Ratha Con Dates and Locations

Ratha Con is a pop culture convention taking place on May 7 & 8th, 2016 in Athens, Ohio. The night before, on May 6th, at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH. there will be an art opening of pop culture themed art and a screening of a film. Art opening at 6 pm and film at 8 pm. The main convention on May 7 & 8, 2016 will be from 10 am to 5pm both days at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Athens, OH 45701. Saturday the 7th will be followed by a costumed dance party at Casa Nueva Cantina, 4 W. State St. Athens, OH. starting at 10 pm.

The 2016 admission cost will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 - 17, free for kids 11 and under. These prices are subject to change - dependant on the special guest(s).

Friday, April 13, 2012

Comics to Film with Kris Poland

As we've previously mentioned, the Avengers movie is coming out soon, and as it does so, it brings up certain debates about the moving of a story from comic book to film. The Avengers movie is this fad coming to a head, as a comic book movie that seeks to tie together several other similar movies, so it seems there is no better time to discuss this trend then at Ratha Con!

At Ratha Con, we will have a symposium on the subject "From Comic Book to Film," led by Kris Poland. Poland has a Master of Arts in Political Science from Ohio University and is currently an instructor at Wright State. He specializes in cross-curriculum education and has created lesson plans, lectured, and moderated discussion groups. Poland has also motivated between 60 and 150 students in each class section using non-traditional teaching methods such as graphic novels, television shows, and video games. We think he's perfect to lead a discussion on what it means to move a comic book to the medium of film.

Of course with discussions like this one, the more the merrier! If you are a professor or student who is interested in this subject, has strong opinions on it, and would like to be a part of this symposium, get in contact with us with a description of what you'd like to talk about at (740)592-4315 or artswestathens@gmail.com. Similarly, if you know a student or professor who would be interested, send them our way.

We can't wait to hear what these scholars have to say on this combination of media so near and dear to our hearts. Until then, stay tuned to our Facebook, blog, and Twitter for more glimpses of things to come!

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