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[cfp] Out of the Gutter: Collection on comics and graphic novels

Posted 27 Feb, 2008

Over the course of the past two years, there has been a marked increase of academic interest in comic books and graphic novels, from a cultural theory perspective as well as from the fields of media studies and literature. However, there have been surprisingly few book-length studies on this topic published from any of these disciplinary perspectives. Hence, while Scott McCloud’s groundbreaking book Understanding Comics raised public and academic interest in this under-theorized and challenging medium, and helped to theorize the medium-specific qualities of sequential pictorial narratives, his book suspends the question of how specific disciplinary perspectives might be engaged.

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[publication] Reading Bande Dessinée, by Ann Miller

Posted 22 Feb, 2008
Reading Bande Dessinee

Intellect books has recently published a book on French-language comic strips, Reading Bande Dessinée: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip:

The increasing popularity of bande dessiné , or French-language comic strip, means that it is being established on university syllabuses worldwide. Reading Bande Dessinée provides a thorough introduction to the medium and in-depth critical analysis with focus on contemporary examples of the art form, historical context, key artists, and themes such as gender, autobiography and postcolonial culture.

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[cfp] SCAN - Reading Between the Panels (Special Issue)

Posted 20 Feb, 2008

'Reading between the Panels', a special issue of SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture.

Edited by:
Can Yalcinkaya : canyalcinkaya@yahoo.com
Dr Steve Collins : scollins@scmp.mq.edu.au

Comic books have been often treated deridingly as a hybrid of art and literature, but ultimately a product of low culture. Works by artists, writers and scholars including Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, Frank Miller, Scott McCloud, Will Brooker and Danny Fingeroth have forced a reappraisal of the space occupied by comic books. Over the last two decades comic book stories have diverged from hero-centric mythologies to more broadly explore areas such as the full gamut of the human psyche, sexuality, and politics. Beyond the stories themselves, the comic industry and economy has expanded to encompass underground, adult and alternative productions as well lucrative movie adaptations. This issue of Scan Journal invites submission on areas dealing with comic books and graphic novels that include, but are not restricted to:

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[cfp] Heroes (not Superheroes) in Contemporary Comic Books (Conference Panel)

Posted 20 Feb, 2008

Panel for the 2007 Midwest Popular Culture Association / Midwest American Culture Association Conference in Cincinnati, OH, October 3-5

Panel Title: 'Heroes (not Superheroes) in Contemporary Comic Books'

Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2008

This panel is interested in the describing representations of identity outside the mainstream superhero comic books industry. In particular, this panel seeks to work with prominent authors such as Will Eisner, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Hernandez, Marjane Satrapi, Chris Ware, and others. Identity can be defined in a number of ways with models that range from the archetypal hero who lives within an epic story to the existential protagonist who is lost within a deconstructive narrative.

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