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Friday, July 22

10:30am PDT

Comics Arts Conference #5: Data-Driven Comics Research
Recent work analyzing comics has turned to scientific methods. Neil Cohn (Tilburg University) will chair this panel discussing projects that annotate properties of comics from around the world, and discuss growing efforts for analyzing comics within the cognitive sciences. Then, presentations by Jessika Axner (University of California, San Diego) and Michaela Diercks (University of California, San Diego) will explore the differences between the structures found in comics from America, Japan, Hong Kong, and various European countries, such as France and Sweden. Finally, Nimish Pratha (University of California, San Diego) will describe how sound effects differ across genres of American comics and Japanese manga. Together, these presentations show the benefits of a data-driven, scientific approach to studying comics.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 26AB

12:00pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference #6: Reading Comics
Arguing that the visual narrative nature of comics requires recognizing and understanding the function of pictures in the medium, R. C. Harvey (Perpendicular Pronoun Press) shows how words and pictures function to create the unique narrative form that is comics. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) demonstrates how Matt Fraction's Eisner Award-winning Hawkeye story, "Pizza Is My Business," makes heavy use of symbol and abstract storytelling techniques to communicate the thought processes of a dog and can be used to teach students, specifically at the high school level, higher-order analysis of literature and literary technique. Samantha Jakobeit-Meaux (Georgia State University) examines Bec Doux et ses amis, a dual language Cajun French and English comic strip with Kevin Meaux (Georgia State University), the son of the strip's illustrator Ken Meaux, to show how the strip subverts the established language/power dynamics of Louisiana speaking communities through the use of text placement, caricature, and trickster figures.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

1:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference #7: The Twisted Roots of Comics: Pulp Magazines and the Birth of the Modern Comic Book
Before the comics, pulp magazines were the most popular and bestselling printed periodicals on the newsstands. Featuring genres ranging from westerns to heroic adventure to science fiction, the pulp magazines paved the way for the comics, providing much of the social, narrative, artistic, and financial groundwork, which inspired the nascent industry and helped it flourish into the popular culture phenomena it is today. This panel discusses the connections between the pulps and comics, from the creators who worked in both mediums to the direct lineage between the heroes of the pulps and their successors, so popular in today’s comics and films. Join Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (Lost Hero: The Adventurous and Tragic Life of the Man Who Invented Comic Books), Harry Donenfeld, Brad Ricca (Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster-the Creators of Superman), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Nathan Vernon Madison (Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books) for this investigation into the birth of the comic book. Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book) moderates.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

2:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference #8: Costumes and Copyright
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 22, 09:41AM
From the Yellow Kid's expressive nightshirt to last year's Supreme Court ruling on Spider-Man's web shooters, what characters wear is an integral part of comics culture - and lawsuits. Professor Susan Scafidi (founder of the Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School), Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School), and Cindy Levitt (Senior Vice President Merchandise and Marketing, Hot Topic) explore the legal dimension of comics couture, covering such issues as collaborations between the fashion and entertainment industries; fandom, cosplay, and emerging designers; the impact of comics on fashion; diversity and cultural appropriation; the representation of fashion-related intellectual property theft; the perception of comics and fashion in statutes and court cases; the regulation of identity and gender norms; and current controversies involving the translation of two-dimensional style to the physical realm.

Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

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