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Living in the Gutter: Conflict and Contradiction in the Neoliberal Classroom A Call to Action

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Note: Beyond a sewer or a ditch, the “gutter” is that narrow blank space between panels in every comic book or graphic novel. Seeming to say nothing at all, that thin white strip is where most of the magic actually happens. The gutter brings the art to life as sequential, and is the central site of tension and conflict, interpretation, imagination, and meaning making. We often feel, these days, that we are living inside a comic book, and so we write this from the margin, the cut, the gutter.

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