Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Comic Book Artist to Give Lecture at LSU

Award-winning comic book artist and graphic novelist James Sturm will speak at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall on the LSU campus. His lecture, “James Sturm’s America: Cartooning on the Frontier,” is co-sponsored by the LSU Libraries, the Department of English, the School of Art, and the College of Arts and Sciences, and is presented in association with the exhibition “Super Stories: A Brief History of Comics.” The lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Sturm’s 2001 graphic novel The Golem’s Mighty Swing was selected as a “Best Comic of 2001” by Time Magazine. In it, he uses the story of a barnstorming Jewish baseball team in the 1920s to consider issues such as religion, race, and the American dream. His critically acclaimed, Eisner-award winning 2004 work Unstable Molecules re-examines iconic superheroes the Fantastic Four in the context of Cold War paranoia and 1950s conformity. A collection of his early work, James Sturm’s America: God, Gold, and Golems, will be released on August 21st.

A pioneer in the field of comics art education, Sturm is the founder of the National Association of Comics Arts Educators, which provides resources for high school and college teachers seeking to integrate comics into their classrooms, and he currently serves as director of The Center for Cartoon Studies.

On September 25, Sturm will discuss the history, development, and cultural role of comic books as well as his own artistic process and philosophies. A reception and book signing will follow his talk.

The exhibition “Super Stories” will be on display in Hill Memorial Library through October 20. For more information, visit the Special Collections Web site at