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[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 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



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