Call for Papers for a proposed panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, 3-6 Jan. 2013, in Boston. Sponsored by the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives. … Since representation is at the heart of graphic narrative in all its forms—including comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, webcomics, and panel cartoons—analyzing comics should be of central importance to scholars of race. To take but a single example, one of the pioneers of the newspaper strip, George Herriman, was a Black Southerner whose work offers subtle and complex commentary on race and color. Herriman—like Homer Plessy a mulatto from New Orleans—produced KrazyRead More →

Welcome to our newest Executive Committee member, Martha Kuhlman. Martha was elected to the Committee this fall, and her election was confirmed by the MLA in December, just in time for our work in Seattle. Welcome aboard, Martha! Martha is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Bryant University, a prolific comics scholar, and co-editor (with Dave Ball) of The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking. Her full bio can be found here. Martha’s term on the Executive Committee will be from 2012 to 2017. We are proud to welcome her to our ranks, and look forward to working with her inRead More →