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Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Richard is the author of two comics with The Healthy Aboriginal Network: Kiss Me Deadly, on sexual health, and Path of The Warrior, on gang violence prevention. His three graphic novels are The Blue Raven, on mental health, Three Feathers, on restorative justice, and A Blanket of Butterflies, on peacemaking. You can visit him on Facebook, Twitter and at

Presentation Title: Comic Books and Graphic Novel Are Incredible Teaching Tools for All of Our Communities (view abstract)

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-creator of the graphic novelSkim (with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of the New York Times' Best Illustrated Books of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the graphic novel This One Summer, was a New York Times Bestseller, won the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award, and became the first graphic novel to be given a Caldecott Honor. Tamaki has won two Ignatz Awards for her work on SuperMutant Magic Academy.

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My Life in Comics (view abstract)

Nick Sousanis (University of Calgary)

Nick Sousanis is a star in the world of comic book scholarship. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comics Studies at the University of Calgary, he received his doctorate in education at Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning, and it is now a book from Harvard University Press. Most recently, Nick made headlines when he co-authored a comic published in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. 

Presentation Title: Comics and Education: A Workshop on Using Comics in the Classroom (view abstract)

Bart Beaty (University of Calgary)

Bart Beaty is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary and Academic Convenor of the Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Science (2016). He is the author of six university press-published monographs on comics, and of hundreds of articles on the topic. He is also a well-regarded comics critic, having been The Comics Journal's European comics columnist from 1997 to 2007 and now a columnist on European comics at the website . He currently holds an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, What Were Comics?, a big data survey of the evolution of the American comic book format since 1934, as well as an Insight Development Grant, Understanding Charlie Hebdo in its Cultural Contexts, which examines the cross-cultural comprehension of editorial cartooning. He was recently named Killam Annual Professor at the University of Calgary in recognition of his career accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.

Presentation Title:  Comic Studies: Here Be Dragons! (view abstract)