MSU Comics Forum Call for Submissions

As some of you know, and most of you don’t know, I’m this year’s MSU Comics Forum Panel Coordinator!  WOOHOO!  We’re actively accepting submissions from a wide variety of disciplines but I suppose it’ll just be easier to let my Call for Submissions speak for itself.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Michigan State University Comics Forum – Call for Submissions

The Michigan State University Comics Forum – – is an annual event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore and celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.  This year’s event is scheduled to take place February 3-4 at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.

This year the Forum is proud to announce that Jessica Abel, comics creator, editor, and professor, will be our guest of honor and keynote speaker on Friday the 3rd.  Abel is at the forefront of comics in higher education, authoring the textbook, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden; and the graphic novel La Perdida (Pantheon Books). Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu awards for “Best New Talent” in 1997 and La Perdida won the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award. She teaches at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and Madden and Abel are also series editors for The Best American Comics.  She has been creating comics for over 20 years and continues to be an active creator today.  For more information, visit her website:

On Saturday (Feb. 4) the Forum will feature scholarly presentations in a variety of formats as well as an artist’s alley spotlighting the best and brightest comics creators from Michigan and around the United States.

We seek proposals for presentations, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Individual Submissions
    • Will have 15 minutes to discuss topic, 5 minutes for questions
    • Presenter will be grouped with other participants into a panel
  • Panel Sessions
    • The session will run for one hour
    • Must include at least 3 presenters
    • Presenters must discuss similar or connected topics
    • Presenters are responsible for finding their own panel session members
  • Roundtables
    • The session will run for 45 minutes to an hour
    • Must include at least 3 participants
    • Presenters must discuss one specific topic
    • Presenters are responsible for finding their own roundtable session members

Comic book and graphic novel related presentations from a broad range of disciplines will be considered.

Individual submissions require a 250-word (maximum) abstract of the topic as well as name and affiliation.  Panel sessions require one 250-word abstract for the overarching topic and a unique abstract for each presenter’s specific topic, including name and affiliation, emailed together.  Round table proposals should include an abstract, 250-word, that includes an explanation of the topic and the names and affiliations of participants. All proposals should be in PDF format.  Proposals are due December 1 by 5 p.m.

Please submit proposals to Ben Chabala at

For more information visit



Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Character Primer – Nova

Nova Prime - Richard Rider!
What do you guys know about Nova?  Nothing?  Unless you love the New Warriors or the cosmic Marvel shenanigans, chances are you haven’t seen this guy cannonballing into the bad guys’ faces.  Luckily I’ve got the lowdown on this garishly clad cosmonaut so sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

Firstly, Nova is actually Richard Rider, an all ’round average American teen.  In a story that eerily resembles Hal Jordan’s origins, Rider discovers Rhomann Dey, a dying alien and the last centurion of the Nova Corps of Xandar.  Dey bequeaths the youngster with all the powers of the Nova Prime (flight, strength, energy blasts, etc.) and Rider starts beating the crap out of the thugs in New York City.

Nova punching Tiger Shark. I love it.

To make a long story a little shorter Xandar eventually recalls its centurions, the planet having been reformed, and then Nova starts punching cosmic thugs.

After a while Nova gets tired of the endless void and the endless punching (but not really), and after racking up some great rivalries and deadly enemies, he decides to go back to Earth, relinquishing his powers.  He tries to live Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream but like a junky, he goes into Nova Force withdrawal until Night Thrasher reawakens the energy inside him and invites Rich to join the New Warriors.  For a while he teams up with the Thrasher, Namora, Speedball, and the rest of the gang but it’s not long before he takes to the stars again as a member of Xandar’s finest.  If he’d been stateside, things might have gone differently in Stamford on that fateful day that sparked the Civil War.  Alas, it was not to be.

Rich decides not to pick sides in the war, especially since there are more pressing matters developing at the fringes of the universe. Eventually everything comes to a head when the Annihilation Wave rolls out from the Negative Zone.  Nova and his United Front take on the Wave, legion upon legion of Annihilus’ insectile minions, until the psychotic conqueror taps into the power of Galactus.  In an all too brief summation of way too many comics composing the Annihilation: Ronan the Accuser is bad ass, millions of worlds are destroyed, Thanos does some crazy shit, Drax kills people and then Thanos, Nova and his pals lose the war, and then in a final showdown with Annihilus, Rich rips his insides out through his freaking mouth!

Let's see what you had for BREAKFAST!

From there he and the Worldmind, the source of the Nova Force, try to rebuild the Nova Corps.  They recruit some new members, among them Rich’s younger brother Robbie, the Shi’ar Imperium shows up, massacres some more centurions, and then Nova deals with Cthulu-esque creatures that don’t belong in our dimension.  Did I mention he takes on the Phalanx too?  Richard Rider’s life = madness.

Power-wise Nova has a lot going for him when he’s in possession of the Nova Force.  His official moniker – Nova, the human rocket – spells out one of his chief abilities: he can blast through the air with the greatest of ease.  He can fly, has super strength, agility, speed, and reflexes.  He can survive in the void as long as he’s wearing his suit and the Xandarian Worldmind helps him open stargates and calculate complex plans of attack in seconds.  He also has access to powerful energy blasts, can absorb energy directed at him, and has shields that function somewhat like Invisible Woman’s forcefields.
Blasting Shuma-Gorath's cousin in the face... eye? Whatevs.

Honestly I think Nova looks absolutely solid.  I love the fact that he has 3 different level 1 hypers that he can use in the air.  He can OTG himself, has a serious beam hyper, projectiles, and some decent speed and power.  Also he’s got that flight mode which could substantially increase his combo ability.  His animations leave a lot to be desired and like Iron Fist, I’m a little disappointed in his overall presentation.  I think he’ll be decent but…

If you haven’t seen the release videos yet check them out below!

Again ladies and gentleman, if you dig any of this stuff leave me a comment below and let me know what I could improve on.

Also don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more comic book and fighting game goodness – Kingofbreaker