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ReggieCon virtual panels announced for 2022-2023

Wednesday, September 21 , 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

ReggieCon will once again be hosting virtual panels during the 2022-2023 academic year. The first panel, Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White will be from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on September 21 via Zoom.

There is no cost to attend. Those interested can join the Zoom webinar by going through the ReggieCon website.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the panel will focus on the autobiographical graphic novel Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White, which tells the story of the immigration of author Lila Quintero Weaver.

Panelists include Dr. Scott Jordan, chair of the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University; Victor Dandridge, founder of Vantage InHouse Productions; Dr. Vanessa Hintz, licensed clinical psychologist and diversity, equity, and inclusion professional; and Dr. Eric Wesselman, associate professor of psychology at Illinois State.

Guest panelists for September will include Weaver, the author and illustrator of Darkroom and Illinois State doctoral student Edcel J. Cintron-Gonzalez. Weaver was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but grew up in Alabama. Her other work includes My Year in the Middle. Cintron-Gonzalez is earning a Ph.D. in children’s and young adult literature.

Sponsored by the Office of Enrollment Management and Academic Services, ReggieCon is entering its third year as a series of virtual panels which will be held throughout the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. Each panel consists of a panel of experts in comic and popular media and focuses on issues of race and diversity. Panel topics align with national recognition months such as Hispanic Heritage, LGBTQ History, Black History, and Asian Pacific Heritage Months.

Upcoming panels include:

The Magic Fish

October 19

LGBTQ History Month


November 16

Native American Heritage Month

Uncanny X-Men 161: Gold Rush

December 7

Universal Human Rights Month

After the Rain

February 16

Black History Month

Jessica Jones: Return of the Purple Man

March 15

Women’s History Month

Habibti Pada

April 12

Arab American Heritage Month

The Wind Rises

May 3

Asian Pacific Heritage Month