Panel Discussions

Panels will take place on Saturday, February 23th, 2019
in Michigan State University’s Main Library, 2nd & 3rd Floor West


Imagining the Superhero Body
Session 1.1: 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Real Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: Liz Deegan

  • Sydney Heifler – University of Oxford, UK and Monica Geraffo – Fashion Institute of Technology
    “From Romance Comics to X-Men: The Psycho Symbolism of Fashion and Female Sexuality in Cold War Comics”
  • Sara Ellis – Meiji University, Japan
    “Minds in the Gutter: The Persistence of Vision and the New 52”
  • Tiffany Babb – The New School
    “Don’t Get Eaten By a Tiger: The Presentation and Safety of Young, Othered Bodies in FF”


Cultural Re-Contextualization Through Comics
Session 1.2: 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Beal Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: Zack Kruse

  • Kate Polak – Wittenberg University
    “What the Facts Fail to Address: Vertigo, Historical Fiction, and Cultural Memory”
  • Dan Yezbick – Wildwood College
    “Ducks and Cover: Carl Barks, the Disney Ducks, and Eco-Animal Antagonism in Mid-Century Dell Comics”
  • Bob Beach – State University of New York-Albany
    “Comics and Cannabis: The Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and the Portrayal of Marijuana Use in American Comic Books, 1940-1950”
  • Sydney Heifler – University of Oxford, UK
    “Dangerous Love: Violence, Gender, and Race in UK Post-War Romance Comics”


Race and Representation in Comics
Session 1.3: 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Project Room J, W201J – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Tamara Butler

  • Brian Cremins – Harper College
    “Reggie Byers, Shuriken, and the Black and White Comics Boom of the 1980s”
  • Christopher Lopez – Fuller Theological Semenary
    New How, Different in What Way: Race, Authenticity, and Tokenism in Marvel Comics
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette – Université de Montréal, CA
    “For a Schizo-Analysis of Rays, Muscles, and Kabooms: Poetics of Superpowers in an Identity Swapping Era”


Comics as a Vision of Conflict
Session 1.4: 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Digital Scholarship Lab – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Ann Larabee

  • Stephen Connor – Nipissing University
    “Victor Charles and Marvin the ARVN: Vietnamese American War Comic Books”
  • Markus Streb – Justus Liebig University Gießen, DE
    “Early Representations of Concentration Camps in Golden Age Comic Books: Graphic Narratives, American Society, and the Holocaust”
  • Leslie Frempong – Art Institute of Chicago
    “A War on Culture: Examining Cultural Imperialism in the Japinese Anime Gintama”


Session 2: Noon – 1:15 PM


Comics in the Diasporas
Session 3.1: 1:25 PM – 2:45 PM
Real Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: Yomira Figueroa

  • Felipe Gómez Gutiérrez – Carnegie Mellon University
    “Argentine Utopia and Apocalypse: Affect, Violence and Resistance in H.G. Oesterheld’s El Eternauta (The Eternonaut)”
  • Sheng-mei Ma – Michigan State University
    “‘LONG LIVE the waste!’: Junk Food Bites Back in Jung’s Approved for Adoption”
  • Ilan Manouach – Aalto University
    “Shapereader: Towards User Diversity in Contemporary Comics”


Afrofuturism in Contemporary Comics
Session 3.2: 1:25 – 2:45 PM
Beal Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: Tamar Boyadjian

  • Walter Greason – Monmouth University
    “The Wakanda Syllabus”
  • Omara Dyer-Johnson – University of Nottingham, UK
    “Is Space the Place?: Afrofuturism in Black Panther: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda”
  • Grace Gipson – University of California Berkley
    “Misty Knight’s Technological (Dis)Ability: Combatting Fear and Posthesis”
  • Stanford Carpenter
    “The Ever Super Fantastic Afro Oriental Past, Present, and Future in Comics”


Culture, Memory, and History in Graphic Memoir and Nonfiction
Session 3.3: 1:25 – 2:45 PM
Project Room J, W201J – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Sheng-Mei Ma

  • Nicholas Prephan – Wayne State University
    “‘Traumas Pile on Traumas’: In the Shadow of No Towers and the Monsterization of 9-11”
  • Dawn Wing – Metropolitan State University
    “Adventures of a Cartoonist-Researcher: Excavating Information to Illustrate Translators for Justice, a Nonfiction Graphic Narrative”
  • Ji-Hyae Park – Roosevelt University
    “‘Adulting’ in Autobiographical Comics: Coming of Age in 21st Century Media”
  • Isabelle Martin – University of Illinois-Chicago
    “Reconstructing Memory and History: Photographs in Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do”


Visual Culture and Fan Participation in Comics Production
Session 3.4: 1:25 – 2:45 PM
Digital Scholarship Lab – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Gary Hoppenstand

