ListenIn a three-day conference featuring a range of events — lectures, conversations, panels, and workshops — cartoonists will come together at the University of Chicago, long a location of word-and-image study, to take stock of their own ground-breaking work and the future of comics.

DiscoverThey will explore comics autobiography and journalism, the current shape of the "graphic novel," the power of hand-drawn images to shock and provoke, historical print culture, the narrative impact of comics style, and where and how today's most exciting work is happening.

ThinkThe first of its kind, this historic conference brings together 17 world-famous cartoonists whose work has defined contemporary comics. These internationally acclaimed figures have innovated the visual styles, genres, and formats that make comics popular and fascinating; they set the terms for the possibilities of the form.

Featuring 17 world-famous cartoonists over 3 days of lectures, panels, talks and workshops:

Logan Center

The Venue

Comics: Philosophy & Practice takes place at the University of Chicago's new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts - a vibrant hub of arts activity on the UChicago campus.

Set to open for classes and limited events this spring, the interdisciplinary arts facility houses classrooms, studios, rehearsal rooms, as well as exhibition and performance spaces. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for this fall. Comics: Philosophy & Practice will be the first major conference held in the Logan Center. More Info →

Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

The Host

Comics: Philosophy & Practice, is hosted by the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, a newly created forum for experimental and interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of scholarship and artistic practice. More Info →