In conjunction with the 4th annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Festival (CXC), we will be hosting our second Scholarly Symposium, with events on Thursday on campus and Saturday at the Expo downtown. All events are free and open to the public. Information at the CXC webpage and the Cartoon Crossroads webpage.
For the 2018 CXC Symposium we are focusing on how comics enter public spaces to do social, transformative work. Whether in the classroom, the clinic, the library, the community center, or the protest march, comics are not just for private consumption or production anymore - if they ever were. How do comics and their creators adapt to, intervene in, and direct public discourse about pressing contemporary and historical social issues? What gaps in such discourses can the medium and comics professionals fill? And what happens when the medium enters new realms of the public sphere?
This year's Symposium is hosted by Columbus College of Art & Design’s Comics & Narrative Practice program and by the Ohio State University’s Popular Culture Studies program, in partnership with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Sol-Con: the Brown + Black Comics Expo, and the Comics Studies Society.
DAY 1 (Thursday September 27th)
9:15-10:30 Panel 1: Graphic Accounts: Comics History & Resistance (Chair: Jared Gardner)
Elizabeth Nijdam, “Towards a Graphic Historicity: Authenticity and Photography in the German Graphic Novel”
Brittany Tullis, “Race, Immigration, and Latinidad in the Jim Crow South: Comics as Testimony in Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom”
Arturo Meijide Lapido, “Graphic Narration and Social Resistance in Prior and Rubin’s Gran Hotel Abismo (2016)”
10:45-12:15 Panel 2: Comics Histories: Contexts for the Medium (Chair: Margaret Flinn)
Ian Gordon, “The Australian Underground Comix of the 1970s”
Nhora Serrano, “Columbia Calls: Public Discourse and Feminine Visuality”
Tammy Clewell, “Beyond Morale Boosting: British First World War Cartoons”
Alexander Beringer, “Bohemianism and the Radical History of the 19th Century American Comic Strip”
1:30-2:45 Panel 3: Editorial Agendas: Comics Journalism & Activism (Chair: Joshua Anderson)
Daniel Worden, “Oil Comics: Corporate Relations, Speculation, and Climate Change”
Susan Kirtley “Sacco’s Comic Book Campaign: Rent Crisis”
David Allan Duncan, “On-Location with The Nib: Young Cartoonists on the Frontline of Editorial Cartooning”
3:15-4:45 Panel 4: Comics Publics: Assembling the Medium
Carlotta Vacchelli, “Luca Enoch’s Gea. Refounding Multiethnicity in the Multiverse”
Hannah Hurley, “Avengers Sassemble!: The Noncompliant Counterpublics of Contemporary Comics Back Matter”
Nick Miller, “Mind the Glitch: ‘Hacking’ the Visual Aesthetics of Mental Illness in Marvel’s The New Mutants and FX’s Legion”
Jenny Blenk, “The Politics of Feminism and Silence in Georgia Webber's Dumb”
SÕL-CON RECEPTION (4 – 7PM) Hale Hall | 154 W. 12th Ave.
Day 2 (Saturday September 29th)
9:30-11:00 Panel 5: Activating the Medium: A Comics Activism Roundtable (Chair: Jeremy Stoll)
11:15- 12:45 Panel 6: Educating Comics: Teaching and Curation
Wesley Cray, “Some Refections on Fun Home, Duke University, Pornography, and Pedagogy”
Nasreen Sultana Mitu, “Project Tiktaalik: Learning science through fun!”
Liz Laribee, “Participatory Design at the Smithsonian: a Comic Book Pathfinder for the Digital Archives”
Evan Keeling,“Comics In Museum Education: Tackling Difficult and Complex Subjects”
1:45-3 Panel 7: Comics Practice: Methods of Engagement
Christopher Sperandio, “The Social Practice Comics of Grennan and Sperandio”
Mauricio Espinoza, “‘Educating and Challenging’: The Publicly Engaged Graphic Art of Eric J. García”
Jeremy Stoll, "Drawn Alongside: An Ethnographic Approach to Comics"
3:15-4:45 Panel 8: Drawing Injustice: Activism & Artistry (Chair: Rachel Miller)
Jason Rodriguez (et al.?), “Comics As Empowerment for Latinx Teenagers”
Emily Lewis, Jenny Blenk, and Melanie Stevens, “Miss Anthology: Operating a Nonprofit Comics Anthology in the Portland Community”
Eric J. García, "Beyond the Page: Infiltrating Every Space for Critical Dialogue"