Explore Graphic Novels and Comics, Sept. 23

September 23, 2009 at 11:59 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sorry for the late notice. UW-Parkside has posted the following information that may be of interest to visitors of this site.  UW-Parkside is located at 900 Wood Road in Kenosha, WI. 

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside examines the phenomenal growth in the popularity of graphic novels and comics during a lunch hour program Wednesday, Sept. 23. Titled “Beyond “Maus II: Exploring the World of Graphic Novels and Comics,” the program features graphic artist/animator Aaron Johnson and UW-Parkside Philosophy Lecturer Joseph Pearson. It begins at noon in the university library.

 “Maus II,” Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about his parents’ experiences as Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, was required reading for UW-Parkside incoming freshmen this year. Using art to tell a story through a series of images, called “sequential art,” has soared in popularity in recent years with the success of books like “Watchmen” and “Sin City.”

Johnson, creator of the “What The Duck” comic strip, discusses the often complex world of the artist/animator touching on issues of time management, commerce, law, promotion, and publishing. He describes his unique journey through an industry that has fundamentally changed due to the Internet, and about his use of cyberspace to gain national recognition.             

Pearson discusses the “superhero” graphic novel and some of the ideas that lie behind this genre, including the widely-popular “Dark Knight” which revolutionized the classic idea of the superhero. He recently taught a summer course titled “Philosophy and Superheroes.”

“Beyond “Maus II: Exploring the World of Graphic Novels and Comics” is held in the Overlook Lounge on the second floor of the UW-Parkside Library. Admission is free and light refreshments are served.

For more information, call Dyan Barbeau at 262-595-2360.

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