Yes, a collaborative cash bar and reception! This our official Friday night social event for the MLA 2014 Convention, to be held next weekend in Chicago. Think of it as a convivial complement to our three academic panels! Details follow:

Spinner rack from the days of yore, from (photographer unknown)

Session 428. Cash Bar Arranged by the Division on Children’s Literature and the Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives

Friday, 10 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., Grand I, Chicago Marriott

Please join us and our colleagues in the Children’s Literature Division for this informal get-together! It’s a rare opportunity for our groups to get to know each other and talk about the intersection of our fields!

As always, we in the Comics Group are eager to meet with everyone at MLA who is interested in comics studies. Members of our Executive Committee will be on hand to chat about our future plans, ideas for programming and community-building, and the further growth of comics studies both at the MLA and across academia—including opportunities for further collaboration between comics and children’s literature studies! We invite your input, and hope to connect with you. If you’re at MLA, please do come!

Peanuts, by Charles Schulz, 22 June 1952 (scan from

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