Curating Community: Comics Festival Organizing in India [virtual]

Jeremy Stoll (Columbus College of Art and Design)

In 2011, Comic Con India set a strong precedent for community-building and events in India's comics worlds. However, it built upon the work of many other events and their organizers - even as it became a touchstone for debates around the roles such events should have. This paper reviews the history of cons, fests, expos, and related events in the history of India's comics culture. With a focus on creators who are also organizers of recent events like Indie Comix Fest, I hope to show the complex considerations that go into building these spaces - and curating the communities that inhabit them.

Part of 03-05 Festivals and Celebrations [hybrid], Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm