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Sunday, July 24


Little Fish: Making Comics Accessible For All
As the comics artform has become more ubiquitous and respected, there are still many challenges in making comics accessible and enjoyable for all. This panel will speak with Little Fish students Serena Leitner and Nikita Atrash, Mary Ellen Shu (librarian, Casa De Oro Elementary), Eric Shanower (writer/artist, Age of Bronze), Brian Volsang (director, Kevin Workman Foundation), and representatives from nonprofits about specific goals and challenges, including teaching homeless children, advocating for diversity, and harnessing the power of comics

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC


Comics Arts Conference #13: Teaching the Humanities Through Comics
Adam Golub (California State University, Fullerton) discusses strategies for teaching comics as literature in the university classroom. Deanna Heikkinen (Los Angeles Valley College) shares the lessons that she learned using superhero comics to teach a humanities course on 20th-century America. Michelle Lewis (Los Angeles Valley College) explains he she integrated Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness, and Nationalism, A Graphic History into the Western Civilization curriculum to teach historical techniques. These presentations are designed for teachers and a general audience interested in the changing views and uses of comics in American society.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB


Secret Origin of Good Readers
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:20AM
Women in comics discuss their reasons for writing, reading, and sharing comic books with the world. New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Anne Elizabeth (Once a Seal) and Marjorie M. Liu (Monstress), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), Anina Bennet (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers and retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) give pointers on how comic books can work for you in your classrooms. Learn how your students can enjoy reading for pleasure, be they reluctant, struggling, or avid readers.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 23ABC


Comics Arts Conference #14: The Caped Crusader on Campus: Batman Goes to College
The same qualities that make Batman one of the most famous characters in the world also make him an excellent vehicle for teaching a variety of topics and reaching students. Batman is the superhero with no superpowers, with a tragic origin that evokes feelings and understanding from anyone who reads it, and a character that occupies an environment that, while a bit bizarre at times, usually feels like it could be real. This session provides an exploration of using Batman to teach arts and science at the university level. Panelists discuss the relevance of Batman and the Bat-family in conveying concepts of psychology, kinesiology and neuroscience to undergraduates. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman), Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Chris Yogerst (University of Wisconsin), Hannah Means-Shannon (Dark Horse Comics), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight trilogy), and Paul Levitz (DC Comics) discuss and dissect the role of the Caped Crusader on campus.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB


The Secret Origin of Good Readers Break-Out Session
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:23AM
Bestselling authors Frank Beddor (Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. The Looking Glass Wars), Anne Elizabeth (Once a Seal), and Marjorie M. Liu (Monstress), Anina Bennet (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) demonstrate how educators can write and draw their comic with a handful of comic panels. Bring your paper and pencils.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC


No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars
David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), Michael R. Johnson (JPL mechanisms engineer), and Todd J. Barber (JPL Senior Cassini propulsion engineer) discuss how humans go boldly where there's no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB


Comics Arts Conference #16: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing
Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Robin Holloway (Wake Forest University), Thaddeus Kimm (Wittenberg University), Alexandra Jenkins (Texas A&M University-Texarkana), Jodie McKaughan (Radford University), Joan Miller (University of Southern California, Annenberg), Morgan Mitchell (Wittenberg University), Glen Stamp (Ball State University), Alix Watson (Ball State University), and Stephanie Webb (University of Denver) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture that is Comic-Con 2016. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) moderates.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB


How Cartoons influence S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M. Programs
Joining cartoonist Marie Zhivago (Dr. Zhivago) are local guest leaders presenting information and examples of how cartoons can be represented and influence science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. "Tony" Michael Claudio (engineering educator, Olympian High School, Sweetwater District for 3D and Laser Printing) will show how 2D cartoon examples can be printed into a 3D samples. Pamela Hendrickson (president, National Council of Negro Women Inc. S.T.E.A.M.) will discuss a 15-year S.T.E.A.M. workshop based on an interest in a career in Arts for kids. Karen Daniels (Old Globe Theater arts engagement manager) will talk about the theatrical, technical, and engineering aspect of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. A brief Q&A session moderated by Analyn Simon (UCSD Medical Center) will be followed by a drawing workshop by Dr. Zhivago for kids.

Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE