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Sunday, July 12 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Comics Arts Conference #14: Latin American Comic Arts: The Case of the Chilean Graphic Novel

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Throughout Latin America, the graphic novel is becoming an increasingly popular and important artform. Since 2007, Chile has experienced a significant increase in graphic novel production. This panel approaches works published since 2007 in Chile that have formed part of the current graphic novel boom. These presentations will explore how this medium re-imagines topics that have been important to Chile's cultural imagination, including the concepts of memory, dictatorship, exile, indigenous cultures, and official histories. James Staig Limidoro (University of Texas at Austin) explores the juxtapositions between multiple epistemologies (indigenous, scientific, traditional, and nonhuman knowledges) in Francisco Ortega and Gonzalo Martínez's international award-winning Mocha Dick (2012). Carlos Reyes (Los años de Allende) will provide a concise history of the medium in Chile and the significance of the number of graphic novels being produced and its impact on local production and expanding readership to new audiences. Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin) will discuss how the graphic novels Road Story, Mortis, Heredia Detective, and Varua Rapa Nui approach concepts of memory and history through the medium of sequential art. Each text will be presented as an example of how these graphic novels represent Chile's past and present through their exploration of the themes of dictatorship, exile, indigeneity, and official history.

Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

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