The University of Florida’s Department of English, which publishes the peer-reviewed journal on comics called ImageTexT, is hosting two annual conferences — one on games and digital media, and one on comics and graphic novels — on March 1-4:
The third annual Conference on Games and Digital Media will be held March 1 in Reitz Student Union Room 361 and March 2 in Room 285. Guest speakers will include Dave Szulborski, creator of the game “Chasing the Wish,” and Nick Montfort, author of “Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction.”
The fifth annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels will be held March 3 in Room 282 of the Reitz Student Union and March 4 at the Alachua County Library, downtown headquarters. Guest speakers include comic artists Jeff Smith, “Bone”; Dylan Horrocks, “Hicksville”; and Tom Hart, “Hutch Owen.”
Events will run each day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Held back-to-back for the first year, the two conferences will feature the joint theme of World Building and will explore how virtual, digital and narrative worlds are created in each medium.