Comics Studies at UF!

A large and growing group of students and professors are studying and teaching comics at the University of Florida, and these pages link to some of our resources. In addition to the information on these pages, UF currently hosts an annual conference on comics and the ImageTexT journal, as well as the Comix-Scholars list-serve.

All of these resources are provided to encourage comics scholarship and to share resources with those already studying comics.

The 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media," will be held on April 10th-12th, 2015. The deacdline for abstract submissions for the conference has been extended to January 27! For more on our 2015 Conference, see our 2015 Conference page.

Announcement

ImageTexT's Founder and General Editor, Dr. Don Ault, is retiring from the University of Florida. As of our next issue release (8.1), a new faculty editorial team (consisting of General Editor Terry Harpold, Associate Editor Laurie Gries, and Associate Editor Anastasia Ulanowicz) will be leading the journal. The Editors and ImageTexT staff would like to thank Don for his integral role as Founding Editor and for his work as General Editor for the past 11 years. His stewardship has shaped ImageTexT into the quality journal it is today.

Don's teaching, scholarship, and university service have been instrumental in developing comics studies as a discipline at UF and across the country. He has been an inspiration and valued mentor to many, and his contributions to the Department of English will certainly outlive his tenure.

Don and a team of faculty and graduate students (with generous University of Florida support) published the inaugural issue of ImageTexT in 2004, following the 2002 "Will Eisner Symposium," which was the first UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. ImageTexT has been a UF insitution ever since, and we are proud to be continuing Don's legacy.

We hope that you will all join us in celebrating Don's years of scholarship and service.

Events

Retirement Party for Dr. Don Ault: The Department of English at the University of Florida is hosting a retirement party for Dr. Ault today, January 28, 2015, at 5:00pm in the Herbert Library (Turlington 4008).

Graduate Comics Organization: February's GCO and ImageText meeting is TBA.

Comics Reading Group: Reading Group selections this semester have included:

This year's first GCO meeting was held Wednesday September 10 at 5pm in Turlington 4344. After that was held the first Comings Reading Group Meeting of the semester. The comic was Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

Conferences

The 12th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Comics Read but Seldom Seen," will be held on April 10th-12th, 2015

The 11th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Traumics: Comics Narratives of Trauma," was held on 4th-6th, 2014.

The 10th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "A Comic of Her Own," was held on March 15-17, 2013.

The 9th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, "Monsters in the Margins," was held on April 13-15, 2012.

The 8th Annual UF Comics Conference, "ImageNext: Visions Past and Future," was held on March 26-27, 2010.