MSU Comics Forum March: March 26-27

We mentioned it last year, and it's happening again. Michigan State is hosting their Comics Forum for both scholars and fans to celebrate, discuss, and understand comics.  The keynote speaker this year is sequential art genius Guy Davis, noted artist of B.P.R.D. That's not a bad way to spend a weekend at all.


Contact: Joe Darowski                    For Immediate Release
Tel. (517) 281-3275


EAST LANSING, MI (March 9, 2009)- The Michigan State University Comics Forum is an annual event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore and celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.  The Michigan State University Comics Forum 2010 is scheduled to take place March 26-7 at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities on the campus of Michigan State University.

Guy Davis, the award-winning comic book artist currently working on B.P.R.D. and his creator-owned series The Marquis, will give this year’s keynote address.  Guy Davis won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Penciler/Inker for his work on B.P.R.D.  The keynote address will be on March 26 from 7-8:30 PM at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. 

On Saturday, March 27 the event will also feature an Artist’s Alley from 11 AM-5 PM at the LookOut! Gallery in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.  Throughout the day there will be several panel discussions with academics studying comic books and professionals working in the comic book industry.

In addition, from March 15-27 the LookOut! Gallery will be hosting a comics exhibit, “From Superman to the Small Press: The Library of Comics Shows Its Stuff.”  The exhibit will feature original comic book art as well as examples from The Comic Art Collection housed in Michigan State University’s Special Collections.  The Comic Art Collection holds over 200,000 items and is the primary U.S. library resource for the study of comic book publications.  Ample reading material from The Comic Art Collection will be provided.  Admission for all events is free.

For more information please visit  The Michigan State University Comics Forum is sponsored by The American Studies Program, The College of Arts and Letters, 21st Century Comics and Games, The Department of Art and Art History, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, The Journal of Popular Culture, and MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online.

If you’d like more information about this event, please call Joe Darowski at (517) 281-3275 or email Joe at


  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Awwwwwwwwww, I love Guy Davis! Michigan is LANDLOCKED! 

  2. I can’t make it this year, but my goal is to be on a panel for this at some point during the next six years, when I’ll be in grad school becoming just this kind of academic.

  3. damn, my sister goes to MSU, I’ll have to try and swing a last minute visit

  4. This sounds awesome.  I’d love to attend.

  5. If I wasn’t poor I’d go…

  6. I’m in!

  7. Of course cool stuff happens after I leave Michigan… They were just waiting for me to leave!

  8. hey I live in near east lansing michigan!!  I live in regular lansing michigan!

  9. I may have to swing in.

  10. Finally, living in Michigan pays off!  Actually, I love it here.  But it’s nice to see something like this so close to home.

    Last year was a lot of fun and a great event.  I’m so glad that this has returned for this year and hopefully many more years to come.

  11. Looks like an I-96 trip for me next week

  12. OH MAN! That is so up my alley. But alas, distance, YOU ARE MY MORTAL ENEMY! >_<***

  13. Look! Its my school! On iFanboy! Well, my alma mater now.

    I didn’t know this was mentioned last year too. 

  14. definitely stopping by this on saturday

  15. Anyone interested in an iFanboy gathering after the event Friday night?  Get together and have a drink, or seven?

  16. I just got back from it!!! It was awesome. Guy Davis drew me a demon with a powered wig ala The Marquis. It’s great.

  17. Just got back and really enjoyed this, good job to Jay Jacot.

  18. thanks to everyone who stopped by (for the Saturday events and the Friday keynote)