2017 Symposium

Talking About Things We Love: Finding Community in Fandom
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Wed, Sept 27, 1pm – 1:50pm, Library Lounge Building L
Faculty members discuss their own fan subcultures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Glee, to Star Trek, to 70s sports, and more. How do fans come together to share ideas? How do fans expand on meanings and themes found within stories, time periods, or genres that they love? This will be a fun discussion about pop culture, hobbies, games and other realms of fandom.

Featured Event: Artist & Writer Dan Dougherty Shares His Creative Process
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Thurs, Sept 28, 9:30am-10:45am, Library Lounge, Building L
Award-winning illustrator and author visits Moraine Valley to share his creative process. Dan is a Moraine Valley alum who has written graphic novels, comic books, newspaper articles, and comic strips. His work has been featured online and in print.

Dungeons and Dragons: The Game, the Myth the Legend
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Thurs, Sept 28, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
An estimated 20 million people worldwide have played Dungeons and Dragons – the original roleplaying game of adventure, treasure, and camaraderie. We will briefly talk about the game’s history, influence, and a brief discussion of gameplay. Questions welcome!




2016 Symposium


Crowd Funding and Publishing Comics
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Wed, Sept 28th, 11am, Library Lounge, Building L
Writer and comics creator Carmello Chimera discusses the funding of Magnificent, his new comics title with artist Steven Brown. How do creators successfully crowd fund a project? What works and what doesn’t? How does crowd funding open up opportunities for creators that didn’t exist in the past? This talk is part of MVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.


Graphic Novels in the Classroom
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Wed, Sept 28th, Noon-12:50 pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Educators and comics experts talk about the comics they use in the classroom with high school students. They will discuss the ways that comics support literacy, enhance learning, and engage students in all parts of the curriculum. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.


ArtistGLantern & Writer Gene Ha Shares His Creative Process
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Thurs, Sept 29th, 9:30am-10:45am, Library Lounge, Building L
Eisener Award winning creator Gene Ha discusses the process behind his art and writing. Ha has worked on the biggest characters in comics including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others. His new, independent title Mae was released by Dark Horse Comics in June of 2016. We are very excited to welcome Gene Ha to our Graphic Novel Symposium.



Comics Journalism: Depicting Unseen Connections Between Sex and Garment Trades Worldwide
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Thur, Sept 29th, 12:30 pm-1:45 pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Artist and journalist Anne Elizabeth Moore talks about her graphic novel Threadbare which explores the ways the garment industry exploits workers. Moore is an award-winning journalist who uses comics to document the world by “showing” us what she sees.

 Previous Events:

Featured Speakers, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Featured Speakers, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Featured Speakers, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Featured Speakers, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014