Press release from MVCC’s Deparmtent of College and Community Relations
Explore comics, gaming at Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium
Comic books, gaming and pop culture will rule at Moraine Valley Community College’s Graphic Novel Symposium on Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most events will take place in the Library, on the second floor of Building L, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Over two days, symposium participants can play games and learn about gaming, engage in cosplay (costume play), buy comics and other gaming items, and attend faculty lectures.
“While superheroes and sci-fi do have fun and flashy sides, the Graphic Novel Symposium has more depth to it. Comic books offer a whole range of storytelling that brings together visual and text literacies in unique ways that are relevant to the online world,” said symposium co-creator Dr. Troy Swanson, teaching and learning librarian and Library department chair. “Our hope is people will show up and learn something new. There’s something there for everyone.”
The symposium kicks off Thursday, Sept. 18, with two featured speakers in the Library Lounge. Erik LaGattuta, professor of Fine Arts, will present “Comic Books and the Art of Visual Story Telling” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Sheryl Bundy, professor of Communications and Literature, will follow with “Graphic Novels as Literature” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
The Comic Shop Fair will be open throughout the symposium. Chimera’s Comics and Tenth Planet, both from Oak Lawn, and Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics, from Tinley Park, will set up shop outside the Library to sell comics, games, figures, and other items.
Moraine Valley’s Student Life Office and the student Anime Club are hosting a cosplay contest on Thursday at 3 p.m., in Building U. Entrants should dress as a favorite comic, superhero or sci-fi character from movies, TV shows and comic books. Sign-up for cosplay will be from noon to 2 p.m., outside the Library. Rules for cosplay costumes and the contest can be found on the website: morainevalley.edu/comicculture/cosplay.html.
Gaming is the focus on Friday. Jason King, professor of Developmental Education and Geography, will present “Gaming and Learning” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Library Lounge. The Library also will have six strategy board games set up to play: Ticket to Ride, Carcassone, The Settlers of Catan, Tsuro—the Game of Path, Blokus, and Hey, That’s My Fish. Anyone is welcome to walk up and play or reserve a time slot with friends. Information about the games and reservations for time slots can be found on the web site: morainevalley.edu/comicculture/gaming.html.