The Michigan State University Comics Forum 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, exhibition of comic art, comic book discussion groups and more.
For full schedule of events, please see: http://comicsforum.msu.edu/schedule/.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Lucy Knisley specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She has made comics for various anthologies and publications including Marvel comics, Valiant comics, Adventure Time comics, and Boom Studios. Knisley will present the 2018 Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Award-winning editor Diana Schutz has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics. She teaches Comics Studies at Portland State University is a published author of both comics and prose, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Schutz will present the 2018 Scholar Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
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.
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.