Writer and comics creator Carmelo Chimera discusses the funding of Magnificent, his new comics title with artist Steven Brown. How do creators successfully crowd fund a project? What works and what doesn’t? How does crowd funding open up opportunities for creators that didn’t exist in the past? This talk is part of MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.
Educators and comics experts Ronel Whitaker and Eric Kallenborn talk about the comics they use in the classroom with high school students. They will discuss the ways that comics support literacy, enhance learning, and engage students in all parts of the curriculum. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.
For the third year, the Moraine Valley Community College Library is hosting the Graphic Novel Symposium. This year, individuals in the comics business will discuss their work and creative process on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Library on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, in Palos Hills.
Eisner Award winning creator, artist and writer Gene Ha will speak from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. about the process behind his art and writing. The Chicago native has worked on books such as “Top 10,” “Top 10: The Forty-Niners,” the Batman graphic novel “Fortunate Son,” “The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix,” and on some well-known characters in the comics world including Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain America. His new, independent title “Mae” was released by Dark Horse Comics in June.
Award-winning journalist and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore will talk from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. about her graphic novel “Threadbare: Clothes, Sex and Trafficking,” which explores how the garment industry exploits workers. She uses comics to help her document the world. The Chicago native is the founding editor of the Best American Comics series and works with the Ladydrawers Comics Collective, a group that creates comics and texts about how gender, race, sexuality, and economics impact the comics industry, media and culture.
“These two are known to different audiences and demonstrate the diverse ways that the medium (comics) can be used to share ideas and tell stories,” said Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley teaching and learning librarian and professor and department chair of Library Services. “I am excited about the programming because each session shows off different aspects of comics and pop culture. They make a variety of connections to our curriculum and students.”
Can’t afford Photoshop? No worries! GIMP is an alternative open-source solution. GIMP is free to download. You will not get a trial version, or partial version, but the entire program! Of GIMP’s features, it includes multiple brushes and advanced photo enhancement editing. In addition, GIMP can support all image file types including JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and PNG. Give it a try if you have the chance!
In conjunction with the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium, the Moraine Valley Anime Club will organize a special Cosplay event on September 29th at 3p.m. in the U Building.
This event is intended to be a fun, community-building program that highlights the creativity and interests of Moraine Valley students. All students are welcome to participate. The rules for the event are listed here.
Are you sure or not-so-sure about your future career? The Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook site has data and facts about occupations in the United States. If you want to be an accountant, you can find out about the future need for accountants and possible salary. Or, if you are thinking about being a nurse or a retail manager, you can find information about those careers.
If you’re not sure about a career, you can do some browsing.
The BLS site has “You’re a What?” and “Interview with a …” features that highlight real people in real jobs. Here are some examples of jobs that may be new to you–
Hamilton: The Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda has been taking the country by storm. This panel explores the musical’s many themes such as the history, musical influences, and pop-cultural connections just to name a few. This panel included an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and administrators. This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.
The 2016 Presidential Election is less than two months away. If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to start fact checking what the candidates, their supporters, and detractors, are saying, especially if current headlines and tweets leave you skeptical.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, may be a good place to start. The Pulitzer Prize winning Politifact, run by editors and reporters from the independent Tampa Bay Times, “rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics,” may be another. (Punditfact, Politifact’s sister site, offers insight on the accuracy of statements made by those in the media and political analysts.)
Wherever you fall on the spectrum of political preferences, be wary of biased “fact check” web sites. And if you are interested in reading up on mass media, a simple search for media bias in the library catalog offers titles on media bias in presidential elections, partisan journalism, and more.
Proteins carry out many important cellular functions such as cellular signaling, molecular transport, and catalyzing metabolic reactions. The structure of a protein can often give useful insights into how it carries out its function. X-ray crystallography is a technique used by biologists to determine the atomic structure of proteins. Dr. David Neau describes the technique and show some examples of how a protein’s structure reveals insights into its function. David B. Neau, Ph.D. is Staff Scientist, Northeastern Collaborative Access Team, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University. This event is part of the STEM series.