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Feb
26
Fri
2021 MSU Comics Forum @ Virtual
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm
2021 MSU Comics Forum @ Virtual

Please join us for the 14th annual MSU Comics Forum. This is a multi-day, annual event for scholars, creators and fans of the comics medium.  Events include keynote addresses from an award-winning creator and scholar in the field, an artist alley, academic panel discussions, comic book discussion groups and more.  MSU is also home of the Comic Art and Graphic Novel Minor, the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast, and the largest public collection of comic books in the world which is housed in our Special Collections Library.

This event is free and open to the public and this year all of the events will be hosted online.

Artist Alley open February 26 – March 5, 2021
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021
Panel Discussions & Keynote Lectures Schedule:
MSU Comics Forum YouTube Channel
Schedule on MSU Comics Forum Panel Discussions Page

        Friday, February 26, 2021        

8:30 am (EST) Welcome Remarks

9:00 am (EST) Roundtable 1: Comics as Data North America (CaDNA)
Participants:

  • Julian Chambliss, Professor of English, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
  • Justin Wigard, Michigan State University
  • Kate Topham, Digital Humanities Archivist, Michigan State University

10:00 am (EST) Break

10:15 am (EST) Roundtable 2: Graphic Narratives Network
Participants:

  • Valentina Denzel, Associate Professor of French Literature, Michigan State University
  • David Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Global Studies, Michigan State University
  • Sadam Issa, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Michigan State University
  • Catherine Ryu, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
  • Lynn Wolff, Associate Professor of German Studies, Michigan State University

11:15 am (EST) Lighting Round #1
Participants:

  • Brianna Anderson, “What Will the World Be Like When I Grow Up?”: Picturing Children’s Eco-Activism in World War 3 Illustrated #46″
  • Samantha Cutrara, “Not all graphic histories are created equal”
  • Jason Lapidus, “Creator communities in the time of quarantine”

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm (EST) Lunch Break

2:00 pm (EST) Roundtable 3:Behind the Scenes in Graphic Novel Publishing
Participants:

  • Gina Gagliano, Publishing Director, Random House Graphic
  • Whitney Leopard, RHG Senior Editor, Random House Graphic
  • Patrick Crotty, RHG Senior Designer, Random House Graphic
  • Gwen Tarbox, Western Michigan University, (Moderator)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm(EST) Break

3:15 pm (EST) Roundtable 4: Comics as / in / of / History
Participants:

  • Maryanne Rhett, Monmouth University (Moderator)
  • Kaleb Knoblauch, UC Davis
  • Lawrence Abrams, UC Davis
  • Elizabeth Pollard, San Diego State University

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm (EST) Break

4:30 pm (EST) Lightning Round #2

  • Chris Sanagan, “Primary Sources: Inspiration for Storytelling”
  • Sean Carleton, “”Getting Graphic with Activist Histories”
  • Scott Chantler, “BIX: Visualizing Rhythm”
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (EST) Break

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (EST) Creator Keynote

Kevin Huizenga’s graphic novels include CursesThe Wild Kingdom, Gloriana, and the recently released The River at Night.  His work has been translated into six languages, garnered five Ignatz awards, as well as nominations for Harvey and Eisner awards.  In 2020, The Guardian named The River at Night one of the best comics of the past decade.  Huizenga lives in Minneapolis where he taught in the Comic Art program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2015-2019.

       Saturday, February 27, 2021      

9:00 am (EST) Roundtable 5: Graphic Medicine
Participants

  • A. David Lewis, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science
  • Candida Rifkind, The University of Winnipeg
  • Teresa Wong, Author and Artist
  • Sam Hester, Author and Artist

10:00am – 10:15 am (EST) Break

10:15 am (EST) Roundtable 6: LGBTQ+ and Comics
Participants:

  • Andre M. Carrington (Moderator), University of California, Riverside
  • Margaret Galvan, University of Florida
  • Justin Hall, Writer
  • Nic Gitau, Librarian & President of Geeks OUT
  • Mariko Tamaki, Artist

11:15 am – 12:00 pm (EST) Break

12:00 pm (EST) Scholar Keynote
Deborah E. Whaley, University of Iowa
Black Women in Sequence: Rethinking and Reinking Black Women in Comics

This talk will explore graphic novel production and comic book fandom, focusing in particular on women of African descent as deployed in television, film, animation, and print representations of comic strip, comic book, and graphic novel characters. Whaley will also discuss Black women artists and writers of sequential art, and how Japanese comics, music, and politics shapes their comic art.

