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Vermont college holds Comic Book symposium

Official Press Release

Bennington College is hosting a symposium on comic books and graphic novels during the weekend of April 30 to May 2, 2004.

In panel discussions and slide lectures, leading writers and artists from the silver age (1960s) to the present will discuss trends in both mainstream and alternative comics. Topics include the evolution of the superhero, humor in comics, sequential narration and literary form, graphic storytelling, comics and higher education, and the future of the comic book.

Speakers include Mike Mignola (Hellboy), James Kochalka (Peanutbutter & Jeremy, Fancy Froglin), John Arcudi (The Mask), Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing, Taboo), Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Ramona Fradon (Aquaman, Metamorpho), John Kerschbaum (Wiggly Reader, Petey & Pussy), Louise Simonson (X-Men, Spider Man), Walter Simonson (Thor, Orion), Joe Staton (E-Man, Scooby Doo), James Sturm (The Golem's Mighty Swing), and the creative team of Kleiser-Walczak Studios, the creators of special effects for X-Men, Judge Dredd, The One, and other films

Movies adapted from comic books will be screened throughout the weekend.

The symposium starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30th. For a detailed schedule see http://faculty.bennington.edu/~bverter/comix.htm

The symposium and the film screenings are free and open to the public.

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