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Theric Jepson's presentation on Mormons & Comics at Salt Lake Comic Con 2013

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Published on Sep 6, 2013

Theric Jepson failed to get on the airplane thus losing all the money he spent on plane tickets (Allegiant is famously unforgiving) as well as the fame and friendship available only at Comic Con. Thus he had to do his presentation neither live nor in person. This is that presentation.

The panel found its genesis in issue 160 of Sunstone, a magazine on Mormon matters which, with this issue, presented to the world the first ever collection of Mormon comics. Theric won an AML Award for his editing efforts. Some of the artists featured were already well known, some have since become so, but for many, Sunstone 160 remains a fond memory.

In his presentation, Theric deals briefly with Sunstone 160 itself and engages in a widespread look at Mormon who make comics and Mormons in comics.

The presentation begins with a brief introduction to the topic and to copanelist Mike Homer who explored the Mormon image in comics---especially as found in the Wild West comics of years gone by, here and abroad.

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Because I was not actually THERE when giving this presentation, I neglected to thank a few people I should have.

Thanks to Blake Casselman for not only being part of Sunstone 160 but also being instrumental in this panel's creation as well as the creation of Salt Lake Comic Con generally.

Thanks to Sal Velluto for having the idea of this panel and getting us all to participate.

Thanks to Stephen Carter for allowing me the chance to edit Sunstone 160 in the first place.

And thanks to Mike Homer whose enthusiasm is a big part of the reason I agreed to participate and who I left alone, by himself, on the dais. Sorry, man.

That I am the only one of these people to fail to show up fills me with regret and self-annoyance.

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