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[event] Announcing ICAF 2005

Posted 01 May, 2005

Tenth Anniversary Conference to be Held at the Library October 13-15, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The International Comic Arts Festival (ICAF) is proud to announce it will hold its tenth anniversary conference at the Library of Congress in 2005.

ICAF is an international summit for scholars, creators, and enthusiasts of comics and cartoon art. The three-day event includes academic papers, chalk talks by distinguished cartoonists, and lectures by scholars from around the globe. While ICAF has been held in the Washington, D.C. area since its inception in 1995, ICAF 2005 marks the first time ICAF has joined with the Library of Congress.

ICAF 2005 will take place from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15, at the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, with the generous support of the Library?s Prints and Photographs Division and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon. The Swann Foundation, administered by the Library of Congress, supports the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of cartoon art from around the world, and has frequently sponsored lectures and exhibits related to comics. (For more on the Swann Foundation, please consult its Web site at

"We're very excited about holding ICAF at the Library of Congress, and grateful for the support of the Library and the Swann Foundation," says ICAF Chair Charles Hatfield. "Working with the Library gives us a rare opportunity to encourage the serious study of comics and cartooning. The Swann Foundation is a perfect partner, and the Library the perfect place to bring together scholars and the general public--a historic venue known for its great collections and its support of important research, not to mention its beauty and its great location."

Dr. Jeremy Adamson, chief of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, notes, "Few people realize that the Library is home to one of the world's great collections of original cartoon art, encompassing virtually the entire history and scope of comics. Recognizing the scholarly significance of cartoons as potent vehicles of social and political commentary, and spontaneous expressions of contemporary fashion, values, and attitudes, we are pleased to support ICAF 2005."

ICAF is currently in the process of soliciting paper proposals and inviting distinguished guests for 2005. Please see the Call for Papers on the ICAF homepage,, for more information.

The Library of Congress houses the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, the Swann Gallery, and one of the world?s most extensive and diverse collections of comic strips, comic books, and cartoon drawings. Learn more about the Library's cartoon-related collections at their official Web site:

For more information about ICAF, contact Marc Singer, ICAF Executive Committee.



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