Spring Eisner Lecture: Roxane Gay in Conversation with Whit Taylor

CCS NEWS ALERT! Award-winning and renowned writer and creator, Roxane Gay is our featured speaker for the annual Spring Eisner Lecture! And award-winning comics creator and faculty member, Whit Taylor will be moderating! We are beyond thrilled, and we hope that you will join us on Thursday, March 31, at 3 PM EST for the free live stream viewing.

Roxane Gay is a preeminent and prolific writer, editor, publisher, professor, and social commentator. For our comics fans, she wrote the six-part series, WORLD OF WAKANDA by Marvel. A few of her many critically acclaimed books include, BAD FEMINIST, DIFFICULT WOMEN, and HUNGER. Roxane Gay also writes regular opinion pieces for the The New York Times, produces THE AUDACITY newsletter, and is currently working on several television and film projects, with more books forthcoming.

Roxane Gay is renowned across a diverse array of creative mediums, it is an honor to have her participate in our annual Spring Eisner Lecture series.

Whit Taylor is an awarding-winning cartoonist and a member of the CCS faculty, facilitating the Visiting Artist Seminar which features weekly guests, including the most celebrated cartoonists, children’s books authors, designers, writers, and designers, whereby they share their creative processes and professional pathways with students. Whit Taylor is the writer of THE CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES PRESENTS HARRIET TUBMAN TOWARD FREEDOM with art by Kazimer Lee ’16, published in 2021. In 2020, she won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series for FIZZLE. In 2019, Whit was the keynote speaker at the International Comics and Medicine Conference hosted by The Center for Cartoon Studies. Her comics have been featured in The New Yorker, The Nib, and The Lily, amongst others.

We look forward to Whit’s thoughtful discussion with Roxane Gay and hope you tune in.

Thursday March 31, 3pm

Venue: Live Stream

This event is free and open to the public.

A special thank you to The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation which has been sponsoring our Eisner Spring Lecture. Will Eisner’s legacy to comics is beyond measure and continues to foster the next generation. His family foundation’s generous support means so much for the future of comics, and has made it possible for The Center for Cartoon Studies to host such acclaimed and award-winnings cartoonists as Mo Willems, Sarah Glidden, Ellen Forney, Alison Bechdel, and Nora Krug, to name a few, for our students.

We would also like to acknowledge program support from The Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, which advances the study of meaning, purpose, and creativity in the human experience. They support humanities research and projects that engage students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Dartmouth College and beyond

Image above from The Sacrifice of Darkness:
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay (World of Wakanda, Difficult Women) adapts her short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” as a full-length graphic novel with writer Tracy Lynne Oliver (This Weekend), and artist Rebecca Kirby (Biopsy). Expanding an unforgettable world where a tragic event forever bathes the world in darkness, The Sacrifice of Darkness follows one woman’s powerful journey through this new landscape as she discovers love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any.

Tags: LCFH, Marvel, Roxane Gay, Whit Taylor, Will Eisner