CFP-SWPCA-Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-Graphic Novel Roundtable-CALL for participants.
Deadline for submission: November 15, 2008
The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture
Associations February 24–28, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The SW/TX PCA/ ACA invites papers on Comics, Graphic Novels, Popular Culture
Any Aspect of Comics, and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered.
In addition to our regular comics and popular culture related panels, we will have a roundtable discussion looking at the term Graphic Novel. We will address the question what exactly is a Graphic Novel??? Some scholars dislike the term. After all, a book like Maus is not really a novel since it is non-fiction. Yet Maus is always referred to as a Graphic Novel. Other terms like Photo novels and Sequential Art Storytelling books are less than satisfactory names as well. Is there another term that would work better than Graphic Novel or are we stuck with it as a “blanket” term for all comic/sequential art related stories in book form? The area chair seeks scholars who are willing to debate this point openly and honestly. If you are interested in participating in this interesting roundtable, please contact me.
Some topics could include
Sequential Art and Storytelling
Particular Artists or writers (Bendis, Steranko, Kirby, Everett, Niles, etc)
The Rise of the Graphic Novel
What is a Graphic Novel?
History of Newspaper Comics!
Gay Characters in comics
Film and Superheroes!
Adapting Graphic Novels for the Screen1
Libraries and Graphic Novels
Racisms and the X-Men
Spiderman as the Everyman
Cartoon Network: Good or Bad for Comics
Comics and Philosophy
Graphic Novels as outlets for social justice (ie,, World War III)
Comics as political satire (eg,., Tom Tomorrow, Addicted To War)
These are just general examples ANY topic will be considered
Please send title and abstract to:
Rob Weiner area chair
Texas Tech University
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Conference Rates: Professionals, $140; Graduate students $120; Spouse,
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