Esther Claudio

A photo of Esther Claudio
E-mail: Office: Rolfe Hall 4316


  • M.A. in Spanish, University of California, Los Angeles (2017)
  • B.A. in Humanities, Universidad de Alcalá (Spain, 2016)


I study postfrancoist Spanish historical memory in graphic novels. I am interested in the particular mechanisms that comics use to explore diegetic and extradiegetic rendering of time and space, trauma and memory, identity and nationhood. The mutual legitimation between the claims for justice that accompany the topic and the marginal nature that characterizes comics have fruitfully spearheaded a break from the masculine war canon and advanced discussions on social justice. My work argues that the study of Spanish graphic novels is crucial for understanding the cultural production on Historical memory.

Publications and Presentations


  • On the Edge of the Panel: Essays on Comics Criticism, Esther Claudio and Julio Cañero editors.  Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015 (330 pages.) 978-1443877879

Book Chapters

  • “La dignidad del perdedor: las novelas gráficas de Paco Roca” Género y conciencia autoral en el cómic español (1970-2018), León, Universidad de León, Eolas Ediciones, 2019, pp.271-321. 


  • “Tácticas de Luchadoras: El Alma de Ciudad Juárez” Latin American Literature Today, Vol. 1, no. 6, (2018).
  •  “La proyección social del cómic estadounidense en la España tardofranquista”, Nueva Revista del Pacífico 61 (2014): 56-84. ISSN 0716-6346 


  • “An Interview with Paco Roca.” European Comic Art, Volume 11 number 2, 118-137, 2018. ISSN: 1754-3797 (Print)

Invited Talks

  • 2020 “Memory and Identity Politics in Spanish Graphic Narrative” at ALCES XXI, Universidad de Oviedo, Summer Course, July 13-15.
  • 2019 “Graphic Labyrinths: A Cartography of Emotions in Experimental Graphic Novels” at World Building: The Stories We Tell. IDEAS, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2012 “El grafiador en Jimmy Corrigan: entre el futurismo y el arte pop” Universidad de León, Summer Course, León, July 5.“El grafiador en Jimmy Corrigan: entre el futurismo y el arte pop” Universidad de León, Summer Course, León, July 5.

Conferences Organized

  • 2020 “Comics in Dialogue”. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. April 14-17
  • 2018 “Affects and Effects: A Feminist Meta-Conference”. University of California, Los Angeles, April 20-21.
  • 2012 “Crossing the Borders of Imagination”. 8th International Conference on Chicano Literature. Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, May 24-26.
  • 2011 “Sites of Visual and Textual Innovation” First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Universidad de Alcalá, November 9-12

Panels Organized

  • 2019 Interview with Paco Roca, University of California Los Angeles, July 22.
  • 2019 Interview with Paco Roca, Gilbert Hernández and Gary Groth. San Diego Comic Convention, July 20.
  • 2017 Interview with Ana Merino. “The Transforming Latin Voice of the Hernández Bros.” University of California, Los Angeles, March 1st.


  • 2020 “Insurgencias e Imaginación Política en la Narrativa Gráfica”. Summer Course Teacher and Coordinator, July 13-15.