Co-editor Charles Hatfield will be premiering The Superhero Reader at Comic-Con International in San Diego this week! In addition to signing copies of his previous book Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby at the Kirby Museum booth (#5520), Charles will also have on hand a few copies of The Superhero Reader, and will be glad to sign, sell, and talk about it! See Charles's blog about Kirby for details on his signing schedule at the Con.
Another CCI note: Among the many, many events on the Con program that will interest superhero scholars, one in particular stands out: Comic Arts Conference Session #9: What is a Superhero?, a panel based on a forthcoming book of the same title from Oxford UP co-edited by Robin S. Rosenberg and Peter Coogan. Here is the panel's program copy:
Contributors to What Is a Superhero? (Oxford University Press, 2013) explore the definition of the superhero and the role of the supervillain in the genre from a range of disciplinary, scholarly, and professional perspectives. Co-editors Robin Rosenberg (Huffington Post) and Peter Coogan (Washington University in St. Louis) are joined by contributors John Jennings (University at Buffalo), Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies), Dana Anderson (Maine Maritime Academy), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy).
Charles dearly hopes to attend this panel, and to join in the conversation. It happens at CCI this Saturday, July 20th, from 10:30am to noon, in Room 26AB. You can find it on CCI's online program here.
Finally, Con-goers, don't forget to check out the Kirby Museum booth! No artist is more important to the superhero genre than Jack Kirby—please drop by and learn about the Museum's mission and activities!