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February 25, 2016

Comics and Visual Culture: A Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9am-6pm

California State University, Northridge

University Student Union, East Conference Center

A Comics@CSUN presentation

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Lake View Terrace Room)
Frances Gateward and Charles Hatfield, CSU Northridge



Panel One: Dreams, Memories, and Nightmares (Tujunga Room)

Moderator: Nicole Eschen-Solis, CSU Northridge

  • “A Dream within a Daydream: Binky Brown, Jimmy Corrigan, and Ace Hole’s treatment of the Comic Daydream,” Lizette Hernandez, CSU Northridge
  • “Looking at Photographs: Memories Open for Interpretation in Maus and Fun Home,” Barbara Guldner, CSU Northridge
  • “Tales of Armageddon: Witnessing and Recounting in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen,” Tiffany E. Babb, University of Southern California

Panel Two: From Margin to Center (Panorama City Room)

Moderator: J.C. Lee, CSU Northridge

  • “El Deafo as a Verifiable Superhero in the Autobiography of Cece Bell,” Jenny Blenk, Portland State University
  • “Born Different: X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor,” Sean Aitchison, CSU Northridge
  • “Changing the Perspective on Nanaue!” David Lim, CSU Northridge
  • Aranas y Escaranajos: Framing Latino Identity within the Contemporary Superhero Genre,” Nora Sepulveda, CSU Northridge



Scholar’s Keynote (Lake View Terrace): Intersections: Disability in Comics, East and West

Dr. José Alaniz, Program Director, Disability Studies, University of Washington- Seattle; author of Death, Disability, and the Superhero and Komiks: Comic Art in Russia






Creators’ Keynote (Lake View Terrace): The Future Is Free: Concrete Park

Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, co-authors of the Concrete Park comic book and graphic novel series



Panel Three: Our Batman, Ourselves (Tujunga)

Moderator: Susan Kirtley, Portland State University

  • “The Golden Age of Batman,” Luis Escobedo, San Diego State University
  • “Procedural Rhetoric and Terministic Screens: A Rhetorical Analysis of Batman: Arkham Knight,” Jordan Puga, CSU Northridge
  • “Dual Identity and Trauma in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns,” Kim Lewis, CSU Northridge

Panel Four: An Art of Details—Comics Form (Panorama City)

Moderator: Jo Ann Bischetsrieder, ITT Technical Institute, Sylmar

  • Hawkeye’s Temporal Mastery through Manipulation and Distortion,” Juvel Mar Ingal, CSU Northridge
  • The Mire: Simple, but Complicated," J. Olinger, Portland State University
  • “Scrupulosity in Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary,” Judy Stalbaum, CSU Northridge
  • “Windows of Time: A Formalist Examination of Richard McGuire's Here,” Turner Lobey, Portland State University



Panel Five: Drawn Through the Ages (Tujunga)

Moderator: Rolando Rubalcava, CSU Northridge

“How Shintoism and Buddhism Influenced the Creation of the First Japanese Manga and Anime Down Through Modern Times,” Hiroko Miyashita, Empire State College, The State University of New York

“More than Night on Pages of Graphic Fiction,” Lita Van Houten, CSU Northridge

“How Lust Was Lost: Genre, Identity, and the Neglect of a Pioneering Comics Publication,” Robert B. Hulshof-Schmidt, Portland State University

Panel Six: Graphic Women (Panorama City)

Moderator: Tina Love, CSU Northridge

“The Modern Portrayal of Women in Comics,” Megan Walker, Portland State University

“Gender Borders and Performance in Heartbreak Soup," Miguel Aguilar, California State University, Dominguez Hills

“What are you looking at? The Revisionist Gaze of Bitch Planet,” Emily Rauber Rodriguez, University of Southern California