I will be at WizardCon in San Antonio, Texas in a couple of weeks talking about comic books! Saturday, 2 August, I will be on a panel discussing 1939 in the comic book industry and World War II. Sunday, 3 August, I will give a mini-talk, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain”, and be discussing comic book scholarship! More information below.

Saturday August 2:

1:00-1:45PM
1939: BATMAN’S BEGINNING AND THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING WITH DANNY FINGEROTH, LOUIE DEAN VALENCIA-GARCIA AND JACKSON AYRES (ROOM 210)
75 years ago, as fateful events that would lead to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 were coming together in Europe, the U.S.A. was experiencing, in the same year, an explosion of popular culture. In 1939, Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27; Timely (later Marvel) Comics released Marvel Comics #1, showcasing the first Marvel superheroes, Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch; and Hollywood produced classic films including The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind and Stagecoach. Discussing historical and cultural factors that made that year so important is a panel including Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch), Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia (Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain) and Jackson Ayres (Comics Through Time.)

Sunday August 3:

1:00 – 2:30PM
GETTING RESPECT: COMICS GOES TO COLLEGE/ACADEMIC MINI-CONFERENCE WITH FINGEROTH, AYRES, VALENCIA-GARCIA, CANNON AND BUSH (ROOM 210)
Comics and graphic novels have come into their own as subjects worthy of—indeed, demanding—attention from academia. Historians and cultural theorists teach courses, hold conferences, and publish books on various aspects of sequential art. Colleges and universities teach courses in comics as literature and social history as well as how to make them. Here, to give an overview of various ideas about and approaches to comics studies are a cross-section of comics scholars and teachers, including: Jackson Ayres (Texas A&M University), Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia (Fordham University), Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin) and William S. Bush (Texas A&M University). PLUS: The panelists will also each give thought-provoking presentations on their comics-related areas of expertise. It’s enough to make you want to apply to grad school! The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch).

Full Schedule: http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-sanantonio.html

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