Isaac Cates teaches at the University of Vermont. He has published essays (or has essays forthcoming) on Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware’s diagrams, James Kochalka and diary comics, the collaborations of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, and superhero comics. He has also presented conference papers on Will Eisner, Jack Jackson, Rick Geary, Alan Moore, and George Herriman.
He also writes on Modernist and contemporary poetry, including essays on Louise Glück and Robinson Jeffers. His poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Southern Poetry Review, Southwest Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Unsplendid, and other publications.He was the co-editor of the recent volume Daniel Clowes: Conversations, and he is at work on a monograph about the graphic novel for Yale University Press.
He has been teaching literature courses on the graphic novel since the fall of 2001.
In 2011 Isaac served as Chair of the Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives. Though his official tenure with the Group ended in 2012, he generously continued to lend his advice and support. Thanks, Isaac!