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Some Namelss MoCCA Functionary On Thursday's Watchmen-Related Lecture (PR)
posted March 16, 2009

Watchmen in Context: A lecture by Peter Sanderson
Thursday, March 19th, 7pm
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

The Art of Watchmen co-curator, comics historian Peter Sanderson, will deliver a lecture that will serve as a guided tour through all twelve issues of the original Watchmen comics series. Sanderson will reveal how Watchmen's creators take character types and story-lines from traditional superhero stories and adapt them to convey the book's themes. Pointing out Watchmen's allusions to real world events, Sanderson will show how Watchmen requires the readers to rexamine the proper role of the superhero in fiction--and of America as a real world superpower. "Watchmen in Context" will explore how this classic graphic novel juxtaposes different ways of viewing existence and asks the readers to choose among them.

Peter Sanderson is a comics historian and critic who has taught "Comics as Literature" at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He regularly writes about graphic novels for "Publishers Weekly's" online "Comics Week and has authored and co-authored numerous books, most recently Marvel Chronicle for DK Publishing. He also co-curated Stan Lee: A Retrospective at MoCCA in 2007 and was Marvel Comics first (and only) archivist. He will be teaching a course in comics and film at New York University's SCPS this summer. Sanderson did his undergraduate and graduate work in English literature at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.

Upcoming at MoCCA
Friday, April 16th, 6:30pm
Jerry Beck on the History of Harvey Comics

Animation Historian Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) will speak about the connection of Harvey Comics to the Paramount cartoon studio, and the creation of Casper the Friendly Ghost, Baby Huey, Little Audrey, Buzzy Crow and Herman & Katnip. He will show clips from the classic cartoons, and discuss the relationship between the comic book company and the animation studio, which was located in Times Square. Beck will also sign copies of The Harvey Comics Library, a series of reprint volumes which he co-curates for Dark Horse Books.

Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Currently on View at MoCCA
The Art of Watchmen through
May 2, 2009
From Richie Rich to Wendy the Witch: The Art of Harvey Comics through April 18

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway #401(between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012