Elections and Wrestlers, Notes III

John Heppen and I are still reflecting on "Where Has the Jesse Voter Gone?" by Andrew Grossbach, Rusty Kath, Alicia Spencer, & Danielle Stuard. Ventura was able to pull votes from Democrats and Republicans, as well as Independents. As seen in table 2, the vast majority of votes in the 1998 gubernatorial election for Norm … Continue reading Elections and Wrestlers, Notes III

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Elections and Wrestlers, Notes II

John Heppen and I are still reflecting on "Where Has the Jesse Voter Gone?" by Andrew Grossbach, Rusty Kath, Alicia Spencer, & Danielle Stuard" Our first task was to find out who voted in the 1998 election. We narrowed our data field to incorporate solely those individuals who had the potential to vote for Jesse … Continue reading Elections and Wrestlers, Notes II

Andre the Giant [Critical Reflections on a Graphic Novel, part one]

Research in comics studies has gone a great distance toward defining comics as a medium, not a genre.  Within the American context, comics as a medium was, for decades, conflated with comics as a genre, typically the superhero genre.  In some ways, the scholar of wrestling studies might see such conflation as similar to the … Continue reading Andre the Giant [Critical Reflections on a Graphic Novel, part one]

WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota Duluth WizKids has announced that they have licensed WWE intellectual property for their tabletop games. WizKids, the leader in high-quality pre-painted miniatures and established board games, today announced a new multi-year licensing partnership with WWE, with plans to bring the organization’s iconic Superstars to the … Continue reading WWE and WizKids: An opportunity to rethink game theory

Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History

by David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, UM Duluth The history of women in wrestling was given a brief overview in Chris Kelly's August 10th essay in The Washington Post "Lifestyle Section," "The Women Wrestlers of WWE Have Created a Movement. Is it Built to Last?" But the history is partial, only reaching back as far … Continue reading Women’s Wrestling and the Erasure of History

Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 30, 2018)

Wow wow wow good wrestling fans. Have we got a lot to talk about this week! Unlike previous installments, my thoughts for each category this week are more general. I am currently in the midst of a move out of the city (Chicago) to Evanston, so admittedly I didn't have the sharpest eye to wrestling … Continue reading Nylons and Midriffs: What’s Happening in Women’s Wrestling (July 30, 2018)