Our Wednesday night comics-centric talk series, featuring professionals, critics, historians, scholars, and fans talking about making or reading comics.
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Wednesday, October 26
Kamishibai and the Roots of Manga in Japan’s Performative Comics
Even before the Golden Age of Comics kamishibai (“paper theater”) flourished as a form of performative sequential art in Japan. Part comics, part live storytelling, kamishibai tales ran the gamut from pulp action to westerns to romance, and established many of the tropes and conventions that would later become common in manga. And, years before even Superman and Batman, kamishibai would introduce some of the earliest superheroes the world has ever known.
Joe Streckert, historian, journalist, podcaster, and local hero, will entertain and enlighten on the history of pre-manga sequential art in Japan. Learn more about Joe here: http://www.joestreckert.com/about/
Wednesday, November 16
Working Toward Scripts that Work: Tricks, Traps, and Trash
Jen Van Meter
Portland writer Jen Van Meter is best known for her Hopeless Savages comics from Oni Press and The Death Defying Doctor Mirage from Valiant. She has written short works and miniseries for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Dynamite, and launches Prima, with artist Rick Burchett, with Image in 2017.