Schedule & Descriptions

* Panels marked with an asterisk have been organized by the track heads and include fans and/or professionals in addition to CPAC scholars.

Friday

11:30 AM – Comics, Trauma, and Psychiatric Disorders – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Join us as we investigate the representations of trauma and psychiatric disorder in modern superhero comics. A Hendricks, K Storla.

Moderator: Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas)

Presentations:

  1. Austin Hendricks (Georgia Regents University), “Waiting for Heroes: An Examination of Psychological Disorders, Existentialism, and General Strain Theory in Superhero Films”
  2. Kari Storla (University of Southern California), “Superheroes, super trauma: Is trauma in superhero comics a human or superhuman experience?”

7:00 PM – The Wayfaring Gater and Other Traveling Metaphors – Stargate Multiverse Track (Westin, Chastain FGH)

How medieval travel narratives, 19th century time-travel stories, and contemporary space dramas teach us that good (Star)gates make good neighbors.

CPAC Panelist: Richard Scott Nokes (Troy University)

7:00 PM – Of Monsters and (Super)Men – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

We examine the complex moral negotiations at work in making distinctions between good and evil and ask wheher superheroes’ extra-legal efforts to stop evil become monstrous.

Moderator: Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas)

Presentations:

  1. Corey Goergen (Emory University), “'It's [Not] Alive!': Disability, Eugenics, Zombies, and Frankenstein's Creature"
  2. Shanna Early (Emory University), "Are Superheroes Monsters: Of Monsters, Superheroes, and the Law"
  3. Stephanie Larson (Emory University), "Dial Meow for Murder: The Figure of the Feline in Horror Literature, Film, and Comics"

8:30 PM – Roundtable: History of Gender and Race in Comics – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Comics professionals & scholars discuss historical issues of gender and race in comics, such as the feminist and racist themes in early Wonder Woman.

Moderator: Vickie Willis (Georgia State)

Professional Participants: Josh Trujillo, Matt Fraction

Comics Scholars: Daniel Amrhein (Independent Scholar), Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas), Jonathan Gayles (Georgia State), Kari Storla (University of Southern California)

8:30 PM – Anime, Manga, and Japanese History – Anime/Manga Track (Courtland - Hyatt)

This panel explores how Japan has used Anime and Manga to tell and retell its national history. Additional Panelists: Yasemin Davarci, Johnathan Flowers/CPAC

        Moderator: Johnathan Flowers (SIU Carbondale)

        Panelists:

  1. Yasemin Davarcı (Ankara University), “1904 - 1905 Russo Japanese War in Historical Japanese Manga”

8:30 PM – Hannibal Fannibals* – Horror Track (Peachtree 1-2 - Westin)

Fans discuss Bryan Fuller's visionary serial killer thriller.

        CPAC Panelist: Damien Williams (Kennesaw State University)

Saturday

10:00 AM – Wonder Woman and Greek Mythology – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Two scholars explore problematic representations of the Amazons and Greek mythology, their appropriation and reconfiguration in Wonder Woman comics.

Moderator: Damien Williams (Kennesaw State University)

Presentations:

  1. Daniel Amrhein (Independent Scholar), “Wonder Woman and the Reappropriation of Women Warriors of Greek Myth”
  2. Matthew J. Brown (University of Texas at Dallas), “Love and Strife, Aphrodite and Ares - Marston’s Manichean Reconfiguration of Greek Mythology and Philosophy in the Wonder Woman Comics.”

11:30 AM – Hannibal: Brunch* – Horror Track (Peachtree 1-2 - Westin)

Aaron Abrams and Scott Thompson dissect Hannibal's elegant take on the horror genre

CPAC Panelist: Damien Williams (Kennesaw State University)

2:30 PM – Game of Thrones: The Dark Time* – American Sci Fi Media (M301-M302 - Marriott)

It's full of controversial territory and storylines the books haven't touched yet.

        CPAC Panelist: Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas)

5:30 PM – Virtual Reality in Japanese Anime – Anime/Manga Track (Courtland - Hyatt)

In Anime, the virtual can become all too real. This panel discusses the nature of virtual reality in anime, asking what is “real,” what is “virtual,” and does the difference matter?

