The Comics Studies Society

  • 2018 Conference


    MIND THE GAPS!

    The Futures of the Field
    The 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society | August 9-11, 2018
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1931074077214620
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    This inaugural conference seeks to bring together scholars, artists, and other members of the international Comics Studies community for critical conversations about the futures of the field, in all its multidisciplinary and transcultural formations. Presentations should focus on gaps and opportunities in existing scholarship and may choose to address one or more of the following questions:

    • What are the overlooked, understudied, and emerging areas of comics studies?
    • How might comics studies expand its methodologies? What disciplines should comics studies engage with more fully?
    • How can comics studies foreground issues of representation, equity and justice?
    • How might new technologies and platforms change the way we define, read, teach, draw, and write about comics?
    • What are the significant challenges and opportunities for the futures of comics studies?

    Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • Regional gaps and understudied geographic areas
    • Historical gaps and recovered cartoonists and comics
    • Comics, illustration, and art history
    • Collaboration in comics and comics scholarship
    • Comics pedagogy and classroom canons
    • Scholarship in comics form
    • Comics, conflict, and geopolitics
    • Webcomics and digital technologies
    • Critical race theory, ethnicity studies and comics
    • Queer theory, sexuality studies and comics
    • Postcolonial theory, settler studies, and Indigenous comics
    • Science in/and comics
    • Disability studies and comics studies
    • Educational, governmental, and religious comics

    Plenary Speakers

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    Hazel Newlevant is a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist. Their comics include Tender-Hearted, Sugar Town, and If This Be Sin. They are the editor and publisher the anthologies Chainmail Bikini and Comics For Choice. Their work has been honored with the Ignatz Award, Xeric Grant and the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Hazel's debut full-length graphic novel, No Ivy League, will be published by Lion Forge in 2019. (http://newlevant.com/)
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    Whitney Taylor is a cartoonist, writer, editor, and public health educator from New Jersey. She has a BA in cultural anthropology from Brown University and received an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University School of Public Health. Her comics have been published by The Nib, The New Yorker, Rosarium Publishing, BOOM!, Sparkplug Books, Kus, Ninth Art Press, Illustrated PEN, and others. (https://www.whittaylorcomics.com/)
  • 2019 Conference

    COMICS/POLITICS
    2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society
    July 25-27, 2019

    Ryerson University, Toronto
    www.comicssociety.org

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    This 2nd 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 politics across forms, genres, media, experiences, regions, and cultures. 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 political histories of comics, canonization, censorship, awards
    • The politics of comics historiography, periodization, surveying, mapping
    • The politics of publishing, translation, distribution, consumption
    • The politics of genre: traditions, rewrites, mash-ups
    • The politics of the page: form and style
    • The politics of creation and production
    • Political comics, editorial cartoons, propaganda, educational & activist comics
    • Comics journalism, documentary comics, graphic witness
    • Comix, indies, mini comics, zines, countercultural, underground, taboo comics
    • Critical race theory, ethnicity studies and comics
    • Queer theory, sexuality studies, the body and comics
    • Women's comics, wimmen's comix, gender studies and comics
    • Indigenous comics and settler colonialism
    • Migration, diaspora, conflict comics
    • Ecopolitics, the Anthropocene, animals, non-humans, and comics
    • Disability studies and comics studies
    • The politics of the family, childhood, coming-of-age
    • Politics of the future: fantasy, speculative, SF comics
    • Politics of the past: nostalgia, retro, pastiche comics
    • Intermedial politics, adaptations, remediations, hypermediations
    • The politics of comics research, scholarly publishing, academia
    • Pedagogical politics, comics in the classroom, literacies
    • The politics of comics collecting, curating, display & exhibition
    • Comics librarianship, acquisitions, cataloguing

    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

    A presenter's name may appear twice in the program.
    The deadline for all submissions is January 15, 2019.

    Go to the conference website to download submission templates in Word:
    http://www.comicssociety.org/conference/

    All proposals should be sent as Word files or PDFs by email to:
    conference@comicssociety.org

    The conference organizers will send out notifications of acceptance by February 15, 2019. Please add our conference email to your trusted senders to ensure email delivery.

    Conference presenters need to be current members of CSS in 2019 at the time of registration.

    The Comics Public Archive: CSS Conference Zine, Edition 2

    Inaugurated at the 2018 CSS conference, all participants and attendees will be encouraged to take notes and/or document their conference experience in zine format (i.e. pencil, pen, crayons, markers, etc.). After the conference, participants can submit their zine (in PDF format) to conference organizers to be included in the official CSS 2019 zine to be made available on the CSS webpage. More details forthcoming.


    PLENARY SPEAKERS: JILLIAN TAMAKI & FIONA SMYTH

    Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist living in Toronto, Canada. A professional artist since 2003, she has worked for publications around the world and taught extensively in New York City at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of Skim and This One Summer, the latter of which won a Caldecott Honor and Printz Award in 2015. Her first picture book, They Say Blue, which explores our perception and experience of the natural world, was released in the Spring of 2018. www.jilliantamaki.com
    Toronto’s Fiona Smyth is a feminist painter, illustrator, cartoonist, and educator. She collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the Kickstarter funded picture book “What Makes A Baby” in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in 2013. The second book in the series “Sex Is A Funny Word” was named a 2016 ALA Stonewall Book Award Honor book and won the 2016 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. A collection of her monthly comic CHEEZ from Exclaim Magazine was published by Pedlar Press in 2001 and her first graphic novel The Never Weres was published by Annick Press in 2011.

