On Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 4:30 PM, I will be chairing the session “Masks, Mutations, and Metamorphoses: Transformation Sequences in Comics,” at the 2017 Baltimore meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association, organized by my colleague Rafael Ponce-Cordero at Keene State College. I had helped Rafael with writing of the session description:
The transformation sequence is standard to comics: Clark Kent rushes out of the phone booth and is now Superman, Usagi Tsukino spins and lights up to transform into Sailor Moon, Kamala Khan experiences terrigenesis to become Ms. Marvel, and Bruce Banner hulks out into a giant green rage monster. This session welcomes submissions that look at transformations not only of characters but of the graphic narrative form, and how those alterations affect other narrative practices in the novel, film, and television.
I’m honored to chair on Rafael’s behalf.
Below is the lineup:
- “The Interrelation of Transformation, Ethnicity, and Form in American Born Chinese”
Kom Kunyosying, Nashua Community College
- “The Gay Superheroine As Filipino: A Postcolonial Queerying of ZsaZsa Zaturnnah”
Christian Ylagan, Western University
- “Rejecting the Mainstream: Transformative Rage in Queer Comics”
Tesla Cariani, Emory University
The session is in Dover A on the Third Floor of the Marriott Waterfront. If you can’t make it, message questions to me on Twitter @dereksmcgrath or at the hashtags #S306 #NeMLA17 between 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM.