CFP MLA 2025 Picturing Political Power in Comics Visual culture, from cartooning to photography, has long been used to both critique and make claims to the political. Alison K. Lange’s Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement (2020), from which we borrow our title, examines the role of public images in creating a shared national language around gender, power, and the vote during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In her book Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle (2013), Leigh Raiford traces how Black activists used photography to demand political recognition and resist stereotypical images inRead More →

Please note: this is a proposed, not a guaranteed, session, sponsored by the forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives, at MLA 2025. It is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee. All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by April 1, 2024. NOLA in Graphic Narratives takes the location of the 2025 Modern Language Association Annual Convention as its source of inspiration to critically examine the ways in which New Orleans, Louisiana, and the region have been visualized and made visible in comics and graphic narratives. Located on the shores of the Mississippi River and Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne, the city of NewRead More →

In addition to the three panels that the Comics and Graphic Narrative Forum will be sponsoring at MLA 2024,  there will be a number of other comics-related panels at the conference. We will also be hosting an event featuring comic artist Ben Passmore at Partners and Son, a local underground comics and art gallery, on Friday night! Comment on this post if you have any sessions to add. MLA 2024 Panels Featuring Papers on Comics: Thursday, 1/4 37 – New Approaches to Jewishness, Gender, and Power 114 – Indigenous Thought and the Environmental Crisis in Brazil 157 – Trans Joy! 161 – Digital Humanities and Inclusive Pedagogy: Collaborative Construction inRead More →

The Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum will be sponsoring three panels at MLA 2024, 124. Mapping Spanish and Iberian Comics and Graphic Narratives, 257. Challenge, Ban, Censor: Curtailing Comics, and 596. The Biopolitics of Comics. We will also be hosting an event featuring comic artist Ben Passmore at Partners and Son, a local underground comics and art gallery, on Friday night! Also, check out all the other comics-related panels at this year’s conference. 124. Mapping Spanish and Iberian Comics and Graphic Narratives Thursday, 4 January 20235:15 PM – 6:30 PMMarriott – Grand K (Level 5) Respondent:Joanne Britland, Framingham State U Presentations: 257. Challenge, Ban, Censor:Read More →

On Friday, January 5 from 7 pm to 9 pm, the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum will be hosting a free event with artist Ben Passmore at Partners and Son, local underground comics and art gallery. Ben Passmore is the author of the ongoing comic book series “Daygloayhole,” as well as the Ignatz Award-winning comic collection “Your Black Friend: and Other Strangers” (Silver Sprocket) He also wrote and illustrated the Eisner Award-winning “Sports Is Hell” (Koyama Press/ Silver Sprocket), and collaborated with Ezra Claytan Daniels on “BTTM FDRS” (Fantagraphics). His forthcoming book, “These Black Arms to Hold You Up,” is a graphic history of sevenRead More →

The Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives seeks proposals for a guaranteed special session at the Modern Language Association annual conference to take place in Philadelphia from January 4-7, 2024. During the pandemic, a number of comics appeared that documented individual and collective experiences of COVID while also critiquing the governmental, economic, and social structures that determined such things as access to care and the regulation of bodies. Kendra Boileau and Rich Johnson’s Covid Chronicles: A Comics Anthology (2021) and Thi Bui and Sarah Mirk’s  In/Vulnerable: Inequity in the Time of Pandemic (2020) captured examples of such work, and showed how comics could not onlyRead More →

NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Monday, March 27, 2023 The Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives seeks proposals for a non-guaranteed special session at the Modern Language Association annual conference to take place in Philadelphia from January 4-7, 2024. Recently comics challenges have been in the news, as school boards and politicians have banned comics like Maus and Gender Queer from library shelves.  Such efforts to curtail comics circulation are not new to comics culture, nor are they limited to the United States.  Given the role of such curtailing in global comics history, comics challenges (calls for a ban), bans (removal of books from shelves), and censorship (editing content orRead More →

Spanish and Iberian Comics/Graphic Narratives This is a proposal for a collaborative session, jointly organized by the Forum Executive Committees of Comics and Graphic Narratives and 20th and 21st Century Spanish and Iberian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Comics and other forms of graphic narrative have been central to Spain’s popular culture for much of the nation’s modern history, including a wide variety of formats such as the nineteenth-century aleluya; political cartoons of the War of 1898; tebeo comics of the mid-twentieth century; the outpouring of political and counterculture comics of late Francoism, the transition to democracy, and the 1980s cultural explosion of the movida; asRead More →

On Saturday, January 7, from 7-9pm, the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum will be hosting a free event at Silver Sprocket, a local indie comics publisher (1018 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110)! Award-winning cartoonist and educator Justin Hall will be speaking about his work-in-progress, a graphic novel weaving together memoir and queer San Francisco history, to be published by Abrams Books in 2024. Combining comics readings, storytelling, and ruminations on LGBTQ culture, the nature of memoir, and the challenges of historical comics, this is a unique look into the process behind creating a big, gay, graphic novel. Following his talk, we will have timeRead More →