The International Comic Arts Forum, 2011 Conference!

ICAF 2011 at The Center for Cartoon Studies

Vermont will be home to the 2011 conference for the International Comic Arts Forum, which will be held between September 29th through October 1st, hosted by the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.

From their website:

Since 1995, ICAF has been dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media.

This new partnership with the Center for Cartoon Studies – one of the nation’s most highly-respected institutions dedicated to the training of cartoonists, writers, and designers – promises to further the mission of both units in providing a supportive, collegial environment to showcase innovative comics scholarship and comic art for critics, historians, teachers, and comics professionals from around the world. Previous forums have been held at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Georgetown University, the Small Press Expo in Maryland, and the Library of Congress.

It looks like a good partnership, and it should be pretty exciting to have an international group of artists decending upon White River Junction. Here’s the schedule:

ICAF 2011 Conference Schedule
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome to ICAF

9:15 – 10:15: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Guy Spielmann (Georgetown University), Cross-dressing in Early Modern Europe: Competing (?) Visions through Bande Dessinée and “Official History”

10:15 – 10:30: BREAK

10:30 – 12:00: PANEL 1 – AMERICAN COMIC STRIPS
Sylvia Marques (Michigan State University) – Looking Outside the Panel: Rethinking Early American Comic Strip History, 1880-1920
Lara Saguisag (Rutgers University – Camden) – Fantasies of Childhood: Constructing the Child in Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland
Roy T. Cook (University of Minnesota) – Charles Schulz and Metacomics

12:00 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00: COMICS AND PEDAGOGY ROUNDTABLE
Moderated by Qiana Whitted (University of South Carolina)
Frank Bramlett (University of Nebraska)
Jason Lutes (Center for Cartoon Studies)
Mark McKinney (Miami University, Ohio)
James Sturm (Center for Cartoon Studies)
Jen Vaughn (Center for Cartoon Studies)

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

3:15 – 4:45: PANEL 2 – BUILDING POSTMODERN GEOGRAPHIES
David Allan Duncan (Savannah College of Art and Design) – A New Comics’ Pupil; A Smaller World, A Larger Potential
Brannon Costello (Louisiana State University) – “The Real Thing”: Mass Culture and the (Post)Human in Howard Chaykin’s Time²
Charles Hatfield (California State University at Northridge) and Craig Fischer (Appalachian State University) – From Hell: Local Narrative, Transnational Collaboration

4:45 – 5:30: GUEST SPEAKER: David Beronä (Plymouth State University) – The Art of the Woodcut Novel

5:30 – 6:00: John Lent Scholarship Award

6:00 – 7:30: DINNER BREAK

7:30 – 9:00: PUBLISHERS ROUNDTABLE
Moderated by Casey Brienza (University of Cambridge)
Gina Gagliano (First Second Books)
Ed Chavez (Vertical, Inc.)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

9:00 – 10:30: PANEL 3 – EAST ASIA, COMICS, AND CULTURAL CONFLICT
Karl Ian Cheng Chua (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) – Adventures to the “Dark Continent” or Encountering the “Yellow Peril”
Peter Sandmark (University of Victoria) – Tibetan Mysticism in the Development of Golden Age Comic Book Superheroes
Kristine Michelle L. Santos (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) – The Warping of Japanese Youth Culture through English Fan Scanlations

10:30 – 10:45: BREAK

10:45 – 12:15: PANEL 4 – COMICS AND NATION
Pedro Perez del Solar (University of Texas, El Paso) – Stories of an Invisible War: Comics and the Peruvian “Internal conflict” (1980-2000)
Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste (Georgia State University) – Transnationalism and Hegemony Amid a Very Uneven Modernity: On Arandú, El Principe de la Selva and The Dynamics of The Mexican Comics Industry
Michelle Bumatay (UCLA) – Unpacking the Punch Line and Bridging the Postcolonial Gap: Humor as a Way to Re-Image and Re-Imagine Gabon and France in La Vie de Pahé and Dipoula

12:15 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00: PANEL 5 – THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMICS FORM
Jennifer Miyuki Babcock (NYU) – Ancient Egyptian Figured Ostraca
Peter Sattler (Lakeland College) – The Ends of Comics: An Argument about Final Panels
Kate Moody (Center for Cartoon Studies) – The Rise of the Zinester Amid the Death of Print: Modern Comics, New Media, DIY Culture, and the Fetish Object

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

3:15 – 4:45: Presentation by Czech Comic Historians, Pavel Kořínek and Tomáš Prokůpek

4:45 – 5:00: BREAK

5:00 – 6:00: Artist Presentation – Robert Sikoryak

6:00 – 7:30: DINNER BREAK

7:30 – 9:00: AN EVENING WITH STEVE BISSETTE
Special presentation and discussion with Steve Bissette on “Uncanny Geometries: Junji Ito’s UZUMAKI and Dread Geometries in Comics & Manga”

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

9:00 – 12:00: Artist Presentation – TBA

12:00 – 1:30: LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00: PANEL 6: REPRESENTING RACE AND CLASS
Corey K. Creekmur (University of Iowa) – Continuity, Color, and Comics: “What If” Superheroes Were Black?
Matthew Domiteaux (University of Texas at Austin) – Class Identity and the Working Self in Manu Larcenet’s Le Combat Ordinaire
Michael Johnson (University of Texas at Austin) – How not to Orientalize the Afghan: Iconicity and Singularity in The Photographer

3:00 – 3:15: BREAK

3:30 – 4:45: PANEL 7: FRENCH-LANGUAGE COMICS: AN EVOLVING FORM
Presented by The American Bande Dessinée Society
Catherine Labio (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Portrait of the Bande Dessinée as Livre d’Artiste
Fabrice Leroy (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) – Painting the Painter: Meta-representation and Magic Realism in Joann Sfar’s Chagall en Russie
Mark McKinney (Miami University) – Pastiche and Satire in Early Bande Dessinée

5:00: The International Comic Arts Forum concludes

There you have it. Looks cool, and it sounds like an excellent way to spend a weekend.

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