ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

ISSN: 1549-6732

ImageTexT is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of comics and related media. We are published by the English Department at the University of Florida with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our content is available free of charge, and regular issues of ImageTexT will be published three times per year.

 
 

Past Issues

Volume 7 (2013-2014)

Volume 6 (2011 - 2013)

Volume 5 (2010 - 2011)

Volume 4 (2008 - 2009)

Volume 3 (2006 - 2007)

Volume 2 (2005 - 2006)

Volume 1 (2004 - 2005)

Editorial Board

  • Donald Ault Founder and Editor
  • Anastasia Ulanowicz Associate Editor

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Fredric Jameson
  • W.J.T. Mitchell
  • Jerome J. McGann

Editorial Review Board

  • Martin Barker
  • Scott Bukatman
  • Richard Burt
  • Sean Carney
  • Will Eisner (in memoriam)
  • Ian Gordon
  • Terry Harpold
  • Charles Hatfield
  • M. Thomas Inge
  • John Lent
  • Jeffery Klaehn
  • David Kunzle
  • Joseph Murphy
  • Scott Nygren (in memoriam)
  • Derek Parker Royal
  • Maureen Turim
  • Roger Sabin
  • Joseph Witek
  • Julian Wolfreys
  • Phil Wegner

Announcement: The Sequential Artists Workshop

A new comix art school, The Sequential Artists Workshop, is soon to open in Gainesville, FL. Please see the website at http://www.sequentialartistsworkshop.org/ for details. The founders of the Sequential Artists Workshop, also called SAW, are running a fundraiser at http://www.indiegogo.com/Creating-The-Sequential-Artists-Workshop.

The following is an excerpt from a letter sent by the school's founders, who include Tom Hart and Leela Corman:

We're starting this school because we recognize more and more the need for intensive training in this artform, and also want to see the good, interesting adventurous artists out there multiply and flourish. That's why we're calling it The Sequential Artists Workshop: our mission is to train and support artists.
The school is being founded by Tom Hart, who has taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for 10 years, and has helped countless amazing students at SVA become artists. Tom says, "Cartooning and graphic novels are becoming bigger and bigger every day. I tutor and teach more and more people who are fascinated by this medium but donít know itís workings or donít know its history, or who just need time and mentoring to practice, learn and work. We want to be a place to for those people to work, to learn the form and to become sequential artists."

You can see the letter in full on our announcement of the Workshop on the ImageTexT News Feed. We at ImageTexT hope that you will extend support to this exciting new organization.

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[cfp] Call for Papers for the Panel:
The Sequential Art: Comics as a Cultural Nexus

Posted 11 Dec, 2014

(As part of the 'The Third Global Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again', organized by Euroacademia in Florence, Italy, 6 - 7 February 2015)

PANEL DESCRIPTION:

"Comics are just words and images. You can do anything with words and images." Harvey Pekar

The phenomenon known as comics, bandes dessinées, graphic story or fumetti was first defined as sequential art by Will Eisner in his work Comics and Sequential Art (1985). Further inquiries were led by Scott Mc Cloud (Understanding Comics) or Benoît Peeters (Lire la bande dessinée) in trying to establish a theoretical framework for this means of expression. After a long period of being perceived as a childish form of entertainment, nowadays the sequential art is a well-known and respected form of art and it has even become a field of academic research.

This panel aims to feature the transdisciplinarity of its subjects and its methods, to bring together different ways of approaches, and to highlight its numerous possibilities of cultural dialogue. The panel welcomes contributions regarding the following topics, but any other paper or subject related to sequential art is most appreciated:

  • Mainstream, independent and underground comics traditions
  • How comics have been a way of expression to social and historical subjects
  • Theoretical and critical approaches of comics
  • Otherness in comics: depiction of exotic places and alterity
  • The Superhero prototype: a way of understanding the American way of life?
  • The Space In Between. On Time and Space in comics. Phenomenological interpretations
  • The connection between comics and architecture: FranÁois Schuiten — Les cités obscures
  • Comics versus Movies
  • Feminism and Comics

If interested to apply, please see first the full details of the conference at http://euroacademia.eu/conference/3rd-forum-of-critical-studies/

You can apply online on the conference website or by sending 300 words abstract together with the details of affiliation at application@euroacademia.eu

[cfp] Comics and Medicine: Spaces of Care

Posted 02 Dec, 2014

16th – 18th July 2015
Culver Arts Center
University of California, Riverside

Theme

The theme of this year's conference, Spaces of Care, invites us to think about space as a critical element in health care and comics. Receiving medical treatment can affect how we relate to and interact with each other and our environments. Medical care is often thought of as taking place primarily in clinical spaces. A strength of comics is their ability to visualize care beyond these settings to include geographic, physical, ideological, imaginative, temporal, and social spaces. We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on medicine and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels, comic strips, manga, web comics) that examine topics including, but not limited to:

  • Comics depictions of architecture and design and their impact on illness and disability
  • Comics representations of physical spaces that impact the delivery of medical care
  • Use of comics to imagine new spaces for well-being and care
  • The use of comics in creating internal bodily spaces in medical education and illustration
  • The materiality of comics as a space for expressing or demonstrating care
  • The use of space in comics to evoke intersubjective understandings of health and illness narratives
  • The use of comics to visualize geographical, ideological, and/or political boundaries and access to medical therapies
  • Ethical implications of creating comics for patients, physicians, or institutions
  • Trends in, histories of, or the use of comics in healthcare
  • The interface of graphic medicine and popular culture

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[cfp] CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS

Posted 31 Oct, 2014

Cultures of Comics Work

Editors: Casey Brienza and Paddy Johnston

"All artistic work, like all human activity, involves the joint activity of a number, often a large number, of people. Through their cooperation, the art work we eventually see or hear comes to be and continues to be. The work always shows signs of that cooperation," wrote sociologist Howard Becker in his seminal monograph on cultural production Art Worlds. Comic art is no exception to Becker's basic insight. Writers, illustrators, graphic designers, letterers, editors, printers, typesetters, publicists, publishers, distributors, retailers, and countless others are both directly and indirectly involved in the creative production of what is commonly thought of as the comic book.

Yet comics scholars all too often advance a narrow auteurist vision of production in their research. Names such as Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Osamu Tezuka continue loom large in the intellectual firmament, while, despite recent calls for sociological approaches to comics scholarship, the large numbers of people without whom no comic would exist in the first place are routinely overlooked. A clear focus upon these people and the contributions of their labor is therefore long overdue and absolutely necessary to advance the boundaries of the theoretical and methodological study of comics. After all, how are we to understand any work of comic art if we know nothing about the myriad varieties of cultural work that went into its creation?

This anthology takes as its problematic the tensions between the artistic ideal and the realities of contemporary cultural production and builds upon preliminary work mapping out this important but underexplored area of inquiry in the "Comics & Cultural Work" Special Theme Month which ran through December 2013 at Comics Forum (http://comicsforum.org/comics-forum-archives/website-archive/comics-and-cultural-work). Chapters addressing the theme of cultures of comics work outlined in the previous paragraphs are solicited, with a view toward the publication of a multi-authored volume consisting of between 12-14 chapters. A series editor for a well-known academic press has expressed preliminary interest in this project.

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[cfp] Theme issue on Atlantis and other mythical lost island civilizations

Posted 31 Oct, 2014

Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures <www.shimajournal.org> invites submissions for a special issue concerning representations of Atlantis and/or other lost island civilizations.

Topics might include:

  • Representations of Atlantis in popular culture
  • Reflections on the concept of Atlantis and/or why islands are often considered as the locations for mythical lost island cultures

Deadline for submissions — June 1st 2015 (NB the editors would welcome expressions of interest as soon as possible)

Special issue editors: Helen Dawson hdawson@zedat.fu-berlin.de and Philip Haywardprhshima@gmail.com

[cfp] QUEERS & COMICS Ė The first-ever university-based LGBTQ comics conference

Posted 07 Oct, 2014

Presented by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies

Location: The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Date: May 7-8, 2015

Keynote Speakers: Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel

Call for Proposals
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 3, 2014
Notifications by December 15

MORE INFO:

http://www.clags.org/queers-comics/call-for-proposals/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Queers-and-Comics/612897655467461?ref=br_tf

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