Graphic Novelist John Jennings to Speak April 4

Co-founder of the Black Comic Book Festival is collaborating with UCR’s Nalo Hopkinson on a graphic novel

poster imageRIVERSIDE, Calif. – Graphic novelist and artist John Jennings, co-founder of Harlem’s Black Comic Book Festival, will speak at UC Riverside on Monday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in Interdisciplinary Building 1113.

The lecture, titled “The Cipher Back to Here: Process, Pedagogy, Research and Practice in Visual Culture,” is free and open to the public. Parking permits may   be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Jennings, an associate professor of art and visual studies at the University at Buffalo-The State University of New York, is the co-author of the graphic novel “The Hole: Consumer Culture, Vol. 1,” and the art collection “Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture” (both with Damien Duffy). He is also the co-editor of “The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art” and co-founder/organizer of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem, N.Y., MLK NorCal’s Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco, and the AstroBlackness colloquium in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.

His current comic projects include the hip-hop adventure “Kid Code: Channel Zero,” the supernatural crime noir story “Blue Hand Mojo,” and the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic time-travel novel, “Kindred.” He also is collaborating with UC Riverside author and creative writing professor Nalo Hopkinson on a graphic novel, “Nancy Jack.”

Jennings earned an M.A. in art education and an M.F. A. in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

His appearance is sponsored by the departments of Media and Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, and English, the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-7847
E-mail: bettye.miller@ucr.edu
Twitter: bettyemiller

Additional Contacts

Nalo Hopkinson
E-mail: nalo.hopkinson@ucr.edu

Keith Harris
E-mail: keith.harris@ucr.edu

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