Panel Discussions

Roundtables and Panels will take place on
Friday and Saturday, February 26th and 27th, 2021
online at the MSU Comics Forum YouTube Channel, here: https://tinyurl.com/MSUComicsForum2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

8:30am (EST)
Welcome Remarks

9:00am (EST)
Roundtable 1: Comics as Data North America (CaDNA)
Participants:
– Julian Chambliss, Professor of English, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
– Justin Wigard, Michigan State University
– Kate Topham, Digital Humanities Archivist, Michigan State University

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10:00am (EST)
~ Break ~

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10:15am (EST)
Roundtable 2: Graphic Narratives Network
Participants:
– Valentina Denzel, Associate Professor of French Literature, Michigan State University
– David Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Global Studies, Michigan State University
– Sadam Issa, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Michigan State University
– Catherine Ryu, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
– Lynn Wolff, Associate Professor of German Studies, Michigan State University

11:15am (EST)
Lighting Round #1
Participants:
– Brianna Anderson, “What Will the World Be Like When I Grow Up?”: Picturing Children’s Eco-Activism in World War 3 Illustrated #46″
– Samantha Cutrara, “Not all graphic histories are created equal”
– Jason Lapidus, “Creator communities in the time of quarantine”

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12:15pm (EST)
~ Lunch Break ~

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2:00pm (EST)
Roundtable 3:Behind the Scenes in Graphic Novel Publishing
Participants:
– Gina Gagliano, Publishing Director, Random House Graphic
– Whitney Leopard, RHG Senior Editor, Random House Graphic
– Patrick Crotty, RHG Senior Designer, Random House Graphic
– Gwen Tarbox, Western Michigan University, (Moderator)

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3:00pm (EST)
~ Break ~

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3:15pm (EST)
Roundtable 4: Comics as / in / of / History
Participants:
– Maryanne Rhett, Monmouth University (Moderator)
– Kaleb Knoblauch, UC Davis
– Lawrence Abrams, UC Davis
– Elizabeth Pollard, San Diego State University

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4:15pm (EST)
~ Break ~

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4:30pm (EST)
Lightning Round #2
– Chris Sanagan, “Primary Sources: Inspiration for Storytelling”
– Sean Carleton, “Getting Graphic with Activist Histories”
– Scott Chantler, “BIX: Visualizing Rhythm”

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

9:00am (EST)
Roundtable 5: Graphic Medicine
Participants
– A. David Lewis, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science
– Candida Rifkind, The University of Winnipeg
– Teresa Wong, Author
– Sam Hester, Author

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10:00am (EST)
~ Break ~

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10:15am (EST)
Roundtable 6: LGBTQ+ and Comics
Participants:
– Andre M. Carrington (Moderator), University of California, Riverside
– Margaret Galvan, University of Florida
– Justin Hall, Cartoonist and educator,  California College of the Arts
– Nic Gitau, Librarian & President of Geeks OUT
– Mariko Tamaki, Author

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11:15am (EST)
~ Break ~

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Noon (EST)
Scholar Keynote
– Deborah E. Whaley, University of Iowa
Black Women in Sequence: Rethinking and Reinking Black Women in Comics

This talk will explore graphic novel production and comic book fandom, focusing in particular on women of African descent as deployed in television, film, animation, and print representations of comic strip, comic book, and graphic novel characters. Whaley will also discuss Black women artists and writers of sequential art, and how Japanese comics, music, and politics shapes their comic art.

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1:00pm (EST)
~ Break ~

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1:15pm (EST)
Roundtable 7: Fashion, Bodies, and Sex
Participants:
– Joan Ormrod, Manchester Metropolitan University,
– Trina Robbins, Independent scholar and comics creator
– Sydney Heifler, Ohio State University, (Moderator)

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2:15pm (EST)
~ Break ~

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2:30pm (EST)
Roundtable 8: Representation and Comics
Participants:
– Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University (Moderator)
– John Jennings, University of California, Riverside
– Andy Kunka, University of South Carolina, Sumter
– Beth LePensee, Michigan State University

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3:30pm (EST)
~ Break ~

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3:45pm (EST)
Roundtable 9: Pedagogy and Comics
Participants:
– Leah Misemer, Georgia Tech
– Susan Kirtley, Portland State University
– Jonathan Flowers, Worcester State
– Zack Kruse, Michigan State University (Moderator)

4:45pm (EST)
Closing Remarks