insights into the enthymematic nature of comic strip argumentation
how the application of metadata reveals previously undiscovered patterns in Batman comic books
an analysis of key Uncle Scrooge comics, characters and stories to support [the] argument that Scrooge McDuck is emblematic of the economic patters of comic book franchises and prefigures the transmedia development of comic book characters.
My favorite was the class that introduced us to the "ethnosurrealism" of comics:
Comics are inherently surreal, juxtaposing images, text and word and thought balloons to create layered stories consisting of a multiplicity of perspectives and states of being. Ethnosurrealism focuses on culture (cultural notions, cultural practices, and cultural theories) to explore those moments where culturally bound interpretations of story converge at the crossroads of everyday life. It seeks to make these images, stories and their making, co-present.
You can learn something from every event at Comic-Con, although the lesson may not be the one intended.
Some art forms wilt under a sustained spotlight-- not because they are inferior art, but because it's in their nature to wilt. You would not, for example, inspect ice cream under klieg lights.
The great philosopher John Stuart Mill warned us about over-analyzing what makes us happy, and "putting it to flight by fatal questioning." He wrote:
The enjoyments of life... will not bear a scrutinizing examination. Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. The only chance is to treat, not happiness, but some end external to it, as the purpose of life. Let your self-consciousness, your scrutiny, your self-interrogation, exhaust themselves on that; and... you will inhale happiness with the air you breathe.