The Comic Book Rises: From Underdogs to Blockbusters


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Graphic Novel to FilmThe Comic Book Rises: From Underdogs to Blockbusters

The Dark Knight
The comic book—from superhero adventures to more personal graphic novels—are a rich source of cinematic material. The Indiana University Cinema explores the evolution of the comic book in movies, from classic comic shorts and highly personal art films to Hollywood blockbusters and quirky sci-fi.

Academic Programs

Thursday, October 27

  • 3:00pm Michael Uslan - Keynote address with a reading from The Boy Who Loved Batman, followed by a book signing
Friday, October 28
  • 10:30am Master Class: The Business of Producing – Michael Uslan
  • 1:00pm Lecture – Andrei Molotiu - The Language of Film and the Language of Comics
  • 3:00pm Industry Presentation—David Uslan - Dawn of the Digital Era
Saturday, October 29
  • 10:00am Academic Paper Session #1, Moderated by Matt Yockey, University of Toledo
    • Sergio Leone’s Comic Book Cinema
    Drew Morton - University of California, Los Angeles
    • The Theme of Redemption in Superhero Movies
    Robert Mixner - Indiana University
    • Stay on the Straight and Narrow, Kids: Understanding Wandering Attentions in Film and Comic Narration
    Dan Hassoun - University of Minnesota
  • 1:00pm Academic Paper Session #2, Moderated by Matt Yockey, University of Toledo
    • A Comic Truth
    Sarah Howard - University of Arizona
    • The World of Left Behind: Art, Faith, and the Gendering of Mediums
    Kate Netzler Burch - Indiana University
    • The Passive Case: How Warner Brothers Employed Viral Marketing and Alternate Reality Gaming to Bring Fandom Back into the Culture Industry
    Maggie Rossman - Indiana University
    • Hero Complex: Intertextuality and the Comic Book Blockbuster
    Matt Yockey - University of Toledo
Download the symposium program book here: Symposium Program

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