  • John Walsh – Indiana University, Bloomington
    “‘The Comic You Create!’: Reader Contributions to Dial H for Hero”
  • Ebony VF Kalir – Independent Scholar
    “Making Comics and Qualitative Research”
  • Corey Creekmur – University of Iowa
    “Considering the Comic Book Cover”
  • Peter Cullen Bryan – Penn State University
    “‘You’ll All Be Sorry!’: Gail Simone and Critical Fan Activism”


The Comic Mirror: Curiosity, Resistance, and Repurposing in Comics 1900-Present
Session 4.1: 2:55 – 4:10 PM
Real Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: David Stowe

  • Maryanne Rhett – Monmouth University
    “Changing the Author Changes the Narrative: Old Opie Dilldock’s Journey from Cultural Curiosity to Cultural Conformity”
  • Regan Schaeffer – Central Michigan University
    “The Evolution of Heroic Identity in Comics”
  • Aditi Sen – Queen’s University, CA
    “Making of a Monster: Historical Perspectives on How Hindi Comics Create Unique Villains”
  • Nat Godley – Alverno College
    “From Sidi Ferruch to Sidi Bouzid: France and the Maghreb in Sequential Art”


Black/White Racial Mixedness in Superhero Comics
Session 4.2: 2:55 – 4:10 PM
Beal Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: Julian Chambliss

  • Sika Dagbovie-Mullins – Florida Atlantic University
    “Guess Who’s Coming Home: Racial Passing and Subterfuge in Spider-Man’s Comic and Cinematic Homecomings”
  • Eric Berlatsky – Florida Atlantic University
    “Black Wally, White Wally: Incest, Miscegenation, and the Mixed-Race Superhero in The Flash Comics and Television Show”
  • Sam Cowling – Denison University
    “McDuffie’s Deathlok and the Social Construction of Racial Identities”
  • Tara Betts – Chicago State University
    “Broken Biologies: Danielle Cage in Brian Michael Bendis’ Jessica Jones”


Theory and the Comics Form
Session 4.3: 2:55 – 4:10 PM
Project Room J, W201J – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Justin Wigard

  • Brett Driben – Boston University
    “The Expansion of the Instantaneous: Representing Time in Comics Panels”
  • Zach Rondinelli – Brock University
    “The Question Concerning Watchmen: Alan Moore’s Answer to Martin Heidegger’s Question Concerning Technology”
  • Jonathan Evans – Claflin University
    Currently Untitled


Superheroes and Excess
Session 4.4: 2:55 – 4:10 PM
Digital Scholarship Lab – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Lance Conley

  • Richard Reynolds – Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK
    “The Socializing of Superpowers: Excess in a World of Scarcity”
  • Joan Ormerod – Manchester School of Art, “Too Many Wonder Womans”
  • Jamie Brassett – Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK
    “Legion, Fugue & Ontological Excess”
  • Anna Peppard – Brock University
    “Excessive Embodiment and Monstrous Containment in Lee and Kirby’s Fantastic Four”


The Drawn Citizen: Political Resistance in Comics
Session 5.1: 4:20 – 5:35 PM
Real Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: Christine Peffer

  • Katlin M. Sweeney – The Ohio State University
    “Plea Deal Compounds: The Political Coding of Women of Color’s Aggression in Bitch Planet”
  • Alex Thompson – The Ohio State University
    “The Intersection of Protesting Bodies and Comics Form in John Lewis’s March Trilogy”
  • Morgan Podraza –The Ohio State University
    “‘Simple, Labor-Saving, and Handy’: Rube Goldberg’s Invention Cartoons and the Democratic Process”


ROUNDTABLE: What Can Book History Tell Us About Comics?
Session 5.2: 4:20 – 5:35 PM
Beal Classroom – MSU Main Library, 3rd Floor
CHAIR: Zack Kruse

  • Rebecca Baumann, Head of Public Services, Lilly Library, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Ruth-Ellen St. Onge, Associate Curator, Rare Book School, University of Virginia
  • Leah S. Misemer, Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Director, Communications Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jonathan R. Olson, Assistant Professor of English, Grand Canyon University


ROUNDTABLE: Historical Comics in the Digital Age: Translating Violence and Trauma Across Time and Space
Session 5.3: 4:20 – 5:35 PM
Project Room J, W201J – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Cody Mejeur

  • Matt Handelman, German Studies and Digital Humanities, Michigan State University
  • Elizabeth Mittman, German Studies, Michigan State University
  • Lynn Wolff, German Studies, Michigan State University


ROUNDTABLE: Hip Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining
Session 5.4: 4:20 – 5:35 PM
Seminar Room – MSU Main Library, 2nd Floor
CHAIR: Julian Chambliss

  • Patrick A. Reed – Independent Scholar
  • Eric Orr – Independent Scholar
  • Julian Chambliss – Michigan State University
  • Emry Petchauer – Michigan State University