Coming up this weekend is the 10th Annual University of Florida Conference on Comics, the theme of which this year is “A Comic of Her Own”. It’s goal is:
…to facilitate this dialog and foster the scholarly exploration of intersections between women’s writing in comics, women represented in comics, and the women who read them.
In other words, everything I care about in life, and I wish I could be there! Keynote speakers include Trina Robbins (of course), Leela Corman, and Megan Kelso.
The program details a number of tantalizing panel topics, ranging from the use of comics for women’s autobiographies to exploring sexual and racial identities of both real and fictional women, from women’s place in the world of webcomics to historical movements and contexts for women’s comics.
One panel of particular interest is Carolynn Calabrese’s defense of Moto Hagio’s The Heart of Thomas. She noted, as I did, that several male reviewers spent more time critiquing the femininity of the work and the tropes of the genres (genres it defined for the coming generations) without analyzing it in its historical context. Carolynn has informed me that one of the critics whose reviews she and I took issue with has agreed to run her critique after the conference, so watch this space for updates!
If you can make it to Gainesville, Florida this weekend, why not check it out? And report back!
This Week’s Events
Featuring: Laydeez Do Comics 1st San Francisco Chapter Meeting
Tonight! at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, Trina Robbins, along with Maureen Burdock and Heather Plunkett, are bringing one of the top 10 literary events of London stateside.
While there was a “pop-up” meeting in New York City last week, this San Francisco meeting is intended to be the first of a monthly ongoing US presence. And who better to launch such a group than comics “herstorian” Trina Robbins! Trina will be giving one of her excellent presentations on women cartoonists over the years, and I am envious of everyone who has the chance to go! (7PM - 9PM PST).
Tuesday, April 10
Tuesday-Friday, April 10-13
Wednesday, April 11
Thursday, April 12
Friday-Sunday, April 13-15
Friday-Saturday, April 13 – 14
- Chicago: C2E2 at McCormick Place North Hall. Guests include Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Jenny Frison, Jill Thompson, Katie Cook, and Lora Innes. Artist’s Alley includes Amanda Rachels, Amy Chu, Georgia Lee, Amy Mebberson, Anina Bennett, Ashley Riot, E.J. Barnes, Enrica Jang, Gabriela Sepulveda, Janet Lee, Jean Kang, Katie Shanahan, Rachelle Rosenberg, Sara Richard, Sasha Yosselani, Serena Guerra, Sho Murase, and Stephanie Hans. Womanthology Panel on Saturday with Candice Reilly, Jean Kang, Jessica Daniels, Lauren Burke, Raven Moore, and Stephanie Hans.
Saturday-Sunday, April 14–15
- Toronto: Wizard World Toronto Comic Con at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, featuring Agnes Garbowska, Andrea Grant, Renee Witterstaetter, Sanya Anwar, Cris Delara, Geneviève Farley-Tremblay, Sabrina Geraats, Emily Ragozzino, Mina Sanwald, Rebecca Slack, and Mara Sternberg
Saturday, April 14
Monday, April 16
If you go to any of these events, please feel free submit pictures!
Unterzakhn GN by Leela Corman
A mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th-century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.
In drawings that capture both the tumult and the telling details of that life, Unterzakhn (Yiddish for ‘Underthings’) tells the story of sisters Esther and Fanya: as wide-eyed little girls absorbing the sights and sounds of a neighborhood of struggling immigrants; as teenagers taking their own tentative steps into the wider world; and, finally, as adults battling for their own piece of the ‘golden land,’ where the difference between just barely surviving and triumphantly succeeding involves, for each of them, painful decisions that will have unavoidably tragic repercussions.
Rosalie Lightning, daughter of graphic novelists Leela Corman and Tom Hart, passed away suddenly in her sleep last night. She was almost two years old.
Lauren Weinstein has started a PayPal account (email@example.com) for donations to help Tom and Leela with expenses from this heartbreaking event. You can send other condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org