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Comic Theory at Comic Con

Just like every year, I'll be talking at ComicCon. This year I've got a few appearances lined up:

  • Friday - 2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Storytelling and Visual Language
  • Thursday - 10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics in Educational Settings

My main talk will be about how people navigate through comic page layouts, which will include a brief discussion of webcomics:

Friday - 2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Storytelling and Visual Language

Neil Cohn (Tufts University) reports the findings of a psychology experiment showing that readers navigate comic layouts by using systematic rules that rely on subtle cues of panel sizes and relationships while often defying the stereotypical Z-path, "left-to-right and down."...Room 30AB

Following this Friday talk I'll be signing at the Comic Relief (booth 1514), hawking my usual wares and looking to engage in lively conversation. Hope to see you there!

I'll also be on a panel discussion:

Thursday- 10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics in Educational Settings—Comics have long been stigmatized as a lesser medium of communication than text. However, for many years comics have been making inroads to classrooms as an effective medium for learning, from analyzing graphic novels as literature to using superheroes to teach philosophy and writing textbooks in the comic medium. Neil Cohn (Tufts University), Diana Green (Minneapolis College of Art & Design), Leonard Wong (Templeton Secondary School, Vancouver), and Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent) discuss the various roles comics and the comics medium can and do play in education. Room 30AB