#GeekGuide: Comics, Video Game, and Fan Culture Panels at #NeMLA17

Each year, the Northeast Modern Language Association’s (NeMLA) annual convention features presentations on comics and graphic novels, already long accepted as media worthy of critical analysis. And this year’s convention at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, March 23 to 26, also features sessions on related topics in anime, manga, video games, and fan culture.

And I would know–I’ve been proofreading this program repeatedly as part of my job at NeMLA.

I’ve compiled as many comics, video game, and fan culture presentations that I could find in the online schedule. I encourage you, if you are attending the convention, to check out these sessions and share your thoughts on social media. And check out the program online for more sessions!

Thursday, March 23

4:30 PM: “Blasphemous Translation,” featuring a presentation on translating the Ramayana into a graphic novel. Room: Dover C

4:30 PM: “The Representation of Race in American Comics and Graphic Novels,” featuring presentations on Muslim American heroes, Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, and Jimmy Corrigan. Room: Grand Ballroom IV

4:30 PM: “Masks, Mutations, and Metamorphoses: Transformation Sequences in Comics,” featuring presentations on American Born Chinese, ZsaZsa Zaturrnnah, and queer comics. Room: Dover A

Friday, March 24

10:00 AM: “Pow! Graphic Literature to Engage Students in the Creative Writing Workshop.” Room: Chasseur

10:00 AM: “Transmediality: At the Intersection of Literature and the Visual Arts in the Italian Context,” featuring a presentation on the comics adaptation of Orlando Furioso. Room: Grand Ballroom VII

10:00 AM: “Publicaciones urbanas disidentes: El puente literario entre las Latin-A-Mericas,” featuring a presentation on Pobre Diablo. Room: Grand Ballroom II

11:45 AM: “Teaching bandes dessinees as Literature.” Room: Grand Ballroom III

3:00 PM: “Teaching bandes dessinees as Literature,” second session. Room: Dover B

3:00 PM: “Wy Afrofuturism, Why Now? I.” Room: Iron

4:45 PM: “Superhero Narratives and (Dis)Ability,” featuring presentations on Daredevil, Storm, Misty Knight, and My Hero Academia. Room: Grand Ballroom VIII

4:45 PM: “The Death of Zod: Ethics in 21st-Century Comics,” featuring presentations on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Batman. Room: Grand Ballroom IX

4:45 PM: “Why Afrofuturism, Why Now? II.” Room: Laurel D.

7:00 PM: Keynote address by comics creator Ilan Stavans, “The End of Monolingualism.” Grand Ballroom V

Saturday, March 25

8:30 AM: “Comics and Graphic Novels in a Transnational Perspective,” featuring presentations on The Elephant in the Room, In China, Shenzhen, druben!, and Prison Island. Room: Grand Ballroom I

8:30 AM: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years Later and Where We Went,” featuring the presentations . Room: Iron.

8:30 AM: “Transmedia Storytelling: Questioning the Canon in 21st-Century Popular Narratives,” featuring presentations on Joss Whedon, Sherlock, and ‘90s nostalgia. Room: Heron

10:15 AM: “Comics of the Margins: Visions from the Periphery in World Graphic Narratives,” featuring presentations on El Manque and Cumbe. Room: Dover C

4:45 PM: “Maps in Popular Fiction,” featuring presentations on YA fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marvel Comics, and Final Fantasy. Room: Heron

Sunday, March 26

10:15 AM: “Global Arab Literature in the 21st Century: Transformations, Shifts, and Changes,” featuring a presentation on graphic novels in Egypt. Room: Dover C

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