Stan Lee, "Spider-Man!" Amazing Fantasy No. 15 (Sept. 1962)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

CFP Journal of Anime and Manga Studies Inaugural Issue (8/31/19)

Journal of Anime and Manga Studies Inaugural Issue

deadline for submissions: August 31, 2019
full name / name of organization: The Journal of Anime and Manga Studies (JAMS)
contact email: animestudiesjournal@gmail.com

Inaugural Issue to be Published in Early 2020

The Journal of Anime and Manga Studies (JAMS) is excited to announce a CFP for its inaugural issue! JAMS is an open-access journal dedicated to providing an ethical, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary space for academics, students, and independent researchers examining the field of anime, manga, cosplay, and fandom studies to share their research with others. JAMS is peer reviewed by scholars with experience in anime and manga studies.

This is an exciting time for anime and manga studies as a discipline, with courses on the subject appearing at universities like Yale and the University of California, Berkeley. The Journal of Anime and Manga Studies hopes the works submitted to and published within our first issue can spark further conversations about the deeper meanings, understandings, and/or cultural significance of anime, manga, cosplay, related media, and their fandoms, what anime and manga studies can be as an area of study, and the types of interdisciplinary work that can come out of analyzing anime, manga, cosplay, related media, and their fandoms from a variety of scholarly perspectives.

Because of this goal, JAMS aims to publish scholarly analysis of anime through any number of theoretical lenses. From the sociocultural/historical context of anti-war arguments in the films of Hayao Miyazaki, to the representation of queer characters in anime like Yuri!!! on Ice and Classmates, to the implications of communal identity and character performance in the cosplay world; JAMS is interested in diverse viewpoints and ideas on what can be explored in this area of study. Included in this interest specifically are works involving qualitative and quantitative, data-driven research surrounding anime, manga, cosplay, and their fandoms. Pieces published in JAMS will reach an interdisciplinary audience and should be written free of jargon. Scholarly book reviews of texts concerning anime, manga, cosplay, related media, and fandom culture surrounding these areas will also be considered.

All papers published in JAMS are published with a Creative Commons license, Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Ideal submissions to JAMS are between 4,500 and 7,500 words. Please contact the editor if you wish to discuss longer or shorter submissions.

Please visit our site: https://iopn.library.illinois.edu/journals/jams/about, for information about the journal and our policies. We welcome inquiries and are glad to discuss ideas for potential submissions. Scholars interested in supporting anime and manga studies as a discipline as peer reviewers should also reach out to JAMS. Inquiries can be directed to animestudiesjournal@gmail.com.

Submissions will be accepted until August 31st, 2019.

Last updated June 26, 2019

CFP The Impact of American Superheroes around the World (9/30/19; NeMLA 2020)

The Impact of American Superheroes around the World (NeMLA 2020)

deadline for submissions: September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: rponcecordero@keene.edu

No one escapes Marvel’s Endgame: the economic and cultural impact of the past few decades’ boom in superhero movies, and more broadly superhero narratives, is evident well beyond the boundaries of the United States. In fact, the presence and influence of American comic-book superheroes abroad started shortly after the debut of DC's Superman in 1938, and has been growing ever since.

This session welcomes abstracts considering, among other objects of study,

  • international emulations of the genre (such as Canada’s Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Britain’s Marvelman, the Philippines’ Durna, Israel’s Sabraman, Kuwait’s The 99, Chile’s Mirageman, Nigeria’s Guardian Prime, Pakistan’s Burka Avenger, France’s Ladybug, or South Africa’s Kwezi),
  • looser adaptations (Mexico’s Santo and the lucha libre filmography in general, Japan’s Ultraman, China’s The Heroic Trio, Argentina’s Cybersix, India’s Krrish, Russia’s Black Lightning), 
  • critical parodies (France’s Astérix, Mexico’s Chapulín Colorado, Spain’s Superlópez, Finland’s Peräsmies, Japan’s Zebraman, Malaysia’s Cicak Man), 
  • unofficial appropriations (Italy’s Three Fantastic Supermen, Turkey’s 3 Dev Adam, India’s Superman, the Philippines’ Alyas Batman en Robin), 
  • as well as influences on art style and narrative structure (Japan’s One-Punch Man and My Hero Academia) in both comics and audiovisual media.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by September 30, 2019 directly through NeMLA's system: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18069

The 51st Annual NeMLA Convention will take place in Boston, MA on March 5-8, 2020.

Last updated June 5, 2019

CFP The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Examining a Post-Endgame World (9/30/19; NeMLA 2020)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Examining a Post-Endgame World

deadline for submissions: September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: Lindsay Bryde / Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: Lindsay.Bryde@gmail.com

This roundtable will be looking holistically at perspectives on the first 22 films in the MCU. This arc will be brought to completion with Avenger’s Endgame. Now would be a good time to look back and assess which gambles have worked and/or failed now that a narrative arc has been completed. Participants are encouraged to consider the MCU both as a whole as well as specific franchises under the overall banner. 

The conference is through the Northeast Modern Language Association and will take place March 5-8th, 2020 in Boston, MA

Submissions are due: September 30, 2019

NeMLA uses a user-based system to process abstract submissions. Interested scholars should submit 250-word abstracts to Lindsay Bryde through the NeMLA website using the link below: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17913

For questions about the new submission system, you can contact NeMLA web support here: websupport@nemla.org.

Questions specific to the roundtable can be sent to Lindsay.Bryde@gmail.com

Last updated June 7, 2019

CFP Comics and Education (Spec Issue of Studies in Comics) (11/1/19)

Studies in Comics - Special Issue on Comics and Education

deadline for submissions: November 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: Studies in Comics
contact email: studiesincomics@googlemail.com

Special Issue 11.1: Comics and Education

Articles are invited for a special issue of Studies in Comics (11.1) on the theme of Comics and Education. Comics have enjoyed a resurgence in the classroom as educators, creators, and scholars have come to recognise the diverse ways in which the medium can be used to support literacy, communication skills, and creativity. Significantly, the use of comics for and as education also promotes cross-medial learning, as readers may use the form as a starting point for further reading, but also to enhance and supplement other pedagogical materials. As Syma and Weiner argue, “it is no longer a question of whether sequential art should be used in educational settings, but rather how to use it and for what purpose” (2013, 1). Comics present an immersive, engaging, and memorable tool for communication because they require the reader to actively participate in the meaning-making process by utilising verbal, visual, spatial, and gestural modes of understanding among others (Bakis 2008). Indeed, comics can help readers of all ages understand complex ideas through these means and allow teachers and learners to explore, stimulate, and enhance educational outcomes.

In recognition of the foregoing, we invite papers that focus on one or more of the following topics, although the list is not exhaustive:

  • Case studies of education comics/comics as education
  • Teaching and learning with published comics
  • Teaching and learning by creating comics
  • Comics and literacy
  • Public information comics
  • Comics as pedagogy
  • Comics and embodied learning
  • Comics and emotional development
  • Comics and learner-based outcomes
  • Comics and adult education
  • The educational mission of networks like Graphic Medicine and Graphic Justice


Please send complete articles for consideration, along with any queries to studiesincomics@googlemail.com with SIC 11.1 in the subject heading. When you send the article the words SIC 11.1 ARTICLE in the subject heading. Articles should be 4000 – 6000 words long and must be received by 1st November 2019 along with a biographical note of up to 150 words. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Papers must be submitted in English. All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. This special issue will be published mid-2020.

We also welcome reviews of new publications and exhibits and short pieces of creative work (1-5 pages in length). Creative work should be relevant to the theme of the special issue. Reviews of publications and conferences and exhibitions: please include the words SIC 11.1 REVIEW PUBLICATION or SIC 11.1 REVIEW CONFERENCE or SIC 11.1 REVIEW EXHIBITION in the subject heading. Creative submissions should include the words SIC 11.1 CREATIVE should be in the subject heading.

Guest Editors: Dr Damon Herd, Professor Divya Jindal-Snape and Megan Sinclair (University of Dundee).

Last updated June 28, 2019

Saturday, July 6, 2019

CFP Saving the Day: Accessing Comics in the Twentieth-First Century (A Roundtable) (9/30/2019; NeMLA Boston 3/5-8/2020)

I'm pleased to announce our first call for papers related to our general efforts in comics outreach. Details follow.

Call for Papers for Saving the Day: Accessing Comics in the Twentieth-First Century (A Roundtable)

51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

Boston Marriott Copley Place, in Boston, Massachusetts, from 5-8 March 2020

Paper abstracts are due by 30 September 2019

Session organized by Michael A. Torregrossa, The Medieval Comics Project, and Carl P. Sell, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Although the presence of physical comics has declined, the plethora of comics-based movies and television shows available to contemporary audiences has made it almost impossible for an individual not to have acquired a familiarity with the comics medium and some of its most recognizable characters. Even more so than past generations, our students are especially responsive to superheroes and related tropes of comics, but what are the best ways to bring this material into the classroom to illustrate both where the comics are today and where they’ve come from?

In response to these questions, this session will introduce and instruct participants in the use of various online tools (such as comics companies’ websites, comics sellers’ store sites, databases of comics, fan wikias, and repositories) to successfully find and access comics and information about them of value to our teaching and research. This objective is especially vital, as resources like the Grand Comics Database and its various search options, can be invaluable when looking for resources (particularly when paired with repositories of comics, like Comic Book +, comiXology, DC Universe, and Marvel Unlimited). Furthermore, instruction on the various forms of the comiXology, DC Universe, and Marvel Unlimited platforms are of great importance as they stand to revolutionize access to and distribution of comics in the twenty-first century by providing affordable digital editions of books from all eras of the medium’s history. Additionally, fans of the comics have produced important resources essential in any quest to track and understand the larger contexts involved in how comics have developed and their characters evolved; these include various wikis devoted to specific publishers (like the DC Database and the Marvel Database) and sites like The Appendix to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Finally, Comics Studies is a thriving field of scholarship with many print and online resources available. Unfortunately, all of these new resources appear foreign to most educators. We hope that this session will change that and promote a greater awareness of the resources available to successfully integrate comics into our academic lives.

This session is a roundtable, in which 3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.
The direct link for this session is https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18042. Please contact the organizers at SavingtheDay2020@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Abstract submissions must be made through NeMLA’s official site. Applicants will need to login or create an account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login. Submissions must begin with a paper title of not more than 100 characters (including spaces) and adhering to the following: capitalize titles by MLA formatting rules unless the title is in a language other than English; do not use quotation marks in the session title or abstract title itself but please use only single quotation marks around titles of short stories, poems, and similar short works; italicize the titles of long works mentioned in the paper title; and do not place a period at the end of the title. Submissions should also include an academic biography (usually transferred from your NeMLA profile) and a paper abstract of not more than 300 words; be sure to italicize or use quotation marks around titles according to MLA guidelines.

Please be aware that NeMLA membership is not required to submit abstracts, but it is required to present at the convention. In addition, note that it is permissible to present on (1) a panel (or seminar) and (2) a roundtable or a creative session, but it is not permissible to present on a panel and a seminar (because both are paper-based), on two panels or two roundtables (because both would be the same type). Further information on these and other policies can be accessed at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html.

Chairs will confirm the acceptance of abstracts before 15 October 2019. At that time, applicants must confirm the panel on which they wish to participate. Convention registration/membership for 2019-2020 must be paid by 1 December 2019.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

New Blog Name

The blog has a new name, Saving the Day: Accessing Comics in the Twentieth-First Century, effective today. 

It is, I think, much catchier than the old name.

Michael Torregrossa 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

IJoCA Fall-Winter 2018

The latest number of the International Journal of Comic Art arrived recently. Full contents list for Volume 20, No. 2 follows from their blog at http://ijoca.blogspot.com/2019/03/international-journal-of-comic-art-20-2.html. (Do also see their site to subscribe.)

A 20-Year Harvest of Comic Art Scholarship: International Journal of Comic Art-1999-2018
John A. Lent
A Symposium on Political Cartoons
Edited by John A. Lent
Six in a Row? That Has to Be Some Kind of Record!
Rob Rogers
The Editorial Cartoon's Fading Impact - The State of Play in Australia at the Federal Election of 2016 and Beyond
Haydon Manning and Robert Phiddian
The New Wave of Investigative Cartooning in South Korea
John A. Lent
Drawing Chinese Political Cartoons in Japan: Blessing in Disguise or Trade-off?
Benjamin Wai-ming Ng
The Politics of Underground Comix and the Environmental Crisis
Leonard Rifas
Mark Knight vs Serena Williams - Crossing the Line: Offensive and Controversial Cartoons in the 21st Century - "The View from Australia" - Part Two
Richard Scully
Morgan Chua (1949-2018) and Political Cartooning in Singapore
Lim Cheng Tju
Cartooning Poverty: Are Cartoonists Helping Sustainable Development in Egypt?
Sara S. Elmaghraby
"Hippies" and Pacifism in Igor Kolgarev's Militariisk Comics
Jose Alaniz
Discovering Tom Browne and His Postcards
Milind Ranade
Beyond the Printed Page: Dementia, Graphic Medicine, and Digital Comics
Jeffrey SJ Kirchoff
Reading Between the Lines: Drawing on the Horrors of Disappearance in "Un asesino anda suelto"
Janis Breckenridge and Maia Watkins
A Chat with Izar Lunacek of Slovenia
Mike Rhode
A Brief History of Slovenian Comics
Izar Lunacek
Currier & Ives's Darktown Series: Recovering White Social Capital through Violent Satire
Melanie Hernandez
Superhero Sentimentalism. Analyzing the Social Media Nostalgia for the First Wave of American Comics in Poland
Tomasz Zaglewski
Navigating Jimmy Corrigan: Time, Space, and Puzzles, Including Pagination
Jean Braithwaite
A Cartoonist Chronicler of Cartoonists' Confabs
Marlene Pohle
March Graphic Novel: "American History Lives Again"
William H. Foster III
Malice, Metaphysics, and Mengele - Holocaust Motifs and the Renunciation of Evil in EC Horror Comics
Steve Danziger
Bishie Man or Woman, It Matters Not: Grotesque Resistance to Heteronormative Love
in Yu Wo's 1/2 Prince
Robyn Johnson
Liminality and Meta-fiction in Comics: The Ayotzinapa Case by Augusto Mora
Citlaly Aguilar Campos
The V Mask in Translation: From Commercial to Subversive Systems
Joilo Batista Freitas Cardoso and Caio Mattos Moreira Cardoso
Intersections of Sex and Violence in Preacher
Ken Junior Lipenga
Crime News: Blaming Comic Books for Crimes Committed During the "Golden Age"
Ignacio Fernandez Sarasola
Behind the Scenes of the "War in Comics" Exhibit: An Interview with Canada's Andrew Loman and Irene Velentzas
J.T.H. Connor
Art Toy as Anatomical Sketch
Paola Moreno Izaguirre
Legendary Hollywood Designer Syd Mead's Important Contributions to Landmark Anime
Northrop Davis
Charles M. Schulz: Cartoons Without Peanuts
Barry Pearl

