American Pop: Comic Books to Science Fiction
Through June 8
This exhibition for all ages highlights the ongoing popularity of satire, fantasy and escapism in the worlds of comics, graphic novels, gaming, toys, television, movies and more. Displays include materials from local and national collectors as well as original art and limited edition pieces from some of America’s favorite pop culture icons. Learn more
American Pop Panel Talk
7-9 p.m., March 27
Bob Camp, MAD magazine artist and Ren and Stimpy co-creator; Dr. Dave A. Williams, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration Professor and Star Trek aficionado; and Reichart Von Wolfshield, inventor and co-host of History Channel’s Invention USA, will discuss current trends, career paths and early influences such as sci-fi television shows, animation, comic books and fine art of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Free tickets available at the door beginning at 6 p.m.
Enjoy a free science, science fiction or pop culture discussion or demonstration each Friday at 6 p.m. Come early and take part in Finally Friday in the Lounge at TCA. From 5-7 p.m., listen to music and munch on free appetizers.
March 14: Exploring the Moon
Mark Robinson, Professor, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbitor Camera (LROC), will discuss what scientists have learned about the Moon from recent missions and the future of lunar exploration.
March 21: Possibilities for the Human Future
Natasha Vita-More, University of Advancing Technology, will discuss the possibilities for humans in the future from an artist and designer’s perspective.
March 28: World-Building on a Budget
Award-winning filmmaker and educator Paul DeNigris, University of Advancing Technology, shares his tricks for creating fully-realized imaginary worlds for the big screen without big studio budgets, using examples from his productions Fallout, Parallax, Red Sand and Zero Complex.
April 4: Cosmic Dawn: Probing the First Stars with Radio Arrays in the Deep Desert
Dr. Danny Jacobs, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
ASU's Low frequency Cosmology (LoCo) Lab makes and uses exotic telescopes to detect radio waves from distant regions of the Universe.
April 11: Rocks from Space
Dr. Melissa Morris, Assistant Director, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, School of Earth and Space Exploration, introduces the different types of meteorites and why they are important.
April 18: "You're going the wrong way!" Graphic Novels of Martin Vaughn-James (1943 - 2009)
Sid Stephen, University of Advancing Technology, discusses the early 1970s work of British-Canadian artist and novelist Martin Vaughn-James, who produced three works that helped change the graphic novel genre.
April 25: Dune's Controversial Connection to Pop Culture throughout the Decades
Micah Chabner, University of Advancing Technology, discusses Frank Herbert’s Dune and its reaction to and impact upon pop culture.
May 2: Gallery closed for private event.
May 9: Phoenix Comicon Preview
Join the discussion on all things pop culture from the folks at Phoenix Comicon, the signature pop culture experience of the Southwest. A panel of Comicon/Pop Culture experts will discuss the history of Phoenix Comicon, pop culture news and how people can get involved in the big event. Phoenix Comicon also will offer chances to win Phoenix Comicon memberships and other door prizes.
May 16: TBA
Deborah Henderson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Justice and Social Inquiry, ASU School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
May 23: Stories Co-Lab
Isac Artzi, University of Advancing Technology, will present a collaborative, one-hour workshop that includes the telling, creating and sharing of stories online and on any device.
May 30: Surprise! You're a Gamer!
Noah Dyer, University of Advancing Technology, discusses the growing influence of games in daily lives.