About Comic Camp

So, the course's full title is "The Next Chapter: Identity in Graphic Novels." Just think of Comic Camp as its alias - a shorthand moniker to conceal its true identity.

In this one-credit course course, we will meet in Turlington Hall and other locations around campus and Gainesville. We will read and engage with graphic novels and discuss their impact on our understanding of identities. (And at the end of the class, everyone gets to keep some of the texts!) Students should take this time to make connections with each other, to learn the lay of the land, and to learn about the various resources available to them.

Throughout camp, we will meet, go on scavenger hunts for the perfect reading/studying locations, and learn from guest speakers about the Alachua County libraries, UF libraries, the Harn Museum, and the International Center & Study Abroad. You should wear comfortable clothes for walking around in the Floridian August heat and bring a water bottle.

Since this is a discussion-based camp, attendance, engagement, and active participation are required. Attendance means coming to class on campus and on the field trips. Engagement and active participation means listening to our guest speakers and to your peers, sharing your ideas and interpretations thoughtfully, and being respectful of each others’ lived experiences and opinions, including when we have disagreements. Our thoughtful discussions will lead to better understandings of the texts and each other.

Students will

  • identify characteristics of graphic novels
  • analyze how stories influence our understanding of identities
  • listen actively and articulate their responses to the chosen texts
  • create a final team-based presentation


  • Students that sign up for Comic Camp will be enrolled in a one-credit Honors class automatically as part of the experience. This one-credit class will be completed during the time period of the retreat, so there is no need to worry about a conflict with the schedule of another class.
  • Please do not register if you have a time conflict. All honors retreats and course-based camps have conflicting schedules with both sorority rush and marching band.

Registration Info

Summer 2024 Comic Camp
Dates: Aug 15 - 19
Location: University of Florida Campus

Please read the FAQs before registering for Gator Crossing.
The registration date is still being finalized. Incoming students will be informed well before registration opens.

Students living on-campus should move in the morning of Aug 15.

Please contact Dr. Forbes at tforbes@honors.ufl.edu with any questions.

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