Official Press Release
March 4, 2008 - Boston, MA. As its planners prepare the weekend-long schedule of scholarly presenters, the "Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels" conference already has a number of top comic book creators coming to Boston University next month. On Sunday, April 13th, conference attendees will get to take part in a Creator Q&A with Saurav Mohapatra (India Authentic), Steve Ross (Marked!), Archaia Studios Press publisher Mark Smylie (Artesia Besieged), and G. Willow Wilson (Cairo).
The five panelists, representing a wide variety of faiths and works, will join conference co-chair A. David Lewis (The Lone and Level Sands, Some New Kind of Slaughter) in an open discussion of religion, creativity, and the comic book medium. "I'm delighted not only that they've all accepted our invitation," says Lewis, "but that they also represent a wonderful cross-section of spiritualities. They nicely embody the diversity we are eager to explore in the medium with 'Graven Images.'"
Preceding these panelists, the Center for Cartoon Studies' co-founder James Sturm (The Golem's Mighty Swing) will be keynote speaker for the conference on its opening night, Friday, April 11th.
The inaugural conference is enjoying the support of B.U.'s Department of Religion, its Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the New England-Maritimes American Academy of Religion, Caption Box, and the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts. Lewis and fellow co-chair Christine Kraemer expect to release the full conference program in the coming days.
The "Graven Images" icon was designed and donated by J.T. Waldman (Megillat Esther).