Portland State University and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are joining forces with a week of special events to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Will Eisner, the legendary cartoonist whose influence defined the contours and possibilities of American comics in his lifetime and beyond!
Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration around the week of March 6th. It celebrates “graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.” Eisner is best known for championing the development of the graphic novel as a literary form, and for creating The Spirit, the iconic 1940s hero that redefined newspaper comics. However, Eisner’s achievements stretch even further. In celebration of Eisner’s centennial, Will Eisner Week engages with his legacy for a week of thought-provoking events on the PSU campus.
Will Eisner Week 2017 Events at PSU
Race, Religion, & Stereotypes in Will Eisner’s Comics
Like Disney, Tezuka, Hergé, and other 20th Century masters, Will Eisner’s influential body of work is marred by the use of stereotypes in his images and writing, most notably through the Spirit character Ebony White. In his later career, Eisner acknowledged Ebony’s problematic characteristics and created work that fought stereotypes, most especially as applied to Judaism in The Plot. Join panelists Barry Deutsch, Jemiah Jefferson, and David Walker for a discussion of how to engage with 20th Century images, stereotypes, and storytelling for 21st Century audiences. Moderated by CBLDF Executive Director and Eisner/Miller author Charles Brownstein.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union room #238
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
Documentary Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist”
This award-winning full-length feature film is the definitive documentary on the life and art of Will Eisner, father of the graphic novel, and includes interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, and Frank Miller, among others. The documentary will be followed by a discussion between Marvel Comics best-selling writer Brian Michael Bendis and Eisner’s former Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz.
Friday, March 3, 2017
12 noon – 3:30 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #150
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
The Spirit of Rebellion: How Will Eisner’s The Spirit Changed the Art & Commerce of Comics
Will Eisner lived a life of constant innovation. At the age of 22, with war on the horizon, he walked away from a lucrative partnership at the Eisner and Iger studio to develop a new kind of comic book—the newspaper comic book supplement—and the first creator-owned business model in comics. In the 1950s and ’60s, when comics were vilified in mass culture, he used the medium to create educational tools for military and industrial clients. In late life, he championed the graphic novel at a time when the idea of serious adult fiction in comics was laughably unlikely. Panelists Jim Valentino, Diana Schutz, and Dan Schkade are joined by moderator Charles Brownstein to discuss Eisner’s rebellious creativity and consider how his example is relevant today.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #53
Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
About the Panelists
Brian Michael Bendis is an award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller, and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last fifteen years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian has won five Eisner awards, including “Best Writer of the Year” two years in a row and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press “Excellence in Journalism” Award and was named “Best Writer of the Year” by Wizard Magazine and Comics Buyer’s Guide for three consecutive years.
Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his tenure the organization has achieved numerous legal victories, been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has become the leading source of education and advocacy for combating the rising tide of comics censorship in libraries and schools. Brownstein is a prolific and sought-out lecturer on the history of comics and censorship who has addressed audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, and the United Kingdom. In addition to his work at CBLDF, he also writes extensively about comics; his publications include Eisner/Miller, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, and Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy Art on Tour.
Barry Deutsch’s best-known creation is the Oregon Book Award-winning Hereville series of graphic novels, about “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl.” With co-creator Becky Hawkins, he also creates the webcomic SuperButch, about a lesbian superhero in the 1940s. His political cartoons, which can be read at leftycartoons.com, have appeared in dozens of publications and won the Charles Schulz Award. Barry had the good fortune to study under Will Eisner at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives in Portland, in a bright blue house with bubble-gum pink trim.
Jemiah Jefferson is an editor at Dark Horse Comics where she works mostly on European and manga titles as well as archival reprints of classic comics including Flash Gordon, Herbie, Captain Midnight, and Creepy. She is also a multiply published fiction writer whose titles include Voice of the Blood, Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet. She is an avid fan of genre movies and television, especially anything having to do with superheroes. Find her work at www.jemiah.com.
Dan Schkade is a freelance comic book writer and artist from Austin, Texas. His credits include Will Eisner’s The Spirit, Battlestar Galactica: Gods and Monsters, San Hannibal, and The Fowl. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a member of the comics creator collective Helioscope.
Diana Schutz’s efforts as editor, writer, educator, and staunch supporter of creators’ rights have made her a venerable icon in the industry. She made immense strides not only in opening the mainstream comics world to independent, creator-owned works, but also opening the doors for women to work in positions of power. From her editorial work on acclaimed series like Sin City, Grendel, and Usagi Yojimbo, to her close relationships with other icons like Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Schutz has helped shape the modern era of comics for almost four decades and has laid the foundation for its future.
Jim Valentino started his career in the late 1970s creating small-press, self-published comics, graduating to small-press acclaim with the superhero parody normalman and the autobiographical series Valentino. After a stint as a storyboard artist for various animation features, he returned to comics in the late 1980s, creating the era-defining run on Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. Valentino is best known as a founding partner of Image Comics, where he created the series ShadowHawk, served as publisher from 1999-2004, and continues to publish innovative creators under his Shadowline imprint.
David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment)—winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year—Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Deadpool (Marvel Comics), Cyborg (DC Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics). He is also the creator of the critically acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. He teaches part-time at Portland State University.
Midtown Comics hosts a Q&A event and signing with writer Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy, Invincible Iron Man, Miles Morales: Spider-Man) on Tuesday, January 31 Thst.is is a LIMITED EVENT. You must follow the instructions in the link to enter for a ticket. Ticket winners will be contacted via email with the exact time of the event and more details.
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez (Invincible Iron Man, All New X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) appear at the Portland TFAW on Wednesday June 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to celebrate the release of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II
Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Writer Brian Michael Bendis (Civil War II, Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers, Alias) appears at Dragon’s Lair on Friday June 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Signatures are free and he is willing to sign anything, but please limit the number of items you bring (guests with multiple items may be asked to wait for the line to go down). Copies of Civil War II, his most recent project, will be available for purchase as well! The line will start at 4:00 PM that afternoon!
Dragon’s Lair Austin
2438 West Anderson Lane, Suite B-1, Austin, TX 78757
WONDERCON ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF GUESTS
SAN DIEGO – LOS ANGELES: WonderCon, the sister convention to Comic-Con International, today announced its first lineup of guests for the spring show. WonderCon, celebrating its 30th year in 2016, will take place in Los Angeles beginning on Friday, March 25, and continue through Sunday, March 27, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Guests announced today include:
Brian Michael Bendis
Writer, Invincible Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Powers
Artist, Justice League, Detective Comics, Batman Eternal
Author, Infected, Contagious, Pandemic, Generations trilogy
Artist, Black Canary, Hawkeye, Archie
Be sure to visit www.wondercon.org and check out the Toucan Blog (www.comic-con.org/toucan), the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International and WonderCon, for additional up to date information about guests and all other aspects of the eagerly awaited spring show!
About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon each spring. WonderCon on the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/wondercon, Twitter.com/wondercon and Instagram.com/wondercon.
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Matt Wagner (writer of the upcoming Spirit comics series), comics critic Douglas Wolk, and Dr. Susan Kirtley, director of PSU’s Comics Studies program, appear on Friday, March 6, 2015 for discussion moderated by best-selling Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis. The event will also include a screening of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist preceding the panel at noon.
Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
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Face front, True Believers! Marvel has released their panel schedule for New York Comic Con 2014! They will also live blog the convention so fans can follow along at home. Details at the link!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
Marvel 75th Anniversary:
X-Men- The Shifting Face of Mutantkind
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EDT
Join X-Editor Michael Marts as he sits down with the renowned X-Men creators who have shaped the mythos of mutantkind! This retrospective panel takes fans through the X-Men’s publication history and gives them an inside look into the creative process behind fan-favorite characters and books! A can’t-miss-panel for any mutant-lover! Panelists include Fabian Nicieza (CLASSIC X-MEN), Chris Claremont (UNCANNY X-MEN), Len Wein (WOLVERINE), and other special guests!
MARVEL: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Have a passion for the inner workings of the comics industry? Curious about breaking into the field as a writer or artist? Sit down with a group of Marvel professionals from every corner of the business, and get insider tips, advice, and first-hand accounts of what it takes to start a career in comics today! Panelists include Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Russell Dauterman (THOR), Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Sam Humphries (LEGENDARY STAR-LORD), and Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE)!
