ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

ISSN: 1549-6732

ImageTexT is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of comics and related media. We are published by the English Department at the University of Florida with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our content is available free of charge, and regular issues of ImageTexT will be published three times per year.

 
 

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Editorial Board

  • Anastasia Ulanowicz Editor

  • Terry Harpold Associate Editor

  • Donald Ault Founder and Editor Emeritus (in memoriam)

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Fredric Jameson
  • W.J.T. Mitchell
  • Jerome J. McGann

Editorial Review Board

  • Martin Barker
  • Scott Bukatman
  • Richard Burt
  • Sean Carney
  • Will Eisner (in memoriam)
  • Ian Gordon
  • Terry Harpold
  • Charles Hatfield
  • M. Thomas Inge
  • John Lent
  • Jeffery Klaehn
  • David Kunzle
  • Joseph Murphy
  • Scott Nygren (in memoriam)
  • Derek Parker Royal
  • Maureen Turim
  • Roger Sabin
  • Joseph Witek
  • Julian Wolfreys
  • Phil Wegner

The Sequential Artists Workshop

A new comix art school, The Sequential Artists Workshop, is soon open in Gainesville, FL. Please see the website at http://www.sequentialartistsworkshop.org/ for details. From the SAW website:

A couple years ago we had the crazy idea to open a school; an informal, but serious school, with a curriculum to match any anywhere, but without the baggage, the loans or the politics of higher education. This was the challenge: to create an outpost of support and learning in the comics world. We're here to educate students and support artists. SAW is a place you can come for a week or a year and forge your personal creative path in visual storytelling.

SAW's mission statement is described in this excerpt from a letter which was sent by the school's founders, who include Tom Hart and Leela Corman, before the school's opening:

We're starting this school because we recognize more and more the need for intensive training in this artform, and also want to see the good, interesting adventurous artists out there multiply and flourish. That's why we're calling it The Sequential Artists Workshop: our mission is to train and support artists.
The school is being founded by Tom Hart, who has taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for 10 years, and has helped countless amazing students at SVA become artists. Tom says, "Cartooning and graphic novels are becoming bigger and bigger every day. I tutor and teach more and more people who are fascinated by this medium but don't know it's workings or don't know its history, or who just need time and mentoring to practice, learn and work. We want to be a place to for those people to work, to learn the form and to become sequential artists."

You can see the letter in full on our announcement of the Workshop on the ImageTexT News Feed. We at ImageTexT hope that you will extend support to this exciting new organization.

News


Call for Papers: “Comics in Community” Conference

The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida now invites proposals to our 17th annual conference: “Comics In Community.” The conference will be held March 27th through 29th, 2020. We welcome applicants from all stages of their careers to submit papers addressing any aspect of the conference topic. Independent scholars, as well as creative and community practitioners, are especially encouraged to apply.

Comics are a particularly rich site to imagine community both on and off the page. Our conference hopes to foreground relationships realized through Image/Texts and their circulation. Forms of community including, but not limited to, zine fests, cartoonist unions, letter columns, comics shops, art scenes and conferences have shown how form and content are reciprocally determined between comics and communities. This spirit of community throughout comics and comics scholarship prompts questions about the “representation” of communities, whether marginalized identities or subcultural affinities, on the page and in person. Creators, scholars, and readers have used comics to develop new communities, explore utopian feeling, imagine alternative communities, and encourage queer theoretical modes.

At the same time, deep and abiding histories of racism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, including moments like Comicsgate, have shown how “community” and identity in comics can be weaponized against marginalized people. And cultural heritage sites, such as archives, develop their comics collections from community resources and collector communities, provoking questions about the legitimization and exclusion of different communities in and around comics. How, then, is “community” in comics navigated, celebrated, weaponized, and canonized, and by whom? How has this conception changed over time, with the emergence of comics studies as an academic field, and within different eras of comics creation? How do geographies form, enable, and transform communities in comics, and how has this shaped comics history?

We are particularly interested in queer communities and communities of color in comics; new and emerging communities, including new or regional comics conventions; practitioner and publisher communities; the erotic as a community site in comics; digital communities and sites; labor and community in comics, including unionization efforts; and refugee and prisoner comics. We also welcome contributions for a special panel on the work of the late Don Ault, whose overall impact on comics scholarship as a community, and the comics community at UF especially, are enduring meaningful.

Possible topics may include but are by no means limited to:

  • Comics as a community or particular communities within “comics”
  • Publishing and publishers as sites of community, particularly the works of particular publishers or publishers with a community focus, like Short Box or Koyama Press
  • Regional and local hubs as or with comics communities, particularly those less extensively documented as arts hubs and those in the Southeast
  • Comics and related mediums in relationship to marginalized communities, including queer comics, Black comics, Latinx and Chicanx comics, and Asian and Asian-American comics
  • Marginalized communities within broader “fandom” umbrellas, including Blerd conventions and queer fan events like Flamecon
  • Comics and community in archives, galleries, libraries, and museums, including comics in grassroots archives like the Lesbian Herstory Archives
  • Comics and labor, labor communities in comics, including unionization efforts and the intersections of race, gender, and labor in comics
  • Crowdfunding and comics, like Iron Circus, the Elements anthologies, and Kickstarter
  • Crowdsourced creative work and creative transformation, “copyleft,” “copywrong,” and fair use as community practice
  • Subcultures, including fashion subcultures, in comics, including punk, lolita, and cosplay, and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and subcultures, like the Hernandez Brothers’ work, or Ben Passmore’s punk comics
  • Distribution and circulation, including online comics and the relationships between race, gender, community, and circulation, and comic stores as community hubs
  • Webcomics collectives, like Blank Label or Dumbrella, and studio communities, like Pizza Island
  • Communities around particular publishing areas, such as erotica, or autobiography

We encourage presentations on any of these themes, including traditional academic papers. We especially welcome creative and hybrid creative/academic work by scholar-practitioners. Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length. We are unable to evaluate abstracts in languages besides English, but we welcome multilingual presentations and will do our best to support such work. Sign language interpreters will be made available on request. Discussion panels from multiple presenters coordinated around a central topic or theme are welcome. Proposals of 200-300 words, plus a short bio, optionally including your present job title and A/V requirements, should be submitted to gco@english.ufl.edu by December 1st, 2019.

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