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The 2002 UF Conference on Comics
“The Will Eisner Symposium”

This symposium was the first of what would become an annual event at the University of Florida. It brought together academics engaged in comics scholarship with some of the top professionals from the alternative comics community to discuss the emerging form of the graphic novel. Conversations focused on the critical and commercial problematics the graphic novel produces for the language of comics as well as on the relationship of graphic novels to other forms of art and entertainment. Many of the keynote presentations and papers given at this conference are collected in ImageText 1.1.


Will Eisner, Joe Sacco, Eddie Campbell, Daniel Clowes, and Terry Zwigoff, along with comic scholars Thomas Inge, Jospeh Witek and Charles Hatfield.


Alternative Comics, Florida Undergraduate Comics Club, College of Liberal Arts Council, Reitz Union Board, Xerographic Copy Center, Goerings Book Store.


Dr. Donald Ault, John F. Ronan