ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

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[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

[general] The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

Posted 20 Dec, 2016

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), based at the University of Oxford UK, is now home to a new interdisciplinary network designed to promote the academic study of comics at Oxford, in the UK and beyond. Entitled "Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form", the network is comprised of bi-weekly seminars during term times and features talks from both comics critics and academics as well as artists, writers and comics creators. The seminars are designed to cultivate an open environment where all are welcome to come and learn more about the academic study of comics. We are interested in all kinds of graphic art and sequential narrative, from the superhero comic to the contemporary graphic novel to web comics. The network also has an active blog and welcomes contributions such as reviews, conference reports and opinion pieces. We are very outward looking and keen to connect with comics studies conferences, academics and practitioners based at other institutions both in and outside the UK. You can learn more about the network here: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/comics

[general] Retirement of Dr. Don Ault, ImageTexT Founding Editor

Posted 28 Jan, 2015

ImageTexT's Founder and General Editor, Dr. Don Ault, is retiring from the University of Florida. As of our next issue release (8.1), a new faculty editorial team (consisting of General Editor Terry Harpold, Associate Editor Laurie Gries, and Associate Editor Anastasia Ulanowicz) will be leading the journal. The Editors and ImageTexT staff would like to thank Don for his integral role as Founding Editor and for his work as General Editor for the past 11 years. His stewardship has shaped ImageTexT into the quality journal it is today.

Don's teaching, scholarship, and university service have been instrumental in developing comics studies as a discipline at UF and across the country. He has been an inspiration and valued mentor to many, and his contributions to the Department of English will certainly outlive his tenure.

Don and a team of faculty and graduate students (with generous University of Florida support) published the inaugural issue of ImageTexT in 2004, following the 2002 "Will Eisner Symposium," which was the first UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. ImageTexT has been a UF insitution ever since, and we are proud to be continuing Don's legacy.

We hope that you will all join us in celebrating Don's years of scholarship and service.

[general] Call for ImageTexT Manuscript Reviewers

Posted 13 Sep, 2014

ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies is currently seeking manuscript reviewers with expertise in a variety of areas in comics studies.

ImageTexT publishes solicited and peer-reviewed papers that investigate the material, historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of visual textuality. We seek reviewers with research experience in topics such as (but not limited to) the aesthetics, cognition, production, reception, distribution, and dissemination of comics and other graphic narratives.

Ideal candidates will have previous publication or peer review experience and familiarity with MLA style guidelines.

Please submit CV to imagetext@english.ufl.edu.

[general] Comixology & Eco Comics PRESS RELEASE

Posted 19 May, 2014

Monday 7 April 2014

Comixology Announces Digital Distribution Agreement With Eco Comics

7 April, 2014—New York / NY—Award-winning digital-only publisher Eco Comics announced a digital distribution agreement with comiXology—the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and on www.comixology.com.

The move sees the digital-exclusive publisher Eco Comics bringing all its past, present and future titles—including flagship books Green Man, and Dracula vs. Robin Hood vs. Jekyll & Hyde directly to comiXology's global-reaching digital comics platform. "We're excited to be offering Eco Comics' great line of environmentally conscious comics that we're sure that fans everywhere will love," said comiXology VP of Communications & Marketing, Chip Mosher. "We believe in the green message of Eco Comics and are happy to push their comics farther than ever before through comiXology's global reach." "Eco Comics is proud to have been digital, green and paperless since we began, but joining forces with comiXology—which recently passed two hundred million downloads of comics and graphic novels—is the next big step in our evolution," said Eco Comics Editor, Stuart Buckley. "It's an exciting development and the perfect opportunity to provide our bold claim to represent the future of comic books."

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[general] UF Graduate Comics Organization Announces 10th Conference, Online Innovations

Posted 08 Dec, 2012

Gainesville, FL — 6 December, 2012 — In 2013, the University of Florida's Graduate Comics Organization will celebrate its decennial Comics Conference: "A Comic of Her Own," March 15 - 17. This event continues our tradition of hosting scholars, artists, and professionals for a weekend of discussion, recognizing scholars and artists from across North America and in our own community.

