IIPC Debate #63
Thu 11 Dec, 2-4 pm, Seminar room E225 (Minerva Building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr Albion Butters (University of Turku)
Enter the Mandala: Musings on a Cross-Media Project in Progress
This talk will explore various aspects of cross-media — from comics to film, from online communities to games — in the context of an ongoing project in the United States named Mandala. My goal is to trace some of its successes and failures in relation to the changing landscape of cross-media since the project began in 2007, offering both a high-level historical perspective and insight into specific obstacles and opportunities today.
ALBION BUTTERS (PhD, Columbia University, 2006) is a Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Turku. Aside from his academic background in Asian religions with a focus in Tibetan Buddhism, he is also one of the founders and Creative Director of the Big ‘I’ Group, a cross-media studio in the United States. He is one of the creators of the Mandala graphic novel published by Dark Horse in May 2014, and he is currently writing a book on the evolution of spiritual content in comics.