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Saturday, July 14 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session

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The CAC's poster session gives attendees the opportunity to interact directly with presenters. Come talk with these scholars about their projects! Comic-Con Group -- Markel Tumlin, Pamela Jackson, Michael Lapins, and Rob Ray (San Diego State University) explore the symbiotic relationship between comics, Comic-Con, and San Diego State University. Lincoln Geraghty (University of Portsmouth) analyses the increasing popularity of international superhero and science fiction franchises in the American media industry, and the importance of the San Diego Comic-Con in the global circulation of popular media texts.

Batworld Group -- Benjamin J. Villarreal (New Mexico Highlands University) explains how Lee Bermejo's Batman: Noel, a retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol with DC universe characters, uses the conventions of the Victorian "Christmas crawler" genre. Eric Bruce (Western Oregon University) uses a biopsychosocial evaluation of Batman/Bruce Wayne's health to foster a curiosity about one's own health risk factors. Ashley Pitcock (Henderson State University) asks how parent/child relational issues, the need for achievement, and Kohlberg's conventional and postconventional moral development concepts can explain why Stephanie Brown's superhero career evolved from teenage rebellion into a higher purpose. Benjamin Graves (Henderson State University) analyzes Batman's dependence on parental figure, mentor, and trusted friend Alfred Pennyworth. Mitchell Cullins (Henderson State University) examines psychological findings on real-world heroism, altruism, and sensation-seeking personalities to consider what motivates Barbara Gordon to put on a mask and fight crime alongside Batman instead of putting on a badge and fighting crime with her father. Tiffany Pitcock (Henderson State University) explores how Tim Drake's issues of abandonment and dethronement have affected his relationship with Bruce Wayne as a father figure.

Teaching Comics Group -- Joyce C. Havstad (University of California, San Diego) uses Logicomix as a case study of how puzzling philosophical concepts might be effectively communicated with the help of visual representation in general and comics in particular. Shannon R. Mortimore-Smith (Shippensburg University) draws on classroom experience to show how students can experience a connection to graphic narratives in both unexpected and culturally profound ways. Nicole Rehnberg (California State University, Fullerton) examines how the Phoenix Force in the X-Men universe operates as a metaphor for the role of tutors in a university writing center. Jeff Barbanell (Arizona State University) provides a brisk and entertaining historical survey of the compelling class warfare embedded in the Superman Family of comics and offers a lesson plan for using this content to teach the fundamentals of economic theory. Rich Shivener, John Alberti, and Candice van Loveren Geis (Northern Kentucky University) share pedagogical approaches for using David Mack's Kabuki: The Alchemy in freshman-level survey courses.

Comic Book Transformations Group -- Dan Vena (Queen's University) explores how transgender and transsexual individuals reconceptualize identity by rereading and trans-ing the figures of superhero culture. Rhea Ashley Hoskin (Queen's University) analyzes the challenges presented by the genderqueer characters in Sailor Moon and how English translations and Western binaric thought have worked to erase and rewrite queer identities. Sarah Stanley (Queen's University) argues that Julie Taymor's surprising invention of Arachne as a mother figure to Spider-Man (and by extension Peter Parker) is central to the failure of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.

Individual Posters -- Anita McDaniel and Dorothy Conley (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) explain the rhetorical influence of the narrative imbedded in the Obama-man image that appeared during the 2008 presidential campaign. Julia Round (Bournemouth University) provides a comprehensive survey of the present state and future directions of comics scholarship in the United Kingdom. Tommy Cash (Henderson State University) examines leadership roles and styles in the Marvel universe and asks what separates heroic leaders such as Iron Man and Cyclops from supervillains such as Magneto and Dr. Doom. Joseph R. Givens (Louisiana State University) considers how Robert Williams, whose work has never deviated from its underground comix roots, has successfully applied the principles of sequential art to canvas. June M. Madeley (University of New Brunswick, Saint John) explains how the manga publishing industry is in a state of transition as it attempts to shut down, compete with, or occasionally cooperate with sites that post scanalations of manga.

Saturday July 14, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

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