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This weekend, I have the great fortune to participate in Comics Studies in the US South, a symposium held at the University of South Carolina. My talk explores the juncture of linguistic production, race and ethnicity, and sexuality in characters that are presented as Southern. It isn’t my intention to make a broad survey of comics but instead to examine two in particular, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast, by Greg Fox, and Stuck Rubber Baby, by Howard Cruse.

The first comic, Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast, is not a comic about the South. It is set in Northport, on Long Island, a small picturesque community in rural New York. Written, drawn, and colored by Greg Fox, this comic is meant to be a kind of soap opera serial about the lives of the gay men who live in the B&B. There have been a couple of Southern men who have entered the story lines. The most recent one is Drew, a social worker who is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. He develops a relationship with Lance, a long-term resident of the B&B who originally comes from Chicago.


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