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Saturday of the 2018 MSU Comics Forum

Saturday, Feb 24th, 2018, started with back-to-back behind-the-scenes tours of the Michigan State University Special Collections Library (the largest public collection of comic books in the world) guided by MSU Comics Bibliographer, Randy Scott, whose life’s work has grown the collection to over 300,000 copies:

Academic panel discussions and Artist Alley started promptly at 11am:

Diana Schutz delivered the 2018 MSU Comics Forum scholar keynote address at 12:30pm to a packed crowd:

A shot of her title slide:

MSU Comics Forum Director, Ryan Claytor, talks with local news stations about the event:

Artist Alley continues to draw a crowd throughout the day:

Two rooms of Academic Panel discussions ran concurrently all day Saturday, doubling the usual count of our panels:

Arie Koelewyn offered attendees the chance to personally print their own custom letterpressed bookmarks…

…which could then be taken to the next table to have Lucy Knisley and Diana Schutz sign them:

Many thanks to all the scholars, creators, and attendees who made the 2018 MSU Comics Forum such a successful year.

Stay tuned for an announcement about our 2019 event!

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2018 Creator Keynote Address by Lucy Knisley

This evening, Lucy Knisley delivered a well-attended keynote address.

She gave insights into her past, present, and future work and showed a number of never before seen illustrations, including an animated, narrated comic created specifically for this presentation as well as a poignant and unreleased excerpt from her upcoming graphic novel, Kid Gloves.

Thanks to all who attended.

Both our keynote speakers, Lucy Knisley and Diana Schutz, will be available in our Artist Alley tomorrow from 11am-5pm on the MSU Main Library’s 3rd floor West, along with several dozen other comics artists.  Panel discussions will also be running throughout the day.  For more detailed information you can reference our Panel Discussions and Artist Alley pages.

All events associated with the MSU Comics Forum are free and open to the public.

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Exhibit and Book Discussion

Women Comics Professionals is the first exhibition in the newly installed MSU Special Collections Library exhibit cases.  It opened this past week as part of the 2018 MSU Comics Forum.

All of the selections from this exhibit are part of the MSU Special Collections Library, home of the world’s largest public collection of comic books. Women Comics Professionals was curated by MSU Special Collections Comics Bibliographer, Randy Scott, and runs through March 2nd, 2018.

 

The first event of our main weekend was Thursday’s co-sponsored lecutre and book discussion with Muslim Studies, and was well received last night.

This event was part of “Muslim Journeys” series of events on campus.

Thanks to Muslim Studies for their sponsorship, to Deborah Margolis for spearheading this event and to @ranti for her photography of the book discussion.

Events continue throughout this weekend.  See our Schedule page for more information.

All events are free and open to the public.

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