University of Chicago's "Comics: Philosophy & Practice" was an Academic-omicon

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a very different kind of comicon.

Organized by University of Chicago associate professor Hillary Chute (Graphic Women, 2006), "Comics: Philosophy & Practice" brought together 17 heavy hitters in comics (aka cartooning, aka graphic novels, aka illustrated manuscripts, aka well, thankfully not much time was spent debating semantics).

The "Chicago 17," as Carol Tyler has dubbed the group, included Tyler, R. Crumb, Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, Phoebe Gloeckner and nine other equally accomplished cartoonists for a weekend of panels and serious (but never dry) discussions about comics.

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Cynthia is a freelance writer/artist living in Phoenix. Reading comics has been a lifelong pleasure for Cynthia; creating comics is a more recent pursuit. Cynthia's other job is framing art.