Cartoonists Lynda Barry, Eric Drooker, and John Jennings will be joining cultural critics Jared Gardner, Jeet Heer, and Sharon Mizota and members of the Haverford College community for Drawing the Line: Comics and the Art of Social Transformation, a symposium focusing on comics as a medium for social commentary as well as means of political intervention.
Drawing the Line brings together groundbreaking artists who draw their influences from sources as varied as Frans Masereel's woodcut novels to Bil Keane's Family Circus with scholars and critics who are exploring how models of subjectivity and modes of political agency are created in relation to visual and textual forms of representation.
Members of the public are invited to take part in the workshops, master classes, lectures, and panel presentations on the role of comics in movements for social change that will be taking place on Haverford's campus from October 21-25, 2009.
Thursday, October 22, 2009 @ 7:30
Eric Drooker, the American Book Award-winning author of Flood! A Novel in Pictures, Blood Song: A Silent Ballad, and Illuminated Poems, a collaboration with poet Allen Ginsberg, will be presenting a "musical slide lecture" as the opening keynote address for the symposium on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:30 in Sharpless Auditorium at Haverford College.
A native New Yorker and Cooper Union graduate, Drooker's posters have become iconic images for movements ranging from anti-war activism to economic justice movements. Drooker's graphic novels extend the artistic and political tradition of Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward; his work has appeared in the pages of the New York Times, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Newsweek, and he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker.