Superheroes Beyond ACMI & THE AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL PRESENT

Superhero Identities Panel

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From Black Panther to Jessica Jones superheroes on the page and screen are more diverse than ever before. Join a panel of industry experts and superhero creators as they unmask the secret identities of the contemporary superhero.

Sheena C. Howard is an award-winning scholar, writer and documentary filmmaker. Howard is an Associate Professor of Communication, with a Ph.D. from Howard University in Intercultural and Rhetorical Communication. In 2014, Howard became the first woman of colour to win an Eisner Award (considered the Oscars of Comics) at San-Diego International Comic-Con for her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation. Howard is the co-writer of the critically acclaimed comic book, SUPERB and the author-editor of the Encyclopedia of Black Comics. Howard has been featured in the LA Times, NY Times and Washington Post. She has been featured in films and documentaries as an expert on race, gender, and sexual orientation. Howard is also the author of Black Queer Identity Matrix and editor of Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation. Howard recently appeared in the Comcast On-demand short film, Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind the Mask.

Brian Tilley began his work with Back to Back Theatre in 1995 as a member of Theatre of Speed– taking lead roles in Minotaur, POD 7 in Geelong and DMI. Since 2007 Brian has worked consistently as an extra in film and TV work. Since joining the Back to Back ensemble in 2008 he has performed in numerous Theatre of Speed productions, in Tour Guide (Austria) and as a collaborator with The Democratic Set. He is a devisor/performer in Ganesh Versus the Third Reich.  Biography from Australian Plays.

Cienan Muir is a Yorta Yorta man from Narrm. He is a cosplayer (Ceejayandthecosplay), storyteller and 2019 Indigenous Comic Con - Australian Coordinator. The Indigenous Comic Con will be a platform for Indigenous people in the pop culture industry from film/tv to comicbook writing. He is passionate about all things sci-fi, pop culture, comics and cosplay, and believes that these mediums can give voice to new Indigenous perspectives, and society around us.

Trina Robbins has been drawing and writing comics since 1966, when she drew comics for the East Village Other, New York’s iconic underground newspaper, while at the same time designing and selling clothes from her Lower East Side boutique, Broccoli. In 1970, she produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t me, Babe. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin’s Comix, the longest-lasting women’s anthology comic book. (1972 – 1992) In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don’t read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with Catherine Yronwode) Women and the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists. She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists like Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, Barbara Hall, and Lily Renee. In 1986 she became the first woman to draw a Wonder Woman comic book. In 2013 Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. In 2017 she was inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends, and at the San Diego comic convention she received the Eisner award for editing the two-volume reprint collection of the complete Wimmin’s Comix.

Moderated by Odette Kelada.