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[cfp] Call for Papers: Bodies/Borders in Jewish Women's Comics

Posted 31 May, 2017
Edited by: Heike Bauer, Andrea Greenbaum, and Sarah Lightman

Scholarship and publications on Jewish women and comics have grown considerably over the last five years. Studies such as the Eisner Award-winning Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews (Lightman 2014), How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses? (Oksman 2016) and our own special issue on "Contemporary Comics by Jewish Women" (Bauer, Greenbaum, Lightman, Studies in Comics 7:2 2015) have shown that Jewish women make a significant and varied contribution to contemporary comics.

Prompted by the realization that many Jewish women artists work across national and cultural contexts, and that we have yet to examine more fully how their Jewishness intersects with other forms of identity and identification, we are now inviting contributions to a new collection of essays and interviews on Jewish women's comics in transnational context. Tentatively titled, Bodies/ Borders in Jewish Women's Comics, it will bring together scholars and artists to examine comics from a wide range of countries and cultures and present original artwork including work that has not yet been translated into English.

We are in discussion with an academic press. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. We are seeking to publish essays, interviews and artwork.

Essays should focus on Jewish women. Themes might include, but are not limited to:

  • Intersectionality
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Illness-related narratives
  • Women's bodies
  • Religious texts (Talmud, Torah etc)
  • Mothers
  • Domesticity
  • Exile/diaspora
  • Superheroes and Villains
  • Workplace Narratives
  • War and Conflict

Interviews

We are eager to publish interviews with Jewish women comic artists from around the world. Please get in touch if you would like to propose an interview.

Artwork

We are especially interested in both original artwork and previously published work that has not yet been translated into English.

Deadline for Abstracts: June 30th, 2017

Send abstracts to: Dr. Andrea Greenbaum, Professor of English, Barry University agreenbaum@barry.edu.

[general] Call for Creative Texts and Reviewers

Posted 17 May, 2017

In an effort to expand our reviews section, ImageTexT will begin inviting reviews of comics texts published by small presses, preferably engaging with the connection between image/text mediums and the social world. Since comics and animation have a long and rich history of reflecting, interacting with, and being shaped by the larger socio-cultural moment in which they were produced, image/text works have been highly influential in social movements and justice-oriented discourses throughout the world.

At ImageTexT, we believe it is the academic community's responsibility to keep social concerns in public discourse, resisting the normalization of hate-based rhetoric, images, or actions with our scholarly engagement. Given the critical socio-political climate of the contemporary United States and other locations, we feel comics that explicitly visualize social justice issues deserve academic and popular attention that helps illuminate the many ways these texts connect with or affect the actual lived experiences of those involved in these issues. To that end, we invite authors, publishers, or readers to recommend small-press texts that they believe deeply and critically engage with various social justice issues. Some of the texts we currently have available for review include:

  • Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back, Ad Astra Comix
  • War in the Neighborhood, Ad Astra Comix
  • Dumb, Georgia Webber, Radiator Comics
  • The Weight, Melissa Mendes, Radiator Comics
  • Inner City Romance, Guy Colwell (new 2015 collected edition)
  • Disco Cry, Marianna Serocka, Centrala Press
  • Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology, Joamette Gil

Please visit the ImageTexT website to find other scholarly and creative titles available for review.

We invite scholars, authors, and critics to submit 1,500-3,000 word reviews of these or any other small press, socially-oriented image/text works. To inquire about a specific title, suggest a title for review, or ask any other questions about the reviews process at ImageTexT, please email Ashley Manchester at manchester@ufl.edu and/or Charles Acheson at cpacheson21@ufl.edu.

[general] Alex Robinson Voyages Into OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE!

Posted 17 May, 2017

Ever since the days of his massive award-winning debut Box Office Poison, Alex Robinson has been one of the indie comics community's biggest stars -- "A master cartoonist," as Publishers Weekly put it. Now, like Halley's comet, he's completed another lengthy trip around the solar system and come back with a powerful new graphic novel: Our Expanding Universe!

OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE by Alex Robinson

The award-winning author of Box Office Poison, Tricked, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten returns to his home turf, as a small constellation of city-dwellers take a frightening step into the unknown: parenthood.

Amid dinner parties, game nights, and hospital stays, a once-tight group of friends wrestle with the shifting shapes of their lives. Under the pressures of marriage and the passage of time, will they cling to the past, leap into the future, or self-destruct? Hey, not every implosion leads to a Big Bang...

OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE by Alex Robinson
  • A 256-page, b&w softcover graphic novel with flaps, 6 1/2" x 9 5/8".
  • ISBN 978-1-60309-377-4 - Diamond Comic Distributors code: SEP15-0465
  • $19.99 (US) - coming in November
  • Click here to read an 8-page preview!

Plus: a new look for a beloved classic!

But why stop there? We're proud to unveil a snazzy new edition of Alex Robinson's groundbreaking and widely beloved debut, Box Office Poison!

This 608-page opus -- following an unforgettable ensemble cast through dreary jobs, messy apartments, new love, naked roommates, and comic-industry exploitation -- has received such honors as the Eisner Award and the Angoulême Prix du Premier Album, and was declared by Wizard Magazine the best indy graphic novel of all time.

BOX OFFICE POISON (New Cover Edition) by Alex Robinson
  • A 608-page, b&w softcover graphic novel, 6 1/2" x 9 5/8".
  • ISBN 978-1-891830-19-8 - Diamond Comic Distributors code: STAR13562
  • $29.95 (US) - coming in November
  • Click here to read a 5-page preview!
Chris Staros Top Shelf Productions PO Box 1282 Marietta GA 30061-1282 USA chris@topshelfcomix.com www.topshelfcomix.com

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