New York City in Comics

It’s October. So that can mean only one thing. No, not Halloween–ComicCon!

When you think of comics, you probably think of New York, too. And that’s no accident. The city has often been the setting for writers and stories in this genre, in part because it was for so many decades a central node for segments of the industry. In this Insiders event, you’ll learn more about this history, in conversation with Martin Lund, an historian at Malmö University in Sweden, whose research explores the representation of New York City in comics and the ‘special relationship’ between NYC and comics, so often suggested in fandom, pop culture, and scholarship. Conversation will be led by Peter-Christian Aigner, Director of The Gotham Center for New York City History, and Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers.

  • Sample some of the many different ways New York City has been represented in comics.
  • Explore how complex the deceptively simple-looking comics medium can be in its uses of the city.
  • Learn what different representations of NYC in comics can say about how the city is perceived in different contexts.

About the event:

It’s October. So that can mean only one thing. No, not Halloween–ComicCon! When you think of comics, you probably think of New York, too. And that’s no accident. The city has often been the setting for writers and stories in this genre, in part because it was for so many decades a central node for segments of the industry. In this Insiders event, you’ll learn more about this history, in conversation with Martin Lund, an historian at Malmö University in Sweden, whose research explores the representation of New York City in comics and the ‘special relationship’ between NYC and comics, so often suggested in fandom, pop culture, and scholarship. Conversation will be led by Peter-Christian Aigner, Director of The Gotham Center for New York City History, and Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer Justin Rivers.

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