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Sunday, March 31
 

11:30am PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #7: The Filter of Fiction: Batman, Spider-Man, and Real-Life Trauma
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 25, 03:47PM
What's the point in examining fictional characters, especially fantastic superheroes unlike any people we encounter in real life? Psychologist Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) and Andrea Letamendi (Barbara Gordon's therapist in Batgirl #16), comics scholar Kathleen McClancy (Wake Forest University), and comic book writer Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl) explore how the filter of fiction can allow people to face some of the worst events that happen in real life without turning away and how that, in turn, helps us learn more about the way actual crises affect living human beings.

Sunday March 31, 2013 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

1:00pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #8: The Dark Side of Comics
James Medina (University of Dundee) compares the politics, style, and purpose of postapocalyptic narratives from different countries. Lindsay Kerstetter (California State University, Fullerton) applies trauma theory to explore the motivations of The Walking Dead characters, who are forced to exist in a world where trauma has become a part of everyday life. Rachelanne Smith (California State University, Sacramento) explains how satirizing the dark, gritty attitudes of contemporary comic book film adaptations actually makes the case that the traditional, altruistic hero is the one society needs.

Sunday March 31, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 210BCD

2:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Comics, Culture and Change
Kamila Tuszyńska (University of Warsaw) examines how Enki Bilal's Julia & Roem plays with conventions drawn from the classical cultural heritage to focus attention on contemporary issues. Hannah Diaz (California State University, Fullerton) explains how the female cosplay world has responded to the limited variety of body types and outfits from which to choose by modifying designs to reflect a female character with a wider variety of qualities than those found in mainstream comic books.

Sunday March 31, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 210BCD