The Year of the Symposium continues with a one-day FREE seminar put together by the New York Institute for the Humanities featuring Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Gary Panter, David Hajdu and Hope Larson among others. Jeez, twist our arm some more, will ya? It takes place in NYC the day before MoCCA, so everyone get ready for an EXTRA DAY intelligent discussion of a vibrant medium. You can see all the relevant info here but here are a few details:

An all-day symposium on the growing cultural significance of comics.


and many other luminaries from the comics world.

Friday, June 6, 2008, 11 am – 9:30 pm
Cantor Film Center at NYU, 36 East 8th Street (at University Place)
Free and open to the public.

Over the past few years comics have escaped from the shtetl and entered the salon. A “big bang” has exploded the assumption that the medium is inherently immature, and comics have hurtled into the worlds of book publishing (as literature for adults and children), contemporary art, literary criticism, and even musical theatre.

This all-day program—free and open to the public—will spotlight major creators of and commentators on comics, highlighting key trends and debates facing comics in this new, “post-bang” environment.

The program will be organized around a series of panel discussions on different aspects of contemporary comics, followed by two sets of conversations with some of the most innovative creators in the comics field.

Please see following page for full schedule.

This symposium is sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), and is being held in association with this year’s MoCCA Art Festival, June 7 – 8, taking place at the Puck Building at Houston and Lafayette in Lower Manhattan.
Program Schedule
11 am – 12:15 pm
COMICS AND CANON FORMATION will feature John Carlin (Masters of American Comics), Dan Nadel (Art Out of Time), and Rob Storr (Yale and the Venice Biennale).
1:30 – 2:45 pm
COMICS AND KID’S LIT will bring together Lisa von Drasek (Bank Street College), Leonard Marcus (Minders of Make Believe), Francoise Mouly (The New Yorker), Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!), and Sara Varon (Sweaterweather).
3:00 – 4:15 pm COMICS AND THE LITERARY ESTABLISHMENT, featuring Hillary Chute (Harvard), David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague), Jeet Heer (Walt and Skeezix), and Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).
5:30 – 6:45 pm
COMICS AND THE INTERNET features Sarah Boxer (Ultimate Blogs), Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic), Hope Larson (Gray Horses), Siva Vaidhyanathan (The Anarchist in the Library), and Kent Worcester (The Comics Studies Reader).
7:00 – 8:00 pm Raw magazine cofounder ART SPIEGELMAN (Maus, Breakdowns, In the Shadow of No Towers) in conversation with the “King of Punk Art,” GARY PANTER (Cola Madnes, Jimbo, Pee Wee’s Playhouse).
8:15 – 9:30 pm Harvard scholar Hillary Chute in conversation with one of the country’s foremost alternative cartoonists, LYNDA BARRY (Ernie Pook’s Comeek, The Good Times are Killing Me, What It Is).


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