Friday, October 15, 2010

Looking for Scholars to Write Encyclopedia Entries

Stephen Weiner is looking for comics scholars! Here are the particulars. (Be sure to reply to him, not to this blog.)
I'm looking for scholars to write entries in a 3 volume encyclopedia set forthcoming from Salem Press. There are 3 kids of entries:
  1. Subject overviews(an example might be "Violence in Graphic Novels"). These run 1500-2000 words. 
  2. Character entries (an example might be "Hellboy"). These run 250 words. 
  3. Biographical entries (an example might be "Alison Bechdel"). These entries run approximately 500 words.
Please forward your name and interest to me ( Salem Press will be in touch with candidates during November.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

CFP: PCA Comic Art and Comics (11/30; April 20-23)

comic art & comics
***Call For Papers ***
Comics: Graphic Novels, Strips, Panels, Films,
and Everything in Between

The Comic Art & Comics Area of the Popular Culture Association invites all comics scholars to participate in the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association to be held April 20-23, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. Details of the conference can be found at the conference website.

The Comic Art & Comics Area of the Popular Culture Association offers a chance for scholars from across the country to share their research and exchange ideas on the growing field of comics scholarship. Graduate students and those without current academic affiliation are also welcome. Papers on all aspects of the medium are invited. Past papers have covered mainstream comic books, graphic novels, underground comics, cartoons, comic strips, comics and film, international comics, writers, artists, teaching comics, and writing and publishing comics scholarship.

This call asks for individual paper proposals or submissions for entire panels. If you are submitting a panel, please make sure to note the members of your panel. In addition to general papers, if a presenter would like to propose a special panel or roundtable discussion, please e-mail the chair so she can forward the request to the mailing list.

Papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes. The PCA limits presenters to one paper given at the conference, so if you are interested in presenting a paper in the Comic Art & Comics Area, do not submit a paper to another area. Participants are eligible for the annual Inge Award for Comics Scholarship, awarded to the top paper presented in the Comic Art & Comics Area of the PCA.

Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the national conference should send a 100-200 word abstract and a short introductory bio by November 30, 2010, to the area chair. If sending via e-mail, please send as a doc file, pdf, or rtf.

Via e-mail: Nicole Freim -

Via mail:
Nicole Freim
Riverside Community College
1798 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501

For more information, please visit the PCA web site:

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