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[cfp] FANTASTIC! HEROIC! DISABLED?
"CRIPPING" THE COMIC CON

Posted 21 Nov, 2012

April, 2013
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

DEADLINE for Proposals: January 11, 2013

Michael Bérubé tells us that "every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability' is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work" (1997, p. B4).

This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist "beneath the surface" and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.

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[publication] HOOKED ON COMIX Vol. 3

Posted 21 Nov, 2012

HOOKED ON COMIX is a series of documentary films focusing on some of the most talented and visionary alternative comic artists of our time. HOOKED ON COMIX Volume 1 features interviews with Peter Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Roberta Gregory, Jamie Hernandez, and a dozen more major talents in the world of comic books. HOOKED ON COMIX Volume 2 features Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, and four other talented cartoonists.

HOOKED ON COMIX Vol. 3 featuring Dame Darcy and Tony Millionaire is now available on DVD! 20 minutes, NTSC

Available here: https://www.createspace.com/333128

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[cfp] The Crime Comics of Frank Miller (12/10/12; PCA/ACA 3/27/13-3/30/13)

Posted 21 Nov, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS (Please circulate)

Panel for the 2013 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference in Washington, D.C., March 27-30

Panel Title: "The Crime Comics of Frank Miller"

Deadline for submissions: December 10, 2012

Often cited as a creator responsible for bringing a gritty aesthetic to superhero comics, Frank Miller is also a creator responsible for bringing crime comics back to the forefront of the comics industry. With Sin City (and others), Miller reinstated many conventional (and politically incorrect) aspects of the crime genre while pushing the artistic boundaries of comics at the same time.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Miller's implementation of the tropes of pulp fiction, film noir, and classic crime comics into his narrative and visual style
  • Miller's synthesis of the superhero and crime genres in Daredevil and Batman, science fiction and crime genres in Hard Boiled and Martha Washington
  • Miller's vigilante hero as a social critique
  • Miller's masculine aesthetics in its narrative and visual representations, his depiction (and sometimes objectification) of powerful, sexual women
  • Miller's development throughout his career in terms of his scripting, illustration, aesthetic philosophy, and political activism

Please submit a 300-word proposal to Terrence Wandtke at twandtke@judsonu.edu. You may include the proposal within the body of the e-mail or attach as a Word document. Your e-mail must be received by December 10, 2012. Please include your affiliation, contact information, and a short bio.

Dr. Terrence Wandtke

Literature and Media
Judson University

[cfp] The Crime Comics of Ed Brubaker (12/10/12; PCA/ACA 3/27/13-3/30/13)

Posted 21 Nov, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS (Please circulate)

Panel for the 2013 Popular Culture Association / American Culture
Association Conference in Washington, D.C., March 27-30

Panel Title: "The Crime Comics of Ed Brubaker"

Deadline for submissions: December 10, 2012

Perhaps most famous as the man who killed Captain America, Ed Brubaker has blended superhero and crime comics conventions in works like Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, and Daredevil. More recently, he has won popular and critical acclaim for his modern (and sometimes postmodern) crime series, Criminal.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Brubaker's work with independent and mainstream publishers, creator ownership of Criminal (published by Marvel)
  • Brubaker's traditional presentation and revision of crime fiction tropes in Criminal (as well as in superhero works like Gotham Central and Daredevil)
  • Brubaker's collaboration with different artists, synthesizing his narrative with their illustration to develop a visual style that evokes noir
  • Brubaker's stories that mix fantasy and reality, experiments with narrative and form that allude to other frames of reference (such as the Archie Comics style in Criminal: The Last of the Innocent)

Please submit a 300-word proposal to Terrence Wandtke at twandtke@judsonu.edu. You may include the proposal within the body of the e-mail or attach as a Word document. Your e-mail must be received by December 10, 2012. Please include your affiliation, contact information, and a short bio.

Dr. Terrence Wandtke

Literature and Media
Judson University

[event] Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER)

Posted 21 Nov, 2012
(Affiliated to Pokhara University)
Baneshwor Heights, Kathmandu

Telephone: 009771-4471915
       009771-4467528

web. www.iacer.edu.np

South Asian Cultural Studies
In Conversation with
ASHIS NANDY

South Asia, a conglomeration of nations and cultures with multiple similarities, differences, fissures, intervals, and continuities, is a participatory and contested space. As such this location not only engages with the global production of knowledge by discoursing ideas from multiple directions, both from inside and outside of the region, but also generates contradictions and contestations. These contradictions and contestation can be further visualized, on the one hand, by examining the unreliable cartographic imagination of districts, provinces, and states, and, on the other hand, by questioning the homogenous/heterogeneous religious beliefs to highly debatable economic aspirations.

Keeping these characteristics in view, the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER) has planned a two-week seminar/workshop (April 2-16, 2013) on South Asian Cultural Studies (SACS) to initiate debates and discussions on multiple and complex issues to critique the region. Prof. Ashis Nandy has agreed to lead the seminar/workshop. Other scholars from Nepal and outside will join him to deliberate on the issues.

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[cfp] Monsters in the Margins: The Horrors of Image/Text

Posted 09 Nov, 2012

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.

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