Engaging conflict at the 2017 International Comics Arts Forum conference

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The conflicts that generated rousing, unexpected, and occasionally contentious discussions at The International Comic Arts Forum’s (ICAF) 2017 conference this past weekend left attendees with hard but hopeful questions for future studies.

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Meet comic book legends at free academic conference

ICAF 2017

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You too can join forces with a foundational Japanese manga creator, an award-winning Peruvian comics journalist, a Fantagraphics Books co-founder, a local cartoonist, a comic book rock star, and a league of international comics speakers.

Their elusive annual headquarters, the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF) conference is free to attend and open to the public Nov. 2-4 in the HUB.

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Superhero comics can teach us a lot about disability representation

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An intrinsic part of wellness is taking (or making) the time to engage in activities that bring us pleasure and connect us with others. Storytelling media, like TV and comic books, hold central and powerful positions in our culture because of their ability to satisfy those needs. But for people living with disabilities in the United States, along with those marginalized for their skin color, gender identity, or who they love, mainstream stories can cut just as deeply as they heal.

The experts on Rose City Comic Con’s “Disability in Superhero Comics” panel earlier this month discussed instances of disability representation in comic book stories, both positive and negative, and their impacts on disabled and able-bodied audiences.

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There is no ‘I’ in self-care: mental health advice from Rose City Comic Con

RCCC 2017 Self-Care Panel

Geeky experts on Rose City Comic Con’s “Beyond Escapism: Geek Self Care” give advance on asking for help in times of stress. (Photo by Sarah Corn)

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According to the geeky experts on Rose City Comic Con’s “Beyond Escapism: Geek Self Care” panel earlier this month, the best (and hardest) advice for good self-care is this: Don’t try to go it alone.

Geeks, much like college students, spend a lot of time in relative isolation on computers and hyper-focused on goals, to the exclusion of all other needs. When distress arises, that isolation becomes an insurmountable barrier to getting help. The first step in self-care is learning to recognize what you need and when you need it.

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