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Pat Tobin on a Comics-Related Event at Fordham University on June 2
posted May 14, 2007


Hello, I contacted Craig Yoe concerning this event and he suggested it might also be of interest to you1

Pat Tobin

Friday, June 2, 2007 - 4:00PM - 5:30PM

MEDIA: Overseas Conversations, Fordham University/Lincoln Center Campus 113 West 60th Street
Comics and Graphic Novels in Contemporary Youth Culture

In the age of the digital media revolution, within contemporary youth culture, the popularity of comics has endured and graphic novels have become quite a rage. Panelists will share their experiences as creators, critics, educators and organizers of international comic book festivals.

Benoit Mouchart, is an author, exhibitions curator and since 2003, artistic director of the cultural programming of Angouleme International Comics Festival, in France . In 1999, after having obtained a Masters of Literature in the Sorbonne, Paris, he became a high school French professor and critic of Bang and 9e, and contributed to the comic strip of the French magazines Geo, Telerama, Science and Life, and Beaux-arts magazine.

Masami Toku is an associate professor of art education at California State University , Chico . She is the general director of the project Power of Girls'Comics and of the international touring exhibition of Girls' Power! Shojo Manga!. Her research interest is the cross-cultural study of children's artistic and aesthetic developments in their pictorial world and how visual popular culture influences children's visual literacy. She is working internationally with especially Asian scholars in China , Japan , and Taiwan . Her recent collaborative research project is a cross-culural study of the relationship between art and children's comprehensive ability in Japan and the US , supported by the ministry of education and science in Japan . She is the editor of the online Journal, Cultural Diversity in Art and Education and Visual Cultural Research in Art and Education. Her web site:

Michael Bitz, EdD,. is the founding director of The Comic Book Project ( at Teachers College/Columbia University. An internationally recognized innovator in education, Dr. Bitz has worked to establish creativity at the core of academic learning, and he has done so for some of the most vulnerable children in the United States and elsewhere.

Gerard Jones, is an American writer, born in Cut Bank, Montana , raised in Los Gatos and Gilroy , California and currently resides in San Francisco , where he is a member of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. Author of Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book (2004), winner of the Eisner Award; and, Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Superheroes and Make-Believe Violence (2002

From 1989 to 2001, he also wrote many comic books for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Viz Comics, the Ultraverse and other publishers. He appears in Look, Up in the Sky! a documentary about the origins of Superman produced in conjunction with the release of the film Superman Returns.

Moderator – Lance Strate is a Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Director of the Gradute Program in Public Communication at Fordham University . He is also the President of the Media Ecology Association and Editor of Explorations in Media Ecology, He is the author of Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study and co-editor of several anthologies including The Legacy of McLuhan and Communication and Cyberspace. Lance Strate's blog Time Passing can be found at The Media Ecology website is