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Final Schedule Posted

The complete list of artists featured at the MSU Comics Forum, in addition to the schedule and descriptions for the Scholar and Creator Panels are live.  You can find the list of artists with accompanying biography on the Artist Alley page of this website while the Scholar and Creator Panels and descriptions can be found on the Schedule page under the subheading, March 2nd, 2013.

See you in a few weeks,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum ? Director
Email: rclaytor[at]msu[dot]edu

2013 MSU Comics Forum Poster Unveiled

It is my pleasure to formally announce the artist for our 2013 Michigan State University Comics Forum poster.  Nick Bertozzi, this year’s Keynote Speaker, has graciously designed a custom poster for the Forum.

Feel free to repost this 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 Ryan Claytor, MSU Comics Forum Director (rclaytor@msu.edu) by Jan. 25th, 2013 to be added to our mailing list.

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2013 MSU Comics Forum Dates & Keynote Speaker

The 2013 MSU Comics Forum will take place on the first weekend of March. As usual, the keynote address will occur on the first evening, Friday, March 1st, 2013, while the panel discussions and artist alley will happen the following day, Saturday, March 2nd, 2013. The location will be in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University (the same locations as the past few years).

Now for the exciting news!  This year the MSU Comics Forum is proud to announce that Nick Bertozzi, award-winning comics creator and professor will be our guest of honor and keynote speaker on Friday, March 1st, 2013. Bertozzi received a Xeric Grant and multiple Harvey Awards and Ignatz Awards for his cartooning. He is the writer and artist of the graphic novel Lewis & Clark (First/Second).  He collaborated with Jason Lutes on the graphic novel Houdini: The Handcuff King (Hyperion/CCS) and drew Glenn (The Colbert Report/Daria) Eichler’s STUFFED! (First/Second).  Bertozzi is author of The Salon (St. Martin’s Griffin) a graphic novel about Picasso, the discovery of Cubism, and magical absinthe. He is hard at work on a cartoon biography of Lenny Bruce for Houghton-Mifflin, written by Harvey Pekar and you can read his ongoing sci-fi/fantasy cartoon, Persimmon Cup, for free every week at ACT-I-VATE (http://activatecomix.com). For the past several years Bertozzi has been teaching cartooning at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, as well as teaching stints at Rhode Island School of Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. For more information, visit his website: http://NickBertozzi.com/

2013 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, March 2nd, 2013. Submissions accepted from a variety of disciplines and must be received by January 31st, 2013 at 11:59pm ESTDownload PDF file for details.

2013 Call for Artist Alley Submissions

This year’s MSU Comics Forum Artists Alley will be taking place on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013. It will be in the Lookout! Gallery 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 just download this PDF form, complete the requested information, save the PDF and e-mail it as an attachment to jay@comicsobscura.com. Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 4th, 2013.

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 Friday, January 18th, 2013 as to whether or not we are able to meet your request.

MSUCF 2012 Promotional Poster Unveiled

We are proud to unveil the Michigan State University Comics Forum 2011 promotion poster – designed, illustrated, lettered, inked, and colored by Jay Jacot – the Artist Alley Coordinator for the event.

For more information on Jay’s background, be sure to check out the About section of the site or check out Jay’s website (j2comics.blogspot.com).  A limited number of signed posters (whose final printed size will be 18×24) will be available free to event attendees

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Call for Creators

This year’s MSU Comic’s Forum Artist Alley will be taking place on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm In the Lookout! Gallery located on the 2nd floor of Michigan State University’s Residential College of Arts and Humanities in East Lansing MI. There is no cost to request table space for the MSU Comics Forum.

To request table space just download this form (PDF), complete the requested information, save the PDF and e-mail it as an attachment to jay@comicsobscura.com. Applications need to be submitted by Friday, December 17th, 2011.

Due to limited space the Artist Alley is going to be 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 Friday, December 23rd, 2010 as to whether or not we are able to meet your request.

2012 Call for 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 Feb. 4th, 2012.  Submissions accepted from a variety of disciplines and must be received by Dec 1st, 2011 at 5pm EST.  Download PDF file for details.

2012 MSU Comics Forum Dates & Keynote Speaker

The 2012 MSU Comics Forum will take place on the first weekend in February.  As usual, the keynote address will occur on the first evening, Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2012, while the panel discussions and artist alley will happen the following day, Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2012.  The location will be in Snyder/Philips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University (the same locations as the past two years).

Now for the exciting news!  This year the MSU Comics Forum is proud to announce award-winning comics artist and professor, Jessica Abel, as our keynote speaker.  Abel is at the forefront of comics in higher education, authoring the textbook, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden; and the graphic novel La Perdida (Pantheon Books). Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu awards for ?Best New Talent? in 1997 and La Perdida won the 2002 ?Best New Series? Harvey Award. She teaches at New York?s School of Visual Arts, and Madden and Abel are also series editors for The Best American Comics.  She has been creating comics for over 20 years and continues to be an active creator today.  For more information, visit her website: http://www.jessicaabel.com

Heading: 2011 MSU Comics Forum Wrap-up

Thanks for making the 2011 MSU Comics Forum such a great (albeit snowy) success!  We’re looking forward to another fantastic event in 2012, which will mark the 5th anniversary of the MSU Comics Forum.  Check back for more details on our 2012 keynote speaker, dates and other guest announcements.

Sincerely,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum Director



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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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