Call for Papers

2004 University of Florida Conference on Comics:
"Comics and Animation: Simultaneity and Sequentiality"
October 29-30, 2004; Deadline for Abstracts: October 4, 2004.

The University of Florida's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the 2004 UF Conference on Comics: Comics and Animation. This third annual conference on comics will focus on simultaneity and sequentiality in comics and animation. The conference will be held in Gainesville, Florida, on October 29th and 30th 2004.

This conference will focus on comics and animation in their many forms including both static and dynamic media. Specific forms include comic strips, graphic novels, single-panel comics, plates, cartoons, animated films, anime, flash/web animation, and video games. Papers may feature an argument about particular works within these forms and/or address critical approaches to the forms themselves.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • History and evolution of the Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novels and Comic Books: Forms, Distribution and Recognition
  • Engraved plates, illuminations, and woodcuts as visual narrative
  • History of Animation
  • Disney's role in the development of animation and the culture industry
  • Rising circulation of Anime and Manga
  • Flash Animation and the role of technology in visual rhetoric
  • Video Games and Digital Comics
  • Theoretical models for simultaneity and sequentiality

Abstract submissions should be approximately 250 words in length. Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes of question and

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, October 4, 2004. We accept abstracts in print form or in e-mail attachments. Email is preferred.

E-mail submissions to: or

Or, send hard copies to:
Donald Ault
Department of English
Univ. of Florida
4008 Turlington Hall
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville, FL 32611-7310

The University of Florida's Third Annual Conference on Comics; October 29-30, 2004; Gainesville, Florida.


Parrish Baker, Howard Cruse, Brian Clevinger, Marc Shahboz, Jose Villarrubia.


CLASSC, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Alachua County Library District, Xerographic Copy Center, University of Florida Libraries, Goerings Book Store, Alternative Comics.