I had the pleasure of attending the Dartmouth Illustration, Comics and Animation Conference as a guest artists last weekend. We held a small book fair on the first night, and it was interesting to chat with all of the conference presenters - people were saying it is still pretty renegade to mix comics with academia ( ! as far as their home institutions are concerned.) There were great presentations on poetry comics, autobio and the culture of pain, the double & simultaneous views inherent in word and image, etc.
I brought five minis to the book fair:
We each talked a little about our work (below: Nicole is doing just that)