Geek Speaks: The Future of Comics

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In his landmark book Reinventing Comics (William Morrow, 2000) theorist, scholar and artist Scott McCloud described comics as a "misunderstood, squandered idea that seems increasingly obscure [and] small, like an atom waiting to be split." McCloud argued that new digital technologies would allow comics to evolve into new forms, incorporating such features as motion, sound, or interactivity, and to adopt a near-infinite number of possible sizes, shapes, and topics. Fast-forward almost 15 years, and comics have indeed been reinvented – although perhaps not in the ways McCloud envisioned. Which of McCloud's predictions came true, what surprising new twists and developments have emerged, and where might comics go in the next 15 years?

This Geek Speaks event will begin with a lively one-on-one conversation between McCloud and USC Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts Henry Jenkins, followed by a panel of respondents including Geoffrey Long (Annenberg Innovation Lab), Joe LeFavi (Quixotic Transmedia), Dan Burwen (Cognito Comics) and other special guests.

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
SCA 112

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