J. Andrew Deman


Photo of Andrew Deman.
PhD Waterloo
MA Lakehead
HBA Lakehead

Email: jademan@uwaterloo.ca


J. Andrew Deman specializes in the comics medium. His research is published in Femspec, Critical Survey of  Graphic Novels, American Visual Memoir After the 1970s, English Studies Forum, TRANSverse, Canadian Graphic (winner of the 2017 Gabrielle Roy prize), and in his recent book The Margins of Comics (available from Nuada Press). Andrew also served as a featured expert for the ten part comics documentary series INK: Alter Egos Exposed, and Andrew is the Past President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC).

When not working, Andrew can be found chasing after his children, shouting “be careful,” and, as a party trick, Andrew can lower his respiratory rate to below that of a hibernating bear, which should give one a sense of the poor quality of the parties that Andrew attends.

Selected Publications

"Oh Superman vs Oh Well": Julie Doucet and the (Counter) Discourse of Conquest." Canadian Graphic. Ed. Candida Rifkind & Linda Warley. Waterloo: WLU Press, 2016.

The Margins of Comics: The Construction of Women, Minorities, and the Geek in Graphic Narrative. Toronto: Nuada Press, 2015.

“Lost Girls.” Critical Survey of Graphic Novels. Ed. Bart Beaty. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2012.

“The Intervening ‘I’: Phoebe Gloeckner’s Comics Memoir and the Destruction of Visual Pleasure.”  American Visual Memoir after the 1970s: Gender, Sexuality and Visibility in the Post-Civil Rights Era.  Ed. Mihaela H. Precup.  Bucharest: U Press, 2010. 155-166.

“Octavia Butler and the Feminist Voice in American SF.”  Femspec 6.2 (2005): 6-14.“Acts of Cruelty: A Review of Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library.”  English Studies Forum 3.1 (2007). <http://www.bsu.edu/web/esf/3.1/deman.htm>

“Visual Minorities: Self/Other Encounters in Visual Literature.”  TRANSverse: A Comparative Studies Journal 6 (2006): 9-18.

Current Research

Andrew is currently the project lead for “The Claremont Run,” a SSHRC-funded, data-driven academic study of “X-men” author Chris Claremont and his influence on contemporary media.

Areas of Expertise

  • Graphic Narrative
  • Fan Culture
  • Comics
  • Science Fiction
  • Chris Claremont