The Michigan State University Comics Forum is proud to announce not one, but twokeynote 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.
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).
Until February 2016,
MSU Comics Forum – Director
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 email@example.com) by Friday, Jan. 30th, 2015 to be added to our mailing list.
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 16th, 2015 Time: 7:00pm Location: Schuler Books, Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing, MI 48912
It is my pleasure to formally unveil the 2014 Michigan State University Comics Forum poster along with the schedule of events for this year’s Forum. Stan Sakai, this year’s Keynote Speaker, has water-colored a custom Michigan State University themed Usagi Yojimbo poster for our event.
Stan’s keynote address will place on February 21 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, Jan. 17th, 2014 to be added to our mailing list.
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
The Michigan State University Comics Forum starts this evening with the Keynote address by Nate Powell at 7:00 PM in the Residential College of Arts & Humaities Theatre located in the basement of Snyder Phillips Hall, Michigan State University.
The Comics Forum continues tomorrow, January 22, with an Artist’s Alley beginning at 11:00 AM in the LookOut! Gallery on the second floor of Snyder Phillips Hall. Talented comic book artists will be there to talk with fans and show off their work. There will also be three panel discussions on comic books beginning at 11:30 AM that will take place in classrooms next to the LookOut! Gallery.
The Michigan State University Comics Forum is an annual event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore and celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place January 21-22 at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities on the campus of Michigan State University.
We seek proposals for 15-20 minute presentations during the panel discussions which will be held on Saturday (Jan. 22). Comic book and graphic novel related presentations from a broad range of disciplines will be conssidered. Proposals are due December 1.
Please submit proposals to Joseph Darowski at email@example.com.