JULY 22 – 25
JULY 21 • preview night
SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER Comics Arts Conference co-founders Peter Coogan and Randy Duncan at the 2009 conference at Comic-Con.
From Batman to Superman, or rather his creators Siegel and Shuster, Brad Ricca, director of Last Son, a documentary on Jerry and Joe, seconds his S&S panel from last year with a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the historic first Siegel/Shuster work in New Fun Comics #6, with Nicky Brown, the granddaughter of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, who will explore exactly who created Slam Bradley and what it means for the ownership of the character in general. Lauren Agostino, who last year thrilled audiences with her startling information about Superboy’s origin, will return with more unseen information about the legalities surrounding Siegel, Shuster, and their earliest characters. Mel Gordon (co-author of Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero) fills out the panel by discussing the roots of Superman and Jewish identity in the Golem myth and presenting a short film showing Sigmund Breitbart, a Jewish strongman, who billed himself as “Superman” and appeared in Jerry Siegel’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1920s. That’s not all for the fathers of the superhero. We’ve got a second Siegel and Shuster–focused panel with Marc Greenberg (Golden Gate University), who last year provided a detailed analysis of the 70-year battle by the Siegel family to regain copyright over Superman. This year Greenberg expands his brief by taking us way back to 1909 and the copyright act that laid out the legal ground for copyright protection, its history and evolution, and how the claims of the Siegel, Shuster, and Kirby estates to recapture copyright are playing out. From Superman to superwomen. Katrina Hill (ActionFlickChick.com, voted by G4TV viewers as the “Next Woman of the Web”), Jill Pantozzi (Comic Book Resources), Luci Romberg (Ninja Warrior, Zombieland), Marjorie Liu (Dirk and Steele), reality TV star Adrianne Curry, and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Wonder Woman) ask, “Where Are the Action Chicks?” Why, despite the popularity of heroines like Xena, Wonder Woman, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, have comics and films not produced more superheroines and other action-oriented women? They are joined by the Ink-Stained Amazon herself, Jennifer K. Stuller, who explains how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boys’ club barrier of tradition and reveals the pivotal role of high-heeled, costumed crimefighters in popular culture. All that along with CAC’s annual panel on “The Culture of Popular Things,” an actual college class taken by students during Comic-Con who engage in ethnographic data collection and analysis—if you think you know Comic-Con, you don’t know Comic-Con until you’ve seen these students’ presentations. As usual, the CAC offers an education panel, which includes professional development certificates for teachers, as well as panels on digital comics, alternative comics, queer comics, and superhero comics, as well as a poster session that gives audiences a chance to go one-on-one with comics scholars. The Comics Arts Conference—it’s just good for your brain. Check the onsite Events Guide for the exact location of the Comics Arts Conference program room.
(Above) One of the many Comics Arts Conference panels over the years, this one focusing on the lasting appeal of Superman on the occasion of his 70th birthday in 2008 and moderated by scholar Ben Saunders. (Below) Comic-Con special guest J. Michael Straczynski will appear on one of this year’s CAC panels, “Where are the Action Chicks?” Check the onsite Events Guide for exact time and location.
Comic-Con has always gone to great lengths to try and provide both a safe and secure atmosphere for all of our attendees. Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and pass of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Anyone finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk, or who becomes aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy, should immediately locate a member of security or a staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner. Coogan/Duncan and Superman photos by Tom Gurnee; Straczynski photo by Barry Brown
Online Edition Spring/Summer 2010 • Comic-Con Magazine 23
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