Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Comics, Creativity and Culture

Comics, Creativity, and Culture: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

October 6-8 Fall 2011
Partners: The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, International Programs at the University of Iowa, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art.


Comics, Creativity and Culture: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives, will take place on the University of Iowa campus October 6-8, 2011. This event, which has already received generous support, seeks to explore the historical, cultural, and artistic role of comics by bringing prominent creators together in dialog with teachers and students. In addition to the planned symposium, a series of linked events will offer participants a diverse range of activities that together seek to emphasize the significance of this always popular but once critically dismissed or ignored area of international cultural production and consumption.

June 22, 2011- One day training opportunity for k-12 teachers about using comics in the classroom hosted by Belin-Blank and the UI Art Education Department

September 24-December 11, 2011
Graphic Language: Comics, Creativity and Culture an Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives
Exhibition at the IMU Black Box Theatre
Featuring the private collections of Adam Mix, Corey Creekmur, Ana Merino and Felix de la Concha

October 6-8 2011-Symposium at various locations in Iowa City and around the UI campus

October 5, 2011 Mini conference for high school and middle school students hosted by the University of Iowa Museum of Art

Who: Phoebe Glockener, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Joe Sacco, Jessica Abel, and James Sturm as well as comic scholars such as Jeet Heer and Charles Hatfield.

Contact Information:
Neda Barrett at the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies (
Heidi Vekemans at International Programs (
Professor Corey-Creekmur
Professor Ana Merino-
Professor Rachel Wiliams-


  1. I hope the forum will consider the interplay of comics as physical displays on paper and as displays for the computer screen. Are these just two displays or two different reading behaviors, or both? Printed display augmented written display beginning in the Renaissance and this advanced roles for textual literacies. Are we now advancing multiples roles for visual literacies as exemplified by comics?