John A. Lent
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
A Review Essay
David Kunzie

Book Reviews
Kirsten Mollegaard
Dominick Grace
Mike Rhode
Varsha Singh
Jose Alaniz

Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Mike Rhode
Mike Rhode
Dana Jeri Maier
Carli Spinn
Emily Lauer

Saturday, November 17, 2018

CFP ImageText in Motion: Animation and Comics - UF GCO Conference (12/15/2018; U of Florida 4/12-14/2019)

ImageText in Motion: Animation and Comics - UF GCO Conference

deadline for submissions: December 15, 2018

full name / name of organization: The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida

contact email: gco@english.ufl.edu

ImageText in Motion: Animation and Comics

The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites applicants from all stages of their careers, including independent scholars and imagetext creators, to submit proposals to their 16th annual conference, “ImageText in Motion: Animation and Comics.” The conference will be held from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Animation and comics are two tangled pictorial mediums that stem from the same modernist concerns with the possibilities of the image. Animation and the cartooned bodies it brings into being are omnipresent on the screens that surround us, the advertisements that beg our attention, and the popcorn fare that draws out our inner escapists. But what are the politics of these images that simultaneously claim to be real, but constantly telegraph their artificiality? What do we gain by analyzing this medium that spans from the trashiest of visual gags to the trippiest of experimental visuals?

This conference hopes to begin answering these questions, and it aims to color those answers with concern for the politics of race, gender, ability, sexuality, and other matrices of power. Like any popular medium, animation has become an important site of conflict in cultural warfare, generating controversy as fans, critics, creators, and trolls clash over the politics of the polymorphous image as it appears on our pocket-sized slates and cinematic screens. And yet, the conflict goes beyond narrative content. As a crucial site of education and conditioning for children, a dramatization of performativity, and a method for visualizing the absent and the impossible, animation is a diverse tool that envisions (for better or worse) mediated imaginaries ripe for political intervention.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Women in animation (representations; creators, etc.)
  • Queer representation and performance in animation (Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Voltron, Legend of Korra, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Yuri! on Ice)
  • Race in animation (racial caricature in animation; minstrelsy in animation; positive racial representation - We Bare Bears, Craig of the Creek, Coco, Moana)
  • The medium-specific advantages of animation and the rhetorical and narrative possibilities that they enable
  • Circumstances of producing animation (economic/ Marxist concerns; women/people of color/queer people in the writer’s room)
  • Animating inanimate bodies/the toyetic (Toy Story; The Lego Movie franchise; children “animating” their toys; stop-motion; animation and the uncanny, etc.)
  • Animation and the child (adult vs. child viewership; animation in education; animation as a denigrated genre, etc.)
  • Fan/creator relationships (creators’ resistance to queered/racebent readings of characters; role of social media/accessibility to creators “positive”/”negative” dialogue between creators and fans; fans-becoming-creators, etc.)
  • Animation and toxic fandom (harassment of creators by fans; sexism and fandom; racism and fandom; Rick and Morty; My Little Pony, etc.)
  • Sexual harassment/the #metoo movement in the animation industry (Lasseter’s firing from Pixar, etc.)
  • Intersections of animation and comics (motion comics; comics attempts to perform animation; movement in comics)
  • Comics adaptations of animated features (Avatar The Last Airbender and Gene Luen Yang, etc.) and animated adaptations of comics
  • Nostalgic reboots, recreations, and revivals of animated materials and the controversy and excitement they inspire (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!, Samurai Jack, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Thundercats!)
  • Transnational relationships between animated productions, animation studios, and animation audiences.
  • Animation’s influence on politics (cartoonish insults of the American president and that president’s cartoonish insults, etc.)
  • Intrusion of the animated reality (VR animation; the “Szechuan sauce” controversy; the anime mascots of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics)
  • Unorthodox forms of animation (zoetropes; praxinoscopes; shadow puppetry; .gif files; crack videos)
  • Parody and postmodernism in animation (The Venture Bros., Robot Chicken, Teen Titans Go!)
  • Animation in video games, light novels, and other interactive media

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and must be delivered in English. “ImageText in Motion” also invites creative projects related to the conference theme. Discussion panels from multiple presenters coordinated around a central topic or theme are welcome. Proposals of 200-300 words, plus a short bio and A/V requirements, should be submitted to gco@english.ufl.edu by December 15, 2018.

Last updated November 15, 2018

CFP Volume on Feminism and Comics and Graphic Novels (2/1/2019)

Volume on Feminism and Comics and Graphic Novels Seeks Chapter Proposals

deadline for submissions: February 1, 2019

full name / name of organization: Missy Nieveen-Phegley, Sandra Cox, Susan Kendrick, Department of English at Southeast Missouri State University

contact email: scox@semo.edu


We’re seeking chapter-length contributions to an edited volume on feminism and comics and graphic novels. Though all proposals relevant to either theme are welcome, we’re especially interested in contributions that:
  • amplify the voices/stories of female, femme and non-binary cartoonists
  • provide a more balanced critical reception of underrepresented voices and perspectives in comics and graphic novel studies
  • broaden the established canon of “literary” comics and graphic novels to be more inclusive of diverse perspectives
  • using comics and graphic novels as a means to teach, explain or enact intersectional feminism
  • apply conceptual and theoretical insights from feminist criticism to the medium of comics
  • participate in discourse about feminist narratology of graphic novels
  • extend theories of feminist interpretation from art, design, literature, historiography, or other relevant disciplines to an interdisciplinary analysis of comics and graphic novels

Routledge has expressed some interest publishing the volume, so we intend this project to speak to a variety of scholarly audiences: researchers across a range of disciplines (including faculty and graduate students), feminist critics, and a well-educated general reader. We particularly prize those contributions that are highly original and accessible, while remaining intellectually rigorous.