Community is the essence of any conference. Conferences provide peers and colleagues an all-too-infrequent opportunity to meet in person, to socialize, and to share their ideas, knowledge, and inspiration. Through this interaction, we enrich one another and sharpen our focus on the deep horizon of our field's future.

The UF Comics Studies Program currently extends these connections amongst scholars through ImageTexT, our interdisciplinary comics scholarship journal, and through the ongoing and open discussion on our Comix Scholars e-mail listserv. Now, the Graduate Comics Organization will push the boundaries even further. We're now on Facebook (The Graduate Comics Organization) and Twitter (imagetextfan). In the coming year, we will develop these presences in social media networks to better follow and disseminate comics news and research, simultaneously developing ImageTexT as a resource hub for comics scholarship. We will, of course, still maintain it as an online, open-access journal. And, as ever, it will remain completely free and publicly available to the worldwide comics community.

The 10th Annual UF Comics Conference will face an issue perpetually smoldering in popular and scholarly politics: Gender. "A Comic of Her Own" will explore the presence and representations of women in comics, comics production, and comics studies. The field is no stranger to such concerns, and our conference promotes this extensive exploration and intensive interrogation of the topic. Like past Comics Conferences, "A Comic of Her Own" aims to establish a productive discussion of comics across disciplinary and professional boundaries, to host a diverse and balanced range of concerned scholars, and to provide a venue for the necessary scrutiny of pressing issues in popular visual/verbal culture. Look for the forthcoming CFP.

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[general] New Summer Classes at the Sequential Artists Workshop

Posted 10 Jul, 2012

Gainesville's own Sequential Artists Workshop has new classes and events lined up for summer, including the workshop "Professional Inking and Drawing Techniques with Justine Mara Andersen," running for 6 Wednesdays, from July 11—August 15, 6:30 pm—9:00 pm. Samples of Justine Mara Anderson's work can be found at http://barefootjustine.com/galleries/illustration/. Workshop fee: $130.

SAW is also offering a one-afternoon "Single Session Intro to Comics Workshop," hosted by Tom Hart, on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 11:00-5:00 pm. This class is advertised as an "intro to comics for creative adults." Workshop fee: $45.

For details on these and other SAW events, see the Classes and Workshops page on the Sequential Artists Workshop website.

[general] SAW Now Accepting Applications for our Single-Year Intensive Program

Posted 19 Dec, 2011

From the Sequential Artists Workshop:

SAW (The Sequential Artists Workshop) is accepting applications for its single-year intensive program, perfect for serious students of comic book storytelling and sequential art. Whether your interest is personal stories, graphic novels, or genre comics or whether your concern is for entertainment, literary depth, or personal expression, then our program is for you.

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[general] John Porcellino Workshop in March 5-9, 2012

Posted 19 Dec, 2011

An announcement from SAW, the Sequential Artists Workshop:

John Porcellino's Workshop is up and running and we're already making arrangements for our attendees. The early-bird price of $250 will go up at the end of the year, so get in now. See more info on the SAW website, here, or just sign up, here

For attendees, we have a separate message:

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[general] SAW Introductory Comics Workshops for Adults and Teens, starting January

Posted 19 Dec, 2011

The following is an announcement by the Sequential Artists Workshop:

Adult and Teen Classes

New classes in January

Announcing a brief 5-week introductory Comics Workshop Class for Adults

Jan 12-Feb 16 (we'll skip Jan 26 to visit Gene Yang at the Alachua County Library.)

We'll try to cover everything (see below) but what we don't cover we'll offer in later, more intensive adult classes, beginning in April.

Go to http://www.sequentialartistsworkshop.org/classes/ to register using PayPal, or email us about other methods.

A teen class starting Jan 7 will begin at The Doris Center in Gainesville.

