ReggieCon will welcome Inkpot award-winning author Mr. Alexander Simmons to the panel “Black Panther and Blackjack Team Up” from 7-8:30 p.m., February 24 via Zoom. 

ReggieCon is a series of virtual panels with experts in comic and popular media, focusing on issues of race and diversity. In recognition of Black History Month, the February panel will focus on the graphic novel Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra by Alexander Simmons. In addition to Simmons, guest panelists will include Dr. Stanford Carpenter, Dr. Vanessa Hintz, and Daniel Jun Kim.

There is no cost to attend. Those interested can join the Zoom webinar at the ReggieCon website.

Panelists include Dr. Scott Jordan, chair of the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University; Victor Dandridge, founder of Vantage InHouse Productions; Dr. Theresa Rojas, professor of English at Modesto Junior College and director of the Latinx Comic Arts Festival; and Dr. Eric Wesselmann, associate professor of psychology at Illinois State.

Sponsored by the Office of Enrollment Management and Academic Services, the Harold K. Sage Fund, and the Illinois State University Foundation, ReggieCon is entering its second year with panels throughout the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.

Upcoming panels include:

Jessica Jones Alias

March 24

Women’s History Month

Marvel’s Amulet

April 14

Arab American Heritage Month

My Neighbor Totoro

May 5

Asian Pacific Heritage Month