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New Perspectives on Superheroes

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This event is free


Innovation Lab



Rescheduled - date to be determined

On July 8th, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 EST, the Concordia University Innovation Lab will host a discussion on New Perspectives on Superheroes.

Our two guest speakers will bring the audience into an exploration that will make you reconsider the place of superheroes in our collective imagination. The popular media has exposed us to superheroes through film, comics, toys, and hats, t-shirts and hoodies. Why such fascination?

Cosplay celebrity Darrell Maloney, aka The Broken Nerd, will discuss his journey towards becoming a YouTuber and prop maker at Marvel.

Concordia Professor Travis Smith will lead a discussion of the relationship between modern technological science and conceptions of heroism and villainy using familiar examples from popular culture.

Join the fun by registering for the Zoom webinar or watching live on 4TH SPACE's Facebook page.

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New Perspectives on Superheroes


Better known by his alias The Broken Nerd, Darrell Maloney is an American content creator, prop maker, 3D modeler and graphic designer. Darrell is passionate about 3D printing and all things related to prop making. Relatively new to the 3D printing and maker community, Darrell has started TheBrokenNerd YouTube channel as a way to share his passion for 3D modelling and making props as seen in comic books, movies and video games.

Darrell’s work has led him to collaborate with platforms such as Make, Autodesk, Verizon and Adam Savage’s Tested. As of today Darrell is a regular contributor to Make and as of August 2018, has become a team member and regular contributor to Tested. Darrell hopes to inspire individuals to pursue their passion for making and creating, while utilizing readily available tools and technology.

Professor Travis Smith is principally interested in the intersections of politics, religions and science, especially in early modern political philosophy. He is also interested in the relationship between storytelling and education. He is the author of Superhero Ethics and his publications include examinations of the ideas of Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes and Alexis de Tocqueville.


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