Comics & Popular Arts Conference

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Call for Participation / Call for Abstracts

Institute for Comics Studies

Comic Book Convention Conference Series


Atlanta, Georgia August 31-September 3, 2012

The Institute for Comic Studies and Dragon*Con present the fifth annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts.  The conference will take place at Dragon*Con, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US. For more info on Dragon*Con, visit

Please submit a proposal that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, or other parts of popular culture. A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, and communication. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, analyses of particular works and authors, discussions of the visual language of comics and manga, comics and pop culture pedagogy, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more.  We're open to any topics relevant to the study of comics and the popular arts.

This conference at Dragon*Con represents the Institute for Comics Studies' mission to promote the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics and to support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding via public venues.

DEADLINE: April 30, 2012

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2012 Call for Participation

Conf. Coordinator:
 Matthew J. brown 
     - UT-Dallas
 R. Scott Nokes 
     - Troy University
Programming Chair:
 Damien Williams
Program Committee
Stephanie Noell
     - Univ. of N. Texas
 Vickie Willis
     - Georgia State
 Johnathan Flowers
     - SIU Carbondale
 Curtis Forbes
     - Toronto
 Katherine Bryant
     - Emory

Atlanta, Georgia

Aug 31-Sept 3

Labor Day Weekend


The conference will take place at Dragon*Con, the largest multi-media, popular culture convention film in the US.

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