Friday, May 09, 2008  
This Weekend: Graphic Novel Conference, Toronto

:: Posted by BK @ 5/09/2008 06:00:00 a.m.


The New Narrative?

An academic conference devoted comics and the graphic novel, presented at the University of Toronto, May 10-11. Hilights include a talk by Seth on being a cartoonist in Canada, relative to the other visual arts, and a paper by the controversial Jeet Heer on Orphan Annie and Dickens.




Saturday 10 May

9:00 - 9:30 Registration (ongoing through to noon)
Contact: Andrew Lesk andrew.lesk@utoronto.ca 416-841-8985


Panel 1A Auto/biography UC 140 9:30 - 10:45
Chair: Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier)

Ian MacRae (Toronto): The Progress of Love: Queering the Canon and the Odyssey of Identity in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home

Edward Hornick (Journalist - New Orleans): Evan Dorkin's Nervous Breakdown and the Hidden Comic Indies

Panel 1B Superheroes & Super ... Annie? UC 179 9:30 - 10:45

Chair: Jean-Paul Gabilliet (Universite de Bordeaux)

Felan Parker (Carleton): Batman Begins, Superman Returns: Reintroducing the Franchise Superhero

Jeet Heer (Toronto): Little Orphan Oliver Twist: The Dickensian Inheritance in Mid-20th Century Comics

Megan Kelley (Calgary): Earnest Heroes and Outrageous Villains: The Dynamics of Camp in Superman films

Panel 2A Ideologies and Ethics UC 140 11 - 12:15

Chair: Doug Stetar (Malaspina)

Doug Stetar (Malaspina): Of Rags and Riches: The Complex Ideologies of Wealth, Class and Consumption in Classic Richie Rich Comics

Doug Mann (Western): To Compromise or Not to Compromise, that is the Question: Watchmen as Ethical and Political Dialogue

J. Andrew Deman (Waterloo): Jimmy Corrigan vs. Superman: Deconstruction, Disillusion, and Social Collapse


Panel 2B
Cities UC 179 11 - 12:15

Chair: Amir Hussain (Loyola Marymount, L.A.)

kevin mcpherson eckhoff (Calgary): Dat Ain't as Funny as it Looks, See? Reconsidering the Realism of Richard F. Outcault's Hogan's Alley

Michel Hardy-Vallee (McGill): Escape from the City of Words: Finding a Better Literary Haven for Comix

Paul Atkinson (Monash - Aus.): The Graphic Novel as Metafiction

Lunch break

Panel 3A Un/real UC 140 1:30 - 2:45

Chair: David Huxley (Manchester Metropolitan)

Steven Shaviro (Wayne State): You Will Never Own a Jetpack: Warren Ellis' Science Fiction Comics

Michael Freethy (Carleton):Rotoshop, Scramble Suits and Substance D: A Scanner Darkly and the Crisis of Hyperreality

Lamia Kosovic (European G.S.): Cyberpunk K-inema: Re-imag(in)ing of the Posthuman

Panel 3B O Canada UC 179 1:30 - 2:45

Chair: Joan Ormrod (Manchester Metropolitan)

Jean-Paul Gabilliet (Universite de Bordeaux): Comics in the Cambridge History of Canadian Literature: Is Sequential Art the Future of the Canadian Literary Canon?

Kevin Ziegler (Waterloo): The Making of Riel Comic Literature: The Re-circulation of Brown's Louis Riel

Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier): The way I've drawn the scene: History and Historiography in Chester Brown's Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

Panel 4A Social Panic UC 140 3 - 4:15

Chair: Paul Atkinson (Monash - Aus.)

Nicholas Holm (McMaster): Beneath Consideration: Reassessing Wertham and the Role of Taste in the Decline of the Comic Book

Clint Burnham (Simon Fraser): Ho Che Anderson's King trilogy: Comics, Social History, and the Zizekian Ethical Act

David Huxley (Manchester Metropolitan): Moral panics, censorship and the cultural status of comics in Britain

Panel 4B Modernism UC 179 3 - 4:15

Chair: Jeet Heer (Toronto)

Joan Ormrod (Manchester Metropolitan): A Heap of Broken Images: Countersong and Readership in T S Eliot and Martin Rowson's The Waste Land

David N. Wright (Douglas): "'kontinue kuriousity to its illogical klimax': Krazy Kat, E. E. Cummings and the Grammar of Modernism"

Glenn Willmott (Queen's): Catwoman's Pedigree

Seth speaks! (keynote address) UC 140 5 - 6


Reception Croft House @ UC 6 - 8:30

Sunday 11 May

Panel 1A Across the Ocean(s) UC 140 10 - 11:15

Chair: Nicholas Holm (McMaster)

Gokul Gopalakrishnan (Hyderabad): G Aravindan's Small Men and the Big World: Re-Defining the "Comic" in the Strip

Josh Chong (Waterloo): Impregnation of the Cyborg: Problematic Reproduction in Japanese Manga

Pierre Chermartin (Montreal): From the multiple-room set to the split scene: quarrels, disputes and altercations in turn-of-the century European comics.

Panel 1B Victorians UC179 10 - 11:15

Chair: Andrea Schwenke Wyile (Acadia)

Andrea Day (New Brunswick): Playing With the Pen and Pencil Sketches of Thackeray's singular performance: Illustrations of Dolls, Performativity, and Narrative Technique in Vanity Fair

Christine Yao (Dalhousie): Queen Victoria, Captive Despot: The Dissemination of Image and Power in Alan Moore's From Hell

Jason Frank (Youngstown): Even More Blood in the Gutters: Taking Apart Rick Geary's Narration of Jack the Ripper

Lunch break

Panel 2A Methods and Stylings UC 140 12:30 - 1: 45

Chair: Gokul Gopalakrishnan (Hyderabad)

Edward Bader (Lethbridge/Grand Prairie): Comics Carnet: Graphic Novelist as Global Nomad

Peter Coppin (Toronto) and Stephen Hockema (Toronto): Research Methods to Understand Comics and the Human Mind

Andrea Schwenke Wyile (Acadia): Which Umbrella: Comix or Picturebooks?


Panel 2B
Bodies, Pathologies, Illness UC 179 12:30 - 1:45

Chair: Tim Bavlnka (Independent journalist)

Allison Crawford (Toronto): Framing the Body-Embodying the Frame: Graphic Novels and the Representation of Illness

Marni Stanley (Malaspina): The Art of Embodiment in Graphic Autopathography

Panel 3A Endings 1 UC 140 2 - 3:15

Chair: Stephen Hockema (Toronto)

Kalervo Sinervo (Simon Fraser): Grains of Sand: Renaissance Intertextuality in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman

Aaron Kashtan (Florida): Jeepers Jacobs in the Network of Lines That Intersect: The Deconstruction of the Clear Line in Kevin Huizenga

Tim Bavlnka (Independent journalist): The Superhero Significance: The Role of the Contemporary Superhero in Literature

Panel 3B Endings 2 UC 179 2 - 3:15

Chair: Andrew Lesk (Toronto)

Anthony Enns (Dalhousie): Media, Memory, and the Metropolis in Jason Lutes’ Berlin: City of Stones

Amir Hussain (Loyola Marymount, L.A.): Representing Muslim lives: pedagogy and the comics journalism of Joe Sacco

Roundtable So, what's new?
UC 140 3:30 - 4:30

Jeff Parker, Luca Somigli, Tim Bavlnka



Closing words: Andrew Lesk 4:30

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Blogger william the silent said...

This sounds like the most incredible graphic novels discussion I've ever encountered. Will this be a yearly event? Is there another similar one scheduled?

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