Knowledge and Scholarship
Who's Who - Beth Davies-Stofka
By Hervé St-Louis
August 8, 2012 - 11:47
Doctor Beth Davies-Stofka came to ComicBookBin from a competitor’s site. She had a long time running column there and for whatever reason decided to try us instead. I remember our initial talks. I was so afraid of being accused of stealing my competitors’ writers that I emphasized that I did not want Beth to move her old articles from there. Beth being an ethics’ scholar more than understood my concerns! Beth’s first article was in mid March 2008. Beth decided that she would specialize in religion and comics, another one of her research domains. Yeah, Beth is a real comic book scholar trained in religious studies.
Beth’s contribution to ComicBookBin reminds me that as well as having a majority of college trained writers over the years, we’ve also had more than our share of graduate students undergoing their master’s degrees. I’m one of them of course. Does that mean that college-educated writers and graduate-level contributors have more say or are better writers? Not necessarily, but as someone who has tremendous respect for the personal achievement one gains through education, I will say that I am not having writers with outstanding educational props. I will say it helps a lot and gives the average writer more range and better analytical skills.
Beth is also well-respected in the comic book industry, having participated in several conferences related to sequential arts scholarly research and contributing a lot to comic book groups for scholars. I’ve spoken to Beth several times and what I’ve learn from her was that she is a hardworking person with several academic and professional commitments that still wants to write a regular column on religion and comics through ComicBookBin because she actually believes in my vision. Woah! People don’t tell me that too often and coming from Beth, who has enough perspective on issues related to comics, that means a lot to me. Beth still writes for ComicBookBin and has witness my drive to succeed although it hasn’t alienated her yet! Beth it’s been four years. Thanks for choosing us over the other guys!
Who's Who @ComicBookBin
is a feature celebrating the 10th anniversary of ComicBookBin where
publisher Hervé St-Louis features writers past and present that have
contributed to ComicBookBin over the years.
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