Writer + Historian
You could say that comics run in my blood. My grandfather, Mart Nodell, was the creator of the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Attending conventions, watching my grandfather draw, and hearing stories of him and his colleagues was mesmerizing; but for the most part, the weight of their contribution to American culture eluded me. After all -- my early days on the convention circuit were more about family and friends than superheroes.
It wasn’t until 2008, after completing my graduate studies in history, that I realized researching and writing about the history of popular culture -- and comic books in particular -- was where my heart was taking me. In early 2009, while working as a museum curator, I started Sequential Crush. It is my mission through Sequential Crush to show that romance comics are an entertaining and important aspect of comic book history and worthy of critical attention.
When not poring over dusty old comic books, I enjoy reading, spending time with my fiancé, walking and hiking, cross stitching, thinking about what it was like to live in the nineteenth century, and exploring our adopted hometown, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Official Bio
Jacque Nodell – writer, historian, and lifelong comic book fan – strives to bring history alive and make it accessible for current and future generations. With a professional background in museum curation, and having worked for organizations such as the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and the LEGO corporate museum and archives in Denmark, Jacque knows that storytelling is an important aspect of historical interpretation.
Jacque’s successful blog, Sequential Crush, was launched in 2009 and is currently the only online space that actively discusses romance comics on a regular basis. She has written articles for The Journal of Popular Culture, as well as various academic encyclopedias and text books, including Icons of the American Comic Book (ABC-CLIO, 2013) and Comics Through Time (Greenwood, 2014). Jacque’s work with romance comics has also been featured on websites such as The Hairpin and Jezebel. In 2011 she was featured on the popular PBS show, The History Detectives for a segment about romance comics. Jacque's self-publishing debut How to Go Steady: Timeless Dating Advice, Wisdom, and Lessons from Vintage Romance Comics is now available on Amazon.
- Comic book industry history
- History of love and marriage
- 19th and 20th century American history
- Popular culture history
- Women’s history
- History of child-rearing
- Youth culture
- Labor history
I am available for talks, presentations, and guest curation. Please use the contact form below to inquire about rates and availability.