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"Surely You're Joking, Dr. Wertham" Roundtable Discussion, NYC

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Start Time: 07:00PM    End Time: 09:00PM

Danny Fingeroth and the Soho Gallery for Digital Art are pleased to announce a special event on Wednesday March 20th, the 118th birthday of Dr. Fredric Werham.

WEDS MARCH 20, 2013
7:00-9:00 PM

Event will be held at:
The Soho Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan Street (between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10014

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In 1954, psychiatrist FREDRIC WERTHAM’s book “Seduction of the Innocent” was published, enshrining the famed psychiatrist’s attacks on comics and their publishers. While Wertham’s motives were more complex than many gave him credit for, his efforts decimated the comics industry and, some say, stunted the medium’s development. As seen in a February 19th NEW YORK TIMES article (http://nyti.ms/VvHBJX) based on research into Wertham’s archives by PROFESSOR CAROL L. TILLEY, Wertham's own notes show he claimed far more data than he had and distorted that which he did have.

On March 20th at 7pm, CAROL L. TILLEY will be joining a distinguished panel of comic book professionals including PAUL LEVITZ, DAVID HAJDU, CRAIG YOE, SHARON PACKER, and DANNY FINGEROTH at THE SOHO GALLERY FOR DIGIAL art to discuss her findings, as they dig in to how Wertham changed the comic book industry and what it might have been like without him.

Besides the panel, the evening will consist of a screening of rarely seen videos of Wertham, readings from Seduction, and displays of pages from the comics Wertham found most objectionable. There will be a Q & A and a signing session with the panelists. Copies of their books will be available for purchase.

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At this panel, on the occasion of Wertham’s 118th birthday, PAUL LEVITZ (Legion of Super-Heroes), DAVID HAJDU (The Ten Cent Plague), CRAIG YOE (Zombies), SHARON PACKER (Superheroes and Superegos) and DANNY FINGEROTH (The Stan Lee Universe) will discuss Wertham’s legacy close to 60 years since the publication of his controversial work. Fingeroth will also serve as moderator.

PAUL LEVITZ has been a comic fan (The Comic Reader, winner of two Best Fanzine Comic Art Fan Awards), editor (Batman), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes), and executive (38 years at DC, including President & Publisher). He has received the Inkpot, Clampett Humanitarian, and ComicsPro Industry Appreciation Awards, and serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His Eisner Award -winning book, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, was published by Taschen, and his recent comics writing appears in Legion of Super-Heroes and World’s Finest, as well as collected editions. His best known work is the NY Times Best Selling Graphic Book, Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga.

DAVID HAJDU teaches in Columbia University’s School of Journalism. He serves as the music critic for The New Republic and is the author of books including Positively 4th Street and The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America.

CRAIG YOE has been called the "Indiana Jones of comics historians" by Vice magazine. Publishers Weekly says he's the "archivist of the ridiculous and the sublime" and calls his work "brilliant." The Onion calls him "the celebrated designer," The Library Journal, "a comics guru." BoingBoing hails him "a fine cartoonist and a comic book historian of the first water." Yoe was Creative Director/Vice President/ General Manager of Jim Henson's Muppets, and a Creative Director at Nickelodeon and Disney. Craig has won an Eisner Award and the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

CAROL F. TILLEY is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Chapaign. A lifelong comics reader, Tilley made her first to Wertham’s papers at the Library of Congress in 2010. Although she was looking for his correspondence with librarians and teachers, Tilley quickly realized that there was a bigger story to be told: how the psychiatrist manipulated evidence to advance his anti-comics rhetoric. A scholarly paper based on this research was published in Information & Culture: A Journal of History in November. Tilley has written and spoken about comics in venues such as Children's Literature in Education, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, and the Comics Arts Conference at WonderCon. She is currently working on a history of children's comics readers.

SHARON PACKER, M.D., is a practicing physician and psychiatrist, and Adjunct Professor of Media Studies at New School University . She has published dozens of academic articles and book reviews, as well as chapters on psychology and media, and psychiatry and religion. Her books include Superheroes and Superegos and the 2012 Cinema’s Sinister Psychiatrists.

DANNY FINGEROTH was a longtime writer and editor for Marvel Comics and was Senior VP of Education at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA),. He has spoken on comics at venues including The Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum. Fingeroth is the author of Superman on the Couch and Disguised as Clark Kent; and co-editor (with Roy Thomas) of The Stan Lee Universe, a treasury of interviews, articles, and mementos relating to the co-creator of the Marvel Universe. Including a debate between Lee and Wertham’s colleague, Dr. Hilde Mosse.

Soho Gallery For Digital Art is a multi-purpose event space, art gallery and theater.
We are located at 138 Sullivan Street btwn Houston and Prince. The gallery is 2000 sq. feet on 2 floors with 16 40" digital canvases that can be customized for any event as well as projector and screen in our 75-seat theater downstairs.

Centrally located in an iconic NYC neighborhood, SGDA has hosted all types of events; company parties, corporate meetings, product launches, film screenings, film shoots, art shows, fashion shows, theatrical performances and special occasions.

If you can dream it, we can do it.


The Soho Gallery for Digital Art

138 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10014

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