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8 Comics TED Talks You Should Check Out

Swapna Krishna

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Swapna is the Comics Editor at Book Riot. She's a Space Columnist for Paste Magazine and writes for Syfy Wire—Fangrrls,, Bustle, and other sites. She co-hosts a podcast called Desi Geek Girls. You can find her incessant ramblings on Twitter at @skrishna. She lives outside Philadelphia.

TED talks, standing for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, are huge things these days. They’ve become more common in recent years, it’s true, but it’s still a huge thing to be asked to do one. Here are eight comics TED talks you may want to check out.

Sana Amanat, co-creator of Kamala Khan, editor at Marvel, and Director of Content and Character Development, discusses myths, misfits, and masks.

Scott McCloud, author of The Sculptor and Understanding Comics, and giant in the comics industry, discusses the visual magic of comics.

Randall Munroe, author of the uber popular xkcd webcomic, talks about comics that ask “what if?”

Comicbookgirl19 tells us how comic book characters can be used to identify your true self.

Karrie Fransman, comic writer and artist, discusses why we should be taking comics more seriously.

Brian Michael Bendis talks about being one of the most successful writers currently working in the comics industry.

Zach Weiner tells us about the fall and rise of the American comic strip.

Bob Mankoff discusses what works (and what doesn’t) in New Yorker cartoons.