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Friday, March 29


Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Making Comics in the Classroom: Multiple Literacy learning
The value of integrating comics in the classroom at all levels and in various subjects is now well-established and documented; a useful approach in comics-specific teaching is the making of comics themselves. Like film production, many of the facets of comics creation are intentionally invisible to the reader and challenging to get students to see-and even more challenging to get them to theorize. This panel of educators seeks to encourage teachers at all levels to enter this critical, theoretical space with their students by engaging the form itself, to help them better understand the language of the medium and to be stronger critical thinkers overall. Christina Angel (Metropolitan State University of Denver) and Hannah Means-Shannon (Comicon.com) will explore practical ways to make comics in the classroom. Susan Kirtley (Portland State University) moderates.

Friday March 29, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 210


Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Heroes on the Margins
Brenda Bran (CSU Dominguez Hills) uses intersectional theory to examine the [re]oppression of indigenous figures like Scrapps in Tom King's The Omega Men. Terri Fleming-Dright (CSU Dominguez Hills) argues that Joëlle Jones' Lady Killer, a third-wave feminist text, creates agency through contradiction to allow women to better understand and develop their own distinct identities, diversity, and feminism. Salvatore (Tory) Russo (CSU Dominguez Hills) examines the "chosen child concept" in Kyle Higgins' Power Rangers, asking how such children sacrifice their innocence to save the world-and what happens when they are no longer heroes and have to integrate back into mundane society. Jennifer Henriquez (CSU Dominguez Hills) examines the extraordinary social and racial burdens placed on minority "chosen children" in Monstress and Ms. Marvel.

Friday March 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 210


Comics Arts Conference Session #3: MFA in Comics: The Path to Earning a Graduate Degree in Comics
This panel is a presentation of the MFA in Comics program at California College of the Arts, one of only two programs in the country that offers an accredited graduate degree in comics. As academic institutions are slowly creating entire departments and offering degrees devoted entirely to the study of comics and sequential art, this panel serves to highlight the inner workings and experiences of studying and producing comics at the graduate level from a variety of disciplines, including technical production, cultural studies, digital media, pedagogy, and professional practice. Current and former students Phillip Fleming (The Long Road to Revolution), Kellyn Borst (Dredkuld), Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir), Ashley R. Guillory (California College of the Arts), Shuchita Mishra (California College of the Arts), Dustin Garcia (California College of the Arts), and Eric Wong (Kentucky Killzone) will present on their individual thesis projects, and faculty Allen Passalaqua (Battlepug) and John Jennings (Kindred) will speak on the courses they teach in the program.

Friday March 29, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 210
Saturday, March 30


Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Genre in the Global Marketplace
N. Scott Robinson (San Diego Mesa College) explores fluid transnational representations of American superheroes in comics published in Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, and the United Arab Emirates. James Thompson (Duke University, Comic Book Historians group) looks at how Dracula comics, as imported transnational texts, allow for/demand a reading that can be traced back to Dorfman and Mattelart's How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic and its examination of dominance and passivity in cultural exchange. Sydney Heifler (The University of Oxford) explains how the 1950s romance comics in the UK shed new light on changing perceptions of female and male identity in British post-war society.

Saturday March 30, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 210


Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Graphic Histories
Haniyeh Barahouie (University of Virginia) examines how Posy Simmonds' 1999 graphic novel Gemma Bovery destabilizes/redefines the identity of Flaubert's heroine by situating Emma Bovary as still present in modern life. Katelyn McGirr (Carleton University) uses a graphic adaptation of the nineteenth-century diary of British woman Fanny Duberly as a case study to explore historical representation of Victorian gender and class relations. Stephen Connor (Nipissing University) reveal the ways in which Punisher comics reinforce and challenge evolving perceptions about the war in Vietnam and its aftermath.

Saturday March 30, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 210


Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Births and Rebirths
Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight; The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them) conducts a forensic investigation fitting together the three overlapping yet different accounts Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane gave regarding how they created the Clown Prince of Crime. Amy DeSuza-Riehm (California State University, Long Beach) takes a look at Jessica Jones, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, the role of trauma in superhero origins, and the psychology of Heroes in Crisis. Kyle A. Hammonds (University of Oklahoma) and Garrett Hammonds (American Choral Directors Association) use "The Anatomy Lesson" to show how Alan Moore's seminal run on Saga of the Swamp Thing reflects broad cultural issues which Moore uniquely addressed in the context of horror.

Saturday March 30, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 210
Sunday, March 31


Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Focus on Damian Duffy
How does a comics scholar win a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award? Step one, study comics. Step three, win an Eisner. To figure out step two, join WonderCon special guest Damian Duffy to discuss academic comics, the art books Black Comix and Black Comix Returns, his Eisner Award-winning collaboration with John Jennings in adapting Octavia Butler's masterpiece Kindred, and their forthcoming adaptation of Butler's Parable of the Sower. Travis Langley (Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms) moderates.

Sunday March 31, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 210


Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Press Play and Turn the Page
Hollywood regularly uses comic books to create the next summer blockbuster or hit television series. However, numerous video games have inspired their own comic book stories that provide insight into character backgrounds, narratives, and lore. This panel will discuss three well-known video games that use comic series to expand on their universes and to provide alternative perspectives. Daisy R. Herrera (California State University, Los Angeles) looks at how the comic series Assassin's Creed Uprising expands on the story of the mysterious antagonist, Juno. Jovi H. Hinojosa (California State University, Los Angeles) investigates Borderlands: Origins, a series that focuses on the protagonists of the video game of the same title and the specific events that send them on their journey throughout Pandora. Stephanie Herrera (Glendale Community College) shows how the comic series Bloodborne captures a different perspective into the critically acclaimed video game universe.

Sunday March 31, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 210


Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Medial Transformations
Victoria Minnich (Fishnik.Net!) shows how comics can depict the complexity of marine human-environmental problems that could not otherwise be captured or expressed by the languages of science or the written word alone. Tim Posada (Saddleback College) argues that the superhero film genre's visual and narrative excess (depictions of the "uncanny," narrative oddities specific to comics panels) makes these movies function more like comics. Meshell Sturgis (University of Washington) examines how autobiographical comics-as they appear in the music videos of Dreezy, Yemmy Alade, and Little Simz-reflect Black feminist means of performative resistance through the dual properties of comics panels as simultaneously closed and open narratives. Devon Keyes (Virginia Tech) argues that Jason Aaron's Doctor Strange repurposes the in-panel negative space to complicate the foreground, and that a reading of such a negotiation parallels the negotiation of physical space between the normal and mystical realms that Doctor Strange oversees and protects.

Sunday March 31, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 210