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2017 Keynote Speakers

The Michigan State University Comics Forum is proud to announce not one, but two keynote speakers for our 10th Anniversary event to be held on the final weekend of February 2017.

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Our Creator Keynote Speaker, James Sturm, has garnered many awards for his work including a Xeric grant, an Eisner Award, and Time Magazine’s Graphic Novel of the year. He’s also a founder and teacher at the Center for Cartoon Studies and has worked for a number of comics publishers including Marvel Comics, Fantagraphics, First Second Books, and Drawn and Quarterly to name but a few.

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Our first Scholarly Keynote Speaker, Charles Hatfield, is the author of Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature (2005) and the Eisner Award-winning Hand of Fire: The Comic Art of Jack Kirby (2011), as well as many articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of The Superhero Reader (2013) and Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby (2015), and curated the US’s largest-ever Kirby exhibition at CSU Northridge in 2015. A longtime contributor to The Comics Journal and The Jack Kirby Collector, Hatfield has been writing about comics for more than twenty years. At CSU Northridge, he teaches courses that specialize in comics, popular culture, and children’s literature. Hatfield has served on the boards of the International Comic Arts Forum and the MLA Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives, and is the founding President of the Comics Studies Society. He is now collaborating with Bart Beaty on a guidebook to comics studies and with Craig Fischer on a study of cartoonist Eddie Campbell.

2017 Keynote Announcement on MSU Comics Podcast

Tune into or download Episode #3 of the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel podcast to find out who will be our keynote speaker at this coming year’s event. Episode release date, Nov. 1st, 2016 at http://msucomics.libsyn.com.

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2017 Call for Artist Alley Submissions

This year’s MSU Comics Forum Artists Alley will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 25th, 2017. It will be in the Lookout! Gallery and surrounding classrooms located on the 2nd floor of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in Michigan State University’s Snyder/Phillips Hall in East Lansing, MI. There is no cost to request table space for the MSU Comics Forum.

To request table space complete the requested information at the following form by Tuesday, December 20th, 2016:

http://tinyurl.com/2017msucfArtistAlley

Due to limited space the Artist Alley is juried and not all requests will be met. Once the application is received it will be reviewed and you will be notified via e-mail by Saturday, January 7th, 2017 as to whether or not we are able to meet your request.  Accepted Artists will receive table space free of charge

2017 Call for Panel Submissions

The MSU Comics Forum will be accepting submissions for individual presentations, panel sessions, and roundtables as part of the event?s academic panel discussions on Saturday, Feb 25th, 2017.  Submissions will be accepted from a variety of disciplines and must be received by Dec. 20th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.  Download PDF file for details:

MSU Comics Forum 2017 – Call for Submissions  (PDF)

2016 MSU Comics Forum Wraps

Many thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, organized, and participated in the 9th annual Michigan State University Comics Forum
(MSUCF) and made it such a successful event.  We’ll see you again next year for the 10th annual MSUCF.  In the meantime, please enjoy the archive of Sergio Aragones’ keynote speech.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riXOxoseel4&feature=youtu.be

Until 2017,

Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Art, Art History, and Design

LiveStream of 2016 MSU Comics Forum Keynote Address

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 MSU Comics Forum Keynote Speech by Sergio Aragones will be liveStreamed.

You can watch the livestream below, or click here to watch it on YouTube.

 

Sincerely,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director

2016 MSU Comics Forum Poster Unveiled

It is my pleasure to formally unveil the 2016 Michigan State University Comics Forum poster illustrated by this year’s keynote speaker, Sergio Aragones.

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Sergio’s keynote address will place on Friday, February 26th from 7-8:30 in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater.

Feel free to repost this electronic image to help us promote the many events surrounding this year’s MSU Comics Forum. If you are a business owner or manager and would like to receive a few posters to hang in your place of business, please contact me (Ryan Claytor, MSU Comics Forum Director at rclaytor@msu.edu) by Friday, Jan. 22nd, 2016 to be added to our mailing list.

Sincerely,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director

2016 Comics Forum Dates & Keynote Speaker

sergioThe 2016 MSU Comics Forum will take place on Feb. 26th and 27th. The keynote address will occur on the first evening, Friday, Feb. 26th, 2016, while the panel discussions and artist alley will take place the following day, Saturday, Feb 27th, 2016. The location will be in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.

This year, the Forum is proud to announce that Sergio Aragones will be
our Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker on Friday, Feb 26th, 2016.
Aragones is the most honored cartoonist, having won every major award in the field including the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame Award.  He is widely known for his contributions to Mad Magazine and his long-running comic book series, Groo the Wanderer.  Recently, Aragones completed a Groo vs. Conan crossover with artist, Tom Yeates, and continues his more than 50 years of contributions to Mad Magazine.

2016 Call for Panel Submissions

The MSU Comics Forum will be accepting submissions for individual presentations, panel sessions, and roundtables as part of the event’s academic panel discussions on Saturday, Feb 27th, 2016. Submissions will be accepted from a variety of disciplines and must be received by Dec. 20th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.  Download PDF file for details.

MSU Comics Forum 2016 – Call for Submissions – (PDF)

2016 Call for Artist Alley Submissions

This year’s MSU Comics Forum Artists Alley will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 27th, 2016. It will be in the Lookout! Gallery and surrounding classrooms located on the 2nd floor of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in Michigan State University?s Snyder/Phillips Hall in East Lansing, MI. There is no cost to request table space for the MSU Comics Forum.

To request table space complete the requested information at the following form by Tuesday, December 15th, 2015:

http://tinyurl.com/2016msucfArtistAlley

Due to limited space the Artist Alley is juried and not all requests will be met. Once the application is received it will be reviewed and you will be notified via e-mail by January 2nd, 2016 as to whether or not we are able to meet your request.  Accepted Artists will receive table space free of charge.



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The Michigan State University Comics Forum is sponsored by The MSU Department of Art, Art History and Design, The Journal of Popular Culture, Clem's Comics and Games, The MSU Department of English, The MSU Special Collections Library, Hollow Mountain Comics, Games & Collectibles, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, MSU Muslim Studies Program, and BRD Printing.

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