The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta is spotlighting Denny O’Neil’s accomplishments in pursuit of causes of peace and justice. He’ll be the guest of honor at their Comic Books & Social Justice weekend running December 7-8.
O’Neil wrote stories that were very groundbreaking in comics, including his run on Green Lantern / Green Arrow which involved drug addiction and the pursuit of racial equality.
Here is a list of the panels taking place over the weekend.
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Dennis O’Neil and Beyond: Bringing Change Through Comics
Dennis O’Neil’s comic scripts of the early 1970s took the major issues of the day—racism, poverty, drug addiction and more—and brought them front and center into comics. O’Neil is joined by Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke), Christopher Herndon (Star Trek), Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats) and more to discuss how comics have changed our lives and will continue to do so.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:00 a.m.
Family Day: Comics Chat and Marketplace
Christopher Herndon, Paul Jenkins, Christopher Priest, Kyle Puttkammer, Darren Vincenzo, and other comic creators will talk about their work, what propelled them into their career choice, and how they use their talents to fight for justice, following in the footsteps of Dennis O’Neil.
Select books and merchandise will be available for sale from Galactic Quest Comics, and a limited autograph signing with the creators will take place.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:00 p.m.
Dennis O’Neil on Batman and More
Dennis O’Neil talks about his life and times: How he entered the comics biz, and later brought Batman back to his gothic roots. O’Neil will explain his tenures at both Marvel and DC Comics, and what he’s seen over the arc of a legendary career.