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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.

Will Eisner, the honoree of our very first UF Comics Conference, called it "the Manhattan Project of comics studies." A decade later, the Graduate Comics Organization continues to innovate as we celebrate the women and men who have made comics studies what it is today, who continue to develop and expand it, and who will revolutionize it in the future. We welcome all to join us.

The Graduate Comics Organization (http://www.english.ufl.edu/comics/) comprises masters and doctoral students dedicated to the cultural and aesthetic values of sequential art. It operates under the auspices of the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. GCO organizes the annual Comics Studies Conference and operates ImageTexT (http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/), an interdisciplinary comics studies journal.

Tamar Ditzian
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Katherine Shaeffer
Production Editor
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Melissa Loucks
Review Editor
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Anthony Coman
Social Media Coordinator
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Kayley Thomas
Publicity Coordinator
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