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

Fantagraphics SDCC 2016 Signing Schedule

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Daniel Clowes, Trina Robbins, and Ed Luce are all special guests of the convention this year, and they’ll be joined by talents new and old at good ol’ Fantagraphics booth 1721

Thursday, July 21st
11:00 AM – Noon — Trina Robbins
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM — Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Ed Luce
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM — Simon Hanselmann

Friday, July 22nd
11:00 AM – Noon — Ed Luce & Simon Hanselmann
Noon – 1:00 PM — Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Johnny Ryan, John Pham, Steven Weissman, Sammy Harkham
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Daniel Clowes

Saturday, July 23rd
11:00 AM – Noon — Trina Robbins
Noon – 2:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Johnny Ryan & Dave Cooper
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Lawrence Hubbard and Kaz
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM — Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Simon Hanselmann

Sunday, July 24th
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Ed Luce & Simon Hanselmann
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM — Daniel Clowes
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Johnny Ryan & Lawrence Hubbard
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Wimmen’s Comix
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

SF – Wimmen’s Comix Signing

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Artists Trina Robbins, Sharon Rudahl, Lee Marrs, Caryn Leschen, and Kay Rudin talk about The Complete Wimmen’s Comix (Fantagraphics), a seminal collection of comic art by San Francisco-based women artists, at Green Apple Books on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

About The Complete Wimmen’s Comix:

In the late ’60s, underground comix changed the way comics readers saw the medium — but there was an important pronoun missing from the revolution. In 1972, ten women cartoonists got together in San Francisco to rectify the situation and produce the first and longest-lasting all-woman comics anthology, Wimmen’s Comix. Within two years the Wimmen’s Comix Collective had introduced cartoonists like Roberta Gregory and Melinda Gebbie to the comics-reading public, and would go on to publish some of the most talented women cartoonists in America — Carol Tyler, Mary Fleener, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Dori Seda, Phoebe Gloeckner, and many others. In its twenty-year run, the women of Wimmen’s tackled subjects the guys wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole: abortion, menstruation, masturbation, castration, lesbians, witches, murderesses, and feminists.

Most issues of Wimmen’s Comix have been long out of print, so it’s about time these pioneering cartoonists’ work received their due. Presented as a gorgeous two-volume slipcased set, The Complete Wimmen’s Comix includes the ground-breaking 1970 one-shot, It Ain’t Me, Babe, the very first all-woman comic book ever published. Edited with an introduction by Trina Robbins.

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Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 742-5833

PA – An Evening with Trina Robbins

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Trina Robbins appears on Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 7:30pm
Tickets $10 member, $20 non-member
(admission includes a signed limited edition print by Trina Robbins)
Limited seating advance purchase required Click Here for tickets
 
Join the ToonSeum in welcoming acclaimed writer, artist and herstorian Trina Robbins as she discusses her career and the history of women in comics, including the latest ToonSeum exhibit, Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick.

For over 30 years, Robbins has been writing comics and graphic novels, translating shojo manga, lecturing, and offering her unique and insightful criticism on comics and culture. Robbins became a key figure in the underground comix scene in the 1970’s, publishing the all-women It Ain’t Me, Babe and Wimmen’s Comix magazines. Robbins has drawn Wonder Woman, published volumes of influential books and essays, and created the popular Go Girl! series with Anne Timmons.

Robbins, a long time fan of Dale Messick, considers the artist to be one of the most important cartoonists of the twentieth century. “Dale Messick’s work is extremely significant to women cartoonists, and to women in general,” Robbins has said. “Brenda Starr was incredibly popular and well drawn, yet Dale was not accepted in the male world of cartoonists. Both she and Brenda persevered.”

Messick, who died in 2005 at the age of 98, wrote and drew Brenda Starr for over 40 years before handing the strip over to understudy Ramona Fradon with the insistence that the strip would continue to be produced exclusively by women.

This event will be the final chance to see the Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick exhibit. Ms. Robbins will conclude the lecture with a Q&A and book signing.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222