For the third year, the Moraine Valley Community College Library is hosting the Graphic Novel Symposium. This year, individuals in the comics business will discuss their work and creative process on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Library on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, in Palos Hills.
Eisner Award winning creator, artist and writer Gene Ha will speak from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. about the process behind his art and writing. The Chicago native has worked on books such as “Top 10,” “Top 10: The Forty-Niners,” the Batman graphic novel “Fortunate Son,” “The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix,” and on some well-known characters in the comics world including Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain America. His new, independent title “Mae” was released by Dark Horse Comics in June.
Award-winning journalist and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore will talk from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. about her graphic novel “Threadbare: Clothes, Sex and Trafficking,” which explores how the garment industry exploits workers. She uses comics to help her document the world. The Chicago native is the founding editor of the Best American Comics series and works with the Ladydrawers Comics Collective, a group that creates comics and texts about how gender, race, sexuality, and economics impact the comics industry, media and culture.
“These two are known to different audiences and demonstrate the diverse ways that the medium (comics) can be used to share ideas and tell stories,” said Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley teaching and learning librarian and professor and department chair of Library Services. “I am excited about the programming because each session shows off different aspects of comics and pop culture. They make a variety of connections to our curriculum and students.”
For more information on the Graphic Novel Symposium, visit http://ext.morainevalley.edu/comicsculture/schedule/.