The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU will host a one-day symposium-Post-Bang: Comics Ten Minutes After the Big Bang!-on Fri., June 6, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at NYUs Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th St. (at University Place). The symposium, which includes Art Spiegelman, Gary Panter, Lynda Barry, the New Yorkers Françoise Mouly, and others, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 212.998.2100. Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place). The event is taking place in conjunction with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Arts and its MoCCA Art Festival, June 7 and 8, at the Puck Building at Houston and Lafayette in Lower Manhattan.
Over the past few years comics have escaped from the shtetl and entered the salon. A big bang has exploded the assumption that the medium is inherently immature, and comics have hurtled into the worlds of book publishing (as literature for adults and children), contemporary art, literary criticism, and even musical theatre. This one-day program will spotlight major creators of and commentators on comics, highlighting key trends and debates facing comics in this new, post-bang environment.
The program is organized around a series of panel discussions on different aspects of contemporary comics: Comics and Canon Formation (11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.); Comics and Kids Lit (1:30-2:45 p.m.); Comics and the Literary Establishment (3-4:15 p.m.); and Comics and the Internet (5:30-6:45 p.m.).
The day will conclude with a pair of conversations: Raw magazine co-founder Art Spiegelman (Maus, Breakdowns, In the Shadow of No Towers) in conversation with the King of Punk Art, Gary Panter (Cola Madnes, Jimbo, Pee Wees Playhouse) (7-8 p.m.); Harvard scholar Hillary Chute in conversation with one of the countrys foremost alternative cartoonists, Lynda Barry (Ernie Pooks Comeek, The Good Times are Killing Me, What It Is) (8:15-9:30 p.m.).