“Why Comix? Drawing the World You Want to See” is a day-long conversation about the politics of race and identity representation in comics.

Co-presented by the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and the Northeastern Center for the Arts.

This symposium is in conjunction with the exhibition Visible Noize: The Art of John Jennings in Gallery360. Free & open to all. Drop by for
one session, or stay all day.

Participants: Marjorie Liu, John Jennings, Moya Bailey, Stacey Robinson, Keith Chow, Barrington Edwards, Nettrice Gaskins, Whit Taylor, Terry Marshall

Event Day Details

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm (EST)

Location: Northeastern Curry Student Center Ballroom

Directions: Green Line D (Northeastern Stop) or Orange Line (Ruggles Stop). Parking available at Renaissance Parking Garage, located at 835 Columbus Ave. Click here for more detailed directions. Click here for campus map.

Schedule of the day

Session 1: 9:30AM

From left to right: John Jennings, Marjorie Liu, Keith Chow and Stacey Robinson

Welcome by artist John Jennings
Why Comix? Drawing the World You Want to See
Participants: Marjorie Liu, Keith Chow and Stacey Robinson

Session 2: 11:00AM
Local Vibes – Boston Independent Artists Speak
Participants: Whit Taylor and Barrington Edwards

Break: 12:15PM

Session 3: 1:30PM
Afrofuturism and the Black Imagination
Participants: Moya Bailey, John Jennings, Nettrice Gaskins, Terry Marshall
Closing remarks by artist Stacey Robinson

Exhibition reception for Visible Noize: The Art of John Jennings in Gallery 360

Session Descriptions

Why Comix? Drawing the World You Want to See
At a moment when the mainstream industry seems to be recognizing the advantages of creating diverse characters whose identities reflect those found in their readership, what do the experts say about this trend? This panel will engage questions of identity, race and the politics of representation in comic books and graphic novels with scholars/creators whose own work shifts mainstream narratives and reimagines representation. Click here to watch a video recording of this session.

Local Vibes – Boston Independent Artists Speak
Two accomplished artists discuss the evolution of their body of work, new characters, and their passion for keeping it homegrown. Learn more about underground networks for artists and writers looking to break into the industry, and the value added by being an independent creator. Click here to watch a video recording of this session.

Afrofuturism and the Black Imagination
Often discussed in relationship to science fiction and technology, Afrofuturism has been described as a black perspective on politics, culture and art and much more. As such, artists and writers use Afrofuturism to re-imagine realities, space, place and concepts of time from a black perspective.  This dialogue will engage renown contributors to the Afrofuturist landscape to discuss their art, creation, and community activism to create new narratives that go beyond any predetermined limits. Session topic and title inspired by the current exhibition curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture entitled “Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination.Click here to watch a video recording of this session.

For more information and to view participant bios visit: http://mamp-northeastern.edu/camd/cfa/events/comix-drawing-world/