This week: Comics Forum 2012

13 Nov

Comics Forum 2012 is coming up at Leeds Central Library this Thursday and Friday (15th and 16th).

This year’s conference features a fantastic line-up of top speakers from around the world, and tickets start from just £10!

Our keynote speakers are:

Simone Lia (Fluffy; Please God, Find Me a Husband) in conversation with Ann Miller (Reading Bande Dessinée)

Charlie Adlard (2000AD; The Walking Dead) in conversation with Hugo Frey (The Cambridge Introduction to the Graphic Novel (2014))

Also featuring at Comics Forum 2012 are:

Maaheen Ahmed: The mutability of the line and its tendency towards monstrosity: Otherness of and within comics Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru: Narrative Exploration against Mentality Issues: Indirect Education for Multiculturalism in Tintin Jacob Birken: Set Pieces. Is eclectic imagery in Manga “Othering” or practised Polyculturalism? Frank Bramlett: The role of culture in comics of the quotidian Corey K. Creekmur: Multiculturalism Meets the Counterculture: Racial Difference in Underground Comix Umar Ditta: Controversial representations of cultures and relations between cultures Harriet E. H. Earle: Multiculturalism Vs Melting Pot in 9/11 Charity Comics Cameron Fletcher: Spiderman: Manhattan to Mumbai; Crossing more than timelines to make a Global Icon a Glocal Hero William H. Foster III: The Changing Image of African American Women in Comics Mel Gibson: ‘We don’t need no steenkin’ badgers!’ Talbot’s Grandville, anthropomorphism and multiculturalism Lily Glasner: Have you no manners? A Little Girl’s Gift to Her Majesty Simon Grennan: Empowerment requires power: absence, equilibrium and the capacity to influence in comics representations of cultural difference Brenna Clarke Gray & Peter Wilkins: An Innocent at Home: Scott Pilgrim and its Canadian Multicultural Context Sarah D. Harris: The Monster Within and Without: Spanish Comics, Monstrosity, Religion, and Alterity Paul Harrison: Land of Denial – Egypt in Comics Ian Horton: Colonialist Heroes and Monstrous Others: Stereotype and Narrative Form in British Adventure Comic Books Harriet Kennedy: The confused nationalisms of Bojoual: le huron-kébékois Alex Link: Negotiating Multicultural Transnationalism and Assimilative Globalization in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Taiyo Matsumoto’s Tekkonkinkreet Anna Madill: Caucasian, Japanese, or What? Visual Representation of Race in Boys’ Love Manga Paul M. Malone: Multikulti Manga in Germany; or, Why Frau Merkel Should Read More Comics Andy Mason: The Presidential Penis and Other Scandalous South African Satires: Race, ethnicity and representation in South African comics and political cartooning, from the early 20th century to the present Ana Merino: The Impact of the Latino Identities on the Alternative Landscape of Comics: Thirty Years of Love and Rockets Dana Mihăilescu: Oy, Gevalt, Meydele! The Lower East Side as Mishmash of Jewish Women’s Multicultural Images in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn Joseph North: Volti nascosti: cultural diversity in the Italian fumetto Hannah O’Connor: Sapphic Supervillains and Dynamic Dykes: Lesbian Heroism and (In)Visibility in Mainstream Graphic Literature Pre- and Post-9/11 Emma Oki: Representations of Asian Americans in Selected Works by Adrian Tomine Mihaela Precup: The Image of the Foreigner in Communist Romanian Comics Ethan Rubin: Robots are People Too: Webcomics and the Social Standing of “Everyday AI” Rebecca Scherr: Framing Subjects: the politics of representation in Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza Mary L. Tabakow: Representations of Asian Guest Workers, European/Regional Expatriates, and Male/Female Omani Nationals in Publicly-Funded Omani Comic Strips John G. Swogger: Palauan Storyboard: Comics and narrative context in archaeological fieldwork Asta Vrečko: ‘No one thinks of winter when the grass is green’ Keina Yoshida: Graphic fiction, visual narratives and international criminal justice

For the running order and timetable click here.

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day pass (15th or 16th): £10

2 day pass (15th and 16th): £20

4 day pass (Comics Forum 2012 & a two day Thought Bubble convention pass): £30 (save £10 on the cost if bought separately)

To register, email and let us know how many tickets you want. Payment will be taken in cash on the day. Ticket prices include light refreshments but not lunch.

This year, Comics Forum will also be appearing at the Thought Bubble convention so if you’re about do come and say hello! We’ll also be offering up the chance to win some great prizes at the Comics Forum stall, so be sure to fill in an entry form on the day!

See you there!

Ian Hague & Carolene Ayaka

Comics Forum 2012 Directors

Comics Forum 2012 is supported by Thought Bubble, Arts Council England, the University of Chichester, Dr Mel Gibson and Molakoe Graphic Design.


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