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Saturday, March 24 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Borders and Liminal Spaces

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Andrew Barton (Texas State University) examines how Dr. Strange's straddling of the borders between magic and medicine in Dr. Strange: The Oath can enhance our understanding of the interplay between the scientific and the fantastic. Lillian Martinez (Texas State University) details how Saga's star-crossed love story reveals the potentialities unleashed when sexual acts transgress the binaries and borders of war. Sean Rachel Mardell (Texas State University) argues that Frank Castle's arc in The Punisher (2014–2015 series) and his inevitable inability to escape his "punishing'" nature connects with the inherent link between whiteness and the imperialistic past and present. Michael Gonzales (Texas State University) uses DC: The New Frontier as a case study to examine how the "Freak Lab Accident" trope in origin stories is a liminal event between humanity and superhumanity, heroism and villainy.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 210