Dr. Scahill's "From Literature to Film" Maymester course was honored to welcome comic book author Sean Benner (West of Oz) and artist Jorge Corona (Middlewest) to class for a Q&A. This year's course is centered around adaptations of L. Frank Baum's book The Wizard of Oz, and both Benner and Corona's comics offer original and inspiring takes on the Ozified narrative. Jorge Corona was previously nominated for an Eisner Award (comic book's version of the Oscars) for his work on
At this year's Literature/Film Association conference in New Orleans, Dr. Scahill chaired a panel on the role of gender in film adaptation. Each of the three papers specifically examined masculinity, race, and homosociality in Hollywood cinema. Co-panelist Sarah Ropp addressed the Oliver Stone film Savages, while scholars Jodi Van der Horn-Gibson and Janice Kelly provided a retrospective on the film representation of black masculinity over the last century. In his paper "
This year, Prof. Scahill brought his cinematic exepertise to Denver Comic Con 2018, held downtown at the Convention Center. Comic Cons are national events held in every major city which cater to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fans in a variety of mediums, including comic books, cinema, television, and video games. Fans are encouraged to "cosplay" (dress as their favorite characters), meet artists and celebrities in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, shop at hundreds of vendors, and at