Monday, March 12, 2018

Leela Corman - Victory Parade: Wrestling with the Dead

Join us in welcoming artist Leela Corman to the University of Michigan. Acclaimed authro of Unterzakhn (2012) and co-founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Leela will present her forthcoming graphic novel, Victory Parade. Set during the Second World War in Brooklyn, New York and at the Allied liberation of Buchenwald, Victory Parade is a graphic novel is about women working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, war refugees, the trauma of witnessing death camps, and... amateur women’s wrestling!

Leela will be involved in three events:

March 27th, 1:30-3:30pm - Workshop
Ann Arbor District Library, Multi-purpose Room

March 27th, 6:00-7:30pm - Signing Session 
Vault of Midnight

March 28th, 12-1:30pm - Lecture
3308 Modern Language Building

The event is cosponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, the Department of History of Art, the Ann Arbor District Library, and it is hosted by the Department of German Language and Literatures.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Anya Ulinich - Use What You Have: Art Practice and Survival

The event will be moderated by prof. Mikhail Krutikov (Slavic/Judaic) and prof. Maya Barzilai (Judaic/German).

Anya Ulinich is the author of the novel Petropolis (2007) and the graphic novel Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel (2014), both published by Penguin Books. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Zoetrope: All-Story, n+1, and PEN America Journal. Ulinich attended the Art Institute of Chicago, holds an MFA from the University of California, Davis, and has taught at NYU and at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

The event is co-sponsored by the CREES, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Paul Mavrides - It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

We invite you at an amazing talk by comic book artist and activist:

Paul Mavrides
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
February 2nd, 12:00pm, AADL Dowtown

Artist PAUL MAVRIDES, long-time resident of San Francisco's Mission district, gives a talk on his peripatetic comics, graphics, paintings, and artworks exposing, exploring, and exploiting the cultural oddities, conspiratorial mysteries, and all-too-human fiascos of contemporary society.

Mavrides is member of the ZAP Comix group, as well as a founding associate of J.R. “Bob” Dobbs’ SubGenius Foundation. His many collaborators have included Gilbert Shelton, Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, film directors Alex Cox and Ron Mann, Survival Research Laboratories and The Residents, among others.

Mavrides is a Witt Visiting Artist at the Stamps School of Art & Design Jan 31-Feb 3, 2018. This event is co-sponsored by the Transnational Comics Studies Workshop.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter 2018

We hope you had a great Winter break! The TCSW welcomes you to another term of great activities and interesting events. 

We invite you to a general meeting on Thursday, January 25th at 1.30pm in 3308 Modern Language Building to reconvene after the break and get ready for our Winter events. 

We propose to read and discuss Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich and a selection of works by Paul Mavrides in preparation to their visits in February.

Here's the schedule for next events:

Thursday, January 25th, 1:30-3:00pm: Reading Group on Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich and The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers by Paul Mavrides. 3308 MLB.
Friday, February 2nd, 12:00-1:30pm: Paul Mavrides: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. AADL Downtown.
Thursday, February 15th, 3:00-5:00pm: Anya Ulinich: Use What You Have: Art Practice and Survival. 3308 MLB. Friday, February 16th, 10:00-12:00pm: Workshop with Anya Ulinich. 3308 MLB.
Tuesday, March 27th, 1:30-3:30pm: Workshop with Leela Corman. AADL Downtown.
Wednesday, March 28th, 12:00-2:00pm: Leela Corman: Victory Parade: Wrestling with the Dead. 3308 MLB.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Event - Marching Forward


1-2:30pm, Monday, Nov. 27, Basement multi-purpose room of the Ann Arbor District Library (343 South 5th Ave.).

Nate Powell, the National Book Award-winning graphic artist behind March, will give a public presentation about comics as a social justice medium, followed by an extended Q&A. Powell's work also includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts.

7-8:30pm, Nov. 27: Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave.)

Marching Forward Keynote Talk by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

4-6pm, Nov. 29, Weiser Hall, 10th Floor (500 Church St.)

Marching Forward Research and Scholarship Symposium: In honor of Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell's visit to Ann Arbor, all are invited to engage with more than 30 local scholars whose work addresses the civil rights and social justice issues of today. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lecture - Simone Castaldi (Hofstra University): A Walk Within Four Panels. A Methodological Approach to Teaching Italian Comics

Dear friends and colleagues,
After the amazing discussion we had yesterday on the magazine Resist!, get ready for our last event of the Fall Term. The Transnational Comics Studies Workshop invites you to a lecture and workshop with Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature at Hofstra University.
A Walk Within Four Panels. A Methodological Approach to Teaching Italian Comics
Lecture: Thursday, November 30th, 3-5pm
Workshop: Friday, December 1st, 10-12pm
3308 Modern Language Building
This talk, covering the first 100 years of the history of Italian comics, focuses on four individual panels from four pivotal moments in the history of the medium in Italy: its infancy at the turn of the 20th century; the post-economic boom reconfiguration of the medium for an adult audience with the so-called "fumetti neri" (crime comics); the late-1960s birth of the auteur school and of a more literate and sophisticated readership; and the cannibalization of the historical avant-gardes of the postmodern, self-referential comics of the 1980s. Taking a moment of hesitation to focus on the reading instructions offered by a single panel, this kind of investigation encourages a deeper reading of the intimate structures that make up the panel as a basic unit of the comics' discourse. As a first step in the study of comics in a classroom setting, especially when students are confronted with a tradition whose history and culture is scarcely familiar to them, this kind of analysis consents to relate the study of the pictorial and micro-narrative elements within the frame to the cultural encyclopedia of the text, and to insert it within its historical background as a living part of a wider cultural context. As we investigate the panel's composition, the quality of the line, the indexical and symbolic value of its parts and their paradigmatic relations we lay solid foundations and prepare ourselves for a full reading.
This event is cosponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Department of History of Art, and hosted by the Department of German Languages and Literatures.
Please, shares widely and contact for RSVP and info.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Reading Workshop - Resist!

Der friends and colleagues,
After the amazing talk and workshop given by Art Spiegelman on Nov. 9th, be ready for our next meeting on November 16th, at 1:00-2:30pm in the Shapiro Design Lab on the ground floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
Our workshop will discuss the protest magazine Resist!, a free print publication of political comics and graphics where the slogan, "Women's voices will be heard," can come true. It was started after the November 2016 election by ​Nadja Spiegelman and Fran├žoise Mouly, and its second issue came out this summer.
Please, join us, share the invite with other friends and colleagues, and don't forget that lunch and coffee will be provided!