A GUIDE TO APPLYING FOR THE BROWN, BLACK, & INDIGENOUS COMICS EXPO: September 10-12, 2020
OVERVIEW OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10:
The SÕL-CON Graduate Symposium (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – Graduate and undergraduate students will present on research that they are currently conducting within the broad field of comics studies and video games studies. Professional scholars will also be invited to speak to their experiences with incorporating comics studies, popular culture studies, visual culture studies, Indigenous and Native Studies, Latinx Studies, African American, Black, and Afro-Latinx Studies in their research, university service, teaching, etc.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11:
SÕL-CON Expo Day & Workshops (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – The Expo Day is when youth of color and OSU students, faculty, and staff will be coming through to hang out with and meet y'all (and support your work) by watching comics demonstrations and participating in workshops. The morning session will feature workshops led by comics creators for local elementary schoolers of color. We are looking for folx to teach our youth the building blocks of comics and art
through interactive workshops, as well as to lead demonstrations for students to see what you have produced in the broad fields of art and visual cultures. We will be sending out a call for workshop proposals in February for folx to submit ideas of what they would bring to these workshop sessions.
The afternoon session will feature workshops for undergraduate and graduate students to attend—both interactive and lecture-style—and learn from comics creators about topics related to comics and visual cultures. These workshops are offered as extra credit opportunities to students to encourage attendance from those who are already interested in these topics and from those who have never been exposed to comics before.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This year is the first time that we will not be offering an artist alley on Friday and will be shifting this program to the Saturday event. We have made this decision so that we can maximize space and ensure that when folx arrive to an event, they have the opportunity to spend more time at your tables without getting distracted or pulled away by other programming.
Evening Reception for Exhibitors (6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) – RSVP REQUIRED! This event is exclusively for comics creators who are participating in the Expo Day & Workshops and/or in the SÕL-CON in the Community event. It replaces the Evening Reception that has typically occurred on the Thursday of SÕL-CON in past years and is intended as a time for community building. We highly encourage that creators attend this event to celebrate the Expo Day & Workshops, as well as to transition into the SÕL-CON in the Community event the following day. This event will include the following: food truck, ornament-making class led by Glass Axis team, opportunities to drop-off tabling materials for the following day, icebreaker and team-building activities, and hangout time.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12:
Comics Class for Glass Axis Artists & Event Set-Up (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) – More information to follow.
SÕL-CON in the Community (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)— RSVP REQUIRED! This event replaces the artist alley that has historically taken place during the Friday Expo Day at SÕL-CON. This event will include the following: opportunities for attendees to visit exhibitor tables and purchase art; Glass Axis tours happening every hour; food truck and coffee cart available; discounted Glass Axis classes available to attendees throughout the day; gallery open for viewing; local schools invited for walk-throughs, etc.
SÕL-CON en la Comunidad (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)— More information to follow.