Marvel 75th Anniversary:
Crafting the Marvel Event
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT
Sit down with Executive Editor Tom Brevoort for an inside look into how a major Marvel event is constructed, from the perspective of writers, artists, and editors. Hear first-hand accounts about the creative collaborations that brought you Marvel’s biggest stories! Panelists include Brian Michael Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Kurt Busiek (AVENGERS), Tom DeFalco (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), J.M. DeMatteis (CAPTAIN AMERICA), Al Milgrom (WEST COAST AVENGERS), Fabian Nicieza (X-MEN), and Jim Starlin (INFINITY GAUNTLET).
Marvel 75th Anniversary:
World Outside Your Window – Diversity in Marvel Comics
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT
Take a look inside Marvel’s ground-breaking history, as we shine the spotlight on the creators who challenged, re-defined, and shaped Marvel’s perception as an innovative publisher of comics. Join Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and a mighty gathering of Marvel creators as they discuss the importance of diversity in comics and how Marvel upholds the tradition of presenting the world outside your window. Panelists will include Kurt Busiek (MARVELS), Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Kieron Gillen (YOUNG AVENGERS), Ann Nocenti (DAREDEVIL), and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
Marvel 75th Anniversary:
Guardians of the Galaxy- Then and Now
The Evolution of the Marvel Cosmic Universe
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT
Following the smashing success of Guardians of the Galaxy, we decided to take fans through the history of one of Marvel’s quirkiest teams, as well as Marvel’s cosmic universe at large! This 75th Anniversary panel will feature current “cosmic” creators, as well as the writers and editors who shaped Marvel’s cosmic universe! Join us as we go back in time, and get an exclusive look inside the creation of some of your favorite space-facing characters! Panelists will include Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Al Milgrom (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Doug Moench (INHUMAN), and Jim Starlin (INFINITY GAUNTLET).
MARVEL: House of Ideas Digital Panel
Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and other guests including Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski, VP CRM Daniele Campbell and others! Find out what’s happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel AR, new digital games, Marvel’s vast social media presence and more in this can’t-miss panel!
Marvel 75th Anniversary:
Friendly Neighborhood Marvel
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT
Join Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada as he sits down with creators of past and present to shine the spotlight on Marvel’s street-level characters. This panel will include Spider-Man and Daredevil creators, as well as writers and artists who have contributed to the mythos of heroes like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Moon Knight, Luke Cage, and more! Panelists include Mark Bagley (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN), Gerry Conway (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Tom DeFalco (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), J.M. DeMatteis (SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN), Ralph Macchio (DAREDEVIL), Doug Moench (MOON KNIGHT), and Ann Nocenti (DAREDEVIL).
Marvel Animation Presents
Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Television) brings you the biggest animation panel in this universe – or any other. Get an exclusive first look at content from “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” season two and the future of Marvel Animation.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. EDT
Main Stage 1D
Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Television) returns with exciting news and the world premiere of an all new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before it debuts on ABC!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
MARVEL: Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy
Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Get ready, X-Fans, for the biggest mutant on mutant showdown of the year in the pages of DEATH OF WOLVERINE! Join a star-studded lineup of X-writers as they discuss the future of Logan and the impact his death will have on the rest of the X-Men titles! Plus, get the scoop on other titles starring Marvel’s merry mutants! This panel will be jam-packed with X-Men creators, so no fan should miss out! Panelists will include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Brian Michael Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Peter David (ALL-NEW X-FACTOR), Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL), Greg Pak (STORM), Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE), Len Wein (INCREDIBLE HULK) and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
MARVEL: Cup O’Joe
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT
Empire Stage 1-E
Join us for this Convention favorite! Here is your chance to Q&A with Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, for this no-holds-barred exposéon everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear groundbreaking news straight from the source? Need a rundown on breaking developments in Marvel comics, film, and T.V? This panel is for you! With special announcements galore! Featuring Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, writers Brian Michael Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL), Sam Humphries (LEGENDARY STAR-LORD), Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), and other Mighty Marvel guests!
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Behind the Scenes
Time: 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Join the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes team for a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the story behind what it was like to bring the Marvel Super Heroes to Disney’s expanding video game platform! The development team from Marvel, Avalanche Studios and Disney Interactive will dive into how the game has evolved, how the stories developed, and various other aspects of the creative process. This unprecedented all-access look at this momentous game release is not to be missed!
