Here’s an event that snuck up on us: An comics symposium organized by New Uork University’s Gallatin School of Independent study called GallaCon: A Pow! Wow! . The event runs tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 and includes three panel discussions, one of which The Beat will be on. The event is free but you must RSVP in the link.

With NYC Comic-Con approaching, comic books are heating up the Big Apple, and Gallatin is joining the celebration. The Offices of Student Life and Alumni Relations have partnered with prominent comic groups to create GallaCon—the School’s inaugural comic book convention.

GallaCon will feature three panel discussions that analyze the intersection of comic books and aspects of contemporary culture. In addition, a small-group workshop open to the Gallatin community will offer the chance for students interested in comic book careers to learn how to break into the field from industry experts.

Embrace your inner nerd and get a unique perspective on comic book culture. Meet Gallatin alumni who are comic book professionals; learn about careers in the industry; indulge in food and beverages; and mingle with enthusiastic fans.

Please note: Costumes are not only acceptable; they are ENCOURAGED. It wouldn’t be a proper comic convention without them.

The panel line-up:

The evening will feature three panels hosted by Stephen Brown (BA ’12) that analyze how comic books intersect with contemporary culture.
Let’s Talk LGBT
Guest: Daniel Ketchum (BA ’06), associate editor at Marvel

Let’s Talk Women in Comics
Guests: Amy Reeder, comic book artist known for her work on Batwoman, Madame Xanadu
               and Fool’s Gold

               Heidi MacDonald, editor-in-chief of The Beat, a news blog of comics culture and
               former editor for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and Disney Adventures

Let’s Talk Comic Book Careers
Guests: Bon Alimagno (BA ’02), former talent coordinator at Marvel
Limited space available. Please RSVP early.
8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Building a Portfolio: Breaking into the Comic Book Industry
Find out what it takes to break (or SMASH!) into the comic book industry.
Daniel Ketchum (BA ’06) and Bon Alimagno (BA ’02) will offer an insider’s perspective on what editors and comic book professionals are looking for in a portfolio.
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Visit fantastic comic book organizations in the lobby and first-floor gallery spaces.
Additionally, the fifth floor will feature great comic book artwork as well as delicious and superheroic desserts!


  1. I need a nap…
    Working to get the dayjob backlog under control.
    Then this.
    Plus blogging.
    Then ICV2 tomorrow, parties, then four days of Con.
    Then back to work on Monday.
    And so it goes… murmee murmee.

    Next year, I’m getting a hotel in Midtown. It will be Beat Central, where staffers can grab a nap or stash swag.

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