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ReggieCon panels: Diversity in popular media, October 29, LGBTQ History Month

Panel from World of Wakanda with Ayo and Aneka

Panel of Ayo and Aneka from Marvel Comic's World of Wakanda by writers Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and artists Alitha E. Martinez, Roberto Poggi, and Rachelle Rosenberg

Panel from World of Wakanda with Ayo and Aneka

Panel of Ayo and Aneka from Marvel Comic’s World of Wakanda by writers Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and artists Alitha E. Martinez, Roberto Poggi, and Rachelle Rosenberg

Midnight Angels: Aneka, Ayo, and the Struggle for LGBT Identity has been announced as the second panel of ReggieCon. The October panel follows the success of the September ReggieCon which included a surprise drop-in from one of the authors of Daytripper, Fabio Moon.

In recognition of LGBTQ History Month, the panel will focus on the graphic novel World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay. The novel focuses on the relationship between two members of the Black Panther’s Security force and is described by the author as being a “Wakandan love storyits tenderness matched only by its brutality.”

Sponsored by the Office of Enrollment Management and Academic Services, ReggieCon is a series of virtual events held throughout the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Each event will consist of a panel of experts in comic and popular media and will focus on issues of race and diversity. Panel topics will align with national recognition months such as Black History, LGBTQ History and Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Dr. Scott Jordan, chair of the Department of Psychology, will be coordinating panel topics and guest panelists.

October 29
7-8 p.m.
World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay

Panelists: Mr. Victor Dandridge, Founder of Vantage InHouse Comics; Dr. Rachel Miller, Columbus College of Art and Design; Dr. Theresa Rojas, Modesto Junior College; Dr. Eric Wesselmann, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Scott Jordan.

ReggieCon is open to all Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff. Zoom information, as well as details regarding this and future panels, may be found on the ReggieCon site.

Future ReggieCon panels will focus on Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Diversity Month in April, and Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May 2021. Dates will be announced once available.

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