter? Is there a Trump voter?