Fall 2017: Comics, Fandom, and Dungeons and Dragons #comicsculture

We are excited to announce our schedule for the 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium. This is a fun event which is free and open to the public. In addition to the talks listed below, we will have local artists and comic shops selling books, manga, games, toys, and more. Something for everyone!

Talking About Things We Love: Finding Community in Fandom
Wednesday, Sept 27, 1pm – 1:50pm, Library Lounge Building L
Faculty members discuss their own fan subcultures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Glee, to Star Trek, to 70s sports, and more. How do fans come together to share ideas? How do fans expand on meanings and themes found within stories, time periods, or genres that they love? This will be a fun discussion about pop culture, hobbies, games and other realms of fandom.

Featured Event: Artist & Writer Dan Dougherty Shares His Creative Process
Thursday, Sept 28, 9:30pm-10:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Award-winning illustrator and author visits Moraine Valley to share his creative process. Dan is a Moraine Valley alum who has written graphic novels, comic books, newspaper articles, and comic strips. His work has been featured online and in print.

Dungeons and Dragons: The Game, the Myth the Legend
Thursday, Sept 28, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
An estimated 20 million people worldwide have played Dungeons and Dragons – the original roleplaying game of adventure, treasure, and camaraderie. We will briefly talk about the game’s history, influence, and a brief discussion of gameplay. Questions welcome!

Fall Preview 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium

We preview the 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium which will be held on September 27 and 28, 2017. This event will feature artists, writers, gamers, and topics on pop culture. Learn more at:
http://ext.morainevalley.edu/comicsculture.
Fall Preview: 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Graphic Novel Reporting in New York Stories

The New York Times Magazine is long-standing icon in reporting and story telling, and each year it releases its “New York Stories” issue focusing on stories around New York City. This past week it did something different. New York Stories was done as a comic book. It was a graphic novel version of New York stories (read the online version here). 

For perspective this, read this AdWeek piece, “New York Times Magazine Goes All Comics for Its Latest Issue.”

Free Comic Book Day Tomorrow – May 6

It’s “Free Comic Book Day” tomorrow! Held the first Saturday every May, “the [comic book] industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics put out free comics for fans to enjoy at the more than 2,300 local comic shops participating in Free Comic Book Day.” (www.freecomicbookday.com)

You can find local comic book stores near Palos Hills that are participating in the event by using Free Comic Book Day’s locator web page. Nearby participants are:

Also, check out MVCC Library’s graphic novel section. We have books about comics and we also have graphic novels that are bound collections of comic books such as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s She-Hulk, DC Comics’ Bombshells, and more!

Break Video: Creating Comics

Happy winter break! Kick back and watch a video from our fall public events.
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Eisener Award winning creator Gene Ha discusses the process behind his art and writing. Ha has worked on the biggest characters in comics including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others. His new, independent title Mae was released by Dark Horse Comics in June of 2016. We are very excited to welcome Gene Ha to our Graphic Novel Symposiu

Gene Ha, Comic Writer & Artist, Shares His Creative Process | Graphic Novel Symposium

Comics Journalism: Depicting Unseen Connections Between Sex and Garment Trades Worldwide

Artist and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore talks about her graphic novel Threadbare which explores the ways the garment industry exploits workers. Moore is an award-winning journalist who uses comics to document the world by “showing” us what she sees. This talk is part of MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Comics Journalism: Depicting Unseen Connections Between Sex and Garment Trades Worldwide

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Artist & Writer Gene Ha Shares His Creative Process

Eisener Award winning creator Gene Ha discusses the process behind his art and writing. Ha has worked on the biggest characters in comics including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others. His new, independent title Mae was released by Dark Horse Comics in June of 2016. We were very excited to welcome Gene Ha to our Graphic Novel Symposium. This talk is part of MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Artist & Writer Gene Ha Shares His Creative Process

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Crowd Funding and Publishing Comics featuring Carmelo Chimera

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.

Crowd Funding and Publishing Comics featuring Carmelo Chimera

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Graphic Novels in the Classroom with Ronell Whitaker and Eric Kallenborn

Educators and comics experts Ronell 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.

Graphic Novels in the Classroom with Ronel Whitaker and Eric Kallenborn

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium features artists and writers

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 10GNSymposiumPostesrs: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.”

For more information on the Graphic Novel Symposium, visit http://ext.morainevalley.edu/comicsculture/schedule/.