Banned Book Club: A Conversation with Ryan Estrada

Join the U-C Comics Colloquium for a conversation with Ryan Estrada, co-author with Kim Hyun Sook of Banned Book Club. Set in 1980s South Korea, Banned Book Club tells a story of a group of students who resist an authoritarian regime with a secret club for reading banned books.

Cover of Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada

The event is free and open to the public; but registration is required.

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Monstrous Women in Comics: A Conversation with Samantha Langsdale

The U-C Comics Colloquium, The University of Illinois Library, and the Humanities Research Institute invite you to

Book Cover

Monstrous Women In Comics:
A Conversation with

Dr. Samantha Langsdale

February 18, 2021
7:30 p.m. Central

Samantha Langsdale is a Research Fellow with the Department of Rhetoric and the Program for Critical Theory at the University of California Berkeley. Monstrous Women in Comics (2020, University Press of Mississippi), co-edited with Elizabeth Rae Coody, explores the coding of woman as monstrous and how the monster as dangerously evocative of women/femininity/the female is exacerbated by the intersection of gender with sexuality, race, nationality, and disability. To analyze monstrous women is not only to examine comics, but also to witness how those constructions correspond to women’s real material experiences.

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February Comics Brunch: Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook

Join us for our discussion of Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, and illustrator Hyung-Jo Ko. Iron Circus Comics, 9781945820427, 192pp.
Publication Date: May 19, 2020.

Saturday, February 13, 2021 11:30 a.m.

In BANNED BOOK CLUB, Hyun Sook shares a dramatic true story of political division, fear-mongering, anti-intellectualism, the death of democratic institutions, and the relentless rebellion of reading.

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We’re a Humanities Research Institute Reading Group!

We’re super excited to announce that the U-C Comics Studies Colloquium has been recognized as an official Reading Group of the University Illinois Humanities Research Institute!

Illinois Humanities Research Institute

Here’s our official blurb:

The U-C Comics Colloquium was founded in 2019 to bring together scholars, students, librarians, and creators in the Urbana-Champaign area to discuss comics and comics scholarship. A community of aca-fans, the colloquium highlights new trends in comics scholarship, and innovations in comics publishing and delivery. We are committed to exploring topics related to social justice and inclusivity in scholarship and fandom. All are welcome at our monthly, virtual meetings. Visit the U-C Comics Studies Colloquium web page.

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African Futurism Comics Brunch

For our July meetup, we’re meeting a little earlier in the day for a comics brunch. We’re reading Laguardia, by Nnedi Okorafor with Tana Ford and James Devlin. We’re also reading/viewing a couple of supplementary items to get Okorafor’s view on Africanfuturism.

Saturday, July 25, 2020 11:00 Central Time.

And, since it’s hot out and to help us get into the spirit of things, here’s a list of some African cocktails, many with non-alcoholic variants.

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Comics vs. COVID

Whew! It’s been a while since we’ve posted. The Comics Colloquium has been trucking along during social isolation. We’ve met online since March, talking about fantastic books like Parable of the Sower, Ooku, and Y: The Last Man, and we’ll continue to convene virtually until we’re able to safely assemble once again.

In the meantime, we asked our members to share what they’ve been reading during the pandemic, for fun or for scholarship. Here’s what folks shared:

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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Our October meet up is Saturday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana.

October is LGBT History Month, so for our October meet up, we’re reading the queer YA graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Illustrator). We’ll be back in the game room at Riggs on Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m.

To set up our conversation, Uni High Library GA Cynthia Medrano Torres shared a reflection on the book:

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Banned Books Week

September 22-28 2019 is Banned Books Week. Comics and graphic novels are among the most frequently banned and challenged books in the United States. To help draw attention to comics, we asked members of the U-C Comics Colloquium to share some information about their favorite banned or challenged comics. Read on to learn more about the comics we dare to read!

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They Called Us Enemy and Citizen 13660

For our September meeting we read They Called Us Enemy, the 2019 graphic novel by George Takei, along with excerpts from Miné Tokubo’s 1946 graphic narrative Citizen 13660. The U-C Zine Library hosted the meet up. While we found Tokubo’s classic work compelling, Takei’s graphic novel didn’t quite make the grade.

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September Meet Up: They Called Us Enemy

Our September meeting will be Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Urbana Zine Library in the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 South Broadway, #100, Urbana, IL 61801.

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