The MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives sponsored three successful panels for the MLA 2012 conference in Seattle, 5-8 Jan. 2012. Make that very successful panels: all three were well attended, lively, stimulating, and innovative. Sadly, we were able to get photos of just one, the last, “Why Comics Are and Are Not Picture Books,” which took place on Saturday evening, 7 January. See the images below!
This panel was packed, with a SRO crowd, and prompted an excellent discussion, thanks to the provocative work of panelists Perry Nodelman, Phil Nel, Michael Joseph, and Joseph Thomas. The panel was co-sponsored by the Comics Group and the MLA Division on Children’s Literature, and organized and moderated by Craig Svonkin and Charles Hatfield.
Thanks to our wonderful panelists and enthusiastic audience for an important, groundbreaking session. The following snapshots, despite being low-light and high-grain, document the experience.
Our fondest thanks to our panelists, who made this a memorable and intellectually enriching experience. Proud to stand in your company!
If any of our readers have other pictures of this panel, or from other comics studies sessions at MLA 2012, please let us know. We’d love to be able to document the experience more fully.