Religious Studies
in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Comicana: Comics and Graphic Novels Across the Humanities

Comicana is a week-long interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Mississippi’s Departments of Art and Art History, Classics, English, Philosophy and Religion, and Writing and Rhetoric.

Conference Venues include: Bryant Hall, Meek Hall, and the J. D. Williams Library on the University of Mississippi campus, and the Lafayette County-Oxford Public Library (401 Bramlett Blvd., Oxford).

Admission is FREE

Comicana Conference Schedule

Monday, October 7

​12:00-1:00 PM
Brown Bag Book Club” to discuss Bryan Doerries’, “The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan” [ISBN 978-0375715157] led by Molly Pasco-Pranger, Classics (Bryant Hall Gallery)

5:00-6:00 PM
Book Club” to discuss Joann Sfar’s “The Rabbi’s Cat,” [ISBN 978-​0375714641] led by Wendy Goldberg, Writing & Rhetoric, University of Mississippi, (Bryant Hall Gallery), followed a reception (funded by the Jewish ​​Federation of Oxford)

6:30-8:30 PM
View screening, “The Rabbi’s Cat,” Bryant Hall 207

Tuesday, October 8

12:00-1:00 PM
Brown Bag Book Club” to discuss Moore, Gibbon, Higgins, “The Watchmen,” (Bryant Hall Gallery)

4:00-5:30 PM
Storyboard Workshop, Oxford Public Library (Oxford/Lafayette middle/high ​school students invited;
Lauren Cardenas, Dept. of Art & Art History + Eli Morgan, ​UM Art/English major)

​6:00 PM
Virtual Visiting Artist talk, Mey Rude, Bryant Hall 209

7:30 PM
Viewing of “The Watchmen” HBO movie (if released), or select Prime’s “The Boys”

Wednesday, October 9

12:00-1:00 PM
Brown Bag Book Club” to discuss G. Willow Wilson’s “Ms. Marvel” [ISBN 978-0785190219] led by Mary Thurlkill, Religion (Bryant Hall Gallery)

​2:00-4:00 PM
“Zine Workshop” organized by Lauren Cardenas, Art & Art History, Studio 124, Printmaking

5:00 PM
Virtual Visiting Artist talk, Ali Fitzgerald, 120 Meek Hall; “On Hungover Bear,  ​Optimism, and Teaching Comics to Refugees,” with a reception (funded by Art & Art History Dept.) to follow, Meek Hall, Gallery 130

​7:00 PM
Viewing of “Captain Marvel,” Bryant Hall 207 ​

Thursday, October 10

​12:00-1:00 PM
Brown Bag Book Club” to discuss Jennifer Rea’s “Perpetua’s Journey,” ​​[ISBN 978-019-0238711] led by Dr. Jennifer Rea, author (Gallery)

4:00-5:30 PM
Student Panel: “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Gender, Politics, ​​and Sabrina,” UM Student Panel Discussion: Eli Morgan, Mary Ellen Cobb, Annie ​Hutchins, and Leah Lester. Faculty chairs Lauren Cardenas and Josh Brinlee, Department of Art & Art History, Bryant Hall 209

5:30-6:00 PM
Reception (Bryant Hall Gallery)

6:00 PM
Presentation by Shane McDermott, comics artist. “Character Development,”  ​​Bryant Hall 209

​7:30 PM
Screening of select episodes of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Bryant Hall 207

Friday, October 11

12:00-1:00 PM
Brown Bag Book Club” to discuss Joe Sacco’s “Palestine” [ISBN: 978-​​1560974321] led by Dr. Amy Nyberg ​

2:00-4:00 PM
Panel 1: Why Comics Matter…
Moderator:  Dr. Randy Wadkins, University of Mississippi

​​*Dr. Brent Allison, University of North Georgia
*Dr. Amy Nyberg, Seton Hall
*Dr. Lisa Costello, Georgia Southern University

4:30-6:30 PM
Panel 2: Graphic Bodies
Moderator:  Dr. Timothy Yenter, University of Mississippi

* Wendy Goldberg, University of Mississippi
* Dr. Gene Kannenberg, Northwestern University
* Dr. Drew Morton, Texas A&M, Texarkana

7:30 PM
Movie night, Anime film (TBA)

Saturday, October 12

​10:00-12:00 PM
Panel 3: Comics and Sacred Texts
Moderator:  Dr. Kate Lechler, University of Mississippi

​* Dr. Kevin Wanner, Western Michigan University
* Dr. Jennifer Rea, University of Florida
* Dr. Elizabeth Rae Coody, Morningside College

2:00-3:30 PM
Panel 4: Comics and the South
Moderator:  Marc Watkins, DWR
*Dr. Karlos Hill, University of Oklahoma
*Dr. Brannon Costello, Louisiana State University


*Concurrent with the conference: dedicated comics/graphic novel “reading rooms” in the Department of Art & Art History, the University Library, and the Oxford Public Library.

*Exhibitions of comics and graphic novels will be in the Art & Art History Department’s Gallery 130 (Meek Hall) and in the UM Library


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