Saturday, June 09, 2012

CFP: The Adventures of Tintin (essay collection) (Aug. 30)

Call For Papers:
The Adventures of Tintin
(essay collection)

Abstracts are now being accepted for inclusion in an anthology on “The Adventures of Tintin.” Proposed essay topics should creatively engage with the critical, philosophical, and social issues explored in the Tintin universe.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

•       Tintin and Hergé
•       Tintin and comic book history
•       Tintin and detective fiction
•       Tintin and the adventure story
•       Tintin in translation
•       Censorship of Tintin
•       Tintin’s spinoffs
•       Tintin in adaptations
•       Tintin in films
•       Tintin clubs
•       Tintin and geography
•       Tintin and travel
•       Travel and colonialism
•       Treatment of race in Tintin
•       Snowy as sidekick
•       Animal welfare
•       EcoTintin
•       Tintin and gender
•       Tintin and masculinity; homosocial relations
•       Tintin in criticism

Submission Guidelines:

1.      Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and (one-page) CVs: 30 August, 2012
2.      Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: 15 December 2012.
3.      Submission deadline for final papers: 1 February 2013

Kindly submit abstracts (as Word Document attachment) to BOTH Tyler Shores ( and Tom Ue (

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CFP: The Comics Get Medieval 2013 (PCA) (Sept.1; March 27-30)

Call for Papers
The Comics Get Medieval 2013:
A Continuing Celebration
of Medieval-themed Comics
PCA Washington, DC 3/27-30/13
Special Sessions of the Comic Art & Comics Area
Organized By Michael A. Torregrossa and Jason Tondro
Proposals Due to Organizers by 1 September 2012

Celebrating our seventh year in 2013, proposals are now being considered for inclusion at “The Comics Get Medieval 2013,” a series of panels and roundtables sponsored by The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages and to be hosted by the Comic Art & Comics Area of the Popular Culture Association (PCA) for the 2013 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations to be held from 27 to 30 March 2013 in Washington, DC.

The goal of these sessions is to foster communication between medievalists, comics scholars, and specialists in popular culture studies in general. The organizers define “medieval comics” as any aspect of the comics medium (panel cartoons, comic strips, comics books, comics albums, bande dessinée, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, comics to film/film to comics, etc.) that feature medieval themes either in stories set during the Middle Ages or in stories presenting some element of the medieval in anachronistic settings (pre-medieval or post-medieval eras or medieval-inspired secondary worlds). We are also interested in papers looking at medieval-themed comics from a pedagogical perspective.

Completed papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes (depending on the number of presenters). All proposals will also be considered for inclusion in an essay collection to be edited by the panel organizers during the early part of 2013. (Individuals only interested in submitting for the collection should also send proposals by 1 September 2012 and indicate their preference in the email.)
In addition, a select list of potential topics and a bibliographic guide to medieval comics will appear as part of The Medieval Comics Project web site available at <> and The Arthur of the Comics Project web site available at <>, both organized by The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages.

No later than 1 September 2012, interested individuals (who must be members of PCA or ACA or join for 2013) should submit full contact information (name, address, phone/cell, and email), titles, abstracts of 300-500 words, and a brief resume to the session’s organizers, who will then forward them to the area chair. Address all inquiries and proposals to the organizers at the following address: and include “Comics Get Medieval 2013” in the subject line.

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CFP: International French-Language Comics Conference (July 25; Nov. 2-3)

Call for Papers
International French-Language Comics Conference
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A.)
2-3 November 2012

Critical and theoretical presentations in all areas of French-language comics are invited. The conference will help consolidate recent gains in English-language scholarship on French-language comics and will showcase new avenues of research. Publication of revised versions of a selection of the conference papers is planned in the peer-reviewed journal European Comic Art (

Please send the following material in a Word document (doc or docx) to Mark McKinney ( by 25 July 2012: a 150-word abstract and a 100-word bio-bibliography. All presentations will be in English.

Keynote speakers
Clément Baloup, a cartoonist of Vietnamese and French heritage, has published several graphic narratives devoted to Vietnamese and other groups in France and elsewhere from the colonial period to the present. These include two historical fictions, both with Mathieu Jiro: Le chemin de Tuan [Tuan's Way] (Seuil, 2005) and Le choix de Hai [Hai's Choice] (Seuil, 2007). He has authored two biographical works, Quitter Saigon: Mémoires de Viet Kieu [Leaving Saigon: Memories of Viet Kieu] (La Boîte à Bulles, 2006, 2010) and Little Saigon: Mémoires de Viet Kieu (La Boîte à Bulles, 2012), which respectively tell the stories of Vietnamese emigrants to France and the United States. Baloup has also published Un automne à Hànôi [An Autumn in Hanoi] (La Boîte à Bulles, 2004), about his time at the fine arts school of Hanoi. He earned degrees in art at the École Européenne Supérieure de l'Image in Angoulême, France, and at the École des Beaux-Arts de Hanoï, in Vietnam.

