Kelowna, British Columbia
Equal parts artist and academic, Asher Klassen is embroiled in a six-year interdisciplinary B.F.A. at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, BC, combining studio practice, art history, and literary studies in order to build creative and critical approaches to comics. He recently spent a year abroad, studying in Durham University's English Literature and Theology departments.
In December 2014 he adapted to comics form an abridged version of A. David Lewis's Eisner-nominated critical text American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife (Palgrave). The comic is part of his ongoing work on comics and religion with the scholarly collective Sacred & Sequential which he, Lewis, and a number of other comics scholars founded early in 2014. Klassen has presented conference papers as a member of both the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC) and the Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA), as well as a guest lecture at Durham University. In 2015 was involved as a researcher attached to Electricomics, a digital comics theory and software development project funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Nesta.