Kent State’s Wonder Woman Symposium

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio, Top Stories

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Press Release:

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the comic book super heroine Wonder Woman in 2016, Kent State University and the Cleveland Public Library will partner to celebrate the intersections of public literacy, comics, and feminism in a jointly sponsored symposium. The 2016 Wonder Woman Symposium partners two powerful public institutions in Northeast Ohio, taking up the historical trends that have changed the world of comics, American popular culture, and feminism. Centering on the figure of Wonder Woman and her heirs, this symposium will feature plenary addresses by major creators in the industry and historians of the comics world, and workshops by comics creators on creating graphic narratives and comics. This forum seeks to highlight both regional and national talent. Our celebration of Wonder Woman’s anniversary pays respect to “herstory” while recognizing her perpetual relevance to our present day, and beyond.

This conference is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this conference do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

FULL SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

6:00-7:30pm

  • Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (via skype), Creative team of Harley Quinn, Starfire, and Harley Quinn and Power Girl
  • Phil Jimenez, Writer/Artist of Wonder Woman and Superwoman, and artist of Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man and The Invisibles

Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop, 17462 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

8:00-10:00pm- Artist and Author Book Signing with Phil Jimenez, Cameron Stewart and other comics creators

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

3:00-4:45pm

  • Joan Ormrod, Co-editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and co-editor of Superheroes and Identities
  • Cameron Stewart, Writer/Artist of Batgirl, Motor Crush and artist of Batman and Robin and Fight Club 2

5:00-6:00pm- Trina Robbins,  Author of The Great Women Superheroes, Wonder Woman, and editor of Babes in Arms and The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

6:00-6:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016

Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland OH 44114

9:00-9:30am- Coffee provided by Rising Star

9:30-10:45am- Genevieve Valentine, Author of Catwoman, Xena: Warrior Princess and the novels The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

11:00am-12:15pm- Carol Tilley, Author of “Seducing the Innocent: Fredric Wertham and the Falsifications That Helped Condemn Comics” and a Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards Judge

12:15-2:00pm- Lunch and Wonder Woman Record Breaking Event (at the Eastman Garden)

2:00-3:15pm- Laura Siegel, Daughter of Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman. A former correspondent for CNN, she has won over 100 awards including 13 Emmys and 8 New York Festival Awards

3:30-4:45pm- Peter Coogan, Director of the Institute for Comics Studies and author of Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre and co-editor of What is a Superhero?

5:00-5:45pm- Roundtable Discussion with Presenters

6:00-6:45pm- Meet and Greet with Presenters

IL – I Hate Fairyland Signing

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Meet superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz, Fortunately, The Milk) at Barnes & Noble on Saturday July 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM as he signs copies of his first volume of I HATE FAIRYLAND, an all-new series of adventure and mayhem. Follow Gert, a 40-year old woman trapped in a 6-year old’s body who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly 30 years.

Barnes & Noble
1701 E Empire, Bloomington, IL 61704
309-662-1506

NYC – Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 Signing

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Artist Ethan Van Sciver will visit Midtown Comics Downtown to sign copies of DC Comics’ Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 on Friday, July 15th at 6:30 PM!

Hal Jordan & the GLC: Rebirth #1

“Superstar artist Ethan Van Sciver returns to the world of Green Lantern! In the absence of the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro and his fear-inducing Yellow Lantern Corps patrol the universe as its sole protectors-but deep in space, a green light still burns. Harnessing the remainder of his will, Hal Jordan must become a one-man GL Corps to defeat his greatest foe and restore freedom to the cosmos.”

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Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
(212) 302-8192

NYC – The New Mutants Signing

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Press Release:

Join Wisconsin English professor Ramzi Fawaz at the Strand Book Store on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM as he discusses his brand-new, paradigm-shifting study of the comic book form, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. Dissecting the history of the medium through the lens of queer theory, Fawaz delves into the creation and composition of such seminal series as X-Men and Fantastic 4 and finds a history of selves deconstructed and rebuilt on the page.

Joining Fawaz in discussion is Phil Jimenez, acclaimed artist artist and writer known for his work on Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles, Wonder Woman, X-Men, and many other beloved series.

Buy a copy of The New Mutants or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event.

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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

WA – I Like Comics 5th Anniversary Party

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I Like Comics celebrates their 5th anniversary on Friday November 27th and Saturday November 28th with special guests Clayton Crain, Jeff Parker, Aaron Lopresti, Ibrahim Moustafa, and more!

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I Like Comics
1715 Broadway Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 852-8890

CA – Klaus Launch Party

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Writer Grant Morrison appears at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday, November 4th, from 7:00 till 9:00 PM!

Press Release:

Come meet, greet and get stuff signed by THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND, THE ONE AND ONLY, GRANT MORRISON. Grant will be launching his creator owned series KLAUS, Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00 PM at Meltdown Comics.

Grant Morrison is one of the most prolific and best-selling writers in comics, earning a reputation for his ability to effectively revamp superheroes like Animal Man, Batman, and the X-Men. His creator-owned titles are also highly praised, including The Invisibles, Nameless, We3, and Joe the Barbarian, because no one tells mythical stories better than him. In Klaus, Grant reimagines one of the biggest cultural myths in history, and we could not be more excited to pair him with one of our homegrown talents, Dan Mora (Hexed)!

ABOUT KLAUS: Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? Why does he do what he does? How does he do what he does? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Drawing on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism – taking in the creepier side of Christmas, and characters like the sinister Krampus – Klaus is a “Santa Claus: Year One.”

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Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.851.7223

IN – I Hate Fairyland #1 Signing

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Creator Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz) appears at Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!

Due to Skottie’s popularity this will be a Ticketed Event. AYC ask everyone to buy a copy of his new book I Hate Fairyland #1 and a copy of Emerald City of Oz #1 to get signed when they get to the shop, or pay $10, plus you can bring any of Skottie’s work to have signed as well!

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Aw Yeah Comics
107 N High St, Muncie, IN 47305
(765) 282-5297

MD – I Hate Fairyland #1 Signing

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Writer/artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz) appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of his new comic I HATE FAIRYLAND!

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Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

NC – Spider-Gwen/Paper Girls Signing

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Jason Latour, Cliff Chiang, Rico Renzi, and Jared K. Fletcher appear at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find on Saturday, October 17, 2015 to sign the debut issues of SPIDER-GWEN #1 and PAPER GIRLS #1!

JUST ADDED:
Skottie Young will also be joining us to celebrate the release of I HATE FAIRYLAND #1!

Please note: Spider-Gwen artist Robbi Rodriguez and colorist Matt Wilson have had to cancel their appearances at this signing.

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Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find
1957 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-7462

CA – FCBD: Ethan Van Sciver Signs

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Ethan Van Sciver, artist of comics including Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth, appears at Metropolis Comics on Saturday May 2nd from 11:00 AM till 4:00 PM for Free Comic Book Day!

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Metropolis Comics
16509 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
562-263-0277

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