Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium


Discussion Panels

Fleming Auditorium (Room 101)
Fleming Museum
University of Vermont

On October 27, 2018 the Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium will present a series of four discussion panels throughout the day that explore topics related to our theme of "Folklore: Fairy Tales, Monsters and Mythology".

Drawing together cartoonists, writers and academics, the hour-long panels will foster a rich dialog between panelists and audience.

Panels will be held in the Fleming Auditorium (Room 101) in the Fleming Museum, just downstairs from the Cartoonist Exhibition Hall—unless otherwise noted.

Superheroes, Myth and Culture




Like gods and heroes of antiquity, modern superheroes represent idealized distillations of human morality, physicality, and potential. In this panel four scholars explore the cultural and mythic implications of superheroes from the perspectives of literature, history, race, anthropology, folklore and religion.

Moderated by Stephen R. Bissette

Brown Bag Panel—Pen to Print, Lo-fi, Hi-fi and Underground: Making Your Own Comics



You have great ideas and maybe even a story drawn, but how do you get that idea to a printed, bound book and how do you get the world to see it? Join Vermont Comic Creators Group for a discussion on down and dirty DIY comics making. Hosts Greg Giordano, Michael Waggoner, Stephanie Zuppo and other group members will cover the basics of idea to story to print to distribution, and also relate their individual stories of how they made their first comics. Q&A session and example comics, art, and other tools for comics making will be available.

Bring a lunch and learn new stuff!

Sponsored by Vermont Comics Creators.

Panel held in the Museum Education Classroom of the Fleming Museum.

Adapting Fairy Tales




Comic book adaptations of fairy tales have been around as long as the form itself. In this panel, cartoonists Bannister, Hernandez, Sietchik and Yoe explore the history and breadth of fairy tale comics and discuss how they themselves have gone about adapting traditional narratives to the comics form.

Moderated by Jennifer Dickinson

Classical Mythology




We know Ancient Greek and Roman myth from epics, drama, poetry, as well as from a parallel (and sometimes independent) visual tradition.   Painted pottery, fresco, sculpture, and other artifacts present narratives in a way that often anticipate the sequential nature of comics. This panel will explore how ancient Greek and Roman myth functioned in the past, as well as what it means to engage with these ancient stories in comics today.

Moderated by Dan Peretti

Cryptids, Monsters and Other Folk Horrors




Fear—of the unknown, of the supernatural, of forces beyond human control—underlies much traditional folk narrative. Join us as we wander into a dark wood populated by solitary witches, unseen creatures, lost children and things that go bump in the night.

Moderated by Daniel Barlow


Fleming Auditorium is located in basement of the Fleming Museum on the campus of the University of Vermont. On weekends parking is available in any of the Faculty and Staff lots on campus.


Presented by the Fleming Museum, University of Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center

Sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, UVM Humanities Center, Department of English and the Department of Classics

2018 Organizing Committee

Isaac Cates (English), Dan Fogel (English), Glynnis Fawkes (Cartoonist), Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center), Margaret Tamulonis (Fleming Museum) and Stephanie Zuppo (Cartoonist)