Penn State alumni host event at Pittsburgh's ToonSeum

April 15, 2011

The public is invited to attend a presentation titled "From Comic Books to Hollywood: Superheroes at the Box Office," 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Pittsburgh ToonSeum. The program will feature Matt McAllister, professor of film and media studies and Penn State Teaching Fellow who will provide an educational, entertaining look at comic books and movies. He will discuss how superhero comic books have changed the Hollywood blockbuster movie and how the comic book-movie relationship has changed comic books.

The program is part of the Penn State Alumni Association’s City Lights events, a series of cultural and educational programs featuring alumni and faculty stars presented in cooperation with Penn State’s colleges and alumni groups. The exclusive partner for this event is the College of Communications Alumni Society.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served at 5:30 p.m., and McAllister’s presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Space is limited, so advance registration is suggested. The cost is $25 for members of the Alumni Association and $40 for non-members. Please note that while comics and superheroes are appealing to children, this City Lights program is geared toward an adult audience.

To register or obtain information, go to or call 800-548-LION (5466), option 0. For information about other City Lights events, visit To obtain directions or learn more about Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum, visit

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Last Updated May 02, 2011