Thierry Smolderen
is professor at the Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l'Image in Angoulême, where he has been teaching since 1994, and where he coordinates a Masters degree program in comics, together with the University of Poitiers. Among his many publications are Hergé, portrait biographique [Hergé, A Biographical Portrait] (with Pierre Sterckx; Casterman, 1988), and the recent Naissances de la bande dessinée, de William Hogarth à Winsor McCay [The Birth of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay] (Les Impressions nouvelles, 2009), which explores the beginnings of the art form from the eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries, and is forthcoming in English translation with the University Press of Mississippi. He was a frequent contributor to Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée and Neuvième art. Professor Smolderen has curated numerous comics exhibitions in France and Belgium. He is also an accomplished script-writer of comics.


Presenters who do not have an up-to-date subscription to European Comic Art will be asked to subscribe with Berghahn. There will also be a reasonable registration fee to pay for conference meals. Information about these fees and about lodging options will be forthcoming.


Sponsors at Miami University include the L.P. Irvin Fund of the Department of French and Italian, the Miami University Special Events Fund, the Humanities Center, the International Visiting Scholar Exchange Fund (from the Office of International Education), Honors and Scholars Program, the International Studies Program, the Department of GREAL, and the Center for American and World Cultures.

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CFP: Superhero Costumes (essay collection; July 1)

As posted to the Comics Scholars Discussion List...
Call for papers: Superhero Costumes
Contributors are sought for an edited collection on superhero costume, to be published in 2013. Chapters are invited related to all aspects of superhero costume in fiction and fact. Please send 200 word abstract to Deadline July 1st, 2012.

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CFP: Comics Panels at NEMLA (Sept. 30; March 21-24)

As posted to the Comics Scholars Discussion List:

Panels and Pedagogy: Teaching the Graphic Novel
This panel works towards understanding and adding to emerging pedagogies of the graphic novel and other forms of illustrated works. What do these visual texts change about how we approach the classroom? Possible topics include but are not limited to adaptation and teaching across mediums and disciplines; the graphic novel as literature; approaches to visuality as composition; and the limits of genre and medium. Submit 250- to 500-word proposals by September 30, 2012, to Joel Simundich ( and Derek McGrath (

The Sequential Monster:  Reading Comics as Monstrous
Comic books, graphic novels and webcomics generally combine words and images to create narratives. Though comics are often considered a form in their own right, it is also possible to see them as an amalgam of disparate forms of communication. If we think of comics that way, perhaps we can see them, fruitfully, as monstrous: beasts that combine the elements of verbal and visual, narrative and static communication forms.  This panel will examine a social understanding of the comics form (and the kinds of literacies required to accept it) using Scott McCloud’s and Will Eisner’s comics theories as well as Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s monster theory.  Abstracts of 300 words to by September 30.

Show and Tell: A Roundtable of Comic Book and Graphic Novel Creators
This event hosts artists from a wide spectrum of roles as related to the creation of comic books and graphic novels. This roundtable welcomes participants from around the world and regardless of genre, medium, or years of experience. Artists in the roundtable should bring visual materials to facilitate discussion with a diverse audience of students, professors, and overall fans of this art form. Submit resumes by September 30, 2012, to Derek McGrath at SUNY Stony Brook (

Conference information
44th Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
March 21 to 24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Hosted by Tufts University

The 2013 NEMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NEMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.  A/V requirements include a $10 handling fee to be paid with conference registration.

For more information on numerous panels, please visit the NEMLA call for papers web site (

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

CFP: Mix 2012 Comics Symposium, with Speaker Chris Ware (July 6; Oct. 3-6)

The deadline for submissions to this conference has been extended to July 6.
See the CFP at

Mix 2012: Comics Symposium

Save the Dates: Oct. 3–6

  • Symposium: Oct. 4–6 
  • Student-Team Marathon Oct 3 & 4
  • Exhibition Opening: Oct. 5

Keynote Speaker: Chris Ware

Location: CCAD Campus

A celebration of and investigation into the art of the comic book, Mix 2012 includes a symposium with roundtables and workshops, a comic-book-creation marathon for teams of college & university students, and an exhibition of the work resulting from the marathon.

Calls for Proposals

CCAD is currently accepting calls for proposals for papers, roundtables, and workshops. Proposals are due July 6, 2012. A full description of the panels and instructions for submitting a proposal can be found in the call for proposals pdf.
Instructions for registering student teams for the comics marathon will be available soon.
Exact times and campus locations for all symposium events as well as registration fees and information will be available soon.

Mix 2012: Comics Symposium is sponsored by State Auto.

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