CFP: Studies in Comics

Publication
Studies in Comics
Editors: Julia Round (Bournemouth University), Chris Murray (University of Dundee)
Stichtag: 10.03.2027

Studies in Comics aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address the medium’s formal properties. The emerging field of comics studies is a model for interdisciplinary research and in this spirit this journal welcomes all approaches. This double-blind peer-reviewed journal is international in scope and provides an inclusive space in which researchers from all backgrounds can present new thinking on comics to a global audience. The journal will promote the close analysis of the comics page/text using a variety of methodologies. Its specific goal, however, is to expand the relationship between comics and theory and to articulate a ‚theory of comics‘. The journal also includes reviews of new comics, criticism, and exhibitions, and a dedicated online space for cutting-edge and emergent creative work.

Please refer to the Intellect House Style Guide before submitting your article to studiesincomics@gmail.com. Please note that in the initial instance we ask only for article proposals (300 words) including intended length of article, and a brief contributor biography. These should be sent to studiesincomics@gmail.com by either 1 June or 1 December for consideration for our next issue. Studies in Comics is published twice yearly, however some issues may be guest edited or themed – where applicable, proposals will be held over for the next issue.

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal that aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address its formal properties. We invite submissions exploring the formal properties of comics, advancing their own theory of comics or responding to an established theoretical model. We also welcome reviews of new comics, scholarship and criticism, conferences, and exhibitions, as well as unpublished creative work

We invite submissions of articles of 4,000-8,000 words from any discipline. These should have a strong critical focus and seek to apply hitherto unexplored theoretical approaches to the medium of comics or respond to published theories about the medium’s formal properties. Possible areas include:

  • Comics and visual language in the context of communications theory
  • The grammar of comics
  • Narrative structure
  • The relationship between panel, page and the multiframe
  • Composition and panel transitions
  • The treatment of time and space
  • Responses to published theorists such as Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, Thierry Groensteen, etc.

We also welcome reviews of new publications and exhibits and short creative work of 1-5 pages in length. Creative work should be relevant to some aspect of comics, although there are no other thematic or stylistic restrictions. Metafictional submissions that deal with the processes and theories of comics creation are encouraged.

Submissions

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Submissions are welcome from both scholars and enthusiasts. Contributors are encouraged to approach comics from any discipline and to turn their attention to comics from all countries and in all languages. So whether you’re a semiotician, philosopher, scientist, historian, enthusiast, cultural, literary or film critic, Studies in Comics welcomes you! Please send all submissions to studiesincomics@gmail.com.

Article submissions: please send a 300-word abstract and include the word ARTICLE in the subject heading. Please indicate the intended word count of the article. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Papers must be submitted in English.

Reviews of publications and conferences and exhibitions: please include the words REVIEW PUBLICATION or REVIEW CONFERENCE or REVIEW EXHIBITION in the subject heading

Creative submissions: please include the word CREATIVE in the subject heading.

Editors: Julia Round (Bournemouth University), Chris Murray (University of Dundee)

Contact: studiesincomics@gmail.com
URL: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=168/

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