Fall 2017: Comics, Fandom, and Dungeons and Dragons #comicsculture

We are excited to announce our schedule for the 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium. This is a fun event which is free and open to the public. In addition to the talks listed below, we will have local artists and comic shops selling books, manga, games, toys, and more. Something for everyone!

Talking About Things We Love: Finding Community in Fandom
Wednesday, Sept 27, 1pm – 1:50pm, Library Lounge Building L
Faculty members discuss their own fan subcultures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Glee, to Star Trek, to 70s sports, and more. How do fans come together to share ideas? How do fans expand on meanings and themes found within stories, time periods, or genres that they love? This will be a fun discussion about pop culture, hobbies, games and other realms of fandom.

Featured Event: Artist & Writer Dan Dougherty Shares His Creative Process
Thursday, Sept 28, 9:30pm-10:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Award-winning illustrator and author visits Moraine Valley to share his creative process. Dan is a Moraine Valley alum who has written graphic novels, comic books, newspaper articles, and comic strips. His work has been featured online and in print.

Dungeons and Dragons: The Game, the Myth the Legend
Thursday, Sept 28, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
An estimated 20 million people worldwide have played Dungeons and Dragons – the original roleplaying game of adventure, treasure, and camaraderie. We will briefly talk about the game’s history, influence, and a brief discussion of gameplay. Questions welcome!

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