Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Comics, May 1-2, 2015


Pippi to Ripley began in 2011 as an act of Guerilla Academe created by Katharine Kittredge and three of her undergraduates: Adam Ellerson, Ryan Ende, and Giovanni Colantonio.

Today,the Pippi to Ripley Festival is a comprehensive community outreach event that includes five components: a professional development conference for middle and high school teachers; a science fiction and fantasy quiz competition; an academic conference for scholars of science fiction and fantasy, a series of critical thinking and creativity workshops for youth, and ITHACON 40, the Ithaca Comics Convention.

Thursday Kick Off Event: Barbarella  

($7 adults/$5 students)

9:00 pm Screening of Barbarella  with an introduction by Ithaca Times film critic Bryan VanCampen.

Cinemapolis 120 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY.

Friday Panels and Workshops for Educators and Librarians (register through Tompkins County BOCES)

(Campus Center)

This professional development day for teachers and librarians is open to participants from any school district, as well as the home school community.  Registration is $40 for 10 continuing education hours, and is BOCES reimbursable. For a line up of sessions see Friday listings at

For more information, and to register go  New users must create a TST BOCES "My Learning Plan" account by hitting the "Need an account" button on the left.To find descriptions, search the TST BOCES programs and use "Exploiting and Expanding Literacies" as your search term.


Friday Evening: Panel on Women Making Comics (Free of Charge)

7:00-9:00  Klingenstein Lounge

Laura Lee Gulledge   artist, author, and playwright from Virginia. Her debut Young Adult graphic novel Page by Paige (Abrams Books) was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, including Most Promising New Talent; Will & Whit made YALSA’s Top Ten Books for Teens and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books 2014.

Maegan Cook Manga Artist:The World Next Door; A Plus B

Emily Swan Artist for “Reckless Geometry” in the Steel City Anthology. Cover art and illustrations for “Puddle Jumpers.” She is also the co-creator/artist of “Swan Burger” and “Adventures in Crapville.”

Danielle (Ielle) Palmer Worked on webcomics Awesome Storm Justice 41 and  Rival Angels, and creator/artist of  Wayward 1906 and The Cruelest Month


This year we are pleased to be partnering with ITHACON40, one of the longest-running comic book conventions in the Northeast.  ITHACON will be held in the Emerson Suites in the Ithaca College Campus center from 10am-3:30.  Admission to ITHACON is free.For more information, please see

Saturday: Fantasy and Science Fiction-themed Workshops for Young People (Free of Charge)

A fun day of programs promoting creativity, reading and critical thinking with specific workshops for youth aged 3-5. 6-11, 11-13 and 14-18. Midday break for pizza and keynote presentation by children's book author Bruce Coville. All events are free but registration is

Saturday: Academic Conference (Free of Charge)

Presenters for May 2, 2015 Academic Conference (Saturday) register here

The original academic conference on which the Festival was built. Scholars of science fiction, fantasy, comics, graphic novels, film, television, web media and more present their findings and answer your questions. For more information on specific panels and presenters go to //

8:00 Registration (Hallway of Textor)
9:00-9:30 Conference Opening Textor 102 - Marleen Barr , Founding Mother of Science Fiction Criticism
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Keynote Speech: Bruce Coville (Textor 102)

Saturday Evening: Tori Cup Competition ($10/per team)

A knowledge competition which allows four- person teams to demonstrate their expertise in all things fantasy, science fiction and comics.  Divisions will be: Middle School, High School, and Adult Open and Family/intergenerational. Great fun and prizes for winning teams. For more information and to register go to:

(Textor Lecture Halls; Friends Classrooms)

 Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations for any events should contact Elizabeth Bleicher at or (607) 274-1531.


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