2017 Keynote Speakers

The Michigan State University Comics Forum is proud to announce not one, but two keynote speakers for our 10th Anniversary event to be held on the final weekend of February 2017.

Our Creator Keynote Speaker, James Sturm, has garnered many awards for his work including a Xeric grant, an Eisner Award, and Time Magazine’s Graphic Novel of the year. He’s also a founder and teacher at the Center for Cartoon Studies and has worked for a number of comics publishers including Marvel Comics, Fantagraphics, First Second Books, and Drawn and Quarterly to name but a few.

Our first Scholarly Keynote Speaker, Charles Hatfield, is the author of Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature (2005) and the Eisner Award-winning Hand of Fire: The Comic Art of Jack Kirby (2011), as well as many articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of The Superhero Reader (2013) and Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby (2015), and curated the US’s largest-ever Kirby exhibition at CSU Northridge in 2015. A longtime contributor to The Comics Journal and The Jack Kirby Collector, Hatfield has been writing about comics for more than twenty years. At CSU Northridge, he teaches courses that specialize in comics, popular culture, and children’s literature. Hatfield has served on the boards of the International Comic Arts Forum and the MLA Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives, and is the founding President of the Comics Studies Society. He is now collaborating with Bart Beaty on a guidebook to comics studies and with Craig Fischer on a study of cartoonist Eddie Campbell.

2015 Comics Forum Wraps!

Thank you to all the artists, scholars, and attendees who made the 2015 event so successful this past weekend.  Special thanks to all of our sponsors, and especially our keynote speaker, Tom Hart.  We look forward to seeing you for the 9th annual MSU Comics Forum in 2016 (mark your calendars for Feb. 26th & 27th, 2016).

2015 MSU Comic Forum Keynote Address by Tom Hart (Photograph by Ryan Claytor)
MSU Comics Forum “Public Conversation” and Tour Stop with Scott McCloud (Photograph by Whitney Spotts)

Until February 2016,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director


2015 MSU Comics Forum Poster Unveiled

It is my pleasure to formally unveil the 2015 Michigan State University Comics Forum poster.  Tom Hart, this year’s Keynote Speaker, has produced a heart-felt homage to our keynote speaker who was not meant to be, Sergio Aragones.

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Tom’s keynote address will place on Friday, February 20th from 7-8:30 in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater.

Feel free to repost this electronic 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 me (Ryan Claytor, MSU Comics Forum Director at rclaytor@msu.edu) by Friday, Jan. 30th, 2015 to be added to our mailing list.

Scott McCloud Added to 2015 Comics Forum Line-up

In conjunction with Schuler Books, Comics artist and theoretician, The MSU Comics Forum presents Scott McCloud (The Sculptor, Understanding Comics, Zot), as he stops in Lansing, MI during his book tour promoting his new graphic novel, The Sculptor.

A Conversation with Scott McCloud
Monday, Feb 16
th, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Schuler Books, Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing, MI 48912