Such contributions may:
  • posit feminist criticism of “mainstream” comics (e.g. the “big two,” feminist readings of superheroes/heroines)
  • provide original critical readings of work by women, femme and nonbinary cartoonists, particularly cartoonists from historically underrepresented groups
  • propose critical interventions in reading comics that represent gender, sex and sexuality
  • suggest theories of interpretation specific to representations gender, sex and sexuality in comics and illustration
  • consider how visual media determine/dictate rhetorical choices in comics and graphic novels

Some questions contributors might consider as they frame their chapters could include:
  • How do graphic novels and comics imagine gender with regard to agency, authority, and power?
  • In what specific ways might feminist cartoonists either enact a corrective or revisionist approach to androcentric messaging in mainstream comics or provide a counternarrative in their own indie, underground, and community-specific comics?
  • In what ways do cartoonists’ imaginings of the present, past and future work to intervene in dominant constructions of the ways gender determines the reception or meaning of visual narratives?

Contributors are asked to send chapter title, abstract (+/- 250 words), and CV by February 1, 2019 to Dr. Sandra Cox at scox@semo.edu. Questions may be directed to the same address.

Last updated October 29, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

IJoCA for Fall/Winter 2017

One more issue to catch up on:

Here are rhe contents for the Fall/Winter 2017 number of IJoCA. Again, the listing is reproduced from the journal's blog at http://ijoca.blogspot.com/2018/03/international-journal-of-comic-art-vol.html.

International Journal of Comic Art Vol. 19, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2017
Editor's Notes
John A. Lent

Applying the Lasso of Truth to The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

Of Politics and Presidents in William Moulton Marston's Wonder Woman
Trina Robbins

Saudi Arabia's Role in Advancing Comics
Afra S. Alshiban

Re-imagining the Ku Klux Klan in Chinese Media through the 1950s
Patrick Nash

The Film Noir's Aesthetics in a Graphic Novel: The Case of Angelus Hostis (2012)
Wladimir Chavez Vaca

In the Past the Devil Has Won: Analysis of Seishi Kishimoto's Satan and Savior in 0-Parts Hunter
Robyn Johnson

Comics in an Unexpected Place: Mongolia
Dan Erdenebal

The History of Gay Male Comics in the United States from Before Stonewall to the 21st Century
Sina Shamsavari

Drawing Memories. The "Comics for Identity" Project in Argentina as an Ethical and Aesthetical Challenge
Pablo Turnes

Scalpels and Pens:
Tools of Brazilian Surgeon/Cartoonist Ronaldo Cunha Dias
John A. Lent

Women in Cartoons -- Liang Baibo and the Visual Representations of Women in Modern Sketch
Martina Caschera

By the Power of Lailies: History and Evolution of Women Characters in Bangladeshi Comics
Tahseen Salman Choudhury

A Tribute to Trizophrenia: Sport in Jef Mallett's Comic Strip "Frazz"
Jeffrey 0. Segrave
John A. Cosgrove

Wang Zimei and Sun Zhijun: Cartoonists Hidden in Chinese History
John A. Lent and Xu Ying

Peak TV and Anime: Why It Matters
Northrop Davis

Modular, Proportional, Patterning: Representation of Zhang Guangyu's Ornamental Style in His Comics
Hongyan Sun

History and Popular Memory. Alternative Chronicle of Mexico City in the Comics of Gabriel Vargas
Laura Nallely Hernandez Nieto
Ivan Facundo Rubinstein

Art and Avarice: Tracing Careers in the Indian Comics World
Jeremy Stoll

A Turkish Comic Strip: "Abdtilcanbaz"
Tolga Erkan

Pang Bangben: "This Old Man Can Do All Kinds of Art"
John A. Lent and Xu Ying

Major Lazer: Animation in Electronic Music as a Transmedia Resource
Citlaly Aguilar Campos

First Lesson of the Sea, Always Bring a Spare Pencil: Analyzing Navy Culture through Cold War Cartoons
Patrick Shank

Sequence Side of Cergam: A Case Study of "Kraman" by Teguh Santosa
Toni Masdiono and lwan Zahar

The Printed Word
John A. Lent

Book Reviews
John A. Lent
Janis Breckenridge
Mel Gibson
Michael Rhode

Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Michael Rhode

IJoA Spring/Summer 2017

Catching up...

Here are the contents of the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of IJoCA. Listing reproduced from the IJoCA blog at http://ijoca.blogspot.com/2017/09/international-journal-of-comic-art-19-1.html.

International Journal of Comic Art
Vol. 19, No. 1 Spring/Summer 2017

Freedom To Cartoon: An Endangered Concept
A Symposium
Edited by John A. Lent

Global Infringements on the "Right to Cartoon": A Research Guide
John A. Lent

From Socialism to Dictatorship: Editorial Ideologies in Chilean Science Fiction and Adventure Comics
Camila Gutierrez Fuentes

La Figura del Presidente Salvador Allende.Caricatura Politica e Imagenes Fatldicas
Jorge Montealegre I.

Control over Comic Books in Spain during the Franco Dictatorship (1939-1975)
Ignacio Fernandez Sarasola

Early Censorship of Comics in Brazil and Spain and Their Use as an Educational Resource as an Escape
Cristiana de Almeida Fernandes, Vera Lucia dos Santos Nojima, Ana Cristina dos Santos Malfacini, and Maria da Conceicao Vinciprova Fonseca

Two Life Times and 15 Years: A Cuban Prisoner's Coping Through Cartoons
John A. Lent

American Infection: The Swedish Debate over Comic Books, 1952-1957
Ulf Jonas Bjork

Seduced Innocence: The Dutch Debate about Comics in the 1940s and 1950s
Rik Sanders (Translated by Melchior Deekman)

Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
"Acquire the Widest Possible Comics Culture": Au Interview with Thierry Groensteen
John A. Lent

Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
The Multi-Varied, 50-Year Career of a Fan-Researcher of Comic Art
Fred Patten

Gutter Ghosts and Panel Phantasms: Horror, Haunting, and Metacomics
Lin Young

World War II in French Collective Memory: The Relevance of Alternate History Comics.
An Analysis of the Wunderwaffen Saga
Simon Desplanque

Genre Hybridity as the Scheme of the Comics Industry
Jaehyeon Jeong

On the Pastoral Imaginary of a Latin American Social Democracy: Costa Rica's El Sabanero
Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste

Between Fine and Comic Art. On the Arab Page: Much Connects Art and Comics in Egypt and the Wider Middle East
Jonathan Guyer

"Art Is My Blood": A Short Interview with Nora Abdullah, Pioneer Female Malay Comic Artist
Lim Cheng Tju

Comics Theory for the Ages: Text and Image Relations in Medieval Manuscripts
Jesse D. Hurlbut

Examining Film Engagement Through the Visual Language of Comics
R. Brad Yarhouse

Hemispheric Latinx Identities and Transmedial Imaginaries: A Conversation with Frederick Luis Aldama
Janis Breckenridge

In Search of the Missing Puzzle Pieces: A Study of Jimmy Liao's Public Art Installations in Taiwan
Hong-Chi Shiau and Hsiang-wen Hsiao

Far from the Maddening Crowd: Guy Delisle as Cultural Reporter
Kenan Kocak

Portrayal of Massacre: A Comparative Study between Works of Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, and Fumiyo Kono
Sara Owj

Toriko's Database World
Bryan Hikari Hartzheim

Beyond Images and Gags: Comic Rhetoric in "Luann"
Veronica Anzaldua

Happy Ike, The Pink Kid and the American Presence in Early British Comics
Michael Connerty

The Swedish Phantom: Sweden's Domestication of an American Comic Book Hero
Ulf Jonas Bjork

Start Spreading the News: Marvel and New York City
Barry Pearl

Honore Daumier: Caricature and the Conception/Reception of "Fine Art"
Jasmin Cyril

China's Cartooning in the War of Resistance against the Japanese Invasion
Zola Zu

Belgian bande dessinee and the American West
Annabelle Cone

The Printed Word
John A. Lent

Book Reviews
M. Thomas Inge
David Lewis
John A. Lent
Lim Cheng Tju
Janis Breckenridge
Benoit Crucifix
Christopher Lee Proctor II
Michael J. Dittman
Leslie Gailloud

Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Michael Rhode
Maite Urcaregui
Pascal Lefevre
Keith Friedlander


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

CFP The Stage and the Comics Page: Graphic Adaptations of Plays, Theatrical Adaptations of Comics (9/30/18; NeMLA 3/21-24/2019)

The Stage and the Comics Page: Graphic Adaptations of Plays, Theatrical Adaptations of Comics

deadline for submissions:
September 30, 2019

full name / name of organization:
Northeast MLA 2019, March 21-24

contact email:

This panel seeks papers that explore adaptations from comics into theater, or from theater into comics. Whether comics adaptations of classic plays, or celebrated graphic narratives that get adapted for the musical stage, the interplay between the stage and the comics page is rich and multi-directional, as both are visual narratives, with very different points of access and methods of meaning-making. The ill-fated Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may not have much in common with a graphic novelization of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, for instance, but they share an attempt to grapple with the intersection of the two media.

The papers might focus on medium specificity in each form; changes in status of high to low culture, or broad to niche appeal; any of the aspects of each “wave” of adaptation studies as posited by Thomas Leitch; performativity, or some other theoretical framework. NeMLA 2019 will be in Washington DC, March 21-24. Learn more about NeMLA here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html

Submit abstract of 300 words by September 30 here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17233


Emily Lauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Suffolk County Community College
Islip Arts 2K, Ammerman Campus
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784


Sunday, September 23, 2018

CFP Comics Arts Conference WonderCon (12/1/2018; Anaheim 3/29-31/2019)

Comics Arts Conference WonderCon

deadline for submissions:
December 1, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Comics Arts Conference

contact email:

The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting 100 to 200 word abstracts for papers, presentations, and panels taking a critical or historical perspective on comics (juxtaposed images in sequence) for a meeting of scholars and professionals at WonderCon, March 29-31, 2019, in Anaheim, CA. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars. We also encourage the involvement of professionals from all areas of the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, retailers, distributors, and journalists.

The CAC is designed to bring together comics scholars, professionals, critics, and historians to engage in discussion of the comics medium in a forum that includes the public. Proposals are due December 1, 2018. Please submit proposals to our online form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BZ8XV9N. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathleen McClancy at comicsartsconference@gmail.com, or see our website at http://comicsartsconference.wp.txstate.edu.

CFP (Dis)ability and Comics: Fifth Annual Dartmouth College Conference on Illustration, Comics, and Animation (1/7/2019; 4/26/2019)

(Dis)ability and Comics: Fifth Annual Dartmouth College Conference on Illustration, Comics, and Animation

deadline for submissions:
January 7, 2019

full name / name of organization:
Dartmouth College Conference on Illustration, Comics, and Animation

contact email:

How do comics and related visual media such as illustrated books, comic strips, and animation represent disability differently from other media, and what new possibilities do they propose for thinking about or visualizing ability?

Join us for a one-day conference at Dartmouth College on Friday April 26, 2019.

Of particular interest are papers that consider comics as graphic medicine, comics and ableism, comics and neuro-divergence, autism in graphic novels and comics, disability and graphic memoir, creative titles or series by comics artists and writers who identify with or include ability-challenged perspectives, disability studies/theory approaches to contemporary comics and/or issues in comics studies, race and /or gender and sexuality and disability in comics, and comics and pictorial literacy as tools within developmental education studies.

To participate in the conference, please send a two hundred-word abstract of your talk along with a short professional bio to

Michael A. Chaney

Conference Director


Please be sure to submit your materials before January 7, 2019.

We hope to see you at Dartmouth College next April!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

IJoCA for Spring/Summer 2018

Another massive issue for the latest number of the International Journal of Comics Art. Contents list from http://ijoca.blogspot.com/2018/08/international-journal-of-comic-art-201.html. The issue includes a section on "Transnational Graphic Narratives" and a selection of open topic pieces, including a tribute to the late Tom Roberts, UConn's long-time resident comics expert.

Vol. 20, No. 1 Spring/Summer 2018

Transnational Graphic Narratives
Edited by Daniel Stein, Lukas Etter, and Michael Chaney
Transnational Graphic Narrative
A Special Symposium
Daniel Stein, Lukas Etter, Michael A. Chaney
Sound Symbolic Words in Translation
Subir Dey and Prasad Bokil
Misreading with the President: Re-reading the Covers of John Lewis's March
Michael A. Chaney
Transnational Graphic Narratives from Down Under
Astrid Boger
The Inventibility of Other Audiences: Thoughts on the Popular Ideology of Fiction in Transnational
Comic Books, on the Occasion of Captain Marvel #1
Stephan Packard
Domesticating Manga? Japanese Comics and Transnational Publishing
Casey Brienza
Kawaii Snow White and an Umbrella Called "Dornroschen": Manga Adaptations of Grimms' Fairy Tales
Franca Feil

Narratives and Identity: A Case Study on Malaysian Autobiographical Comics
Suraya Md Nasir
Transnational Banlieue Bande Dessinee in the 21st Century: An Introduction
Jocelyn Wright
Cartooning Resistance: Irony and Authentication in Zerocalcare's Kobane Calling
Johannes C. P. Schmid
Barbara Stok's Graphic Biography Vincent: A Transnational Campaign
Tobias J, Yu-Kiener
Transatlantic Exchanges and Cultural Constructs: Vertigo Comics and the British Invasion
Isabelle Licari-Guillaume
Alcatena's Malon: National Identity and Cultural Work in the American Comics Industry
Amadeo Gandolfo and Pablo Turnes
From the Post-revolutionary Mexico to the American Way of Life: Analyzing Los Superlocos by Gabriel Vargas
Laura Nallely Hernandez Nieto
Supa Strikas: Transnational Afropolitan Superheroes
Pfunzo Sidogi
Josy Ajiboye: The Reluctant Cartoonist and Social Commentaries in Postcolonial Nigeria
Ganiyu Akinloye Jimoh
Of Maus and Gen: Author Avatars in Nonfiction Comics
Moritz Fink
Political Cartoonists and Censorship in Sri Lanka
Annemari de Silva
Grendel's Mother in Fascist Italy: Beowulf in a Catholic Youth Publication
Susan Signe Morrison
"Games Are More Fun When There's No Real Point": Bizarre Sports in Comic Strips
Jeffrey O. Segrave and John A. Cosgrove
The Australian Political Cartoon - An Historiographical Overview
Richard Scully and Robert Phiddian
Reimaging South Africa's Colonial History: Jan van Riebeeck as a Vampire in the Rebirth Graphic Novel
Estelle A. Muller
Drawing (Dis)ability Panel by Panel: A Literature Review of (Dis)ability, Comics, and Graphic Narratives
Alexandra L. Berglund
Oracle of the Invisible: Rape in The Killing Joke
Christopher Maverick
The Clothes (Re)Maketh the Woman: Sartorial Empowerment in Contemporary Bolivian Comics
Marcela Murillo Lafuente
Curious His Entire Life: Remembering Tom Roberts
Charles Hatfield, Stephen R. Bissette, Brian Cremins, and Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
A Forgotten Link in the History of the Chinese Newspaper Political Cartoon: The Cartoon Album of The World of E-king Yen
Kin Wai Chu
Sobriety Blows: Whiskey, Trauma, and Coping in Netflix' "Jessica Jones"
Janis Breckenridge
The American Sense of Humor
M. Thomas Inge
Wrinkles, Furrows, and Laughter Lines: Paco Roca in Conversation at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Ryan Prout and Roberto Bartual
Visual and Verbal Representations in Mat Som: Lat and Multiculturalism
Thusha Rani Rajendra
Veiling and Unveiling in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis
Julie Kaiser
The CRNI as an Antidote to the Perils of Cartooning: An Interview with Robert "Bro" Russell
John A. Lent
Ha-Flum and Other Sounds of Enjoyment: How Giongo and Gitaigo Shift from Entertainment
to Lived Experience in Insufficient Direction
Kay K. Clopton
"Will the Real Dr. Psycho Please Stand Up?" Finding the Origins of Wonder Woman's Golden Age Characters
Ruth McClelland-Nugent
Negotiating Documentation in Comics
Ofer Ashkenazi and Jakob Dittmar
Manga's Christian Other in Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys and Suu Minazuki's Judas
Daniel D. Clark
The Next Generation of Comics Scholars
The Girl, the Man, and the Maus: Holocaust Narratives in Controversial Media
Lauren Elyse Chivington
615The Printed Word
John A. Lent
Book Reviews
Alisia G. Chase
Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Michael Rhode
Nick Nguyen
Lim Cheng Tju
Canan Marasligil
Reminiscences [Mort Walker]

Monday, July 2, 2018

CFP Essays on the Punisher (expired)

A final expired call for the night. This is also on a much-needed topic. I wish them luck in finalizing the project.

Essays on the Punisher

deadline for submissions:
January 31, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Texas Tech University

contact email:

The Punisher: Judge, Jury, and Executioner

Edited by Matthew McEinry, Alicia Goodman, Ryan Cassidy, and Robert G. Weiner

With Netflix’s The Punisher being released in November 2017, it is apparent that a character like the Punisher has a certain kind of widespread appeal. The Punisher was played with great acclaim in Netflix’s Daredevil Season 2 by Jon Bernthal. There were, however, three previous Punisher movies of varying quality dating back to 1989. None of the previous Punisher films did blockbuster business, although 2004’s The Punisher and The Punisher War Zone (2008) were successful on home video.

Created by Gerry Conway, John Romita, and Ross Andru (with help from Stan Lee) in 1974, The Punisher appeared at a time when the idea of vengeance was permeating our popular culture with films like Death Wish and the Dirty Harry series. The character first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #129, but quickly grew to be a favorite among fans and eventually earned his own series, which continues to the present day. The Punisher is judge, jury, and executioner and is considered by many of the heroes in the Marvel Universe to be morally questionable if not outright villainous.

The editors of this volume seek original essays on the character of the Punisher in his various iterations in popular culture, including the Netflix series, films, video games, animated series, and, of course, the comics. We seek tight essays of around 3,000-4,500 that explain why the Punisher continues to be a popular character.

Possible topics include:
  • The Punisher in Vietnam
  • Why the three previous Punisher Films failed to garner blockbuster status, but did well on video?
  • What is the morality of the Punisher? Is the Punisher justified in his crusade against criminals?
  • Punisher fan films like Dirty Laundry and what do they tell us about the character?
  • Netflix’s version of the Punisher
  • The Punisher in kid-friendly shows like Super Hero Squad.
  • The modern Punisher in the comics
  • How has the character evolved over the years?
  • How did the different writers (Garth Ennis, Chuck Dixon, Steven Grant, Greg Rucka, Archie Goodwin, and Mike Baron) envision the character?
  • The Punisher in Marvel’s Civil War.
  • The Punisher’s relationship to the rest of the Marvel Universe and specific characters e.g., Daredevil, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and Nick Fury.
  • Is the Punisher a villain or a hero?
  • The Punisher in the Ultimate Universe
  • The Punisher in video games
  • What is the Punisher’s relationship to police, the military, S.H.E.I.L.D., etc.?
  • Analysis of the Black Widow/Punisher animated film.
  • 1980s Punisher stories that avoided the Comics Code
  • What does the continued popularity of the character say about humanity?
  • The Punisher and feminism (female characters in the series)

These are only a few of the topics related to the Punisher. Please send a 200-300 word abstract to alicia.goodman@ttu.edu and matthew.mceniry@ttu.edu by January 31, 2018.

