Systemic Corruption And Public Displacement

How do cartoonists confront the notion that public institutions that we should be able to trust are often corrupt and racist? How are they reacting to how public protest is met with military force and the ways in which gentrification is a literal and figurative act of violence? Join moderator Robin Enrico as he engages More Info »

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Anthologies, Activism, And Visibility

Anthologies can be a powerful source for a number of artists to raise their voices for a particular cause.  Moderator Dr. Rachel Miller will join Diane Noomin (editor of the Eisner Award-winning Drawing Power: Women’s Stories Of Sexual Violence, Harassment And Survival), Hazel Newlevant (editor of the Ignatz Award-winning Comics For Choice: Illustrated Abortion Stories, More Info »

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Communicating Queer Identity Through Fictional Structures

How and why do cartoonists use fictional characters as a stand-in for their own experiences? Moderator Alex Hoffman and artists Lawrence Lindell (The Section), Kelsey Wroten (Cannonball), and Trungles (The Magic Fish) will explore how fictionalization allows artists to express certain truths more openly, lets artists shape a narrative, and the process of deciding how More Info »

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Just For Laughs

Just For Laughs is a panel dedicated to gags in comics, how they work, and why we love them! Ideally, we’ll discuss the structures that make for a successful gag, the role of gags in fan comics, how gags work in the midst of heavier material, the culture surrounding gags, and, of course, the gags More Info »

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Enemies Of The State

This will be a live presentation of the Enemies Of The State podcast. Moderated by Alex Hoffman, he will join critics Daniel Elkin, Sarah Miller, Jules Bakes, and Rob Clough to do a deep dive into Vivian Chong & Georgia Webber’s graphic memoir Dancing After TEN.

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Comics And Contracts

One thing lacking in many art school curriculums is how to approach signing a book contract. What considerations should an artist consider in negotiating a contract? How do factors like copyrights, media rights, licensing, reversion rights figure into a contract? Join moderator Rob Clough and the interim Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense More Info »

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So Goth She Was Born Black: A Spotlight on Bianca Xunise

Moderator J.A. Micheline will engage in conversation with Ignatz-award winning cartoonist Bianca Xunise (Six Chix, Say Her Name) about punk rock, goth, and her comics career. Read Bianca Xunise’s comics here and here.

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Diskette Press: Ann Arbor Trans Printing Club

Take a tour and listen to the behind-the-scenes workings of Ann Arbor’s Diskette Press! Publisher Carta Monir will lead a discussion with two of the artists she publishes, Emma Jayne (Trans Girls Hit The Town) and Casey Nowak (Girl Town, Duh Ha Ha). Diskette’s ace employee and Risograph tech whiz Renée Cymry will also provide More Info »

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How Drawings Resonate: Empathy and Identity in Graphic Memoir

Cartoonists GB Tran (Vietnamerica) and Erin Williams (Commute) join this roundtable with moderator Qiana Whitted and other scholars (Kay Sohini, Jeanette Roan) from the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF) to discuss the ways that audience, reception, and “relatability” affect how comics are created, particularly those by women and people of color. How do these artists More Info »

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Red, White, Black, & Blue: Highlighting America’s Racial Illiteracy

Combining comics, storytelling, statistics, and facts, Knight makes the case that America’s biggest problem is its inability to have a frank and honest discussion about race. Knight’s presentation is designed to provoke constructive dialogue amongst people young and old, left and right, of all colors and orientations.  The presentation has been a hit at schools, More Info »

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