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Sunday, July 15 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Character Generation: Cultural, Economic, and Identity Politics

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Featuring comic creator Phil Jimenez (Fairest), cultural anthropologist Stanford W. Carpenter (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), design historian John Jennings (State University of New York, Buffalo), and Visual and Critical Studies MFA candidate Beverly Taylor (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dumbbell Blonde), this panel discusses the creation of comic book characters and identity in mainstream, independent, and digital comics as well as fine arts settings. In addition to their observations, panelists will also discuss their own experiences creating comic characters. Issues will include why diversity matters, diversity in different comic media forms, creating diversity in comic universes that lack diversity, reasons for rebooting existing characters, use of source material, and the creation of alter-egos, avatars, autobiographical characters, and characters with identities that are different from their creators.

Sunday July 15, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 26AB

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