Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CFP: Comics and Popular Arts Conference - Dragon*Con (May 15; Sept. 2-5)

Call for Participation / Call for Abstracts
Institute for Comics Studies
Comic Book Convention Conference Series
Atlanta, Georgia September 2-5, 2011

The Institute for Comic Studies and Dragon*Con present their fourth annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts.  The conference will take place at Dragon*Con, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US. For more info on Dragon*Con, visit

Please submit a proposal that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, or other parts of popular culture. A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, and communication. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, analyses of particular works and authors, discussions of the visual language of comics and manga, comics and pop culture in the classroom, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more.  We're open to any topics relevant to the study of comics and the popular arts.

More information, including programs and topics from previous years can be found at the conference website:

This conference at Dragon*Con represents the Institute for Comics Studies' mission to promote the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics and to support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding via public venues.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2010

Please submit your proposals at:

Send any questions to:
Participants must register for the convention.  Information can be found here:

Prospective participants are welcome to submit a guest application to Dragon*Con in advance at the following address:

Acceptance to the academic conference is no guarantee of "guest" status at the convention. In the past, no presenters have received guest status simply for participating in the conference. Dragon*Con is a fan convention and only gives VIP status to celebrity guests. Most presenters and creators pay their own way to the convention.

Conference Coordinator: Matthew J. Brown, UT Dallas
Conference Co-coordinator: R. Scott Nokes, Troy University
Programming Chair: Damien Williams,

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