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Conquering Comic-Con

Faculty show their connections to Comic-Con in a new poster session.
By Roberta Neiderjohn

San Diego State University's strong ties to Comic-Con will highlight a poster presentation, July 14, during the third day day of the world-renowned convention.

The SDSU Library's Comic Arts Committee will present the program, which includes faculty input gathered since fall of 2011.

The survey results are available on the committee's website, which serves as a clearning house for the comic arts collections and resources in the SDSU library.

The program will also feature recorded oral histories of the remaining founders and early participants of Comic-Con. Read more.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to share the committee’s work with researchers and others in the comic community," said Markel Tumlin, reference librarian and chair of the Comic Arts Committee.  In addition to strengthening SDSU’s relationship with Comic Con, we’re interested in establishing stronger ties to those groups."

A growing collection

The SDSU Library’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives has a growing collection of alternative media and science fiction, with an emphasis in drawn books, independent, small press and mini-comics as well as materials that document the history of comic book culture and the creative process behind comic book production. Highlights include the Donna Barr Collection, RawMagazine: The Full Run, and the West Coast Zines Collection.

“While it’s an alternative rather than mainstream comic collection, it shares what many comics are about and what excites so many Comic-Con attendees — creative ideas, inspiration, fantastical dreams, and wild imaginings — in short, mythology, but a mythology for moderns," said Robert Ray, head of Special Collections and University Archives.  "Ironically, the edgy, underground content in our collection which used to be marginalized is now not that uncommon, and what had been seen as ‘low-brow’ literature is now considered by many ‘high-brow’."