A Public Conversation with the Authors of Octavia Butler's Novel Adaptation into Graphic Novel



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In this public event, Duffy and Jennings present their work and share many insights on how they adapted Butler’s narrative into a graphic novel: storyboards, thumbnails, selecting excerpts from Butler’s novel, and more. The presentation is followed by a Q&A with the audience.

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Damian Duffy is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, curator, lecturer, teacher, and a Glyph Comics, Eisner Comics, Bram Stoker, and Hugo Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novelist. He holds a MS and PhD in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches courses on computers & culture, and social media & global change.

John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Jennings' current projects include the horror anthology Box of Bones, the coffee table book Black Comix Returns (with Damian Duffy), and the Eisner-winning, Bram Stoker Award-winning, New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel Kindred. Jennings is also founder and curator of the ABRAMS Megascope line of graphic novels. Jennings is also the 2021 winner of a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic for his work on the illustrations for the Parable of the Sower graphic novel.


Octavia E. Butler, Black people -- Race identity, Comic books -- United States, Graphic novels, Comic books strips etc.


African American Studies | English Language and Literature | Graphic Design | Social Justice

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A Public Conversation with the Authors of Octavia Butler's Novel Adaptation into Graphic Novel