MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI / FEBRUARY 6 / 326 NATURAL SCIENCE /6PM
Morehshin Allahyari is an Iranian artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical tool set to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective struggles. Allahyari is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook.
SETH / FEB 22 / MSU LIBRARY GREEN ROOM / 7PM
Seth is the award-winning cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookavile. He is also the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably the collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright. Seth is the 2019 Comics Forum Creator Keynote Speaker.
DR QIANA WHITTED / FEBRUARY 23 / MSU LIBRARY BEAL ROOM / 12PM
Dr. Qiana Whitted teaches at USC, her research focuses on African-American literary studies and American comic books. Her most recently published articles and book chapters explore race, genre, and comics in representations of historical figures such as Nat Turner, Stagger Lee, and Emmett Till. Her forthcoming book on race and social protest in 1950s EC comics will be published in 2019. Whitted is the 2019 Comics Forum Scholar Keynote Speaker.
UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION 2019
RECEPTION: Friday, April 5th
6:00-8:00PM // Remarks & Awards at 7PM
SHOW DATES: April 5 – April 28
Join us on Friday, April 5th from 6:00-8:00PM for the opening reception for the 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition at (SCENE) Metrospace. The 2019 Department of Art, Art History, and Design Undergraduate Exhibition marks an important achievement for our student exhibitors. These students continue a long history preceded by thousands of alumni who have shown in past Undergraduate Exhibitions at MSU. Centered in a learning environment that values the development of personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection, undergraduate students across all disciplines make intellectual and artistic discoveries. This exhibition features a sampling of coursework from Apparel & Textile Design, Ceramics, Comics, Drawing, Electronic Art & Intermedia, Graphic Design, Photography, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
Alison Wong, Guest Juror
Alison Wong is first-generation Chinese American artist, curator, and educator based in Detroit, MI. Wong received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Primarily working in the field of painting and drawing, Wong takes inspiration from her personal histories and her professional practice as and Director and Curator of Wasserman Projects, founder of Butter Projects, and Adjunct Faculty at College for Creative Studies.
DR ORKAN TELHAN / APRIL 10 / 326 NATURAL SCIENCE / 6PM
Dr. Orkan Telhan is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Telhan teaches at the UPENN and is a co-founder of Biorealize.
Atul Bhalla | Monday, September 16 | 105 S. Kedzie | 6pm
Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist who uses photography, performance, video, sculpture, and installation to immerse himself in the physical, historical, spiritual, and political significance of water. Bhalla is a Professor in the Department of Art and Performance Art at Shiv Nadar University in India.
The MSU Museum’s new “Science On a Sphere” gallery offers exciting opportunities for innovative teaching, research, and artistic creation. Developed by scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science On a Sphere allows for the animated visualization of complex datasets in three dimensions, projected on a globe that simulates a planetary body rotating in space. Through integrated data streams–drawn from NOAA and NASA remote sensing platforms and research programs the world over–users can globally envision a vast range of geophysical, environmental, public health, and socioeconomic phenomena.
This workshop explores the Sphere’s pedagogic possibilities for inquiry-based learning, including integrating hands- on observation of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts, student re-interpretation of big data, faculty-studentcollaborative authoring of original immersive visualizations for projection on the sphere, and the development
of game-style simulations of environmental, economic, and historical dynamics. We will also explore potential affordances of the Sphere in promoting scholarly inquiry in evolutionary theory and climate modeling, as well as the system’s possible uses as a digital canvas for new works of art, performance, and story-telling.
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.
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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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”
Kevin Huizenga’s graphic novels include Curses, The 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.