Friday evening of the 2019 MSU Comics Forum saw the headlining event of the weekend, a keynote address by Canadian Cartoonist, Seth.
MSU Comics Forum Director, Ryan Claytor, introduced Seth after thanking the 2019 MSU Comics Forum sponsors and introducing the audience to the Comics Forum committee.
Thanks to @ranti for the above image.
Seth took the stage for his keynote address.
A photo-op at the end of the evening. From left to right, Ryan Claytor (MSU Comics Forum – Director), Qiana Whitted (2019 MSU Comics Forum – Scholar Keynote Speaker), Seth (2019 MSU Comics Forum – Creator Keynote Speaker), Julian Chambliss (MSU Comics Forum – Incoming Panel Coordinator).
Thanks to the attendees
There was an unlisted event on Thursday evening of the MSU Comics Forum. Our MSU Special Collections Comics Bibliographer, Randy Scott, was honored with a lifetime achievement award at a surprise, invitation-only, ceremony this evening.
He was unexpectedly welcomed by collegues, friends, and out-of-state family.
Randy Scott with family:
After remarks from Comics Forum Director, Ryan Claytor, MSU English PhD Candidate, Zack Kruse, and University Librarian, Joe Salem, a video was shown with testimonials from comics scholars, creators, and librarians from around the globe:
…and received a standing ovation on the way back to his seat.
The audience then had a chance to approach a microphone to tell randy what his accomplishment, service, and friendship meant to them. Pictured below, standing, is John Shaw, co-worker at the MSU Main Library for more than 30 years:
Once audience remarks came to a close, refreshments and cake were served:
Thanks for your decades of dedication to comics studies, Randy. Your life’s work will affect scholars, creators, and readers for generations to come.
One final point of clarification, this was decidedly not a retirement ceremony. Randy is still employed and incredibly active. At the age of 71, Randy has not announced a retirement date.
Tuesday evening saw the first of the MSU Comics Forum events, a public lecture and book discussion on Green Lanterns Vol. 1 (Rebirth): Rage Planet, an event co-sponsored by Muslim Studies and the MSU Comics Forum. Dr. Julian Chambliss and Dr. Salah Hassan each provided context for the book discussion to follow. Thanks to the engaged audience of scholars and students who attended to kick-off the 2019 MSU Comics Forum.