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The Comics Arts Conference Returns to WonderCon!

The Comics Arts Conference is one of the leading academic programs devoted to comics in the country. This “conference within a convention” appears each year at both WonderCon and Comic-Con International. This year marks the CAC’s tenth year as an integral part of WonderCon’s comics programming slate.

Here’s a sneak peek (below) at the CAC’s 2016 slate of discussions, along with preliminary panelists for each. To see these great panels, please click here to buy your WonderCon 2016 badges. Remember, you must have a Comic-Con Member ID to buy badges for our events. Click here to get a Member ID if you don’t already have one. It’s free and you only have to sign up once.

The Comics Arts Conference at WonderCon 2016
Comics Arts Conference at WonderCon 2016 Preliminary Schedule

Session #1: Hitler’s Brain in an Ape’s Body: Nazis in Comics

Panelist: Peter Coogan (Washington University at St. Louis)

Session #2: Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology in Marvel's Civil War and Beyond

Panelists: Travis Langley (Henderson State University), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia), Alan Kistler (Spider-Man Trivia Challenge), Patrick O’Connor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Kathleen McClancy (Texas State University), and Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy).

Session #3: The Exploration of Comic Books on Moral Values: How Comics Influence Adolescent Moral Development

Panelists: Patrick O'Connor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Edgar Ramos (Concordia University Chicago), Sean B. Knuth, Joseph Serrano (Adler University), and Elizabeth Smith, M.A. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)


Session #4: Comics, Myth and Symbol

Panelists: Edgar C. Samar (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines), Tiffany Babb, and Deanna Rodriguez (Texas State University)

Session #5: Focus on Jeremy Love

Panelist: WonderCon 2016 Special Guest Jeremy Love (Bayou)

Session #6: Comics and Gender

Panelists: Emily Rauber Rodriguez (University of Southern California), Ayanni C. Hanna, Michele Brittany (James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictionalized Superspy)


Session #7: Comics Psychology from Wonder Woman and Wertham to the World Wide Web

Panelist: Travis Langley (Henderson State University)

Session #8: Comics, Teaching, and Philosophy

Panelists: Erika Rothberg (Loyola Marymount University), Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School), Matthew Hoffman (Florida State University), and Sara Kolmes (Florida State University)

Session #9: Comic History

Panelists: Emily Decker (American Academy of Art), Ajani Brown (San Diego State University), and Andrew Fogel (Purdue University)

Descriptions, times, and the room location will be posted with the complete WonderCon 2016 Programming Schedule, about two weeks before the event … stay tuned!