In addition to the two forum-sponsored panels at MLA 2020, 325. Webcomics and/as Digital Culture & 587. A Decade in Comics, the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum will also be holding a social event at the bookstore of the renowned independent comics publisher, Fantagraphics (1201 S Vale St, Seattle, WA 98108), on Saturday evening, January 11. We will begin at 7pm, and the event with feature a signing by Seattle cartoonist Natalie Dupille. Refreshments will be served. In addition to our forum events, check out all the other comics-related panels at MLA 2020.Read More →

Call for Papers for a proposed guaranteed session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 9-12, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. This roundtable panel is sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum. On the ten year anniversary of panels sponsored by the MLA Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives, this roundtable asks established and emerging scholars to reflect on the history, the present, and the future of the field of Comics Studies. We seek narratives on the formation and early years of the Forum, as well as perspectives on where the field and the Forum are headed. This intergenerational conversation explores developmentsRead More →

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 9-12, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. This panel is sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum. Webcomics are arguably the form of comics with the broadest reach, but scholarship on the subject has been sparse.  As a form that both takes advantage of the representational affordances of comics and the opportunities provided by the connectivity and lack of gatekeeping in the digital realm, webcomics present a rich source of possibility for comics scholars and digital media scholars alike, particularly when considering marginalized creators and characters. This panelRead More →

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention on January 9-12, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. This collaborative panel is jointly sponsored by the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum and the Screen Arts and Culture Forum. Comics and graphic narratives have long explored the nonhuman as allegorical representatives of the human experience. This panel examines the difference medium makes in adapting comics and graphic narratives for the screen, and how transmedia narratives of the nonhuman represent/challenge our understanding of humanity, for example: How does the change from drawn representations to human actors affect conceptualizations of the non-human? IsRead More →

January 4, Friday, 7pm – Free Event Drawing in the Imagination: The Power of Image and Text It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That’s how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth. Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face—but it was while participating in an armed robbery. Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. But in this unlikely place, Matt’s life andRead More →

012: Comics Fandom in Transition 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Thursday, Jan 3, 2019  Hyatt Regency – Roosevelt 3 1: Fandom as Import and Export in the Digital Age: Dojinshi, Comiket, and Fujoshi around Latin American Boys’ Love Camila Gutierrez, Penn State U, University Park 2: Hi-Diddly-Ho, Tetsuo! How Bartkira’s Fandom Reimagined and Remixed Akira and The Simpsons Charles Acheson, U of Florida 3: ‘The Concrete Representation of Our Most Subtle Feelings’: Comics Fandom in the Digital Era Jaime Weida, Borough of Manhattan Community C, City U of New York 4: The Hybrid Lettercol: Ms. Marvel and #KamalaKorps Leah Misemer, Georgia Inst. of Tech. Presider Aaron Kashtan, U of North Carolina, Charlotte   528: MakingRead More →

About comics 076: The Graphic Novel in Spain https://mla19.org/event/member/522500 166: Archives of Images, Archives of Texts: Comics as Sources for Historical Research https://mla19.org/event/member/522388   231: Visual and Literary Intersections of Chicanidad https://mla19.org/event/member/522671 307: Image-Text Encounters in South Asian Graphic Narratives https://mla19.org/event/member/522552 322: Visual Translations of Early Japanese Literary Texts https://mla19.org/event/member/522779 363: Production as Reception https://mla19.org/event/member/522553   697: Graphic Narratives of Disability as Multisensory Transactions https://mla19.org/event/member/522658 722: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Postcolonial Graphic Narrative https://mla19.org/event/member/522459 Featuring papers on comics 154: Race, Nation, and Empire in Southeast Asian Life Writing https://mla19.org/event/member/522800 288: “Fiction Is Powerful Truth”: Truth, Power, Ethics, and Response-ability in Indigenous Narrative https://mla19.org/event/member/522359 422: Diasporas,Read More →

DEADLINE: 3/15/18  Comics have been involved in a wide variety of “textual transactions” at least since the 1890s origin of the comic strip. Yet comics fandom evolved in the ‘70s and ‘80s as a site of mostly straight, white, adult and male-dominated “textual transactions,” practiced in non-inclusive venues like the comics convention and the comic book store. Alternative spaces for comics fan practices have always existed. But thanks to developments such as the Internet, superhero films, graphic novels, and social justice movements, comics fandom is now undergoing a historic shift as new audiences demand inclusion in historically exclusionary comics fan communities. This panel seeks papersRead More →