Graphic Novel Symposium NEW Event

We’ve added a new discussion to our Graphic Novel Symposium! Check it out:

Graphic Novels and Their Use as Tools of Tolerance and Diversity
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2 -3:15 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Despite common assumptions, graphic novels have been utilized as tools for social commentary and instruments of change. They can be used to defuse anger, to expose the reader to diverse cultures and experiences, to teach tolerance, and to address diversity in our schools and in our worlds. Educators Eric Kallenborn, Ronell Whitaker, and Claire Overton will discuss the intertwining history of comics, social justice, feminism, and censorship, and how these things shape our view of the medium.

Here’s the full schedule of discussions:

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Graphic Novel Symposium Schedule
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015

Building Comics: Constructing Visual Narratives featuring Adam Fotos
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 11-11:50 a.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Artist and graphic novel writer Adam Fotos will discuss the mechanics and decision-making process involved in visual story telling. He will draw on examples from his work and the works of others to demonstrate techniques that make graphic novels a unique artform.

From Pencils to Print: Small Press Comics and Publishing
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1-1:50 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Gain an inside view of comic production from local writers, publishers and printers. Writer David Gruba and artist Rene Castellano of Instant Press Comics discuss creating, producing and publishing comics. Jacob Way and Samantha Amborn of Kraken Print will share their experience and knowledge about printing comics.

Graphic Novels and Their Use as Tools of Tolerance and Diversity
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2 -3:15 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Despite common assumptions, graphic novels have been utilized as tools for social commentary and instruments of change. They can be used to defuse anger, to expose the reader to diverse cultures and experiences, to teach tolerance, and to address diversity in our schools and in our worlds. Educators Eric Kallenborn, Ronell Whitaker, Claire Overton will discuss the intertwining history of comics, social justice, feminism, and censorship, and how these things shape our view of the medium.

Generation Next: How to Keep Nerd Communities Growing
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2 -3:15 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Geek culture and fandom are more popular than ever, providing more doorways to becoming part of nerd communities. How do we welcome new people into our communities so they continue to grow and thrive? What are the ways we can create space and opportunities for new fans and creators to share their nerdy passions and talents? A panel of creators, organizers, and fans will discuss the importance of mentorship and inclusive spaces in maintaining healthy geek communities.

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