Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium


Discussion Panels

On October 21, 2017 the Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium will present a series of five panels throughout the day that explore different aspects of non-fiction cartooning. 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.

Comics Journalism




Journalism has arguably been the most successful area of non-fiction cartooning. The growth of online outlets such as The Nib, and the recent New York Times Magazine all-cartoon issue serve as international markers of recognition for a field born less than 25 years ago through the pioneering work of avowedly journalistic cartoonists such as Joe Sacco. In recent years Sacco has been joined by an array of talented cartoonists - Jen Sorensen, Matt Bohrs, Josh Neufeld, Sophie Yanow, Josh Kramer, Eleri Harris and many others - all applying their skills to the journalistic endeavor.

This panel brings together comics journalists to talk about the history, present state, and potential futures of comics journalism.

Moderated by Daniel Barlow.

Autobiographical Cartooning




With roots in the confessional work of Underground cartoonists such as Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Justin Green, autobiographical cartooning first truly blossomed in 1990s and continues to thrive into the present day. The panel features four cartoonists (three from Vermont and Julie Delporte from Montreal) whose work is grounded in personal experience.

Moderated by Isaac Cates.

Historical Narrative




Historical narratives - both fictional and non-fictional - have long been part of the comics scene.  This panel brings together a broad group of comics professionals who work with primary source historical materials (Bennett and Getz), secondary sources (Brown), and in historical fiction (Lutes), to use the medium of comics as a platform for bringing the experience of the lived past to contemporary audiences in bold, graphic form.

Moderated by Michael Chaney.

Ethnography: Comics and Culture




Although drawing has long been a part of the field practice of anthropologists and other ethnographers, only very recently have researchers begun to explore the use of comics as a medium for representing human experience and culture from an ethnographic perspective. An early example of ethnographic cartooning is Gillian Crowther's 1989 fieldwork cartoons--comics created as fieldnotes during her dissertation research in the Village of Masset, Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. However, it was not until the 21st century that cartooning as ethnographic practice (and cartooning in the service of ethnography) began to gain traction.

This panel explores emerging use of cartooning in the context of ethnographic representation and the paths taken by three anthropologists and a folklorist as they began to explore how comics and cartooning inform ethnographic practice and can function practically and conceptually in the service of ethnographic representation.

Moderated by Jonah Steinberg.

Graphic Medicine




Coined by Ian Williams MD, the term Graphic Medicine encompasses the use of comics and cartooning in the context of healthcare - including the broad scope of experiences of patients, medical professionals and loved ones. Interest in graphic medicine among healthcare professionals has exploded in recent years, as have the number of illness-related memoirs produced by cartoonists for general audiences.

This panel will provide an opportunity for attendees to converse with one of the founders of the Graphic Medicine movement, MK Czerwiec (AKA "Comic Nurse"), as well as learn about specific applications of cartooning in the service of healthcare in Vermont and beyond. 

With the 2018 annual Graphic Medicine Conference being held at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT we hope this panel will provide a rich introduction to the field.

Moderated by Lisa Schnell


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 University of Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center

Sponsored by Fleming Museum, Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, Department of German and Russian, Jewish Studies Program, Dan and Carole Burack Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Vermont Humanities Center, Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts, UVM Marsh Professor-at-Large Program, Larner College of Medicine, Global and Regional Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, UVM Honors College, Center for Research on Vermont,  UVM Departments of Anthropology, English, Geography, History, Romance Languages and Linguistics, and Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Arts Council and the Center for Cartoon Studies.


Organizing Committee

Isaac Cates (English), Glynnis Fawkes (Cartoonist), Anthony Grudin (Art and Art History), Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center), Jonah Steinberg (Anthropology) and Margaret Tamulonis (Fleming Museum).