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Thursday, July 12 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Subaltern Counterculture and the Strengths of the Underdog

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Antonio Chavarria (Museum of Indian Arts & Culture) and painter Mateo Romero, looking specifically at the "Comic Art Indigene" museum exhibition, discuss the appeal of the "marginal" art of comics to oft-marginalized indigenous people, arguing that, deposited in ethnic or cultural categories, comic and Native art are ethnographic texts, social commentary, commercial enterprise, and ultimately, "fine" art. Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin) looks at Daniel Muñoz's detective series El Pantera, analyzing the textual and visual aspects of how Mexico City informs the actions of its own subaltern hero to show that the medium of the comic can uniquely portray the relationship between urban spaces, subaltern subjects, and heroes. Ayanna Dozier (Chapman University) examines the physical and racial identity of the X-Men's Storm, arguing that Storm's personification and physical appearances manage to be a cultural signifier throughout her near 40-year history and emphasizing the importance of what we can learn about our society's cultural practices and traditions through the "body" of Storm. Kane Anderson (University of California, Santa Barbara) uses cyborg theory and questions of the posthuman to ask how cybernetics mediate race in superhero comic book stories. If comics rely heavily on the visual to communicate to the reader, then to what degree can a character half-black/half-chrome be considered black?

Thursday July 12, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 26AB

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