See more on the SAW blog

[general] Announcements from the Sequential Artists' Workshop

Posted 07 Oct, 2011

SAW, or the Sequential Artists Workshop, has made the following announcements:

John Porcellino Workshop
Dreams, Visions and Inspiration: A Week-Long Intensive with John Porcellino

March 5-9, 2012

John Porcellino will guide students in this 5-day workshop from blank page to completing their own mini-comic. In this week-long workshop, students will work with John from morning to evening, creating small works that they will then publish on Friday. Students will learn how John works, plans, looks to his sketches and notes for ideas and his vast stores of culture, art and nature for inspiration. March 5-9, 2012, at SAW.

Register or read more here.

Single-Year Intensive Program Announced

SAW is looking for serious students of comic book storytelling and sequential art. Whether your interest is personal stories, graphic novels, or genre comics or whether your concern is for entertainment, literary depth, or personal expression, then our program is for you. We have taught comics to illustration students and writers and English teachers, fine arts students, truck drivers, museum guards, scriptwriters, graphic designers, etc. In short, if you have passion and a dedication to learning sequential art, then the SAW single-year intensive is for you. Our single-year program is designed to challenge students both technically and intellectually. Single-year students will learn the basics of cartooning and narrative art. As they gain skills and craft from our faculty, we will also challenge and guide them into new ideas and solutions that will turn them into artists. All students will create a final publication of their own.

More information on the SAW website, here

[general] A Message from The Sequential Artists Workshop

Posted 26 May, 2011

ImageTexT recently received the following letter from the founders of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a new comix art school that will be located in Gainesville, Florida. We are very excited about this project, and decided to cross-post the Workshop's announcement here. The letter itself follows:

Dear colleagues, students, and friends,

If you haven't yet heard about The Sequential Artists Workshop or SAW, our soon-to-be comix art school in Gainesvile, Florida, we want to tell you about it now, and also thank those who have contributed to our fundraiser at http://www.indiegogo.com/Creating-The-Sequential-Artists-Workshop

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[general] Abbey Library of St. Gall Illuminated Manuscripts Collection

Posted 08 Jul, 2006

The Abbey Library of St. Gall, with more than 100 medieval and early Renaissance illuminated manuscripts already available on line, offers free access to scholars at www.cesg.unifr.ch.

[general] Media Theory Resources

Posted 15 Jul, 2005

W.J.T. Mitchell and the Chicago School of Media Theory announce a pair of Medium Theory resources, The Media Theory Keywords Glossary, and Media Taxonomy Models.

[general] ImageTexT and the MLA Bibliography

Posted 06 Jun, 2005

ImageTexT's content is now being indexed in the MLA Bibliography.

[general] Comics as Literature

Posted 01 Feb, 2005

Dr. Charles Hatfield is teaching "Comics as Literature" at at California State University, Northridge and the syllabus is online. Please email the editors if you have a class on comics so we can post the information here. We're also looking for articles on teaching comics, please email us if you're interested in submitting an article.

Class Website

[general] The Comic Book in American Culture

Posted 11 Jan, 2005

Dr. Michael Pemberton is teaching "The Comic Book in American Culture" at Georgia Southern University. The syllabus is online. Please email the editors if you have a class on comics so we can post the information here. We're also looking for articles on teaching comics, please email us if you're interested in submitting an article.

Class Website

[general] GNIE-L: Graphic Novels in Education

Posted 16 Sep, 2004

GNIE-L: Graphic Novels in Education is a new group formed to promote the use of graphic novels and comic art in educational environments from PreK-College. This is a "sister-list" to GNLIB-L: Graphic Novels in Libraries.

Subscription information is available at http://www.topica.com/lists/gnie-l.

[general] Newspaper Cartoon Artists, 1898-1909

Posted 06 Aug, 2004

"Newspaper Cartoon Artists, 1898-1909," has been posted at the OSU Cartoon Research Library web site. It features the work of 10 artists from the SFACA collection. You can access it by going here.

[general] Center for Cartoon Studies

Posted 21 Jul, 2004

The Center for Cartoon Studies, America's First Two Year Cartooning Program, is now accepting students for Fall 2005.

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