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Comics expert to give Fox-Adler talk

September 14, 2015

Comics expert to give Fox-Adler talk

Sept. 14, 2015

Scott McCloud, Fox-Adler lecturer
Scott McCloud

Comic artist and theorist Scott McCloud will speak on “Comics and the Art of Visual Communication” at Skidmore on Thursday, Sept. 17, as part of the College’s annual Fox-Adler lecture series. The talk will take place at 5:15 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium, with a reception following. Admission is free and open to the public.

McCloud is best known as the award-winning author of the influential “Understanding Comics” (1993), a visual treatise on the definition, history, vocabulary and methods of the medium. Later works include “Reinventing Comics” (2000) and “Making Comics” (2006).

His graphic novel “The Sculptor” was released this year. McCloud also wrote 12 issues of DC's “Superman Adventures” and the series “Superman: Strength.” In 2009, he was featured in “The Cartoonist,” a documentary film on the life and work of Bone creator Jeff Smith.

The annual Fox-Adler Lecture, made possible by Norman M. Fox, honors the Fox family and the late Hannah Moriarta Adler, an avid collector of 18th- and 19th-century books, drawings, and porcelains. In 1967, she loaned to Skidmore her extensive collection of 18th- and 19th-century books, which became the Fox Collection.

Co-sponsors of this year's Fox-Adler lecture include the following: Fox-Adler Lecture Fund, Project VIS and the Mellon Foundation, Office of the President, Zankel Interdisciplinary Fund, Arts Administration Program, the Media and Film Studies Program, and the departments of English, History, and Art History.

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