The Comics Studies Society

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The Comics Studies Society (CSS) is an interdisciplinary society open to all who share the goals of promoting the critical study of comics, improving comics teaching, and engaging in open and ongoing conversations about the comics world.

CSS defines comics studies liberally to include the study and critical analysis of comics strips; comic books, papers, and magazines; albums, graphic novels, and other graphic books; webcomics and other electronic formats; single-panel cartoons, including editorial and gag cartoons; caricature; animation; and other related forms and traditions. All types of sequential art, graphic narrative, and cartooning are relevant to our mission.

CSS is the first professional society of comics scholars in the US to be supported by members’ dues while emphasizing professional development opportunities for students and the exchange of best practices among teachers and practitioners.

CSS celebrates and seeks to foster diversity in comics studies, including diversity in scholarly discipline, career position, job niche, and cultural and personal identity. We are serious about helping this field grow.

CSS 2021 Executive Board and Graduate Student Caucus Elections Results (May 2021)

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Many thanks to all the CSS members who voted in our 2021 elections. We were thrilled to have such a diverse slate of candidates and the highest number of nominees since the Society was founded. Thank you to everyone who ran, and we hope that many of you will continue to be involved in the Society through our programming, awards committees, mentoring programs, and outreach.

The results of the Comics Studies Society 2021 Elections are as follows:

  • Second Vice President: Joanna Davis-McElligatt
  • Members at Large: Barbara Postema and Safiyya Hosein

  • Graduate Student Caucus Vice President: Zachary J.A. Rondinelli
  • Graduate Student Caucus Secretary-Treasurer: Maite Urcaregui
  • Graduate Student Caucus Members at Large: Sydney Heifler and Frida Heiland

Congratulations and the Executive Board looks forward to working with you!


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The CSS Executive Board has launched an email list to serve all members as a forum for open discussion and to disseminate members-only information (newsletters, conference workshop materials, resources). We invite all CSS members to become active members of the listserv by joining in conversations about research, teaching, and other aspects of comics studies and the profession.

Members can sign up at