Justin Wigard, PhD (pronounced “Why-Guard”) is a University Distinguished Fellow in the Department of English at Michigan State University, where he works and teaches in the areas of popular culture, game studies, comic studies, children’s literature, and digital humanities.

He is co-editor of Attack of the new B Movies: Essays on SYFY Original Films (McFarland Press, 2022), the first academic treatment of SYFY Channel’s original films, including Sharknado (2013), 2 Lava 2 Lantula (2016), Frankenfish (2004), and more.

His work covers a wide range of subjects, including the Hallmark Channel’s Garage Sale Mystery film series; professional wrestling and Street Fighter; chronotopal representations of feminism in Marvel’s Jessica Jones; visual parody and pulp signifiers in Calvin and Hobbes; monstrous motherhood in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline; and the transmission of ludemes across video games in the Jurassic Park and X-Men: The Animated Series properties.

Justin’s dissertation, Level 101: A Video Game About Video Games, is a video game that he has developed which explores, explains, and interrogates the medium through a methodology of play.

He can be reached at:

email: wigardju@msu.edu

twitter: @justinwigard

Graphic Possibilities Podcast:

Justin is co-host of the Graphic Possibilities podcast, sponsored by the MSU English Department that is devoted to critical inquiry and engaged pedagogy within comics. Listen below:


Image: Typical Wigard attire — red flannel, messy hair, shaggy beard, thick black glasses.

Level 101 – A Video Game Dissertation
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