Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Panel Discussion on Comics Friday April 24

Just wanted to do this as a brief announcement of an event I'll be moderating on Friday:

On Friday April 24th I will be hosting a guest lecture on comics in the auditiorium in Hatheway Cultural Center on the campus of my school Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL. Three writers and artists who work in the comics industry will be coming to campus to engage in a panel discussion of their work and their creative process.

The creators are writer Cullen Bunn and artists Brian Hurtt and Matt Kindt:

Cullen Bunn's first comic, The Damned, is a horror noir series that was first released by Oni Press in 2006. The first story arc, Three Days Dead, has been collected in trade paperback. The second story arc, Prodigal Sons, has been published as a three-issue mini series. A third arc, Daughter’s Danse, is forthcoming. Since the publication of The Damned, Cullen has focused primarily on writing comic books. Oni Press will soon be publishing The Tooth, a tribute to the comic book horror heroes of the 70s, and The Hollows, an epic horror graphic novel.

Brian Hurtt has been working full-time in the comic industry since 2002 with his debut in the spy series Queen & Country from Oni Press. Since then he has drawn for a number of different comic companies on a variety of series, most notably Hard Time for DC Comics. He is the artist and co-creator of The Damned with Cullen Bunn.

Matt Kindt has been nominated for 4 Eisner and 3 Harvey awards over the course of his illustrious career. He is the writer and artist behind the graphic novels Super Spy and 2 Sister and the co-creator of the Pistolwhip series, all from Top Shelf Comics. His works have been honored by numerous magazines such as Time and GQ, and his newest book 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man will be released in September.

The panel discussion will begin at 2 and will last until 3, with another hour or so for students to meet the artists afterwards in the lobby. There the students will be able to ask them questions and get copies of the various works they have created.

This event is free and open to the public, so anyone interested in art in general or comics in particular can come and hear about the creative process of these three professional comics creators. If you're in the St. Louis area, I strongly encourage you to stop in. If you have questions or need directions, I can be contacted at my school email address,

And for all of those who can't make it, my wife will be recording the presentation with our digital camera so a few clips will be available on my Youtube account shortly after the presentation, and I will post links here as soon as I get them uploaded.