Faculty Spotlight

Joel Gill, Associate Professor of Art; Chair, Department of Visual Narrative

Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, cited as one of the best graphic novels of 2020 by The New York Times and for which he was awarded the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize. He wrote the words and drew the pictures for Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as 3 volumes of Tales of The Talented Tenth, which tell the stories of Bass Reeves, Bessie Stringfield and Robert Smalls.

Gill is the Chair of the MFA in Visual Narrative at Boston University. Catch all his updates on Instagram, Tik Tok @joelchristiangill and on Twitter @jcg007.