Prairie Gate Literary Festival Craft Talk Workshop with Bill Willingham: How Comic Books Created All of Civilization

Through most of its history the medium of Comic Books have often been looked down upon by readers of prose. At best they were considered a Johnny-come-lately addition to the noble pantheon of reading choices. At worst they were dismissed as trash literature, fit only for children and the more intellectually challenged.

Though that attitude has changed considerably in the past few years, as comics can now be found in libraries, and driving the larger engines of our Hollywood entertainment, there still remains a stigma.

In this presentation, veteran comic book writer and artist Bill Willingham (who's also committed a few prose novels, but we won't hold that against him) will reveal the true history of comic books, including how they predate prose novels by millennia, and how all of human civilization was dependent on them.

How can this be? Come and see for yourself, and maybe even challenge these preposterous claims. Bill likes a good forensic challenge.

There will be time for a Q and A after the formal part of the presentation, which can include some practical applications of what's covered, for those who might be interested in pursuing writing and drawing for comics.

Participants are encouraged to preregister at:

Bill Willingham is the creator of many comic book series, including Elementals, Coventry, Proposition Player, Day of Vengeance, Shadowpact, Jack of Fables, and the Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series, Fables. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. In addition, the PGLF is sponsored by Briggs Library, Briggs Library Associates, the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association, the Multi-Ethnic Resource Center, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Division of Humanities, the English Discipline, the Commission on Women, and private donations.


Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Student Center, Prairie Lounge

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