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Art Speigelman’s ‘What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?’

Art Spiegelman will give a presentation, titled 'What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?,' at Lakeland College's main campus.  Photo by Enno Kapitza

Art Spiegelman will give a presentation, titled ‘What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?,’ at Lakeland College’s main campus. Photo by Enno Kapitza 

LAKELAND, FL – Bradley Theatre, located on Lakeland College’s main campus will host ground-breaking author Art Speigelman.  Speigelman will give a lecture entitled ‘What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?’ at 7:30 p.m. on November 18th.

Speigelman brought comics to the forefront as a serious form of literature with his Pulitzer Prize winning Maus, a Holocaust narrative which portrayed Nazi cats exterminating Jewish mice. Maus II continued the story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America.

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Spiegelman’s comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity and controversial content. Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 16. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College in upstate New York (part of Binghamton University). He also taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979 to 1986.

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In 2005, a major exhibition of his work was arranged by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as part of the “Masters of American Comics” exhibit, which later traveled to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The same year, Spiegelman was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

In fall 2011, Pantheon published MetaMaus, the story of why he wrote Maus, why he chose mice, cats, frogs and pigs, and how he got his father to open up (the book includes a DVD of the transcripts of Spiegelman’s interviews with his father). MetaMaus has been awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Biography, Autobiography and Memoir category.

Professor of American Literature Peter Sattler states, “Spiegelman tells the story in a comic, which adds yet another fascinating layer of art and innovative story telling that students and faculty can explore in the classroom.” “Having Spiegelman on campus is a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in how art, narrative and critical self-reflection enhances what we can learn from others and from ourselves.”

Speigelman’s appearance is part of a greater exhibit called the Lakeland’s Krueger Fine Arts Series. Prior to the talk, guests can view an allied exhibit of comic art and cartooning. “Re-Constructing Comics: Explorations in Sequential Art” showcases the work of seven nationally recognized artists from the world of comics. With contributions from Derik Badman, Ivan Brunetti, Vanessa Davis, Aidan Koch, Andrei Molotiu, Anders Nilsen and John Porcellino, the show will explore how these seven artists rearranged the borders of the comics form.

meta mausTo find out more on these artists click here.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 920-565-1536.

 

Tampa Comic Con Draws Massive Crowd

Actress Lauren Cohen, cast member of The Walking Dead

Actress Lauren Cohen, cast member of The Walking Dead

TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay area was flooded with massive crowds of comic, superhero, sci-fi and fantasy fans August 23-25 who were attending its annual Comic Con. Now located at the massive Convention Center the large venue was able to accommodate a greater selection of guests from TV’s hottest shows, and movies; such as Game of Thrones, Hunger Games and The Walking Dead.

According to convention organizer Stephen Solomon, expected attendance was 20,000 total for the three-day event. “We got more than 20,000 in one day,” said Solomon, a managing member of Orlando-based Action3 Events and Promotions, which run the Tampa Bay Comic Con.

Solomon believed Saturday’s enormous turnout was due to the mainstream appeal of having actors from

Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones

the popular television show The Walking Dead (Lauren Cohen). Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones were also in attendance signing autographs. Willow Shields (sister to Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games) was also on hand for the event.

The organizers were not prepared for such a turn out and the deluge of fans made it difficult to enter the hall quickly. However once inside, fans enjoyed a cacophony of comics, toys, celebrities, artists and of course, cosplayers.

Cosplayer at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013

Cosplayer at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013

The Happiest Place on Earth?

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
(Photo by Alisande Morales-Caraballo)

CELEBRATION, FL – In 1923 Walt Disney founded the company as The Disney Brothers Studio. It has since expanded to include Walt Disney Studios, Disney consumer products, television network ABC and a majority interest in ESPN. As a whole, Disney is widely regarded for its employee customer training and even has an operation called the Disney Institute, which trains management and workers from other companies. According to  BusinessWeek’s Best Internships survey Disney ranked  #11 on internship opportunities for undergraduates.

Disney employees entertain the masses during the Main Street Parade in Disney World's Magic Kingdom (Photos by Alisande Morales-Caraballo)

Disney employees entertain the masses during the Main Street Parade in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
(Photos by Alisande Morales-Caraballo)

However, while CEOs of companies such as Disney, are paid hundreds of millions of dollars, ordinary employees at these corporations are often less fortunate. Only a small number of employees are given raises or bonuses that are tied to earnings. In fact, several of America’s most successful companies have large numbers of low-paid employees; many work in retail stores, call centers or clean hotel rooms. The vast majority of people who work at Walt Disney’s theme parks have modest salaries, most making slightly more than the minimum wage.

Cast members perform live in front of the iconic Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom(Photos by Alisande Morales-Caraballo) 

Cast members perform live in front of the iconic Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
(Photos by Alisande Morales-Caraballo) 

Based on data provided by Capital IQ research firm of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies, 24/7 Wall St. calculated which corporations had high net income, high net profit margins, and major one-year growth in net income. The Walt Disney Company came in at number 2. 

Walt Disney:

• 1-yr. stock price change: 50.9%, 5-yr. stock price change: 93.5%

• Employees: 166,000, CEO compensation: $40.2 million.
 Disney reported revenue of $42.3 billion in the most recent fiscal year, up 3% from the prior year, and net income was $5.7 billion, up 18%.

Thousands of people visit Walt Disney World each year (Photos by Alisande Morales-Caraballo)

Thousands of people visit Walt Disney World each year
(Photos by Alisande Morales-Caraballo)

These improvements were mostly driven by the success from its parks and resorts division, which employ a number of low-paid workers, which include the theme parks cast members.

Magic Kingdom's iconic Cinderella's Castle lights the  night sky (Photo by Alisande Morales-Caraballo)

Magic Kingdom’s iconic Cinderella’s Castle lights the night sky
(Photo by Alisande Morales-Caraballo)

Does a public company have an obligation to reward all of its employees if its earnings are particularly strong? No. But there is a strong case to be made that these workers deserve higher compensation when earnings improvements are so extraordinary that they give shareholders and management great returns.  Yet Disney defends its CEO and Board despite negative reports.

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