Marvel’s Daredevil, Exclusively on Netflix
Time: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. EDT
Main Stage 1D
Join the cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil” in their first-ever appearance with show-runner Steve DeKnight and moderator Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Television) to answer questions and reveal secrets from the hotly-anticipated show debuting on Netflix in 2015.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Only Panel
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EDT
This exclusive panel is just for Marvel Unlimited Plus members! Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and top Marvel creators for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise*, sneak peeks of upcoming Marvel comics, a Q&A session to answer all your burning questions, and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Panelists will include Brian Bendis (ALL-NEW X-MEN), Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Nick Spencer (AVENGERS WORLD), and Ryan Stegman (INHUMAN)! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the door for access to the event!
*Merchandise available while supplies last.
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT
Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, is taking the stage! Don’t miss inside looks at Marvel’s most creatively diverse titles, plus some major announcements including the future of everyone’s favorite avenging archer! And of course, you the fans will get to ask Axel the hard-hitting questions! Other panelists will include Gerry Duggan (NOVA), Kieron Gillen (ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN), Ales Kot (BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER), Phil Noto (BLACK WIDOW), James Robinson (FANTASTIC FOUR), Charles Soule (DEATH OF WOLVERINE), Nick Spencer (AVENGERS WORLD), G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL), and other Mighty Marvel guests!
Women of Marvel
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Editors Sana Amanat, Katie Kubert, Ellie Pyle, and Emily Shaw, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL), Erica Henderson, Margi Stohl, and G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL), and artists Marguerite Bennett (ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN), Sara Pichelli (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), and Stephanie Hans (ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN)!
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. EDT
This is your panel for all things Spider-Man! Join us as we discuss the most epic Spidey event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER comes together to face a world-ending threat! Plus, get the low-down on Silk, the mysterious new character who has everybody talking! Panelists will include Senior Editor Nick Lowe, writers Peter David (SPIDER-MAN 2099), Christos Gage (SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN), Jason Latour (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN), Dan Slott (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), and Robbie Thompson (SPIDER-VERSE), and artists Stacey Lee (NEW WARRIORS), Humberto Ramos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Robbi Rodriguez (EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE)and more special guests!
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Mega-star writer Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy; All-New X-Men; Powers; Scarlet; Ultimate Spider-Man and lots more!) joins hosts Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts; Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) at Rock Bar on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM for a special New York Super Week edition of Nerdist Comics Panel in which will be discussed the process and business of writing comic books, his work in other media, the creation of Miles Morales the Ultimate Spider-Man, and his new book, Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics which discusses many of the interests of this very podcast!
Just announced! Artists Alex Maleev (Daredevil), Mike Oeming (Powers), and David Mack (Kabuki) will be live-sketching and the sketches will be auctioned off for the charity at the event.
For more info click the link! Hear past episodes! Proceeds from this and all nerdist Comics Panels benefit 826, the national nonprofit program to encourage creative writing in students. This one in particular benefits local 826 NYC. www.nyc.org
185 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014
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Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, and David Marquez sign at Excalibur Comics on Wednesday August 6th at 6:00 p.m. for the store 40th anniversary!
Excalibur Books & Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3969
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Brian Michael Bendis (CIA Class of 1991) is an award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. He’ll share his wit and wisdom – and maybe even a little career advice – with aspiring graphic novelists and comics lovers in this visiting artist lecture, which is free and open to the public.
Bendis is most recently the writer of All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, bringing about a new Renaissance for the X-Men franchise. He also launched a brand-new Guardians Of The Galaxy series as Marvel Comics gears up for the Disney motion picture of the same name. All three books debuted at number one on national sales charts.
Bendis completed nine years at the helm of Marvel’s popular Avengers franchise by writing every issue of the New Avengers, plus debuting the hit books Avengers, Mighty Avengers and Dark Avengers, along with the wildly successful ‘event’ projects Avengers vs X-Men, House of M, Secret War, Secret Invasion, Age of Ultron, and Siege.
Cinematheque presents Checefsky
Make an evening of it: stick around after Bendis’s talk for The Cinematheque’s presentation of The Films of Bruce Checefsky, starting at 6:45pm. Learn about the other side of CIA’s mild-mannered gallery director who, for the past 13 years has moonlighted as a maker of short, independent films that have shown widely around the world. For more information, including ticket prices, click here.
Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106