Call for Manuscripts: ACME Comics Research Book Series (ongoing)
The ACME Comics Research Group and the University Press of Liege (PULg) invite the submission of manuscripts on the study of comics/BD/manga/cartoons/graphic novels for the scholarly book series ACME. The ACME Book Series is bilingual: manuscripts in English and French are accepted.
The books in this series examine comics/BD/manga or dialogues between comics/BD/manga and other media (literature, film, new media, video games, the fine arts and so on). ACME is interdisciplinary and welcomes all theoretical perspectives, methodologies and backgrounds (literary studies, post-colonial studies, art history, semiotics, aesthetics, cultural studies, etc.). The aim of the series is to mirror the contextual, socio-political and formal diversity of the medium and its analysis as well as its interrelation with other forms of expression; contributions on adaptation, hybrid media and intermediality in the widest sense are therefore also welcome.
Please send a short description of the work (500-1000 words), a table of contents, a sample chapter together with a brief bio-bibliography with institution affiliation (if any) to members of the ACME editorial team, i.e., Aarnoud Rommens (firstname.lastname@example.org), Björn-Olav Dozo (email@example.com) or Gert Meesters (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please keep in mind that in this call we are looking for finished manuscripts (monographs, edited collections of essays, revised doctoral dissertations, etc.) or manuscripts near completion.
A comics research group based at the University of Liège (Belgium), ACME gathers scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds who explore the form using various critical approaches, including art history, sociology, aesthetics and philosophy, semiotics, formalism, linguistics, literary and cognitive studies. The name of the group explicitly refers to Chris Ware’s project Acme Novelty Library whose innovative nature illustrates in its own way the ambitions of ACME within the academic world and beyond. The name ACME is also inspired by another eponymous model, i.e., the Warner Brothers cartoon corporation’s famous motto boasting that it is “a company that makes everything.” On the one hand, this maxim attests to the group’s embrace of interdisciplinarity. On the other, it expresses ACME’s conviction that comics studies deserve more than a marginal place in academia. For more information, visit http://www.acme.ulg.ac.be/ (English and French).
For more information on the University Press of Liege (PULg), please visit http://www.presses.ulg.ac.be/