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm (EST) Break

1:15pm (EST) Roundtable 7: Fashion, Bodies, and Sex
Participants:

  • Joan Ormrod, Manchester Metropolitan University,
  • Trina Robbins, Independent scholar and comics creator
  • Sydney Heifler, Ohio State University, (Moderator)

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm (EST) Break

2:30 pm (EST)
Roundtable 8: Representation and Comics
Participants:

  • Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University (Moderator)
  • John Jennings, University of California, Riverside
  • Andy Kunka, University of South Carolina, Sumter
  • Beth LePensee, Michigan State University

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm (EST) Break

3:45 pm (EST) Roundtable 9: Pedagogy and Comics
Participants:

  • Leah Misemer, Georgia Tech
  • Susan Kirtley, Portland State University
  • Jonathan Flowers, Worcester State
  • Zack Kruse, Michigan State University (Moderator)

4:45 pm (EST) Closing Remarks

These events are made possible thanks to support from The MSU College of Arts and Letters, The Department of English, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Department of Art, Art History and Design, Gary Hoppenstand, MSU Muslim Studies, Capital Area District Libraries, The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, The MSU Libraries Special Collections, The MSU Main Library, MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, and BRD Printing.

Mar
17
Wed
Nikita Gale Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Nikita Gale Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Nikita Gale | March 17 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Nikita Gale (b. 1983, Anchorage, Alaska; lives and works in Los Angeles) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California and holds a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeological Studies from Yale University and earned an MFA in New Genres at UCLA. Gale’s practice is often structured by long-term obsessions with specific objects and the ways these objects gesture towards particular social and political histories. Gale uses ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals potentially reproduce their relationships to objects within their relationships to psychic space and political, social, and economic systems. For Gale, the term “reproduction” is as much a mechanical, technical process as it is a process rooted in sex, biology, and the organic.

On a more physical register, Gale’s work points to the ways that many technologies can be understood as instruments that extend or amplify the body through a relationship to touch. Reproduction connects humans to a desire for extension and amplification both biologically and through industrial processes. By engaging with materials that have properties that are simultaneously acoustic and protective, Gale’s recent work considers the role of the audience as a social arena and examines the ways in which silence and noise function as political positions and conditions.

Nikita’s work has recently been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (New York); LACE (Los Angeles); Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles); Matthew Marks Gallery (Los Angeles); The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York); Rodeo Gallery (London); Ceysson & Benetiere (Paris); and in “Made in L.A. 2018” at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Gale’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Art21, AQNB, Frieze, Vogue, and Flash Art. Nikita currently serves on the Board of Directors for GREX, the west coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

For more information about Nikita Gale and their work, please visit their website.

Mar
24
Wed
Amanda Ross-Ho Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Amanda Ross-Ho Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Amanda Ross-Ho | March 24 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Amanda Ross-Ho’s work draws from a broad hierarchy of structures, mapping connectivity within the overlapping ecologies of personal and universal phenomena. Her evolving personal language combines forensic and theatrical gestures, diagramming the reflexive relationships between production, presentation, and the social contracts of viewership. Her sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and most recently, public works have been exhibited widely, nationally, and internationally.

Amanda Ross-Ho holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Roski School of Art, University of Southern California.  Solo exhibitions include Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, Hoet Bekaert, Belgium, The Pomona Museum of Art, Mitchell-Innes and Nash New York, The Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art, Middelburg, Netherlands, the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, The Approach, London, and Praz-Delavallade, Paris. Group exhibitions include Artists Space, New York, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The New Museum, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. In 2013 she debuted her first large-scale commissioned public work at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and in 2015, she presented a new large-scale sculpture commission in City Hall Park, New York City through the Public Art Fund. Ross-Ho’s work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Art in America, Flash Art, Art + Auction, and Frieze among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

For more information about Amanda Ross-Ho and their work, please visit their website.