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[cfp] Call for Abstracts (December 31, 2013):

Posted 10 Dec, 2013

Marvel's Civil War: How Comics Defined the Post 9/11 Era
(Collection of Essays)

Kevin Scott, Albany State University

Contact email: marvelcivilwar2006@gmail.com

Not since the comics book industry's response to World War II have comic books addressed contemporary events in American culture so powerfully than they did after 9/11. As the United States invaded Iraq and struggled to deal with fears about terrorism at home, the medium that has often depended on icons of American exceptionalism found the very idea of the superhero—who exerts his power over others with little to no oversight— politically charged and problematic. Marvel Comics responded with its now famous Civil War series, pitting superhero against superhero and placing the very embodiment of American values, Captain America, in the position of criminal and fugitive. The series, a seven–issue comics event that ran from 2006 to 2007 but included nearly a hundred other comics from across the Marvel universe, had at its center the classic, painful question of "how much liberty will you give up for security?" The answer would control the storylines within the Marvel universe for the next four years and engender a sustained and sophisticated discussion of America's values and its political system.

The volume editor, the coauthor of The Porning of America (Beacon, 2008), seeks a variety of essays addressing the Civil War event as well as the storylines that followed from it, for a collection being developed with McFarland Books.

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[cfp] The Comic Book Superheroes

Posted 10 Dec, 2013

Synæsthesia: Communication Across Cultures is an open-access interdisciplinary journal, rigorously peer-reviewed and oriented toward advancing new perspectives and understandings of how thought, engagement, and the communication of meanings hinge upon human perception. The journal encourages new dialogues in communication theory and research by publishing original scholarship that explores issues from the interpersonal to mass-marketed, regional to global, academic to corporate, among genders and across time. The journal welcomes innovative theoretical essays and research articles from scholars around the world and aims to advance the progressive exchange of ideas.

Synæsthesia invites submissions for a special upcoming themed edition of the journal (Vol. 2, No. 3) specifically focused on 'The Comic Book Superheroes.'

Synæsthesia managing editors Dr. Christopher Melley and Dr. Daniel Broudy are pleased to announce that this special topic edition of the journal will be co-edited by Dr. Jeffery Klæhn.

Possible themes/topics that may be explored include superheroes within the broader context of history, pop culture, theory, masculinity and femininity, race and ethnicity, inequality (social, political, economic), power, identity, the medium and/or other genres, the broader comic book industry, other media, methods of production, authorship, creator's rights, the changing status of comic book writers and/or artists, changing markets and channels of distribution, readership and fandom.

All articles considered for publication will undergo a peer-review process.

Scholarly work accepted for publication with the online journal will receive subsequent consideration for publication within future collected volumes.

Submissions should be rigorous in scholarship yet accessible in style for audiences across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Submissions lodged by e-mail should include a title, abstract, author's name, and institutional affiliation. Including in the subject line of your e-mail submission the proposed title of your essay/paper will help us parse spam from legitimate inquiries. If including images within the manuscript, please adhere to fair use policy. Manuscripts attached to e-mail submissions should be saved in the MSWord .doc format.

contact email: editors@Synæsthesiajournal.com

[cfp] ImageTexT Special Issue: A Comic of Her Own

Posted 04 Dec, 2013

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:

  • Superheroines in comics—how super are they, really?
  • Good Girls vs. Bad Girls in mainstream comics
  • Women's writing as autobiography
  • What women want—explorations of titles that are popular with female readers
  • Queer women in comics
  • Girly men and manly women in comics—how is gender drawn?
  • Feminist readings of mainstream comics—are women still in the refrigerator?
  • Monstrous women in comics—sexed/gendered readings of monstrous, radioactive, and generally othered bodies in mainstream comics
  • Female sexuality in comics—from mainstream sex goddesses to queer alternatives
  • Studies of work by particular women writers and/or artists
  • Challenges to the "graphic women" canon
  • Girls in children's picture books and children's picture books "for girls"
  • Adaptation of comics superheroines to the big screen—representational differences and challenges in media adaptation
  • Women in animation—the female form in motion

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

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