2018 Comics Forum Poster Revealed!!

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The 2018 Comics Forum poster and schedule of events were proudly unveiled via the Michigan State University Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast earlier this morning.  Our Creator Keynote Speaker, Lucy Knisley, illustrated the image you see above, which will be printed as 18″x24″ posters in advance of the event.  If you are a business or school who is interested in helping us promote the MSU Comics Forum by hanging these in a public location, please contact MSU Comics Forum Director, Ryan Claytor, via the CONTACT page of this website and we will send several free of charge.

2017 MSU Comics Forum Wrap-up

The 2017 MSU Comics Forum has come and gone and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on last weekend, as well as thank the folks who made it possible.

Our Creator Keynote Speaker, James Sturm, took the stage on Friday, Feb 24th:

And spoke to a healthy crowd of comics scholars, artists, and community memebers.

Our two keynote speakers (James Sturm and Charles Hatfield) were part of a limited tour of the MSU Special Collections Library (the largest public collection of comic books in the world) on the morning of Saturday, Feb 25th.  Charles Hatfield in foreground, below:

Randy Scott, MSU Special Collections Comics Bibliographer, administers the tour while James Sturm, 2017 MSU Comics Forum Creator Keynote Speaker, looks on in the foreground:

After the tour, both keynote speakers sign some of their work pulled from the MSU Special Collections Library:

Shortly after noon on Saturday, Feb 25th, our Scholar Keynote Speaker, Charles Hatfield, spoke to a full room about “Collage in Comics”:

After the event was over, I recorded a couple of interviews with our keynote speakers for season #2 of the MSU Comics Art and Graphic Novel Podcast, which will air next academic year.  I was joined by Zack Kruse, MSU Comics Forum Panel Coordinator, for the interview with Charles Hatfield.

There was also an exhibition of Underground Comix which ran from Feb 20th-Mar 3rd.  Selections were pulled from the MSU Special Collections Library and the exhibit was curated by Susan Bandes’ Museum Studies course:

In closing, I’d like to thank all of our sponsors for helping this event to take place, all of the artists who exhibited their comics in our Artist Alley, the book discussion on Ms. Marvel that was sponsored by Muslim Studies (an event from which, sadly, I do not have pictures), the MSU Comics Forum Promotions Committee for helping spread the word and take care of event planning details on our big weekend, both of our accomplished keynote speakers who not only helped to make our 10th year a benchmark but were incredibly giving of their time throughout the weekend, and finally the MSU Comics Forum Core Committee; Jay Jacot, Zack Kruse, and Jason Larsen, this couldn’t happen without you.  I’m extremely pleased with our 10th anniversary event and I’m looking forward to the next decade and beyond.

Sincerely,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director

International Travel Ban Affects Forum

Due to the recent travel ban, a number of our international scholars are unable to participate in their originally scheduled panel discussions. Based on this news, the panel discussions have been reorganized. Please see the Schedule page for the updated panel discussions. We appreciate your understanding regarding these circumstances, and we wish our international colleagues the very best.

Zack Kruse
MSU Comics Forum – Panel Coordinator

2017 MSU Comics Forum Poster Revealed

It is my pleasure to formally reveal the 2017 Michigan State University Comics Forum poster illustrated by this year’s keynote speaker, James Sturm.

James’ keynote address will place on Friday, February 24th from 7-8:30pm in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater.

Feel free to repost this electronic image to help us promote the many events surrounding this year’s MSU Comics Forum.

Finally, if you are a business owner or manager and would like to receive a few posters to hang in your place of business, please contact me (Ryan Claytor, MSU Comics Forum Director at rclaytor@msu.edu) by Friday, Jan. 20th, 2017 to be added to our mailing list.

Sincerely,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director

2017 Keynote Speakers

The Michigan State University Comics Forum is proud to announce not one, but two keynote speakers for our 10th Anniversary event to be held on the final weekend of February 2017.

Our Creator Keynote Speaker, James Sturm, has garnered many awards for his work including a Xeric grant, an Eisner Award, and Time Magazine’s Graphic Novel of the year. He’s also a founder and teacher at the Center for Cartoon Studies and has worked for a number of comics publishers including Marvel Comics, Fantagraphics, First Second Books, and Drawn and Quarterly to name but a few.

Our first Scholarly Keynote Speaker, Charles Hatfield, is the author of Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature (2005) and the Eisner Award-winning Hand of Fire: The Comic Art of Jack Kirby (2011), as well as many articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of The Superhero Reader (2013) and Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby (2015), and curated the US’s largest-ever Kirby exhibition at CSU Northridge in 2015. A longtime contributor to The Comics Journal and The Jack Kirby Collector, Hatfield has been writing about comics for more than twenty years. At CSU Northridge, he teaches courses that specialize in comics, popular culture, and children’s literature. Hatfield has served on the boards of the International Comic Arts Forum and the MLA Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives, and is the founding President of the Comics Studies Society. He is now collaborating with Bart Beaty on a guidebook to comics studies and with Craig Fischer on a study of cartoonist Eddie Campbell.

2015 Comics Forum Wraps!

Thank you to all the artists, scholars, and attendees who made the 2015 event so successful this past weekend.  Special thanks to all of our sponsors, and especially our keynote speaker, Tom Hart.  We look forward to seeing you for the 9th annual MSU Comics Forum in 2016 (mark your calendars for Feb. 26th & 27th, 2016).

2015 MSU Comic Forum Keynote Address by Tom Hart (Photograph by Ryan Claytor)
MSU Comics Forum “Public Conversation” and Tour Stop with Scott McCloud (Photograph by Whitney Spotts)

Until February 2016,
Ryan Claytor
MSU Comics Forum – Director

 

2015 MSU Comics Forum Poster Unveiled

It is my pleasure to formally unveil the 2015 Michigan State University Comics Forum poster.  Tom Hart, this year’s Keynote Speaker, has produced a heart-felt homage to our keynote speaker who was not meant to be, Sergio Aragones.

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Tom’s keynote address will place on Friday, February 20th from 7-8:30 in the Residential College of Arts & Humanities Theater.

Feel free to repost this electronic image to help us promote the many events surrounding this year’s MSU Comics Forum.  If you are a business owner or manager and would like to receive a few posters to hang in your place of business, please contact me (Ryan Claytor, MSU Comics Forum Director at rclaytor@msu.edu) by Friday, Jan. 30th, 2015 to be added to our mailing list.