DemoGRAPHICS: Voices and Visionaries from the SDSU Comic Arts Collection will be on display in the library’s Donor Hall from August 28, 2017 - July 31, 2018. The exhibit draws upon interdisciplinary materials from the Comic Arts Collection in the Library’s Special Collections & University Archives to explore how identity, in its most broadly-defined sense, is cultivated and nurtured in the imagination. Comics that explore history and society through diverse lenses, such as culture, race, ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ableness, and age, are displayed. The exhibit represents a variety of perspectives, both local and global, that utilize both fictional and factual artistic narratives to afford exhibit-goers opportunities to engage with several of these “lenses” to contextualize phenomena and negotiate differences in regards to identity and the imagination.
October 26, 2017: Eisner Award-winning artist John Jennings in conversation with Ajani Brown, AFRAS and RWS
1:00pm in Love Library 108
John Jennings is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and a Cooperating Faculty Member in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning essay collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is co-founder and organizer of the MLK NorCal's Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and also SOL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University. Jennings sits on the editorial advisory boards for The Black Scholar and the new Ohio State Press imprint New Suns: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Speculative.
April 19, 2018: Inkpot Award winner Roberta Gregory in conversation with Yetta Howard, English and Comparative Literature
3:00pm in Love Library 108
Roberta Gregory is an American Comic Book Writer and will speak about feminism and identity in the underground comix movement. Her first comic story was published in Wimmen’s Comix in 1974, and she has been busy ever since, contributing to anthologies like Tits & Clits and Gay Comix during the 70s and 80s, then later publishing her own work, Winging It and Sheila and the Unicorn and the mini series Artistic Licentiousness during the 1990s. She is best known for her 40 issues of Naughty Bits, published by Fantagraphics during the 1990s and early 2000s, starring the notorious Bitchy Bitch, who has appeared in her own animated series, stage productions and weekly strips and has been translated into several languages. Since then, Roberta has created two more books, Follow Your Art (2010) and True Cat Toons (2014—see truecattoons.com). She has also contributed to countless anthologies, the most recent being the Graphic Canon series. Recently retired from her day job, Roberta hopes to complete more ongoing projects, like the long awaited Bitchy graphic novel, and Mother Mountain.