Past Events

  • Frank Espinosa: Comics, Animation, and Visual Explorations Frank Espinosa: Comics, Animation, and Visual Explorations April 11, 2007

    The Reading Room Gallery
    April 11, 2007

     

    Frank Espinosa is the creator of Rocketo, one of the most original and dynamic serial comics in publication today.  From 12:00 – 1:30 pm on the same day, Espinosa will be hosting a brownbag session for students interested in discussing Rocketo and the art and craft of comic narrative. The brown bag will take place in 090 Science and Engineering Library.

    These events are co-sponsored by the Narrative and Cognitive Theory Working Group, Cartoon Research Library and the Latino Studies Program.

    The event is part of Storytelling 2007, a special year of events and exhibitions celebrating graphic narrative. It will take place on the 100th anniversary of the birth of master-storyteller Milton Caniff, the founding donor of the Cartoon Research Library. Caniff was the creator of the comic strips Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon.

  • Scott McCloud: Comics Storytelling Scott McCloud: Comics Storytelling April 4, 2007

    The Wexner Center for the Arts
    April 4, 2007

     

    Comics are changing fast, both in the kinds of stories they tell, and how their creators tell them. Thanks to the “graphic novel” movement, the manga invasion, and the growth of webcomics, the story of comics in America is more exciting and unpredictable than ever. Author and comics artist Scott McCloud puts all these trends into perspective in a fast-moving visual presentation.

    McCloud is the author of the groundbreaking graphic books Understanding ComicsReinventing Comics andMaking Comics and is also the creator of the comic book series Zot! McCloud and his family are currently in the middle of a 50-state tour celebrating the release ofMaking Comics.

    Co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Cartoon Research Library, Project Narrative, Cognitive and Narrative Theory Working Group, Literacy Studies Working Group, and Professor Cindy Selfe.

    The event is part of Storytelling 2007, a special year of events and exhibitions celebrating graphic narrative. It will take place on the 100th anniversary of the birth of master-storyteller Milton Caniff, the founding donor of the Cartoon Research Library. Caniff was the creator of the comic strips Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon.

  • A Conversation with Harvey Pekar A Conversation with Harvey Pekar February 28, 2007

    Mershon Auditorium
    February 28, 2007 – February 28, 2007

     

    Book signing follows in the lobby.

    For more than 30 years, Ohio native and endearing curmudgeon Harvey Pekar has carefully and hilariously documented his experiences and observations through his autobiographical comics. The absorbing tale of his life and work was the basis for the acclaimed 2003 film American Splendor, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance International Film Festival. Pekar appears in the film as himself and is also played by Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti.

    Inspired by Robert Crumb and the underground “comix” movement, Pekar realized the potential of the medium of comics to tell engaging stories that would appeal to adults. He is an exceptional storyteller who coaxes insight from the ordinary and mundane. Pekar is the author of the long-running comic-book series American Splendor and the graphic novels The Quitter and Our Cancer Year, which he co-wrote with his wife Joyce Brabner. His latest graphic novel, Ego and Hubris: The Michael Malice Story, recounts the life story of another unlikely protagonist, an intelligent yet off-putting young man made memorable by Pekar’s deft touch. Pekar writes his comics then collaborates with different artists, including Robert Crumb, Frank Stack, and Dean Haspiel, who supply the artwork.

    Pekar will discuss his life’s work with Dr. Jared Gardner of The Ohio State University Department of English. This Artist’s Conversation is jointly sponsored by the Cartoon Research Library and the Wexner Center for the Arts. A book-signing will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Submit a question for Gardner to ask Pekar by sending an e-mail to cartoons@osu.edu.

    The event is part of Storytelling 2007, a special year of events and exhibitions celebrating graphic narrative. It will take place on the 100th anniversary of the birth of master-storyteller Milton Caniff, the founding donor of the Cartoon Research Library. Caniff was the creator of the comic strips Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon.

    The podcast of this interview was recorded by the Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing in the Ohio State University College of Humanities.

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