Appearing: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Professor Ben Saunders believes that reading comics makes you smarter. He founded and directs the Undergraduate Minor in Comics Studies at the University of Oregon, the first undergraduate minor of its kind in the world. He is the author of Do The Gods Wear Capes: Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes (Continuum, 2011) — described by Greg Rucka as “the best critical work on the meaning and impact of super-heroes that … has ever been written” — and co-editor (with Charles Hatfield) of Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby (IDW, 2015). Professor Saunders has lectured on comics-related topics at universities and conventions across the United States and internationally, and appears as an academic expert in the History Channel documentary, Superheroes Decoded. He also served as Chief Curator for “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” — the largest and most comprehensive museum exhibition ever devoted to Marvel Comics. The show broke all previous attendance records when it opened at MoPOP in Seattle last year, and is currently on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.