        Moderator: Johnathan Flowers (SIU Carbondale)

Panelists: Damien Williams (Kennesaw State University), Michael Bugajski (SIU Carbondale), Carl Dull (??)

8:30 PM – Roundtable: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Comics – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Comics professionals & scholars discuss the increase in positive representations as well as the continuing problems in the industry.

Moderator: Damien Williams (Kennesaw State University)

Professional Participants: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Laurenn McCubbin

Comics Scholars: Daniel Amrhein (Independent Scholar), John Flowers (SIU Carbondale), Tini Howard (Cape Fear Community College), Kari Storla (University of Southern California)

8:30 PM – Sense8 - Is this just another Cluster?* – American Sci Fi Media (M301-M302 - Marriott)

Living in parallel to normal humans, Sensates are different from us. They could be the person next to you. Are they to be feared or treasured?

        Panelists: Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas)

Sunday

10:00 AM – CPAC Coordinating Board Meeting

Members of the CPAC Coordinating Board only.

11:00 AM – CPAC Scholars Forum

Topic: Incorporating Comics and Pop Culture in the Classroom. An open discussion among CPAC scholars =

1:00 PM – CPAC Luncheon

7:00 PM – Philosophical Perspectives on Japanese Anime – Anime/Manga Track (Courtland - Hyatt)

Scholars Carl Dull and Michael Bugajski discuss the philosophical themes in Madoka Magica and Cowboy Bebop.

Moderator: Johnathan Flowers (SIU Carbondale)

Panelists: Michael Bugajski (SIU Carbondale), Carl Dull (??)

8:30 PM – Diversity and Sexuality in Comics* – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

CPAC Panelists: Johnathan Flowers (SIU Carbondale), Daniel Amrhein (Independent Scholar)

10:00 PM – Con Culture & the Changing Face of Fandom* – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

CPAC Panelists: Molly Dilts (Pennsylvania State University), Kari Storla (University of Southern California)

Monday

10:00 AM – Comics and Feminism – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Feminist analyses of comics and comic fandom, including the “fake geek girl” phenomenon, toxic masculinity, and how to think “outside the fridge.”

Moderator: Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas)

Presentations:

  1. Molly Dilts (Pennsylvania State University), “The "Fake Geek Girl": Female-Occupied Space and Masculinity in Geek Culture”
  2. Tini Howard (Cape Fear Community College), “Thinking Outside the Fridge - Changing Comics with the Subject/Object Problem”

11:30 AM – Kelly Sue DeConnick in Focus – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Comics-creator meets academic critics – Kelly Sue DeConnick discusses feminism, heroism, and philosophical themes in her work with Ahmed Younis, Chandra Jenkins, and John Flowers.

Moderator: Damien Williams (Kennesaw State University)

Presentations:

  1. Ahmed Younis and Chandra Jenkins (Chapman University), “Comic Feminism: Re-Imagining Traditional Perceptions of Heroism”
  2. John Flowers (SIU Carbondale), “Captain Marvel and John Dewey’s Theory of Imagination”

Response: Kelly Sue DeConnick

1:00 PM – Comics in the Classroom – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Exploring the use of comics in the high school and college classroom to meet common core objectives and teach critical thinking skills.

Moderator: Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas)

Presentations:

  1. Elizabeth Perkins (Morehead State University), “Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to College Freshman Utilizing the Portrayal of Crime & Justice in Superhero Movies and Comics”

2:30 PM – DC Comics and Cultural Studies – Comics Track (Hanover F - Hyatt)

Two scholars analyze Suicide Squad and the Batman mythos from the perspective of Foucault and cultural/gender studies. D Humphries, J Dambruch.

Moderator: Matthew J. Brown (UT Dallas)

Presentations:

  1. Durf Humphries (Independent Scholar), “Discipline and Punish: Foucault and the Suicide Squad
  2. Jessica Dambruch (Old Dominion University), “Rev Up Your Harley: Cultural Constructions of Gender In The Batman Universe”