Event Type



Virtual Access

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

5:30 pm EST

What makes a Classic a Classic?

Calvert Room, 5:30 pm EST *

Join us for a discussion of the books, TV shows, movies, comics, and computer games that have become classics and ask why they have stayed with us. Panelists will discuss everything from the content through to the context, the contemporary market, and the modern memory.

Type: Panel

Friday, December 17, 2021

11:30 am EST

Holding Superheroes Accountable

Empire Ballroom, 11:30 am EST View Replay

For superheroes to feel heroic, we want them to fight evil while remaining above the moral fray. But in many comics and comic book films, superheroes cross moral lines. How do we ethically evaluate heroes who act immorally, like Batman torturing villains, Wanda holding an entire town hostage, or Wonder Woman sexually assaulting a mind-controlled bystander? How can we talk about these stories in a way that holds heroes accountable for their immoral actions?

Type: Panel

Saturday, December 18, 2021

4:00 pm EST

Social Dynamics and Superpowers

Older (Virtual), 4:00 pm EST View Replay

Superheroes can mean something very different to members of marginalized communities than they do to members of a dominant culture. How do the dynamics of a superpower fantasy change when the hero is a member of an oppressed group?

Type: Panel

5:30 pm EST

Why Won’t You Stay Dead?!

Forum Room, 5:30 pm EST *

Characters have come back from the dead so often in superhero comics that it’s become a running joke, sometimes cheapening the impact of the death in the story. Creators have come up with a wide variety of tricks to resurrect or otherwise return “dead” characters to life. Is it just lazy storytelling, editorial decisions driven by commercial reasons, or is it something inherent to the storytelling form and round-robin method of collaborative authorship of comics?

Type: Panel
Tags: Comics

Sunday, December 19, 2021

10:00 am EST

Sound and Color: A Graphic Novel Primer

Congressional On-Site Viewing (Virtual), 10:00 am EST View Replay

The tools of graphic novels allow writers to take strikingly different approaches to plot, tone and world-building than those using strictly prose. Our panel will explore key features of this form of storytelling, the process of working with an artist, common questions about the medium, and highlight a number of pivotal texts for newcomers.

Type: Panel
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