Please note: We plan to shop this volume around for peer review after it is completed. Acceptance of abstract does not necessarily [sic]

CFP Unmasking Masculinity: Superheroes and Defeating the Power of Patriarchy (expired)

With apologies once again. Here is a further expired call.

Unmasking Masculinity: Superheroes and Defeating the Power of Patriarchy

deadline for submissions:
May 7, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Sean Parson

contact email:

We are seeking 300-500 word abstracts by May 7th, 2018 for possible inclusion into an edited collection seeking to explore the complex relationship between masculinity, toxic masculinity, gender, queerness, and superhero narratives. Over the last few years there have been books that that explore issues of feminism, gender, and sexuality within comic books but rarely have they engaged with the way the genre shapes and is shaped by contemporary conceptions of masculinity. This project is meant to fill that absence focusing on the construction of the masculinity in comics, as well as engage with critical works that deconstruct toxic version of masculinity or offer queerer, trans, and feminist counter-narratives of the concept.

While superheroes have historically been understood as a “male” genre, focusing primarily on militarism, violence, and traditional gender roles and tropes to move narratives forward, in recent years, there have been a slate of critical and feminist superhero series that have shaped the conversation around gender within the genre. While the inclusion of feminist and female perspectives is essential for the genre, and long overdue, there has been less of a focus on version of masculinity portrayed within the genre and the ways in which counter-narratives of masculinity have, or could, be developed. At a time when concepts like, toxic masculinity, are no longer merely academic phrases, but popularly understood concepts, its time to deconstruct masculinity as it appears on the page, the screen, the TV

This edited book will be peer reviewed and will be submitted, although this contract won’t be secured until all abstracts are chosen. We are interested not only in the present controversies and debates within the field of masculinity but also in expanding the debate and discussion on the topics of superheroes to engage beyond traditional conversations of masculinity to include queer and trans perspectives. Possible topics might include:

  • Abelism 
  • Animal activism
  • Body image 
  • Comic Studies
  • Communication 
  • Critical Race theory 
  • Emotional labor 
  • Feminist Theory
  • Friendships 
  • Film Analysis and theory 
  • History of Gender in comics 
  • Intersectionality 
  • Marxist Analysis
  • Marriage 
  • Media Studies 
  • Militarism 
  • Notions of becoming
  • Queer Theory 
  • Post/Trans humanism 
  •  Sexuality
  • Social Reproduction 
  • Television 
  • Trans issues in comics 
  • Violence

Please direct any questions and 300-500 word abstracts along with a 150 word bio to Dr. JL Schatz (debate@binghamton.edu) and Dr. Sean Parson (sean.parson@nau.edu) by May 7th, 2018. Final pieces will be approximately 5,000 to 7,000 words.

We will notify authors of their acceptance no later than May 21st, 2018.

CFP Edited Collection: BOOM! #*@&! Splat: Comics and Violence (expired)

Sorry. Yet another missed call.

Edited Collection: BOOM! #*@&! Splat: Comics and Violence

deadline for submissions:
May 31, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Jo Davis-McElligatt, PhD & Jim Coby, PhD

contact email:

BOOM! #*@&! Splat: Comics and Violence

In the introduction to Seduction of the Innocent, Frederic Wertham suggested that “chronic stimulation, temptation and seduction by comic books [...] are contributing factors to many children’s maladjustment” (10). Anxious that children would be forever corrupted by the content of comics, Wertham identified representations and structures of violence as among his primary objections to comics narrative: “Here is violence galore, violence in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end” (8). Though anxieties regarding representations of violence in comics have largely fallen to the wayside, thematic and symbolic visual depictions of violence remain central to the comics form. From Captain America punching his way into the American consciousness to Phoebe Gloeckner’s depictions of sexual abuse, violence is an integral aspect of the comic medium. Though scholars such as Hillary Chute, Harriet Earle, and Martin Barker have addressed specific trends and/or themes related to violence in comics, such as war, trauma, horror comics, no sustained scholarly inquiry has yet to address this issue.

Our collection, in taking an inclusive and wide-ranging approach to both violence and comics, seeks to understand how the confluence of words and images might ask readers to consider violence in ways unique to the medium. We welcome scholarship from academics of comics and other fields alike. A notable academic press has expressed enthusiastic interest in this project.

Potential avenues for exploration include:

  • Form and structure elements (i.e., symbolia, jagged speech balloons, emanata)
  • Receptions of violence in comics genres (e.g., horror, superhero, war, and adventure)
  • Cultural production and contexts
  • Cartoon and slapstick violence (e.g., Krazy Kat, Calvin and Hobbes)
  • Comics and war/witness (e.g., Joe Sacco, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman)
  • Physical and psychological family violence (e.g. Alison Bechdel, Craig Thompson, Will Eisner)
  • Sexual violence (e.g., Phoebe Gloeckner, Justin Green)
  • Superhero violence (e.g., Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Jack Kirby, Marvel/DC)
  • History and violence (e.g., John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell, Keiji Nakazawa, Chester Brown)
  • The grotesque and/or bizarre (e.g., Daniel Clowes, Jason, Charles Burns)
  • Pedagogical approaches to teaching violence in comics

Interested parties should submit bio of 150-200 words and an abstract of approximately 300-500 words to Joanna Davis-McElligatt (jcdmce@louisiana.edu) and Jim Coby (james.coby@uah.edu) by May 31. Contributors will be notified no later than July 30. Completed essay drafts (4000-5000 words) will be due December 15th, 2018.

CFP The Ages of the Black Panther (expired)

Sorry again to have missed this call.

The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda

deadline for submissions:
April 1, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Joseph J. Darowski

contact email:

The editor of The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda is seeking abstracts for essays that could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between the Marvel comic book adventures the Black Panther and the social era when those comic books were published. Analysis may demonstrate how Black Panther’s comic books stories and the creators who produced the comics embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to existing essay collections in the series that have already focused on Superman, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Justice League, and the Flash.

Potential chapters include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Introducing the Black Panther: Contextualizing the First Appearance
  • From Black Panther to The Panther to Black Leopard and Back Again: Real World Politics and the Name of Marvel’s First Black Superhero
  • An African King Joins The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
  • Afro-Futurism or Western Paternalism? The Early Appearances of T’Challa
  • The Black Panther’s First Solo Series Was Titled Jungle Action?
  • The First African Superhero Versus the Ku Klux Klan
  • Christopher Priest Retcons the Black Panther’s Early Appearances
  • Adding Everett Ross to the Mix
  • Addressing American Imperialism in the Pages of Comic Books
  • Black Panther and Storm: When Marketing Meets Storytelling
  • Expanding the Wakandan Universe: Sisters, Bodyguards, and Politicians
  • The Black Panther Without Fear: When T’Challa Became Daredevil
  • The Ta-Nehisi Coats Era of Black Panther

Essays should focus on stories featuring Black Panther from his own comic book series or team series. Issues of the the Avengers or other teams that have included Black Panther as a member would be welcome for analysis, so long as the analysis focuses primarily on Black Panther, as would any Marvel mini-series that included Black Panther as a principal character. Similarly, essays focusing on characters that are closely associated with Black Panther would be acceptable. Essays should solely focus on comic book adventures, not media adaptations of the characters. Furthermore, essays should look at a single period of comic book history, rather than drawing comparisons between different publication eras. For example, an essay that analyzed Black Panther comics from the early 1980s and contextualized them with what was happening in American society would be more likely to be accepted than an essay that contrasted 2017 comic books with 1964 comic books. The completed essays should be approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages in MLA format.

Submissions should be sent to Joseph J. Darowski at agesofsuperheroes@gmail.com.


CFP 1993-2018: Twenty-Five Years of Vertigo Comics Symposium (expired) (11/8-9/2018)France)

Sorry to have discovered this so late; it sounds like a great project. Do also note the selected bibliography at the end.

1993-2018: Twenty-Five Years of Vertigo Comics

deadline for submissions:
April 8, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, FRANCE

contact email:

The Vertigo imprint was born in 1993 under the guidance of DC editor Karen Berger; it initially brought together six ongoing series published by DC Comics, notably Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol and Sandman. Those widely successful series were praised for their original, ambitious storylines that sought to break free from narrative and generic conventions. Most of these comics were scripted by British authors whom DC had recruited following Alan Moore’s success on Swamp Thing and Watchmen, forming the bulk of what was known as the “British Invasion”. From just six ongoing series, Vertigo soon extended its line, establishing itself as a halfway house between the mainstream comics industry and the alternative/independent scene. Vertigo defined its identity as that of a game-changer, championing the progressive ideas put forward by DC’s president Jenette Kahn, who had been instrumental in the reconsideration of creators and in the legitimisation of the comics medium. Vertigo’s most visible commitment was its decision to develop many creator-owned series, whose rights belonged to creators rather than publishers. Beyond its initial success, Vertigo in the 2000s was a home for widely recognised original creations such as Y, the Last Man, Fables or 100 Bullets. The imprint left a lasting mark on the US comics industry; it ushered in the era of star writers, contrasting with the focus on artists that had characterised earlier periods; it pioneered the trade paperback format (TPB, sometimes called “graphic novel”) which played a central role in the medium’s struggle for legitimacy; finally, it destabilized the hegemony of the superhero genre and paved the way for major changes in reader demographics.

However, in recent years, Vertigo’s specific identity has begun to wane as some of its major creators turned to other publishers – for instance, Brian K. Vaughan’s best-selling series Saga is being published by Image Comics, while Garth Ennis took The Boys to Dynamite Entertainment after DC (outside Vertigo) cancelled it. Crucially, in 2013, Karen Berger left the imprint after the 2010 changes that modified creators’ contracts and stripped Vertigo of all its corporate-owned series. The last member of the original Vertigo team, Shelly Bond, was let go in 2016 after she helped Gerard Way set up his new imprint at DC, Young Animal, whose initial four ongoing series included two Vertigo spin-offs, while Vertigo struggled to renew itself.

Twenty-five years after its creation, the label is still standing and has already left a substantial mark. Many of the industry’s top professionals who debuted under Berger and Bond’s stewardship now occupy important positions at other publishers, continuing Vertigo’s legacy. Berger and Bond themselves went on to create their own imprints outside of DC : Berger Books is set to debut in early 2018 with Dark Horse, while Shelly Bond’s Black Crown began publishing under IDW.

During this first French symposium entirely dedicated to Vertigo on the occasion of its twenty-fifth birthday, presenters are invited to tackle these issues from all methodological angles. Suggested areas of investigation include:

  • V for Vertigo: The consistency and specificity (or lack thereof) of the Vertigo line as opposed to other publishers and imprints (DC’s own DC universe, its imprints Helix and Wildstorm, and rivals such as Image comics, Avatar Press, Marvel Max…);
  • Vertigo Remediated: Vertigo and the contemporary developments of the comics industry towards more transmedial integration (through TV adaptations, video games, etc.);
  •  Vertigo Vindicates: Vertigo’s legitimizing role and the evolution of the highbrow / lowbrow divide;
  • The British Invasion: the importance of British scriptwriters in the comics industry and the depiction of Britishness in the comics and their paratext;
  • Vertigo Visions: the importance of Vertigo in the renewal of American production in terms of genre, narrative etc.;
  • Editors extraordinaire: the role played by Jenette Kahn, Karen Berger and Shelly Bond;
  • L, G, B, T, V: queer and feminist discourses within the imprint.

Proponents wishing to focus on an individual title are invited to elaborate on the significance the title has in Vertigo’s history, how it compares to other comics with the same theme or period, and how it sheds light on the editorial development of the imprint.

The symposium will be held on November 8th and 9th at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté in Dijon, France. Presentations can be given in French or in English and should not last longer than 30 minutes in order to allow time for questions.

Proposals should be approximately 300 words long, and can be sent in French or in English before April 8th 2018 along with a short biography of the author.

Please send proposals to both members of the organising committee.

Organising committee:

Isabelle Licari-Guillaume (Université Bordeaux Montaigne) isabel.guillaume@gmail.com

Siegfried Würtz (Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté) siegfried.wurtz@gmail.com

Scientific Committee:

Jean-Paul Gabilliet, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Henri Garric, Université de Franche-Comté

Nicolas Labarre, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Irène Langlet, Université de Limoges

Suggested bibliography:

Carpenter, Greg. The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comics Book Writer. Sequart Research & Literacy Organization, 2016. Print.

Dony, Christophe. “Reassessing the Mainstream vs. Alternative/Independent Dichotomy or, the Double Awareness of the Vertigo Imprint.” Comics in Dissent: Alternative, Independence. Ed. Tanguy Habrand, Gert Meesters, and Christophe Dony. Liège: Presses universitaires de Liège, 2014. Print.

---. “The Rewriting Ethos of the Vertigo Imprint: Critical Perspectives on Memory-Making and Canon Formation in the American Comics Field.” Comicalités (2014): n. pag. Web. 20 Sept. 2014. <http://comicalites.revues.org/1918>.

Gabilliet, Jean-Paul. Des comics et des hommes: histoire culturelle des comic books aux États-Unis. Nantes: Éd. du Temps, 2004. Print.

Licari-Guillaume, Isabelle. ‘Vertigo’s British Invasion’: La revitalisation par les scénaristes britanniques des comic books grand public aux États-Unis (1983-2013). PhD dissertation. Université Bordeaux Montaigne, 2017. Print.

Round, Julia. “‘Is This a Book?’ DC Vertigo and the Redefinition of Comics in the 1990s.” The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts. Ed. Paul Williams and James Lyons. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010. 14–30. Print.