2014 MSU Comics Forum Wraps

I’d like to thank all the artists, scholars, and fans who made the 2014 Michigan State University Comics Forum such a success.  It wouldn’t happen without you.

In case you weren’t able to attend Stan Sakai’s keynote address, it is now archived online:


Thanks again and we’ll see you in 2015,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director

Help Stan Sakai With Donation to Leonardo Capone-Langan Parent Fund

Stan Sakai, our 2014 Keynote Speaker, and his family have undergone some rough times recently. In the midst of helping his wife, Sharon, recover from a debilitating illness, his 20-month-old grandson, Leo, passed away in his sleep on Dec. 28th, 2013. There is a fund set-up to help Leo’s parents, Stan’s daughter and son-in-law, through this unimaginably difficult time.


I hope you’ll take a moment to share this information and donate to this newly established fund.

2014 Comics Forum Dates & Keynote Speaker

The 2014 MSU Comics Forum will take place on Feb. 21st and 22nd. The keynote address will occur on the first evening, Friday, Feb. 21st, 2014, while the panel discussions and artist alley will happen the following day, Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2014. The location will be in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University (the same locations as the past few years).

This year the MSU Comics Forum is proud to announce that award-winning comics creator, Stan Sakai, will be our guest of honor and keynote speaker on Friday, Feb 21st, 2014. 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.

2014 Call for Artist Alley Submissions

This year’s MSU Comics Forum Artists Alley will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 2014. 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 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 Sunday, December 1st, 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 Sunday, December 15th, 2013 as to whether or not we are able to meet your request.