SPX 2018 Panel - Jules Feiffer: When A Legend Lives In The Shadows
A panel discussion with comics' greatest living Renaissance man! How do you top yourself after your work has received the Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize — and you've been inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame? In the case of legendary Jules Feiffer, you enjoy a creative rejuvenation after age 80 by diving into noir graphic novels. Feiffer concludes his acclaimed noir trilogy with the new book The Ghost Script. Feiffer and moderator Michael Cavna, columnist/cartoonist at The Washington Post, delve into Feiffer's new burst of inspiration, including sci-fi fantasies for young readers, and cartooning in the age of Trump.
SPX 2018 Panel - Writing About Bipolar
As mental health is becoming a subject that's more openly discussed than ever, comics narratives are emerging about personal experiences with mental illness. Moderator Rob Clough discusses with Lawrence Lindell (Couldn't Afford Therapy, So I Made This), Ellen Forney (Rock Steady), and Keiler Roberts (Chlorine Gardens) their struggles with Bipolar Disorder, the choices they make in writing about it, and how this process affects how they think about it.
SPX 2018 Panel - Queer Romance
Romance comics have a long and storied history. However, a new generation of queer romance cartoonists is challenging assumptions, investigating & mainstreaming specific subcultures, and playfully subverting the genre's familiar cliches. Moderator Carta Monir joins panelists Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Hazel Newlevant (Sugartown), Archie Bongiovanni (The Greasebats) and Shauna J. Grant (Princess Love Pon) as they discuss their own unique takes on romance comics.
SPX 2018 Panel - Feminist Futurism & Fantasy
Science fiction and fantasy have longed served as a way to couch deeper social, political and cultural meanings. Moderator Francesca Lyn and panelists Emma Ríos (Island), Carolyn Nowak (Diana's Electric Tongue), Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World), and Fiona Smyth (Somnambulance) discuss how they use various genre tropes to explore topics related to feminism like a world without men, the implications of having a robot boyfriend, mystical searches in surreal environments and much more.