Posted by: Doc Comics | February 10, 2015

2015 UNT Comics Studies Conference!

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[UPDATE: Cancelled due to Denton’s Sleetpocalypse 2015… Rescheduling soon!!]  Coming to the University of North Texas on February 28, 2015 is the UNT Comics Studies Conference!! This one-day con will be held in the Business Leadership Building (BLB room 170) from 9:30am-5:00pm, and headlines student scholarship, academic research & inquiry, as well as interaction with comics professionals and industry pros!

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Matthew Brown, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of UT Dallas’ Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology. Professor Brown teaches a variety of courses in philosophy, history of ideas, emerging media and communication, and cognitive science. His 2015 Comics Advocate Award lecture is on “The Scientific, Feminist, and Queer Origins of Wonder Woman.”

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This year’s ProTalk Spotlight includes a roundtable discussion featuring Sonny Strait, voice actor for FUNimation Studios but also an accomplished comics creator in his own right (We Shadows). Make plans to join us in Denton TX for an amazing day!!

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Comics Studies, notes a recent article in The Guardian, is quickly achieving mainstream academic legitimacy:

“Comics have achieved a hard-fought-for degree of critical respectability since the ‘graphic novel’ boom of the mid-1980s. Award-winning and innovative works such as Maus, Fun Home and Palestine have been recognised as accomplished works of art and literature. Over recent years they have crept into university reading lists worldwide, and across a range of disciplines, from literature courses to history and media studies.”

SCHEDULE  Saturday Feb 28, 2015 SuperCitizen

—UNT Comics Studies Conference @BLB170

9:30a-10:00a: Welcome to UNT GEEKON Preview

10:00a-10:55a: Comics (& Games) on Campus

11:00a-11:55a: Comics in Classroom top papers

LUNCH mix-n-mingle — 12:00n-1:00pm

1:00p-1:55p: 2015 COMICS ADVOCATE KEYNOTE
with Dr. Matt Brown

2:00p-2:55p: Gamers Community roundtable

3:00p-3:55p: Comics in Culture – Fan Podcasts

4:00p-4:55: Comics ProTalk roundtable
– Self-Publishing ProTips!

5:00p-6:30p: BETTER THINGS documentary screening

Better Things docBETTER THINGS: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones“, a film by Maria Paz Cabardo courtesy of University of North Texas Willis Library. A comics pioneer, Jones creative and commercial success is challenged with a transition to a transgender identity. Winner of numerous awards, this film is an amazing examination of creative expression as medium for personal transformation!

Our super scholarship this year includes some amazing academic explorations of Comics Studies!

Noura Elwazani (Texas Womans University), “Ms. Marvel’s War on Islamophobia: Hegemonic Politics and Mestiza Consciousness.”

Max Renner (Purdue University), “The X-Men’s Mutation: Complications in Post-Racial Narrative and the Superhero Genre.”

Dr. Michael Mendoza (Seminole State College-Oviedo), “Ubiquitous and an Underdog? Class Warfare in the Spiderverse.”

Angela Drummond-Mathews (UNT Dallas), “Depictions of African-Americans in Anime and Manga.”

Keith Wayne Brown (independent scholar), “Superheroes and the Imaginative Overcoming of Existential Responsibility: Human Insecurity, Metahuman Disruption, and Transhuman Disconnection.”

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