MSU to Host 12th Annual Comics Forum

The Michigan State University Comics Forum is a multi-day, annual event for scholars, creators, and fans of the comics medium. Events include keynote addresses from an award-winning creator and scholar in the field, an artist alley, academic panel discussions, exhibition of comic art, comic book discussion groups, and more.  

MSU also is home of the Comic Art and Graphic Novel Minor, the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast, and the largest public collection of comic books in the world, which is housed in our Special Collections Library.

Seth, 2019 Creator Keynote Speaker

Friday, February 22 / MSU Library 4th Floor Green Room / 7 p.m.

Seth is the award-winning cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Best American Comics, and McSweeney’s Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of The New YorkerThe Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He also is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably the collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright. Seth has exhibited throughout the world in a variety of group and solo shows including exhibitions of his model city Dominion, which toured galleries in Eastern and Central Canada as well as select galleries the world over. He was also the subject of the National Film Board documentary, entitled Seth’s Dominion.

Qiana Whitted, 2019 Scholar Keynote Speaker

Saturday, February 23 / Main Library 2West / 12 p.m.

Qiana Whitted is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. A graduate of Hampton University with a Ph.D. from Yale University, her research focuses on African-American literary studies and American comic books. Her publications include the edited collection, Comics and the U.S. South (Mississippi, 2012) and the book A God of Justice?: The Problem of Evil in Twentieth-Century Black Literature (Virginia, 2009). She is an associate editor of INKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society and Chair of the International Comic Arts Forum. Her most recently published articles and book chapters explore race, genre, and comics in representations of historical figures such as Nat Turner, Stagger Lee, and Emmett Till. Her forthcoming book on race and social protest in 1950s EC comics will be published by Rutgers University Press in 2019.

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