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PAFF Institute – A Conversation w/ John Jennings: Roots of Visual Afrofuturism in Multimedia
February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Afrofuturism has become mainstream due to films like Marvel Black Panther and Jordan Peele’s “GET OUT”, John Jennings is an expert in this area of cultural production and will cover Film, TV, Literature & Comics, including the pioneering work being done with his award nominated publishing imprint MEGASCOPE.
About John Jennings:
John Jennings is a professor, author, graphic novelist, curator, Harvard Fellow, New York Times Bestseller, 2018 Eisner Winner, and 2021 winner of the Hugo Award for his work on the Parable of the Sower graphic novel adaptation with creative partner Damian Duffy. As Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside (UCR), Jennings examines the visual culture of race in various media forms including film, illustrated fiction, and comics and graphic novels. He is also the director of Abrams ComicArts imprint Megascope, which publishes graphic novels focused on the experiences of people of color. His research interests include the visual culture of Hip Hop, Afrofuturism and politics, Visual Literacy, Horror, and the EthnoGothic, and Speculative Design and its applications to visual rhetoric. Jennings is co-editor of the 2016 Eisner Award-winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art (Rutgers) and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is co-founder and organizer of the MLK NorCal’s Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and also CAAMCon at the California African American Musuem.
Moderator: Darrien Gipson – Executive Director, SAGindie