CFP: Images of Blackness in Graphic Novels, Past and Future (Extension to 3/31/18)

This edited volume will offer an opportunity for authors to investigate the ways in which blackness is reimagined in both mainstream and independent comics. Specifically, I propose responding to the following questions: What are the ways in which heroism is redefined by black characters? How are black futures reimagined? What gendered arguments are made through this medium? What are the challenges in presenting to black audiences in this largely white genre? How do the creators depict the continent of Africa and/or communities in the African Diaspora?

CFP Nonfictional Comics and Graphic Novels from the German-Speaking World (GSA, September 27-30, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA)

Similar to narratives of the traditional, purely verbal format, topics of comics and graphic novels can range from purely fictional stories to accounts that make extensive truth claims. Graphic memoirs are probably the most discussed genre on the non-fictional–or at least not exclusively fictional–end of this spectrum. In fact, when we think of Spiegelman’s Maus which is often hailed as one of the first graphic novels, non-fictionality or semi-fictionality is central to this increasingly popular format.

KONF: Der Comic und das Populäre, Bonn (01.12. – 03.12.2017)

Der Comic und das Populäre | Comics and Their Popularity

12. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor)

Ort: Universität Bonn, Am Hof 1, 53113 Bonn, Hörsaal IX

Das gegenwärtig immer noch zwiegespaltene Verhältnis zum Comic und seiner Popularität – als leicht zugängliche Unterhaltungslektüre begeisterter Fangemeinden auf der einen Seite und Graphic Novel mit bildungskulturellen Ambitionen auf der anderen – ist selten in den Fokus der wissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung getreten.

New Open Access Book: Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America

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UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of a new open access book that may be of interest to members of this list: Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America. Download free: https://goo.gl/DVGRaR

CFP: NeMLA-Panel: Depicting the Undepictable in German Comics and Comic Books, Pittsburgh (12 – 15 April 2018)

The recent wave of scholarly interest in comics and graphic novels has arrived in German Studies. Some of the most interesting work comments on the ways comic artists explore the formal, that is, visual means of their medium including aspects such as panel shapes, page design, and coloring. A topic that has not yet been at the center of scholarly attention lies at the very intersection between the visual and the non-visual.

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