My wife is in the library program at Kent State and got this message over their listserv. If you’ve already heard about it, sorry for repeating.
For anyone interested in comics, manga (Japanese comics), popular culture, Scott McCloud as a human, or just an undoubtedly great lecture:
Scott McCloud, whose works include the comic series ZOT! and the non-fiction books UNDERSTANDING COMICS and REINVENTING COMICS, will be lecturing at the Wexner Center, Monday, May 5. This is part of the Cartoon Research Library’s current exhibit, “Happy Birthday, Atom: Celebrating Tezuka’s Astro Boy.” For a complete listing of exhibit events and lectures, follow this link: http://www.lib.ohio-state.edu/cgaweb/Atomsched.htm. Also, please don’t think I’m lessening the importance of other lecturers — Scott McCloud is a big name in (and out of) the comics industry, and is likely to be the biggest draw. Hence this email. And though I sincerely doubt McCloud will discuss libraries at all, librarians and future librarians will certainly benefit from discussion of this genre (manga) and medium (comics), as the format is already represented in U.S. libraries and is slowly but inexorably becoming more important in collections and collection development.
Lecture: “You Are Here — Reader Engagement in Japanese Comics”
Date: May 5 (Monday), 4-6:30 pm
Location: Wexner Center Theater, 1871 N. High Street
Reception and exhibit viewing: 5:00-6:30, Cartoon Research Library,
27 West 17th Ave. Mall (Exhibit will remain open until 6:30 pm)