May 11 - 12, 2017
The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics invites proposals for papers to be presented at our annual conference, on any and all aspects of comics, graphic narrative, picturebooks, and textual-visual arts. This year we would be particularly interested in receiving proposals on comics by and/or about indigenous peoples. Proposals from academics and independent scholars in all fields are welcome.
This proposed panel explores the relationship between the monstrous (whether fantastic, gothic, or science fiction) and comics. With the formation of the Comics Code Authority in 1954, the “monstrous” has stood at the centre of aesthetic, historical, critical, and cultural debates around comics and graphic novels. Such efforts to regulate and ban a bestiary of the most fantastic and gothic monsters highlight the complex relationship between content and form that infuses the visual and textual dynamics of the monstrous in comics. Papers may focus on past or present treatments of the monstrous, including specific creatures and monsters, specific artists, or specific comic series.
Send a 200-word abstract and 50-word bio by 3 January 2017 to Chris Koenig-Woodyard, firstname.lastname@example.org. The panel will be proposed for the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics conference, 11-12 May 2017, Toronto (hosted in collaboration with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (http://www.torontocomics.com/whats-happening/canadian-society-for-the-study-of-comics-2017-conference/).