A Comic Biography of Nikolai Volkov

It says something about the theater of professional wrestling that I did not know that Nikolai Volkov was not Russian.     Volkoff was born Josip Hrvoje Peruzović (October 14, 1947 – July 29, 2018). He was born in Croatia, and from childhood, envisioned an escape to the West.  The first issue of this new … Continue reading A Comic Biography of Nikolai Volkov

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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?

Andre the Giant [Critical Reflections on a Graphic Novel, part one]

Research in comics studies has gone a great distance toward defining comics as a medium, not a genre.  Within the American context, comics as a medium was, for decades, conflated with comics as a genre, typically the superhero genre.  In some ways, the scholar of wrestling studies might see such conflation as similar to the … Continue reading Andre the Giant [Critical Reflections on a Graphic Novel, part one]

WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth WizKids has announced that they have licensed WWE intellectual property for their tabletop games. WizKids, the leader in high-quality pre-painted miniatures and established board games, today announced a new multi-year licensing partnership with WWE, with plans to bring the organization’s iconic Superstars to the … Continue reading WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, UM Duluth The history of women in wrestling was given a brief overview in Chris Kelly's August 10th essay in The Washington Post "Lifestyle Section," "The Women Wrestlers of WWE Have Created a Movement. Is it Built to Last?" But the history is partial, only reaching back as far … Continue reading Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 30, 2018)

Wow wow wow good wrestling fans. Have we got a lot to talk about this week! Unlike previous installments, my thoughts for each category this week are more general. I am currently in the midst of a move out of the city (Chicago) to Evanston, so admittedly I didn't have the sharpest eye to wrestling … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 30, 2018)