Stephanie McMillan at Miami Book Fair International

November 18, 2012 1:00pm

Stephanie McMillan, author of The Beginning of the American Fall, will be at the Miami Book Fair on Sunday, November 18 at 1pm.

McMillan will be part of the presentation “Comics and Social Change”. From political revolution and memoir to same-sex marriage, comics and graphic novels are tackling real-world social change on all fronts in 2012. Sometimes it comes from mainstream comics publishers who began addressing social issues in the 1960s and 70s, as with DC and Marvel Comics storylines touching on racism and sexual politics. Recently it’s come from more surprising sources, as Archie Comics, once the last enforcer of the Comics Code, has now featured gay characters and an Occupy Riverdale storyline. And memoir, the most popular genre for graphic novels in traditional publishing, has brought stories of stigmatized identity and political conflict to an increasingly wide readership. The reputation of the medium as a forum for socially conscious literature is growing, as its themes and authors continue to diversify along the lines of gender, racial, sexual, ethnic and political identity. A panel of top professionals, whose credentials range from comics to editorial cartooning and graphic memoir, talk about the road ahead.

Panelists include:

  • Ellen Forney, Eisner-nominated and National Book Award-winning comics creator; her critically-acclaimed graphic novel memoir Marbles, about dealing with bipolar disorder, is releasing in November 2012 from Penguin.
  • Marjorie Liu, writer of Marvel Comics’ Astonishing X-Men, in which one of comics’ first gay superheroes ties the knot in an interracial marriage.
  • Dan Parent, creator of the first gay character in Archie Comics, and writer of another groundbreaking gay-wedding storyline.
  • Riva Hocherman, editor at Macmillan’s Metropolitan Books imprint, whose authors include Joe Sacco(Palestine) and Howard Zinn (People’s History), and most recently published Magdy el-Shafee’s graphic memoirMetro, banned in Egypt and published in the U.S. in 2012.

McMillan’s book, The Beginning of the American Fall, chronicles the first several months of the fragile and contradictory Occupy movement. Filled with delightful drawings, interviews, dialogue, description, and insightful reflections, it situates detailed personal experiences and representative narratives within the broad context of a truly unique and historical global conjuncture. This book will stand as a record of the emerging movement in accessible comics form.

To learn more about the “Comics and Social Change” presentation, visit the event page. To find out more about the Miami Book Fair, go to their webpage.

Stephanie McMillan: “Comics and Social Change”
Sunday, November 18th @1pm
Miami Book Fair International, Miami Dade College 
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365)

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