Friday, Feb 23, 2018:
Keynote Address with Lucy Knisley – 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Green Room, Main Library – 4th Floor West, Michigan State University

Lucy Knisley is a critically acclaimed, award-winning comic creator who specializes in personal, confessional comics and travelogues. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Merit Scholar, BFA 2007), followed by The Center for Cartoon Studies (Diamond in the Rough Scholar, MFA 2009).  To date her work has been published by several major publishers, including French Milk (2008, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), Relish (2013, First Second [MacMillan Comics Imprint]), An Age of License (2014, Fantagraphics), Displacement (2015, Fantagraphics), and Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride (2016, First Second [MacMillan Comics Imprint]).


Saturday, Feb 24, 2018:
Keynote Address with Diana Schutz – 12:15-1:30pm

Location: Smart Classroom, Main Library – 3rd Floor West, Michigan State University

Diana Schutz is an award-winning editor who has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics, where she was on staff from 1990 to 2015. She was Frank Miller’s editor on Sin City and 300, Matt Wagner’s editor on Grendel, Stan Sakai’s editor on Usagi Yojimbo, Paul Chadwick’s editor on Concrete, and Larry Marder’s editor on Beanworld. She applied her knowledge of romance languages to edit international material in translation such as Blacksad and The Manara Library. She has worked with authors Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Harvey Pekar, and Harlan Ellison, among others. She was fortunate to have been Will Eisner’s Dark Horse editor until his death in 2005.

She is also an adjunct instructor of Comics Studies at Portland State University, a published author of both comics and prose, and the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Semi-retired, she now works as a literary translator of European comics, including work by Moebius, Manara, Muñoz & Sampayo, and more.


Thursday, Feb 1, 2018:
Inspiring Young Minds: Comics, Cartoons, and Other Graphic Forms of the 60s and 70s – 7pm

Location: MSU Broad Art Museum, 547 E Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824, Michigan State University

Join our own Comics Forum Panel Coordinator, Zack Kruse, to uncover some of the comics that influenced Michigan Stories artists Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw throughout their lives, from their early adolescence to their most recent projects.

Zack Kruse is a PhD candidate in MSU’s English Department pursuing Comics Studies.


Thursday, Feb 22, 2018:
Muslim Journeys Public Lecture and Book Discussion – 7pm.

Location: Green Room, Main Library – 4th Floor West, Michigan State University

The Arab of the Future: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf with Dr. Emine Evered.


Saturday, Feb 24, 2018:
Private Tour of the MSU Special Collections Library – 10:00am.

Home of the world’s largest public comic book collection. Reservation required, walk-ups not admitted.  Email with subject heading: MSU COMICS COLLECTIONS TOUR

Saturday, Feb 24, 2018:
Artist Alley and Panel Discussions – 11:00am-5:00pm

Location: Main Library – 3rd Floor West, Michigan State University

The Forum will feature an Artists Alley with over three dozen creators exhibiting their work in comics. For more information on individual artists featured, please reference our Artist Alley page for a complete listing of exhibiting artists.

Throughout the day there will also be several panel discussions with academics studying comic books and professionals working in the comic book industry.  Please see our Panel Discussions page for a complete schedule.



Feb 19 – Mar 2, 2018:
Gallery Exhibition – Women in Comics

Location: Main Library, Michigan State University

The exhibit will feature selections from The Comic Art Collection housed in Michigan State University’s Special Collections. The Comic Art Collection holds over 250,000 items and is the primary library resource for the study of comic book publications.


Friday, Mar 9, 2018:
Author Signing with Penelope Bagieu – 7:00pm

Location: Schuler Books – Okemos (inside Meridian Mall), 1982 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Pénélope Bagieu, is a French illustrator and comic designer. She became known for her blog “My Quite Fascinating Life” and went on to create comics such as Joséphine, California Dreamin’, and Les Culottées.