The New York Institute for the Humanities announces “Post Bang: Comics Ten Minutes After the Big Bang,” an all-day symposium taking place Friday, June 6 at NYU’s Cantor Film Center (36 E. 8th Street). The free, public event runs from 11 am through 9:30 pm and is being offered in conjunction with the MoCCA Art Festival. Participants will include Lynda Barry, David Hajdu, Leonard Marcus, Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, Mo Willems, and Douglas Wolk, among others, and the program will include a panel on children’s comics including TOON Books Editorial Director Françoise Mouly. A full event schedule follows:

11 am – 12:15 pm COMICS AND CANON FORMATION will feature John Carlin (Masters of American Comics), Dan Nadel (Art Out of Time), and Rob Storr (Yale and the Venice Biennale).

1:30 – 2:45 pm COMICS AND KID’S LIT will bring together Lisa von Drasek (Bank Street College), Leonard Marcus (Minders of Make Believe), Francoise Mouly (The New Yorker), Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!), and Sara Varon (Sweaterweather).

3:00 – 4:15 pm COMICS AND THE LITERARY ESTABLISHMENT, featuring Hillary Chute (Harvard), David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague), Jeet Heer (Walt and Skeezix), and Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).

5:30 – 6:45 pm COMICS AND THE INTERNET features Sarah Boxer (Ultimate Blogs), Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic), Hope Larson (Gray Horses), Siva Vaidhyanathan (The Anarchist in the Library), and Kent Worcester (The Comics Studies Reader).

7:00 – 8:00 pm Raw magazine cofounder ART SPIEGELMAN (Maus, Breakdowns, In the Shadow of No Towers) in conversation with the “King of Punk Art,” GARY PANTER (Cola Madnes, Jimbo, Pee Wee’s Playhouse).

8:15 – 9:30 pm Harvard scholar Hillary Chute in conversation with one of the country’s foremost alternative cartoonists, LYNDA BARRY (Ernie Pook’s Comeek, The Good Times are Killing Me, What It Is).



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