Panel Discussions

Panels will take place on
Friday and Saturday, February 21st and 22nd, 2020
in Michigan State University’s Main Library, 2nd & 3rd Floor West

Friday, February 21, 2020
Roundtable Discussions

1:00 – 2:15 PM
Graphic Narrative Network: Comics in Translation

2:20-3:35
Collections as Data: Comics and the Digital Humanities

3:40-5:00
Comics and the Archive

Saturday, February 22
Panel Discussions

Session A
10:30 – 11: 50
Panel 1: Monstrous Femininity

• Whitney Porter, Kent State University
Title Not Yet Provided
• Lillian Marie Martinez, University of Florida
‘She, Who Shattered the World’: Facing the Monstrous-Feminine in Liu and Takeda’s Monstress
• John Petrus, Grinnell College
Monstrous Beauty: The Alternative Aesthetic of Difference in Emil Ferris’ My Favorite Thing is Monsters

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Panel 2: Spanish Language Comics

• Maria Fernanda Diaz-Basteris, Cornell College
Puerto Rican Graphic Narratives and the Colonial Disaster
• Brittany Tullis, St. Ambrose University
Memory, Indigeneity, and Social Justice in the Comics of Jesús Cossio
• Gabriel Guzmán Camacho, The Ohio State University
Periférica Blvd and Urban Passions: The Social Relations and the Urban Space as a Scenario for Affective Violence
• Mikel Bermello Isusi, The Ohio State University
Questioning the I, Questioning the Gaze: The Case of ‘El arte de volar’ and ‘El ala rota’, by Antonio Altarriba and Kim

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Panel 3: Female Characters are More Sexualized, Girly, and “Fridged” than Males. But What About Namor? Venom? Robin?

• Shannon A. Chaput & Igor Juricevic, Indiana University South Bend
Female Characters are More Sexualized than Males. But What About Namor?
• Hannah Quinn & Igor Juricevic, Indiana University South Bend
Female Characters have More Girly Powers than Males. But What About Venom?
• Landrie Jones & Igor Juricevic, Indiana University South Bend
Female Characters are More “Fridged” than Males. But What About Robin?

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Panel 4: Visual Innovations in Comics

• Tiffany Babb, The New School
The Hero Becoming: Recognizability, Repetition, and Change in Superhero Narratives
• Eric Hood, Michigan State University
Masters of the Universe: Innovations in Comic Book Worldbuilding
• Zachary J.A. Rondinelli, Brock University
The Proof of Life Through Anti-Life: Saving the Reality Principle Through (Dis)Simulation in King & Gerad’s Mister Miracle (2017)
• Michael VanCalbergh, Illinois State University
The Universe is Watching: Backgrounds in Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam

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Panel 5: Bodies, Violence, and the Archive

• Monica Geraffo and Sydney Heifler, Fashion Institute of Technology and University of Oxford
Designing Van Dyne: The Wasp, Fashion, and an Excess of Femininity
• Jessica Baldanzi, Goshen College
Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam: The Promise and Perils of Utopian Bodies, Spaces, and Genres
• Emma Rossby, The Pennsylvania State University
Graphic Fabulation: Redressing Archival Violence in Sylvain Savoia’s The Forgotten Slaves of Tromeline

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LUNCH
12:00 – 1:00

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Session B: Keynote Address
1:00 – 2:15
Keynote address from Nick Sousanis

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Session C
2:25 – 3:45

Panel 1: Race, Gender, and the Superhero Identity

• Eric Berlatsky, Florida Atlantic University
Vermin, the ‘Seduction Theory,’ and the Psychology of Race in ‘Spider-Man: The Child Within’
• Sika Dagbovie-Mullins, Florida Atlantic University
Vermin and the Tragic Mulatto Archetype in ‘Spider-Man: The Child Within’
• Matt Linton, Wayne State University
‘What’s in a name?’: Legacies, Black Girl Nerds, and Identity in Shuri, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, and Ironheart
• Peter Cullen Bryan, Wilson College
‘I’ll Be No Man’s Mistress!’: Adaptation and Feminism in the Creation of Red Sonja

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Panel 2: Visual Style as Communicator in American Comics

• Shawn Gilmore, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Falling into Art: the Use of Fine Art in Comics
• Ganiyu Jimoh, Rhodes University, South Africa
Humour and Representation of Violence in Black Lives Matter Movement Cartoons
• Tyne Lowe, Indiana University
Tracing the Unlearned Line: The Question of Style in Contemporary American Alternative Comics

Panel 3: Comics in/and Translation

• Claire Allison, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Farid Boudjellal – from ‘Beur’ to ‘Beurgeois’
• Jeremy Stoll, Columbus College of Art & Design
Comics as Cultural Memory: Collecting History in India
• Sylvain Lesage, Université de Lille
Comics as books: “bande dessinée” and ninth art in France
• Michael F. Scholz, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden
From ‘Noble Savage‘ to Comrade in the Class Struggle. The Images of Native Americans in East German Comics

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Panel 4: Haunted Women: Spectrality and Liminal Spaces in Contemporary Comics

• Alex Thompson, The Ohio State University
Echoes of Ghosts Throughout Time in ‘My Favorite Thing is Monsters’
• Morgan Podraza, The Ohio State University
Specters in the Archive: Paper Doll Cutouts in ‘Becoming Unbecoming’
• Katlin Marisol Sweeney, The Ohio State University
Envisioning a Blackbird Brujeríx: Nepantla Healing in ‘Blackbird’

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Session D
3:55 – 5:25

Panel 1: Building and Encapsulating Fanscapes

• Richard Graham, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Title Not Yet Provided

• Daniel Wesley Worden, Rochester Institute of Technology
Comics in the Archive: Digital Approaches to the April 1956 Newsstand

• John Walsh, Indiana University
‘Far-Out Fanfare’: Fan Engagement in the 1970s Comics Prozines

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Panel 2: Africana Religions, Race, and Comics

• Yvonne Chireau, Swarthmore College
A Short History of Graphic Voodoo
• Walter Greason, Monmouth University
Orishas: Pain and Power in Literature and Graphic Arts
• Paul Humphrey, Colgate University
Drawing Power: Identity and African-Caribbean Religions in Independent Comics

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Panel 3: ROUNDTABLE: The Black Panther, 1966 to 2020 and Beyond

Chair: Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University
• Participants:
Burt Buchanan, Alabama State University
Carlos Morrison, Alabama State University
Charles W. Henebry, Boston University
Hollie FitzMaurice, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland
Ivon Alcime, Alabama State University

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Panel 4: ROUNDTABLE: Academics-Cartoonists: Comics-Making as Tool and Practice

• Leah Misemer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sketchnotes as Research Tool
• Nick Sousanis, San Francisco State University
Title Not Yet Provided
• Julia Alekseyeva, University of Pennsylvania
Why Comics? Graphic Essays and the Subject
• Martha Kuhlman, Bryant University
Metamorphosis: Art, Scholarship, Teaching

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Panel 5: Comics Studies at Large: Multimodal Approaches

• John Edward Martin, University of North Texas Libraries
The ScholCom(ics?) Librarian: Comics and the Future of Scholarly Communication
• Justin Wigard, Michigan State University
Ludic Panels and Readable Dice: Play and Interactivity in Comics, Games, and Level 101
• Gina Brandolino, University of Michigan
Body Parts, Horror Comics, and Medieval Exempla
• Scott S. Elliott, Adrian College
Please Come Again (and Again): Reappearances of Jesus in Secular Comics