Quimby’s event at MLA in Chicago!

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 and very soul were saved by one of America’s most notorious killers: Nathan Leopold Jr., of the infamous Leopold and Loeb.


“In The Hunting Accident, light comes from darkness, crime leads to redemption, and killers save lives. It’ll probably be a movie or Netflix show in a couple years, but for now, it’s a damn great comic book.” —GQ

“The subtitle barely captures the scope of this ambitious debut graphic novel, a mix of biography, history, social commentary, literary analysis, and more.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

For more info, please contact: Susan Kirtley (skirtley@pdx.edu).

Refreshments will be provided. 

Quimby’s Bookstore Chicago, IL quimbys.com

Forum panels at MLA!

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.


Aaron Kashtan, U of North Carolina, Charlotte


528: Making Comics, Making Meaning

1:45 PM–3:00 PM Saturday, Jan 5, 2019

 Hyatt Regency – Randolph 3

1: Epistemologies of Slowness: Teaching Visual Literacy Using Comics

Joshua Kopin, U of Texas, Austin

2: Panel/Page: A Research Drawing Jam

Leah Misemer, Georgia Inst. of Tech.

3: Drawn Words: The Significance of Lettering in the Pedagogy and Work of Kevin Huizenga

Alexander Ponomareff, U of Massachusetts, Amherst


Susan E. Kirtley, Portland State U


Margaret Galvan, U of Florida


704: Graphic Medicine’s Textual Transactions

12:00 PM–1:15 PM Sunday, Jan 6, 2019

 Hyatt Regency – Toronto

1: Graphic Medicine and Patient Education: Using Graphic Narrative to Improve Patient Care

Brian Callender, U of Chicago

2: Subject to or Subject Of: Medicine, Subjectivity, and the Representation of Disability in Una posibilidad entre mil

Elizabeth Jones, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

3: Multimodal Graphic Medicine and the Material Question of Spoons

Rachel Kunert-Graf, Antioch U


Erin Lamb, Hiram C


Lan Dong, U of Illinois, Springfield

Comics related panels at MLA–and AHA!

About comics

076: The Graphic Novel in Spain


166: Archives of Images, Archives of Texts: Comics as Sources for Historical Research



231: Visual and Literary Intersections of Chicanidad


307: Image-Text Encounters in South Asian Graphic Narratives


322: Visual Translations of Early Japanese Literary Texts


363: Production as Reception



697: Graphic Narratives of Disability as Multisensory Transactions


722: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Postcolonial Graphic Narrative


Featuring papers on comics

154: Race, Nation, and Empire in Southeast Asian Life Writing


288: “Fiction Is Powerful Truth”: Truth, Power, Ethics, and Response-ability in Indigenous Narrative


422: Diasporas, Aesthetics, and Southeast Asia


458: Poe and Trauma


721: Beyond Reading and Writing: Literacies and Language Learning



284: Archives of Images, Archives of Texts: Comics as Sources for Historical Research


Cutting a New Military Figure: Transforming Gender Ideals in the 20th-Century American Military


247: New Approaches to World History Pedagogy: Teaching Non-textual Literacy with Non-traditional Media


205: Disability Rights at Home and Abroad: Changing Perspectives from 20th-Century United States and Japan


MLA 2019 Call for papers: Comics Fandom in Transition


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 papers on comics fan practices and the contemporary evolution thereof. Topics might include:

  • How have comics adaptations in other media (e.g. Black Panther, The Walking Dead) created new audiences?
  • How have fan fiction or fan art (e.g. The Hawkeye Initiative) offered innovative revisions of traditional texts?
  • How do YA comics, manga, webcomics, alternative comics, etc. create their own fan communities?
  • How have new fan spaces like the Internet provided alternatives to, or helped to transform, traditional fan spaces like the comic book store?

250-word abstracts to akashtan@uncc.edu by March 15, 2018. This CFP is for a proposed, not guaranteed, session at MLA 2019, and is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee. Responses to individual submissions will be sent out by the beginning of April, but the MLA Program Committee will not consider the entire session proposal until later. All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than April 2018.

MLA 2019 Call for papers: Making Comics, Making Meaning


Over the past several years, making comics in pedagogical and scholarly contexts has been flourishing as an area of inquiry within the larger field of comics studies, as seen through special issues of journals—Critical Inquiry’s “Comics & Media” (2014) and DHQ’s “Comics as Scholarship” (2015)—alongside the rise of academic venues devoted to comics as scholarship like Sequentials. This attention builds on the growth of teaching comics making as a distinct area of study—through the establishment of programs within academic institutions as well as the creation of new centers devoted to comics.

Given this growing interest, we invite the question—how do comics operate as a means of scholarly investigation? This panel solicits interactive presentations that address how comic art functions as a mode of thinking, composing, and making meaning. Topics may include: teaching through comics and zine creation, visual literacy, language learning through image/text, sketchnotes, interdisciplinary approaches, and composing in graphic narrative form. Some possible creators to consider are: Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti, and Nick Sousanis. Presentations focusing on examinations of public scholarship surrounding teaching with comics are welcome, as are talks centering on educators’ own classrooms.

This call is for a guaranteed panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 3-6, 2019, in Chicago, IL. Please send 250-word abstracts and bios by 15 March 2018 to Susan Kirtley (skirtley@pdx.edu) and Margaret Galvan (margaretgalvan@ufl.edu). Responses to individual submissions will be sent out by the beginning of April. All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than April 2018.