UKZN student at Comic-Con

2014-07-28 00:00

UKZN Masters student in media and cultural studies Damien Tomaselli is currently in San Diego, California, after presenting his masters research work at the 2014 Comic-Con International, the huge annual multi-genre entertainment and comic convention that attracts thousands of fans, academics, artists and software programmers.

Part of Comic-Con International is the 22nd Comics Arts Conference (CAC), one of the leading academic gatherings focusing on comics.

“The conference merges the latest developments in the many realms of digital media, including video games, comic books, role playing games, series premieres and films,” said Tomaselli, a lecturer in cinematography and digital media at the AFDA Film School, Durban campus, and holder of South African colours in bodybuilding.

Tomaselli featured in the CAC session focusing on the comic arts, with a presentation and exhibition looking at the development of comics in the area of digitally manipulated books, which sees readers participating in the creation of the comic.

Comic-Con International: San Diego is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms.

Comic-Con began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans got together to mount the first comic book convention in southern California. A one–day “mini con” was held to raise funds and generate interest for a larger convention and this led to the first three-day San Diego Comic-Con, with guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby and A. E. van Vogt. It was attended by over 300 people, and featured a dealers’ room, programmes and panels, film screenings, and more. It was the model for every Comic-Con to follow. This year’s Comic-Con ran for over four days and attracted around 150 000 people.

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