“We’re facing a shift from serious discourse about cinema into pure celebrity news. Discourse about cinema and criticism of cinema — good or bad, it doesn’t matter — is shifting and it’s fading and it’s dwindling. Emerging on the other side is pure celebrity news. Because of that, a man like Roger Ebert should be weighed in gold.”—
COMICS STUDIES CONFERENCE SESSION #8:Art—Frank Verano (University of Westminster) weaves capitalism, culture, and contemporary art theory into an analysis of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again, a work that takes on and subverts its function as both pre-sold commodity and work of art. Josh Kopin (Bard College) examines the way shared art duties on Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction’s The Immortal Iron Fist furthers the series’ narrative, while also exploring the structure of comics and the way we consume sequential art. Alexa Laura Siegfried (University of California, Riverside) questions whether there is a difference between fine art and illustration in a study of the relationship between contemporary artists like James Jean and Dave McKean and the fine art canon.