Feb 18th – March 4th, 2015

Gallery Exhibition – “African Biography and History in World Comics”

Location: Residential College in the Arts & Humanities LookOut! Gallery, Snyder/Phillips Hall 2nd floor, Michigan State University

The exhibit will feature examples from The Comic Art Collection housed in Michigan State University’s Special Collections. The Comic Art Collection holds over 200,000 items and is the primary library resource for the study of U.S. comic book publications.

Monday, Feb 16th, 2015

A Conversation with Scott McCloud

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Schuler Books, Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing, MI 48912

Comics artist and theoretician, Scott McCloud (The Sculptor, Understanding Comics, Zot), makes a stop in Lansing, MI as part of a book tour promoting his new graphic novel, The Sculptor.

Friday, Feb 20th, 2015

In-Store signing with Jason Howard

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Location: Hollow Mountain Comics, Games & Collectibles, 611 E. Grand River Ave (Across from the MSU Broad Art Museum)


Image Comics artist, Jason Howard (Trees, Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolfman), will be signing his books at the new East Lansing Comic Book specialty shop, Hollow Mountain Comics, Games & Collectibles, only a short walk from the keynote address later this evening.

Keynote Address with Tom Hart

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Residential College in the Arts & Humanities Theatre, Snyder/Phillips Hall Basement, Michigan State University

Tom Hart is a cartoonist and the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida. He is the creator of the Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, and has been nominated for all the major industry awards. His The Collected Hutch Owen was nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.

He was a core instructor at New York City’s School of Visual Arts for 10 years, teaching cartooning to undergraduates, working adults and teens alike. Among his students were Dash ShawSarah Glidden Box Brown and other published cartoonists.  He has taught comix and sequential art at schools and institutions all around New York City for more than 10 years, and has conducted week-long workshops from Maine to Hawaii. His  Daddy Lightning, was published in March 2012 from Retrofit, and Let’s Get Furious, a 380-page new Hutch Owen digital collection for tablets, is available from Top Shelf. He also teaches sequential art in the School of Art and Art History at UF.

Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015

Artist Alley and Panel Discussions

Time: 11:00am-5:00pm

Location: Residential College in the Arts & Humanities LookOut! Gallery, Snyder/Phillips Hall 2nd floor, Michigan State University

The Forum will feature an Artists Alley with dozens of creators exhibiting their work in comics. For more information on individual artists featured, please reference the Artists Alley page on this website.

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Panel: Feminism in Comics

Time: February 21st, 11:00am – Noon

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description:  An in depth discussion about women’s roles in comics, exploring how the intention of an author’s use of gender in comics can sometimes create unintended readings of the characters.

Presenters and Presentation Titles:

Stephen Harrick- Al Capp, Accidental Feminist:  How Capp’s Sadie Hawkins Empowered Generations of Females (In Spite of Her Creator) CANCELLED

Craig This- Out of the Refrigerator, but Still in the Kitchen: Iron Man’s Pepper Potts

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Panel: Comics Education Roundtable

Time: February 21st, 12:15 – 1:15pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description:  Join educational comic creators Josh Elder (founder, Reading With Pictures), Jerzy Drozd (Comics Are Great, Kids Read Comics), and Jim McClain (classroom teacher and creator of Solution Squad) as they discuss the history of educational comics, the research supporting educational comics, and specific methodology for creating comics that can be and should be used in the classroom.

Presenters and Presentation Titles:

Josh Elder, Jerzy Drozd, Jim McClain – Educational Comics: Past, Present, and Future

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Artist Spotlight

Time: February 21st, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description:  Join 2015 MSU Comics Forum Keynote Speaker, Tom Hart, for an informal discussion of his work, his process, and what’s next.

Presenters and Presentation Titles:

Tom Hart – Artist Spotlight

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Panel: Creative Voices in Corporate Comics

Time: February 21st, 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description: Many artists must make a decision in their creative journey; to remain true to your vision regardless of what corporations may want to censor, or to attempt to appease a greater audience at the sacrifice of changing and censoring major aspects of your work. This panel will examine different paths artists have taken in regards to this difficult question.

Presenters and Presentation Titles:

Zack Kruze – Suppressive Fire: How Blazing Combat was Censored and Killed by the 1960s Establishment

Donald E. Simpson, PhD – From Dogpatch to DCU, or, A Pictopia to Call One’s Own: The Autonomous Creative Vision vs. the Corporate Pseudoverse of Infinite Crossovers CANCELLED

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Panel: Examining Ed Brubaker

Time: February 22nd, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description: This panel will dive into Ed Brubaker’s collection of work, particularly on his use of moral ambiguity to define his protagonists. 

Presenters and Presentation Titles:

Andrew Lesk- Pulp Friction: Ed Brubaker and the Revival of Comic Book Violence

Matt Yockey- Cape Fear: The Noir Superhero in Incognito

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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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