Feb 17th – 28th, 2014

Gallery Exhibition – The Asian Comics Collection: MSU Library Holdings from 13 Countries

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.

Thursday, Feb 20th, 2014

Documentary Film Screening and Discussion – Naji Al-Ali: An Artist with Vision

Location: Main Library North Conference Room, W449, Michigan State University,

Time: 7pm

Kasim Abid, director, producer, cameraman. 52 minutes

The film takes us on a chronological tour of the artist’s life, from his childhood in the camps, through his days as a student. It follows him as he emerges as an activist, journalist and artist, through the various wars that shaped his work and his fate, and finally into his exile in London, where he was brutally gunned down by an unknown assailant. – See more at: http://www.aljadid.com/content/witness-brutality-film-documents-life-and-death-naji-al-ali#sthash.AgGpnN8n.dpuf

MSU Comics Forum/MSU Library Film Series

Presented by Sadam Issa, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian & African Languages

Co-sponsored by the MSU Muslim Studies Program

Friday, Feb 21st, 2014

In-Store signing with Nate Powell

Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

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


Eisner Award winning, NY Times Bestselling comics artist Nate Powell (March, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole) 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 Stan Sakai

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

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

Stan Sakai is most known for his long-running anthropomorphic animal series, Usagi Yojimbo, which explores the culture and traditions of 17th century feudal Japan and has been published in 12 languages.  Recently, Sakai completed an ambitious historical mini-series, 47 Ronin, a comics adaptation of Japan’s best known tale with publisher and writer, Mike Richardson.  Sakai’s work has garnered him numerous Eisner Awards and in 2011 the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA presented a retrospective of his 30-year career.

Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2014

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.

Panel: Three Perspectives Towards Endless Possibilities: Interrogating Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman At 25

Time: February 22nd, 11:00am – Noon

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description: A quarter-century has passed since the debut of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. This panel’s participants will dig into the author’s seminal work from a variety of unique perspectives.

Presenters and Presentation Titles: 

Justin Wigard – The New Wave Sound of Her Wings: Egyptian Mythology and British Musical Influence on Death in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman

Joseph Michael Sommers – An Endless Symphony of Discordant Voices: Neil Gaiman’s Polyphonic The Sandman

Daniel Abbey – The Clarity of Delirium: The Endless Possibilities of Disabilities Studies in The Sandman

Panel: Historical Pathways Through Comics

Time: February 22nd, 12:15 – 1:15pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description: Comics are a versatile medium, with a rich history and an undoubtedly incredible future. Here we look at what comics have been, what they might have been, and the lengths to which they strive.

Presenters and Presentation Titles: 

Dan Yezbick – “There’s a Monkey in my Vowel!”:  Literacy and Lunacy in the Educational Cartoons and Nonsense Comics of George Leonard Carlson

Sean Rogers – Verses Versus Comics: bpNichol’s Comic Strip Poetics

Brett Sterling – A Universal Synthesis: Science and Culture in Jens Harder’s Alpha…Directions

Artist Spotlight

Time: February 22nd, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Panel: International Approaches in Graphic Literature

Time: February 22nd, 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description: Sequential art is hardly the sole property of American artists and audiences. Comics are a multi-faceted, international phenomena, something these panelists understand well.

Presenters and Presentation Titles: 

Kathryn E. McEwen – Handiwork: Applied Arts and Expressive Anatomy in Anke Feuchtenberger

Kristy Beers Fägersten – What’s so funny about swearing in English? Swearing and language choice in Swedish comics

Panel: Heroes, Humanity, and Morality

Time: February 22nd, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Snyder/Phillips 2nd Floor classrooms

Description: This panel focuses on man’s transcendence to the super hero, the hero’s conformity to the mundane, the limits of man, and the morality of such volatile evolution.

Presenters and Presentation Titles: 

Chris Gavaler – The Eugenic Super Hero

Zack Kruse –  “The Right to Kill”: Steve Ditko and the Death of the Silver Age

Sarah Mécheneau – Three Artists into One Master: Jean Giraud as the Eternal Pioneer, Redefining the Human

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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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