(Seguin) – The 2017 Texas Lutheran Lutheran University Krost Symposium might just challenge the way you look at comics. “Connecting with Comics
” is the feature of this year’s “most prestigious academic event” for the university. Krost, according to TLU officials, is an annual event serving as “a platform to discuss important issues that not only impact (the) campus and local community, but the nation and even the world.”
This go around, TLU hopes to challenge the perception by offering faculty, students and the Seguin community diverse ways to think about and communicate knowledge and experience through comics. TLU officials say at first glace, comics might often seen as simple or disposable forms of entertainment, but it's much deeper than that.
Helping to expose others to the world of comics will be Scott McCloud. McCloud, is described as comics’ leading theorist, and he has been invited to lead The Giesber Keynote Address at 7:30 p.m. today in TLU’s Jackson Auditorium.
TLU officials say McCloud is an "indisputably prominent figure in the contemporary field of comics. They say he's been making comics since 1984, and his work spans genres and topics as diverse as the meta analysis of comics to technical expositions for Google’s introduction of new methods of computing. McCloud is also the author of "Understanding Comics," "Reinventing Comics," "The Sculptor," and "ZOT! Prior to his presentation, a “Comics And Their Influence” reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Schuech Fine Arts Center.
The Krost Symposium will continue at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with “Science & Comics” presentation by Jay Hosler, followed at 10:30 a.m. with a presentation titled “The New Super Heroes: Minority Representation in Comics as an Educational Tool” led by Don Lowman. Both events will be held in the Wupperman Little Theatre.
The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event that is free and open to the public.