Drexel University presents “The Future of the Graphic Novel”

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Drexel University’s Department of English and Philosophy’s 2011 “Week of Writing” begins Monday May 23rd. As part of the week’s events, they will host a discussion panel on “The Future of the Graphic Novel” Monday afternoon at 3PM. The discussion will be moderated by Don Haring (Dystopik Snomen), and panelists include editor Tom Brennan (Marvel) , writer John Arcudi (The Mask, BPRD), artist J.G. Jones (Wanted, Final Crisis) and myself (MyLatestDistraction.com).

I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this as a “critic/blogger/superfan.” The event is open to the public and all are welcome. We’ll have all the salient details from the discussion here on MLD next week for those who can’t attend. Hope to see you there.

Drexel University’s “The Future of the Graphic Novel”
Monday, May 23rd 3PM-4:30PM
Creese Student Center – Mandell Lobby
33rd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia



To the roof! There’s not a moment to lose!

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Drexel University

When I park in a parking garage, I’m headed straight to the roof (if available) every time. I don’t know what the allure is, maybe it just always seems like it’s somewhere I’m not supposed to be. I’m not going to lie, I think part of it makes me feel like I’m in The Matrix. Regardless of the motivation, the view is always fascinating to me and it’s totally worth driving up and down a few extra ramps to get there.

University of Pennsylvania

Lately, I’ve been alternating between lots at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Drexel’s lot is superior in nearly every way, particularly the view. The building’s are right next door to one another, but Drexel’s provides an unobstructed view of the skyline. Amusingly, it’s a Drexel building that blocks the view of Center City from Penn’s garage.

The Fresh Grocer

Penn Relays traffic kept both of these buildings from been available to me last week, so I took refuge in a new garage above the West Philadelphia Fresh Grocer. Upon reaching the roof I was inexplicably taken with an open stairwell to ground level. The view to the West offered an interesting perspective on the surrounding neighborhood, and the North featured the Philadelphia Zoo Balloon. This building also afforded the most Martix-like aesthetic, but it will not be part of the regular rotation given it’s exorbitant rates.