Superheroes Decoded

This weekend (4-30-17), the History Channel will be airing a two-part special on the history of the superhero called Superheroes Decoded featuring a University of Oregon Professor of English–our very own Dr. Ben Saunders, the founder of the Comics and Cartoon Studies program! We have been informed by producers that portions of his interviews will appear in both parts of the documentary.

Ramzi Fawaz, who delivered a guest lecture on The Fantastic Four here on campus last spring, will also appear in the series. In addition to academic speakers, Superheroes Decoded will also feature interviews with Stan Lee, George R. R. Martin, Superman director Richard Donner, Iron Man director Jon Favreau, and Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/The Falcon in the Captain America and Avengers films), among many others.

Part One airs on Sunday April 30th, at 9pm EST; Part Two airs the following night, Monday May 1st, at 9pm EST. Both air on the History Channel. Be sure to tune in!

Lecture: Michael Tisserand

“Birth of the Krazy: The Early Days of George Herriman and Krazy Kat

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Monday April 17th – 4:00 PM – 123 PAC

Please join us for a fascinating look at the intersections of race, popular culture, and the publishing industry in the first half of the twentieth century.

Comics and Cartoon Studies would like to thank the Oregon Humanities Center and the Departments of Art History, Comparative Literature, and English for their generous co-sponsorship of this event.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email gilroy@uoregon.edu

Art Ducko Call for Essays

Calling all writers interested in comics and/or cartoons! Art Ducko, the University of Oregon’s comics and cartoons magazine, is currently looking for an article for their next issue, coming out in winter term. The theme is science fiction. It can be any kind of science fiction, such as space travel, futuristic technologies, dystopia or utopia, parallel universes, apocalyptic stories, time travel, alternate history, alien life, and more (if you are unsure about whether or not something counts as sci-fi, feel free to ask!). The essay must be related to either comics or cartoons (or both). It can be focused on one work or many. If you have an essay or article already, or if you are interested in writing one, please email lbryant@uoregon.edu .

Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017
Length: usually around 2300 words (though length is flexible)

“Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen” in The Oregonian and on KLCC

Check out this early coverage of “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen” in The Oregonian newspaper by reporter Steve Duin. Read the full Oregonian article here

There is also an interview with Curator Ben Saunders on KLCC 89.7, listen to the interview here.

New! An article in Eugene Weekly by Aaron Ragan-Fore, “Raising Eyebrows” view the Eugene Weekly article here

Exhibit: “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics”

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To celebrate the opening of the “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics” exhibit, the the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art will host an exhibition opening on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 6:00pm-10:00pm in the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art. The opening is free to all UO students and faculty. There will be food, drinks, and a DJ!

Entertaining Comics (EC) was the most aesthetically ambitious and politically radical commercial comic book publisher of the 20th century.  Primarily active between 1950 and 1955, the company produced such sensationalist, satirical, and subversive titles as Tales From The Crypt, Weird Science, Frontline Combat, and Mad.  At odds with the ideological conservatism of the era, EC rebuked racists and warmongers, critiqued the paranoid state, and mocked commercialism and consumer culture — provoking the ire of parents, schoolteachers, politicians, and cultural critics alike.  In fact, the company was ultimately forced out of business by the forces of reaction — with the notable exception of Mad, which survived the 1950s anti-comics backlash by becoming a magazine (and is still in print today).

The exhibition will feature over 120 original art pages on display, including several complete stories.  Every major EC artist and title, including Mad, will be represented by key works.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Coeta and Donald Barker Changing Exhibitions Endowment; The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the arts, a federal agency; Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; Philip and Sandra Piele; UO Comics and Cartoon Studies Minor; UO College Scholars Program; and JSMA members.

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Statement of Condolence

“The community of comics scholars at University of Oregon is horrified by the brutal attack on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015 in which twelve people lost their lives. We extend our sincere condolences to the friends and families of those killed.”