LGBTQ identity a panel topic at ReggieCon

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A panel of Ayo and Aneka from Marvel Comic's World of Wakanda by writers Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and artists Alitha E. Martinez, Roberto Poggi, and Rachelle Rosenberg. (Graphic from Illinois State University)

NORMAL — Midnight Angels: Aneka, Ayo, and the Struggle for LGBT Identity has been announced as the second panel of ReggieCon, Illinois State University announced Friday.

The panel is on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by ISU’s Office of Enrollment Management and Academic Services, ReggieCon is a series of virtual events held throughout the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Each event will consist of a panel of experts in comic and popular media and will focus on issues of race and diversity. Panel topics will align with national recognition months such as Black History, LGBTQ History and Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

The October panel follows the success of the September ReggieCon which included a surprise drop-in from one of the authors of Daytripper, Fabio Moon.

In recognition of LGBTQ History Month, the panel will focus on the graphic novel World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay. The novel focuses on the relationship between two members of the Black Panther’s Security force and is described by the author as being a “Wakandan love storyits tenderness matched only by its brutality.”

The panelists are Victor Dandridge, Founder of Vantage InHouse Comics; Dr. Rachel Miller, Columbus College of Art and Design; Dr. Theresa Rojas, Modesto Junior College; Dr. Eric Wesselmann, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Scott Jordan. It starts at 7 p.m.

ReggieCon is open to all ISU students, faculty, and staff. Zoom information, as well as details regarding panels, may be found on the ReggieCon site.

Future ReggieCon panels will focus on Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Diversity Month in April, and Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May 2021. Dates will be announced once available.

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