Comics and Fabulism

Fabulism refers to a narrative that seems to make perfect sense until some kind of fantastic element is introduced. Moderator Rob Clough and panelists Daryl Seitchik, Rumi Hara, Gabrielle Bell, and Kit Anderson will explore the different ways they use absurd, fantastic, and dream imagery in their comics.

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Reflecting on AdHouse Books

Nothing beautiful lasts forever, and after two decades of publishing a wide range of engaging, beautifully designed comics, boutique publishing juggernaut AdHouse Books is shutting down. Join moderator Andrew Neal, Sophie Goldstein, Kurt Ankeny, Max Huffman, and the driving force behind Adhouse, Chris Pitzer, as they discuss what Adhouse has meant to them!

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Enemies Of The State: Focus on Megan Kelso

Join moderator Alex Hoffman and fellow critics Rob Clough, Daniel Elkin, and Jules Bakes for a special SPX edition of the podcast Enemy Of The State. The panel’s special guest is cartoonist Megan Kelso, author of the new collection Who Will Make The Pancakes? They will ask her in-depth questions regarding the comic, including character […]

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Spotlight On kuš: The Latvian Publisher With An International Vision

David Schilter is the co-publisher and editor of kuš, a revolutionary comics company located in Latvia. Moderator Rob Clough joins him and artists Lote Vilma, Box Brown, Matt Madden, and Noah Van Sciver as they discuss their involvement with kuš and its international reach.

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Reflecting on the 90s Zine Revolution

Zines and minicomics exploded in the 1990s as copy shops proliferated across the country. With cheap, easy access to printing, artists and activists alike embraced the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethos. Moderator and zine expert Dr. Rachel Miller joins Ariel Bordeaux, Megan Kelso, Tom Hart and Jenny Zervakis, all of whom came up during the zine revolution […]

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Spotlight on Ho Che Anderson

A blazingly honest career-spanning conversation with Ho Che Anderson, who talks about making comics over the last 30 years, from his early erotic graphic novel I Wanna Be Your Dog to Black Dogs to the monumental Martin Luther King biography to the 1990s Milestone mini series to his latest multi-volume graphic novel Godhead. Anderson talks […]

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Trauma, Memoir, and Healing

Comics are a powerful medium for depicting the impacts of trauma. They can also be a tool in the process of healing from those impacts. What power do they hold as we process our pain and recover? Kayla E., Katharine Woodman-Maynard, Natalie Norris, and Ariel Bordeaux discuss the role of memoir in healing from trauma […]

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All Writing Is Autobiographical: What Writing Graphic Biographies Reveals About The Writer

Comics biographies are a popular way of learning about important figures from history. However, how are the artists who write about them drawn to their subjects in the first place, and how are they changed by the experience of creating narratives about them? Moderator Robin Enrico will lead a discussion with Andrew White, Barbara Stok, […]

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Art and Everyday Life

How do you craft a comic out of something that really happened? Where is the boundary between art and life? Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist Lauren Weinstein has grappled with these questions for 20 years, making comics about her life as a parent and most recently the lives of domestic violence survivors. In this talk with moderator […]

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Igaguri-kun and the Judo Manga Revolution

Fukui Eiichi’s Igaguri-kun (1951-54) was one of the most popular and influential manga of the early post-World War II era. While helping to reignite a national craze for judo, it revolutionized both what was drawn in Japanese comics and how it was drawn, establishing for shonen manga an aesthetic and a moral raison d’être, seeding […]

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