Michigan State University Comics Forum Keynote & Artists Alley

March 1, 2013 (All day) - March 2, 2013 (All day)
Snyder-Phillips Hall
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48825
United States

The Michigan State University Comics Forum is an annual event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore and celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art. The 2013 Michigan State University Comics Forum is scheduled to take place March 1 and 2 in the RCAH. Admission for all events is free.

On Friday, March 1, 2013 starting at 7 p.m., Nick Bertozzi, award-winning comics creator and professor, will deliver this year’s keynote address. Bertozzi received a Xeric Grant and multiple Harvey Awards and Ignatz Awards for his cartooning. He is the writer and artist of the graphic novel Lewis & Clark (First/Second). He collaborated with Jason Lutes on the graphic novel Houdini: The Handcuff King (Hyperion/CCS) and drew Glenn (The Colbert Report/Daria) Eichler's STUFFED! (First/Second). Bertozzi is author of The Salon (St. Martin's Griffin) a graphic novel about Picasso, the discovery of Cubism, and magical absinthe. He is hard at work on a cartoon biography of Lenny Bruce for Houghton-Mifflin, written by Harvey Pekar and you can read his ongoing sci-fi/fantasy cartoon, Persimmon Cup, for free every week at ACT-I-VATE. For the past several years Bertozzi has been teaching cartooning at NYC's School of Visual Arts, as well as teaching stints at Rhode Island School of Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, the event will feature an Artists Alley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LookOut! Gallery. Throughout the day there will be several panel discussions with academics studying comic books and professionals working in the comic book industry.

For more information please visit the Comics Forum website. The Michigan State University Comics Forum is sponsored by The Journal of Popular Culture, 21st Century Comics and Games, the Department of English, the Department of Art and Art History, the MSU Special Collections Library, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, and BRD Printing.

For additional information about this event, contact Ryan Claytor, Jay Jacot, or Ben Chabala: