ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

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ImageTexT Special Issues and General Submissions

Currently, ImageTexT is soliciting articles for forthcoming general and special topic issues. For general submissions, see the Submissions Page. For special issues, see below.

ImageTexT Special Issue CFP

A Comic of Her Own: Women Writing, Reading, and Embodying in Comics

Guest Editor: Jeffrey A. Brown, Ph.D.
Co-Editor: Melissa Loucks

"A Comic of Her Own: Women Writing, Reading, and Embodying in Comics" will be a Special Issue of ImageTexT inspired by our 2013 Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Those who presented at and/or attended the 2013 conference, "A Comic of Her Own," are encouraged to submit, and we also invite submissions from contributors who did not attend the conference. All submissions will be judged based on merit.

From our "Comic of Her Own" CFP:

Trina Robbins's A Century of Women Cartoonists responds to a comics history which often forgets women. In the past few years, interest has grown around women working in the comics industry, perhaps best exemplified by Hillary Chute's 2010 Graphic Women. Similarly, academia has made many inroads into comics and gender through scholarship on superheroines in mainstream comics. Mike Madrid's 2009 The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines and Jennifer Stuller's 2010 Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, not to mention more works by Trina Robbins and Lillian Robinson, attest to this growing interest in the representation of women in comics. However, these two scholarly fields rarely engage in meaningful dialog, despite their mutual interest: the examination of women in comics, whether behind the scenes or on the page.

This Special Issue of ImageTexT hopes to explore the intersections between women's writing in comics, women represented in comics, and the women who read them. To further the dialogue between creators, readers, and scholars, for this special issue we will also consider submissions artistic and biographical in nature, provided they adhere to the issue's theme.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Please send the full text of articles to proceedingsissue@gmail.com by February 15, 2014.

ImageTexT Special Issue CFP

Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy

Edited by James Bucky Carter and Najwa Al-tabaa

The "Comics and Post-Secondary Pedagogy” special issue of ImageTexT is accepting paper submissions that address the teaching of comics with adult learners, defined as those in post-secondary settings such as colleges, universities, technical schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc., or in other settings in which adult education, enrichment, or training is a focus (prisons, the military, government, the workplace, extension programs, mutual aid movements, etc.).

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Please send completed papers in MLA citation format to James Bucky Carter at jbcarter777@gmail.com by July 20th, 2013. Copy all submissions to Najwa Al-tabaa at naltabaa@ufl.edu.

Articles submitted should usually not exceed 10,000 words including notes and should be presented to generally accepted academic standards. Please submit all articles by sending an email with the submission attached (including images, video etc.). Articles should be submitted preferably in HTML, or as Microsoft Word, StarOffice, or OpenOffice documents. Webbed essays are encouraged.

ImageTexT Special Issue CFP

Monsters in the Margins: The Horrors of Image/Text

Edited by Don Ault and Will Walter

In any crisis, whether economic or cultural, there is a sense of an unimaginable danger right around the corner. These unknown and unfathomable terrors fascinate the imagination and dramatically play out our anxieties in a more cognitively relatable form. We attempt to embody them, to transplant them, or to make them somehow tangible, yet despite the variety of attempts, the underlying anxiety persists. The narratives and forms into which we channel our terrors become our monsters. At the same time, the modes and means of this content production and distribution seem to loom, suggesting changes and mutations around the corner, and the outliers and disturbances in the status-quo make us wary of what's to come.

In the midst of the first true economic crisis of the 21st century, we return to these sites with renewed curiosity. How can we depict the sublime terror of our anxieties? How can we convey our unabashed horror through image and text, and communicate those feelings across venues and platforms? Why do we keep trying to re-imagine the same monstrous templates, especially when the tools of a craft are perpetually unstable?

The targeted goal of the "Monsters in the Margins" special issue from ImageTexT is to address these issues by welcoming any and all explorations into the representation of monsters in a imagetextual form. As a proceedings issue following 2012's Monster in the Margins UF Graduate Comics Organization conference, we invite papers from both panelists and speakers at the conference, as well as scholars who did not attend the conference. All articles relevant to the special issue topic will be judged on merit.

We are especially interested in how the combination of text and image augments each in potentially productive and monstrous ways. From traditional genres to new horizons of horror, we seek to examine the monsters of media and attempt to understand how the medium influences the message, and vice versa.

Submissions should maintain a focus on comics, manga, children's literature, video games, imaging technology or any other form that includes both image and text in its representations (either simultaneously or indirectly). In addition to these product- oriented examinations, we also welcome viewpoints from both creative and cultural/sociological orientations, including artist's and writer's perspectives on the acts of creation, examinations of distributive modes, and cultural responses to the distribution of visual/textual content.

Potential topics for submission include, but are not limited to:

Accepted essays are expected to be approximately 4,000-7,000 words. Interested writers should submit their full articles with any intended images by April 15th, 2013 to imagetext@gmail.com.

Please also include a one-paragraph personal summary with your submission.

ImageTexT (http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/) is a web-based journal published by the University of Florida, committed to advancing the academic study of comic books, comic strips, and animated cartoons. Under the guidance of an editorial board of scholars from a variety of disciplines, ImageTexT publishes solicited and peer-reviewed papers that investigate the material, historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of visual textuality. ImageTexT welcomes essays emphasizing (but not limited to) the aesthetics, cognition, production, reception, distribution and dissemination of comics and other media as they relate to comics, along with translations of previously existing research on comics as dimensions of visual culture.

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ImageTexT is published by the Department of English at the University of Florida.