The Comics Studies Society

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Comics and Technology

3rd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society
August 5-8, 2020
Henderson State University, Arkansas

The Comics Studies Society is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following government guidelines for travel safety precautions. As additional guidance becomes available, we will assess the viability of our summer 2020 conference at Henderson State University. At this time, though, we are proceeding with plans for the conference on August 5-8. We will revisit the situation periodically and keep our members and participants informed appropriately.
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This 3rd annual conference seeks to bring together scholars, artists, and other members of the international Comics Studies community for critical conversations about the intersections between comics and technology across forms, genres, media, experiences, regions, and cultures. We are excited to be partnering with the Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University.

Henderson State has been hosting Comics Studies courses for over two decades, features a minor in Comics Studies, and recently launched its Center for Comics Studies. It is also home to the Steven R. Bissette Collection. After successful conferences in Urbana-Champaign and Toronto, we are pleased to continue to diversify the geographical reach of our conference venues by convening in the southeastern United States.

Presentations may take the form of traditional 20-minute research papers or shorter contributions in roundtables organized around a specific theme.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The technologies of comics publishing, translation, distribution, & consumption
  • Representations of technology within comics, from rayguns to space stations and from photography to smart phones
  • Science and technology, from atomic comics to mad scientists to climate change
  • Cyborgs, digital culture, and posthumanism
  • The histories of comics and technologies of creation and production, from print to digital
  • Ethics, empathy and technology in comics journalism, documentary comics, graphic witness
  • Technology, comics, & the intersections with gender, race, sexual identity, disability, & class
  • Adaptive technologies and graphic accessibility
  • Speculative technologies: Afrofuturisms, Indigenous futurisms, & comics in space
  • Adaptation studies and comics between media technologies
  • Technology as affordance and/or obstacle in comics discourse, public scholarship, & debate
  • Graphic Medicine: Technology, science, and the medical humanities in comics
  • The technologies of comics research, scholarly publishing, academia
  • Pedagogical technologies, comics in the classroom, literacies
  • Comics in the digital humanities
  • Comics in science education
  • The technologies of comics collecting, preservation, curating, display, & exhibition
  • Comics as techne

Guidelines for Submission

We are accepting submissions for:
  1. Individual papers (20 min.)
  2. Panels of three papers
  3. Roundtables of short (5 min.) presentations by 4-5 presenters followed by discussion
  4. Virtual papers (20 mins.)*


A presenter's name may appear twice in the program.

The Comics Studies Society is extending the deadline for its 3rd Annual Conference from January 15 to January 31, 2020. We will continue to accept proposals for papers, panels, and round tables through the end of the month and post acceptance notices by the end of February.

All proposals should be sent as Word files by email to:

The conference organizers will send out notifications of acceptance by the end of February. Please add our conference email to your trusted senders to ensure email delivery.

Conference presenters need to be current members of CSS at the time of registration.

Conference Co-Chairs: Matthew J. Smith (Radford U) & Randy Duncan (Henderson State U)


* For more information see
Virtual papers page