Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Are You An NYC Based Watchmen Fan? [Event]

Just got an email about an awesome sounding event taking place tomorrow night at 7pm at MoCCA, here in NYC.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA is pleased to present:
Watchmen in Context: A lecture by Peter Sanderson
Thursday, March 19th, 7pm
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members

Here's the write up!

The Art of Watchmen co-curator, comics historian Peter Sanderson, will deliver a lecture that will serve as a guided tour through all twelve issues of the original Watchmen comics series. Sanderson will reveal how Watchmen's creators take character types and story-lines from traditional superhero stories and adapt them to convey the book's themes. Pointing out Watchmen's allusions to real world events, Sanderson will show how Watchmen requires the readers to rexamine the proper role of the superhero in fiction--and of America as a real world superpower. "Watchmen in Context" will explore how this classic graphic novel juxtaposes different ways of viewing existence and asks the readers to choose among them.

Peter Sanderson is a comics historian and critic who has taught "Comics as Literature" at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He regularly writes about graphic novels for "Publishers Weekly's" online "Comics Week and has authored and co-authored numerous books, most recently Marvel Chronicle for DK Publishing. He also co-curated Stan Lee: A Retrospective at MoCCA in 2007 and was Marvel Comics first (and only) archivist. He will be teaching a course in comics and film at New York University's SCPS this summer. Sanderson did his undergraduate and graduate work in English literature at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.

The museum has The Art of Watchmen on view though May 2, so I'll definitely have to hit up the museum at some point, even though I can't attend the event tomorrow night. So cool.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is located at 594 Broadway #401
(between Houston and Prince)