Room 6

10:30 - Sydney Heifler - Romance Comic Books: The Cold War, Anti-Feminism, and Teaching Women Their Place

In 1947, Prize Comics published Captain American creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s first issue of Young Romance. Young Romance established romance comic books as a popular genre in the early Cold War era. Many titles and subgenera's followed. Romance comic books became the best selling comic books of their time, rendering them important and influential in comic book and social history. Through plotlines, romance comic books instructed young white women to worship and adhere to the tenets of the American domestic ideal. Current scholarship ignores to what extent governmental and professional influence and social pressures affected the creation of these publications. Despite the belief that publishers created these comics to entertain and reflect the real struggles of women, these comic books and magazines reflected normative, anti-feminist, and societal stereotypes and expectations of the Cold War era as espoused by the white male writers. These writers not only presented their ideas about how women should behave, but they reflected, and were sometimes directly influenced by, male dominated psychological, governmental, and scholarly opinion concerning the behavior of women. In reflecting these various discourses, these comic books and magazines became anti-feminist tools to teach women about their roles in society.

11:00 - Nigel Twumasi - Top Manga Making Tips From Mayamada

Join mayamada co-founder Nigel Twumasi in this fun talk about the process of making manga. He’ll give top storytelling tips from years producing titles including Serious Volume 1 and Samurai Chef. If you’re a manga/comic creator, or interested in the manga making process you’ll enjoy this talk and Q&A with one of the UK’s most creative manga creators!

12:00 - Neil Gibson - The science of comic books - How to use comics in business or in your studies to produce improved results

Join publisher Neil Gibson as he explains the science of comic books and give you practical tools to help you use comics in business or in your studies to produce improved results. He shows real examples of how comics are used by corporations to engage with customers and how schools use them to improve exam results. Neil has given this lecture to schools and Universities in the UK and even at Apple and Google. If you are curious as to how comics can actively help you – this is the talk for you!

13:00 - Miranda Loughry - Resolving the Babel Problem: Neoarchetypes in science fiction as a methodological framework for studying xenointelligences

Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes reveals recurring cross-cultural, cross-generational motifs like the mother goddess or the hero’s journey to be manifestations of humanity’s universal ‘psychic substrate’—the hardware underlying the collective unconscious. As the basic nature of archetypes remains unchanged over time and distance, archetypes provide a practicable tool for studying the diverse spectrum of human culture. This paper develops archetypes as a methodological framework not only to study humans, but also to study emergent nonhuman intelligences (AI, xenointelligences, uplifted animals, hiveminds), any of which humanity could encounter tomorrow. In the absence of actual nonhuman test subjects, science fiction characters provide a model we can study today, as the ability of science fiction to ‘make the improbable possible’ encapsulates the most outlandish, alien ideas that human minds can possibly generate. Through this meta- anthropological lens, we gain insight into the ways in which humanity might interact with nonhuman intelligences in a first-contact situation. Humanity needs a Universal Declaration that would allow us to make provisions for the mutual preservation of culture and avoidance of interspecies conflict before we get ourselves in trouble.

13:30 - Emma McGhee - The Return Journey: An Analysis of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit as an Allegory for the Zionist Movement

Respected fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit in 1937 with the intention of producing a high fantasy epic appealing to both children and adults. The novel was successful, being whimsical enough for children yet complex enough for older readers. But a deeper analysis reveals a plethora of allegorical narratives for one to interpret. Therefore The Hobbit — in an allegorical sense — can be interpreted as a fantastic, light-hearted retelling of the Zionist movement; from its origins to its intensity at the time of Tolkien’s publication. While it’s true Tolkien denied many a religious parallel in his work, the similarities between the Dwarves’ journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit and the Jews’ reclamation of Israel in 1948 are significant. This paper examines these allegorical characteristics and analyzes the significance of using them in an undoubtedly influential work.

14:00 - Dr. Michael Goodrum FRHistS, SFHEA - Printing Terror: The Horror Comics Boom of the 1950s

15:00 - John Coppinger - The Art of Inspiring Science

16:00 - Musical performance by Captain Kuppa T & The Zeppelin Crew