This semester, the library is offering a series of lectures by folks inside the comic book industry. All talks are located in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center and are open to the public. (Please note that all visitors to Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center must present a photo ID if entering the building after 6:00 PM.)
J.G. Jones is well known for illustrating prestigious comic series like FINAL CRISIS, BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN, and WANTED, as well as painting countless covers for mainstream superhero books, and he has created some of the most iconic and memorable images of the modern comics age. Last year he partnered with Mark Waid to debut the gorgeous and controversial STRANGE FRUIT, a fully painted science fiction comic confronting bigotry in the Jim Crow south. Join us for a talk with J.G. about art, race, and the difficulty of telling challenging stories in the comics industry.
Thursday, March 17, 6:30pm, Class of 1955 Conference Room, Rm 241
Chris Claremont is the man who made the X-Men what they are. Though created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, it was not until he took over in 1975 that they became the iconic saga that has captured the imaginations of generations of readers. As the sole writer of all X-Men comics for 17 years — perhaps the most impressive and ambitious run of any comics creator — Claremont showed new possibilities of depth in superhero comics. The rich mythology and complex characterization in his stories completely transformed what had once been a disposable genre, and the resulting stories he authored sold 500 million copies. Please join us for a discussion with Chris about building mythology, crafting characters, and creating one of the most beloved epics of the modern world.
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30pm, Kislak Center, Class of 1978 Pavilion, 6th floor
Box Brown is the Ignatz Award-winning author of the bestselling ANDRE THE GIANT graphic biography as well as countless other comics. He’s also the founder and editor of RETROFIT COMICS, one of the most productive and creative small press comics publishers in business today. We’ll sit down with Box to discuss his life as a cartoonist and editor, the challenges of independent publishing, and the endless possibilities of the comic form,
Thursday, April 14, 6:30pm, Class of 1955 Conference Room, Rm 241
Warren Bernard is a comics historian and scholar, the author of and contributor to countless books on sequential art, and Executive Director of Small Press Expo, the greatest American independent comics festival. He’s also the owner of one of the most impressive comic collections in the world. Warren will be appearing at the comic symposium to discuss his newest book, CARTOONS FOR VICTORY — an exploration of cartooning during World War II.
Thursday, April 21, 6:30pm, Class of 1955 Conference Room, Rm 241