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Thursday, June 23 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Panel - Community of Interest: Comics for Impact

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Comics & graphic novels are increasingly being accepted and adopted as effective mechanisms of social change, education, and even psychological health. Sequential art techniques can be used as powerful tools in their traditional form or when used to complement narrative in games. This panel will address the need for an organized “Comics for Impact” community of interest similar to “Games for Change” that will help create new and innovative projects and new opportunities for comic creators. Panelists will discuss the use of comics for social change, education and psychological health as well as the opportunities to use them to enhance the narrative power of games.

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Russell Shilling

Executive Director of STEM, U.S. DoE
Dr. Russell Shilling is the Executive Director of STEM at the U.S. Department ofEducation. He accepted the political appointment in 2014.Previously, Shilling served as a Navy Captain and program officer at the DefenseAdvanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) focusing on education... Read More →

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Josh Elder

Founder, Reading With Pictures
By day, Josh preaches the gospel of comics to the far corners of the globe as Founder of the educational nonprofit Reading With Pictures, as Product Manager for freemium digital comics platform POP Comics, and as Comics Ambassador for the US State Department! By night, Josh writes... Read More →
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Alan Gershenfeld

President, E-Line Media
Alan is President and Co-Founder of E-Line Media, a leading publisher of games that engage, educate and empower. Alan was previously a member of the executive team that rebuilt game publisher Activision from bankruptcy into an industry leader. He has spoken on games and social impact... Read More →
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Brandon Pittser

Marketing Director, Filament Games
As Marketing Director at Filament Games, Brandon applies his passion for games and learning to their content marketing practice and overall marketing strategy. He thrives on creating and sustaining a meaningful conversation with educators and developers about game-based learning... Read More →
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Juliana "Jewels" Smith

Juliana "Jewels" Smith is a cultural worker, educator, organizer and writer. She is the author of (H)afrocentric, a comic featuring four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University. Smith calls (H)afrocentric a "feminist version of The Boondocks... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
Room 105