Diagram for Delinquents Update #23:

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The San Diego Comic Con begins in three days. The comic con of comic cons.

I so wish we could be there to bask in all the splendor of this most magnificent festival of comics, media, and popular culture.

The things we could see, the people we could meet… It would be glorious.

Oh, wait….

I forgot…

WE ARE GOING!

Thanks to fellow documentary filmmaker Patrick Meaney and Sequart, the Diagram for Delinquents crew will be on the grounds at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con.

You will be able to see and meet Patrick and the Sequart team at their fantastic panel on Thursday. Image fans will not want to miss this exclusive panel highlighting the forthcoming Image documentary. Here are the details:

8:00-9:00 The Image Revolution Documentary – Twenty years ago, the seven biggest artists in comics created a company that revolutionized comics. Now, director Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods) and producer Jordan Rennert (Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts) are telling the company’s story in a new documentary produced by Sequart and Respect Films. Get a first look at the film, and talk about the highs and lows of Image history with a couple of special guests. Moderated by F. J. De Santo (The Spirit). Room 32AB

Comic Book NationThe Diagram for Delinquents crew have some important things lined up too, and perhaps the most important is our interview with Bradford W. Wright, author of Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America. Dr. Wright’s book will be the historical backbone of our documentary. He will take viewers from the ’30s to the present as he details the evolution of comics and comics readership in American society.

Broadcast Thought at SDCCWe are also very excited to be meeting back up with our friends from Broadcast Thought, who we had the pleasure of interviewing last summer. If you recall, Broadcast Thought is a group of physicians, specializing in forensic, child and adolescent, and adult psychiatry, who provide expert consultation to the media and entertainment industries. They are both medical professionals and fans of film, television, comic books, and other mass media as well as experts on the Wertham and his work in Seduction of the Innocent.

The gentlemen of Broadcast thought will be heading two panels at the Comic Con this year and both seem equally exciting, thoughtful, and not least of all, fun!

From figures.com:

After unprecedented audience response to previous presentations, the doctors of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D.Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., return to San Diego Comic-Con to lead two panels.

On Thursday, July 12, 2012, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm in Room 7AB , they team up with the star of TV’s Killer Instinct, Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., FBI Ret., Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit, to present “Zombies, Vampires, and Werewolves on Trial: The Forensic Psychiatry of the Dead, the Undead, and the Unlucky.” The forensic psychiatrists determine whether these monsters are actually competent to stand trial for their killings or even not guilty by reason of insanity. The doctors offer fascinating real life medical and mental health takes on the lore of these flesh-eaters, blood suckers, and wild beasts, while Mr. Safarik compares the grisly behaviors of these fictional characters to those of real life predators.

Then, on Saturday, July 14, 2012, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, join Broadcast Thought again in Room 7AB as they present “Unlocking Arkham: The Forensic Psychiatry of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery.” Applying real-world psychiatric diagnostic criteria, they explore the mental disorders that affect popular characters such as Two-Face, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, the Joker, and many more. The doctors examine the difference between psychotic and psychopathic villains, and in the process, boldly determine who truly belongs at Arkham Asylum.

If you’re at the con this year, stop by their panels… you won’t regret it.

Also, I wanted to share this clip with you featuring the doctors of Broadcast Thought talking about Wertham, psychiatric practices, media, and research methods:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert A. Emmons Jr. is a documentary filmmaker focusing on American popular culture and history. His films include Enthusiast: The 9th Art, Wolf at the Door, Yardsale!, Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranza, and De Luxe: The Tale of Blue Comet. His Goodwill was screened as part of the Smithsonian exhibition "Our Journeys / Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement," won Best Homegrown Documentary Feature at the 2008 Garden State Film Festival, and led to him receiving Mexico's Lindbergh-Carranza International Goodwill Award as a "Messenger of Peace." From February to August 2010, Emmons created two short documentaries a week; the 52 short documentaries formed the weekly internet series MINICONCEPTDOCS. His print work focusing on electronic media, documentary film, and comic books include Who's Responsible Here? Media, Audience, and Ethics (Cognella, 2009), The Encyclopedia of Documentary Film (Routletdge, 2005), Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools (University of Minnesota 2007), and The Encyclopedia of Latino and Latina History (Facts on File, 2010). He teaches film, new media, and comics history at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is also the Associate Director of the Honors College. For more information, visit robertemmons.com.

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