    Fiona collaborated with writer Mariko Tamaki for her story in “Secret Loves of Geek Girls”, and cartoonist Ron Rege Jr. on Perish Plains Volume 4 for Perish Publishing. Her comics can also be found in Resist #1 and 2, edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman, Mark Laliberte’s 4PANEL 2, and a thirty year collection of her comics titled Somnambulance published by Koyama Press in 2018.

    Fiona was inducted into the Doug Wright Awards’ Giants Of The North Canadian Cartoonist Hall Of Fame alongside Alootook Ipellie in May 2019. She teaches illustration and cartooning at OCADU and the AGO. http://fiona-smyth.blogspot.com/
    Toronto’s Fiona Smyth is a feminist painter, illustrator, cartoonist, and educator. She collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the Kickstarter funded picture book “What Makes A Baby” in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in 2013. The second book in the series “Sex Is A Funny Word” was named a 2016 ALA Stonewall Book Award Honor book and won the 2016 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. A collection of her monthly comic CHEEZ from Exclaim Magazine was published by Pedlar Press in 2001 and her first graphic novel The Never Weres was published by Annick Press in 2011.

    Fiona collaborated with writer Mariko Tamaki for her story in “Secret Loves of Geek Girls”, and cartoonist Ron Rege Jr. on Perish Plains Volume 4 for Perish Publishing. Her comics can also be found in Resist #1 and 2, edited by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman, Mark Laliberte’s 4PANEL 2, and a thirty year collection of her comics titled Somnambulance published by Koyama Press in 2018.

    Fiona was inducted into the Doug Wright Awards’ Giants Of The North Canadian Cartoonist Hall Of Fame alongside Alootook Ipellie in May 2019. She teaches illustration and cartooning at OCADU and the AGO. http://fiona-smyth.blogspot.com/
    Moderator Qiana Whitted is Professor of English and African American Studies at University of South Carolina (USA). She is the author of EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest and editor of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.

    “INDIGENOUS COMICS CREATORS & PRACTITIONERS”

    PLENARY SPEAKERS: CAMILLE CALLISON, COLE PAULS, & TARA AUDIBERT

    Camille Callison is from the Tahltan Nation Tsesk iye (Crow) Clan located in northern British Columbia, Canada. She was the Indigenous Services Librarian/Liaison Librarian at the University of Manitoba for almost seven years, where she is  now the Learning & Organizational Development Librarian. Camille was the founding librarian of the first Indigenous graphic novel collection in an academic institution, Mazinbiige Indigenous Graphic Novel Collection, located in Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba. Together with Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, they collaborated to found this innovative collection and were fortunate that Jay Odjick, a Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg writer, artist and television producer graciously agreed to let them use ‘Kagagi’ to represent this landmark collection. Camille is the past Vice-Chair, Indigenous Representative, Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) & Past Chair, Indigenous Matters Committee (IMC-CQA). She is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Indigenous Matters Section Standing Committee and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Memory of the World Committee and Sector Commission on Culture, Communications & Information. She has a forthcoming chapter, “Making Use of the White Space: The Mazinbiige Indigenous Graphic Novel Collection at the University of Manitoba” in Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the Narrative in Academic Libraries (eds. Olivia Piepmeier and Stephanie Grimm). For more: https://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/mazinbiige
    Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls focuses on his two comics series, the first being Pizza Punks (https://pizzapunkscomix.tumblr.com/),a self contained comic strip about punks eating pizza, the other being Dakwäkãda Warriors. In 2017, Pauls won Broken Pencil Magazine’s Best Comic and Best Zine of the Year Award for Dakwäkãda Warriors II. Follow Cole Pauls here: https://www.instagram.com/tundrawizard/
    The Dakwäkãda Warriors zines are forthcoming as a collected volume with Conundrum Press in Fall 2019: https://www.conundrumpress.com/forthcoming/dakwakada-warriors/
    Watch a CBC video about Cole’s Indigenous futurist and punk comics: https://www.cbc.ca/arts/exhibitionists/cole-pauls-s-comics-preserve-first-nations-language-and-also-celebrate-punks-eating-pizza-1.5092379
    Tara Audibert is a Wolastoqey artist and the owner of Moxy Fox Studio, an independent animation, comics and illustration studio located in New Brunswick, Canada. Tara produced her 1st animated film, "The importance of Dreaming" (2017), appearing in film festivals worldwide, winning several awards including the UNICEF Best Children's Film Award at the Indianer Inuit Film Festival in Germany. She is a founder of the Ni’gweg Collective, an Aboriginal owned and female led group, they recently launched the Storytelling Game App- “Nitap: Legends of the First Nations”. Tara has spent over 15 years illustrating comics based on Aboriginal Issues & Residential Schools (Lost Innocence) which has been added to the Archives of Canada, and over 20 years working in TV animation on shows like Teletoon’s Olliver's Adventures, Delilah & Julius, WB Johnny Test & Zoom TV. Tara also co-hosts a weekly comedy motivational podcast called “No Such Thing as Grown Ups”. For more: www.MoxyFox.ca
    Moderator Amy Desjarlais is an Ojibway/Bodwewotomi Anishinaabekwe n’daaw (Ojibway/Potowottomi of the Anishinaabe Nation) knowledge keeper, researcher, teacher, community organizer, multidisciplinary artist, hand drummer and singer. She currently works at Ryerson University as the FNTI Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work program, offered in partnership with First Nations Technical Institute, and she works with York University as knowledge keeper. For more information about Amy, see her blog: https://earthtalker.wordpress.com/about/about-amy/
  • 2020 Conference (CANCELED DUE TO COVID)


    COMICS AND TECHNOLOGY

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

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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:
    conference@comicssociety.org

    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)

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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.