Winter 2015

Scott McCloud

In Understanding Comics Scott McCloud made it cool to take comics seriously. Now the man hailed by graphic icons from Neil Gaiman to Alan Moore is back with a brand new graphic novel, five years in the making! The Sculptor reworks the classic tale of an artist willing to do anything to succeed, including making a deal with Death. Lynne Thomas, author of Chicks Dig Comics, joins McCloud on the CHF stage to discuss life in and outside of comics.

This program will have an opening act by cartoonist, filmmaker, and performer Lyra Hill.

“The titan of comics.” – Cory Doctorow

Speakers and Performers

Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud is an award-winning author and internationally recognized authority on comics and visual communication.

Lynne Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is co-editor in chief and publisher of Uncanny Magazine. She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords as well as Whedonistas and Chicks Dig Comics. She moderates the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly SF/F podcast, and contributes to the Verity! podcast. In her day job, she is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University, where she is responsible for the papers of over 60 SF/F authors.

Lyra Hill

Lyra Hill is a cartoonist, filmmaker, and performer. She created and organized the performative comics reading series Brain Frame between 2011 and 2014. Her 16mm films have screened locally and internationally, and her comics have appeared in alternative publications including Lumpen, Happiness, Chromazoid, and The Ladydrawers. Hill works as an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and continues to project and perform her film and comics work around the country. She is particularly interested in blurring boundaries between mediums, experiencing things in person, crude humor, unconscious drives, and the avant-garde.