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Randy Duncan

“With Great Power . . .” – The Lessons of the Marvel Universe

About the Program

When Marvel began building a universe of comic book superheroes in the 1960s it made some small waves in American culture. The unfolding of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the 21st century has been a global tsunami. Because Marvel’s characters and narratives permeate the cultural and commercial landscape, it is worth considering how they might influence the attitudes and values of those who are coming of age in the “Marvel Age.”

This program marks CALS’s celebration of Will Eisner Week.

This event will be hosted virtually on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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About Randy Duncan

Randy Duncan is the Ellis College Distinguished Professor of Communication and director of The Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University. He has given talks about comics in New York, Paris, Athens, Passau, Toulouse, São Paulo, Belfast, Oxford, and Prague. He is co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (2009; 2015) and Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction (2016). He is co-editor of the Eisner-nominated Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods (2012) and the companion volume More Critical Approaches to Comics (2020). In 1992, Duncan co-founded the Comics Arts Conference, the first US academic conference devoted to comics. In 2010, he won the Inge Award for excellence in comics scholarship, and in 2012 Comic-Con International gave him an Inkpot Award for contributions to Comics Studies. Duncan is co-curator of the touring exhibition Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes and co-editor of the Routledge Advances in Comics Studies book series.

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Date and Time

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm