Douglas Wolk

In conversation with Stephanie Burt
Wednesday, October 13, 5:30 pm Central

Make sense of the Marvel Universe with a master of comics criticism! 

Join us as Douglas Wolk discusses All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told. The title refers to the superhero comics published by Marvel since 1961, a work of fiction spanning over 27,000 individual comics, from Alpha Flight to Omega the Unknown. Having undertaken the Herculean feat of reading it all, Wolk makes sense of this ever-expanding story, seeing it as a boisterous, tragicomic, magnificently filigreed epic about power and ethics, set in a world transformed by wonders. 

At this special event, Wolk will be in conversation with renowned poet, critic, and fellow comics fan Stephanie Burt, whose new poetry chapbook For All Mutants present poems inspired by X-Men and other comics characters to explore love, romance, queer identities, fan cultures, and more. Not to be missed, true believers!  

Free to attend, registration required. We hope to “see” you there!


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Thorough, fascinating and joyfully executed, All of the Marvels is essential reading for fans and scholars alike. A magisterial work of pop culture research.

—G. Willow Wilson, author of Ms. Marvel

Douglas Wolk’s naked dive into the Marvel source code is a revelation, a tour both electrifying in its weird charisma, and replenishing in its loving specificity . . . Like Greil Marcus in Mystery Train or Manny Farber in Negative Space, Wolk pushes aside paraphrase to free up an encounter with what’s been there all along, homegrown art.

—Jonathan Lethem

What sounds like a madman’s quest turns out to be a deeply emotional hero’s journey. The best work yet from the best writer about the medium of comics.

—Brian K. Vaughan, author of Saga

About the Authors

Douglas Wolk is the author of the Eisner Award–winning Reading Comics and the host of the podcast Voice of Latveria. A National Arts Journalism Program fellow, Wolk has written about comic books, graphic novels, pop music, and technology for The New York TimesRolling StoneThe Washington PostLos Angeles TimesThe BelieverSlate, and Pitchfork. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

 photo © Lisa Gidley


Stephanie Burt is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections, and several equally acclaimed critical works. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; her other works include Don’t Read PoetryAdvice from the Lights; Parallel Play;and three chapbooks published by Rain Taxi: Why I Am Not a ToddlerAll-Season Stephanie; and the newly released For All Mutants.  She lives in Boston, where she is Professor of English at Harvard University.