HeroesCon 2017 Mega-Panel!

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Here’s the skinny on the 2017 HeroesCon Mega-Panel. It’s Saturday at 2:30 in room 209. Full HeroesCon programming is available on their website.


Which centenary to celebrate, Will Eisner’s or Jack Kirby’s? Ben Towle, Jennie Law, and Craig Fischer—the hosts of this year’s mega-panel—have foolishly decided to tackle both birthdays.

First is Eisner: Ben will interview Hogan’s Alley publisher Tom Heintjes, who worked closely with Will at Kitchen Sink Press during the 1980s and ‘90s, particularly on a monthly column that appeared in Kitchen Sink’s comic-book-sized Spirit reprints. Expect insights into both Eisner the artist and Eisner the man. Craig will follow by inviting two razor-sharp comics scholars, Drs. Daniel Yezbick and Andrew Kunka (himself one-half of the Comics Alternative podcast team), to collaborate with the audience on a close reading of an offbeat-yet-representative Spirit story.

Then Kirby: Jennie will guide a panel of super-fans—cartoonists Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, and Erik Larsen, and Titan Books editor Steve Saffel—through a free-wheeling discussion about King Kirby’s groundbreaking career, multiple reinventions, and lasting influence. Finally, Ben will discuss the sheer oddness of Kirby’s mid-‘70s riff on 2001: A Space Odyssey—a fitting place to end, since Eisner and Kirby were monoliths that pushed comics to higher evolutionary achievements.

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  1. The Case for Panels says:

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