Within mainstream superhero comics, sexuality has often been simultaneously gratuitous and invisible. Though virtually all superheroes wear their underwear on the outside and proudly display their hard and sensuous curves inside revealing, skin-tight costumes, the Comics Code Authority long forbade any definite expressions of sexual behaviour or desire. The unequal application of this ban exaggerated the simultaneous presence and absence of sexuality; historically, while the bodies of female superheroes have been hyper-sexualized, the bodies of male superheroes have prioritized power characteristics in defiance of sexual characteristics. Some things have changed over time. In the 1990s, Marvel Comics released several “Swimsuit Specials” that eroticized both male and female superheroes. And in the 21st-century, both Marvel and DC finally abandoned the Comics Code and launched several “mature” titles that allowed more graphic expressions of sexuality. Superhero sexuality had also become more diverse; in the past two decades, each of the “Big Two” publishers has added several gay, lesbian, and bisexual heroes, some of them newly created, others coming out of the closet. Yet a simultaneous presence and absence remains; when superheroes get banged up and laid out, it tends to be in a fight rather than the bedroom, and the costumes tend to stay on.
This panel will examine the superhero genre’s complicated relationship with sexuality in as many ways and places as possible. Papers may focus on past or present representations of sexuality in either mainstream comics or in those Underground, “indie,” or web comics which have commented on, critiqued, or revised the mainstream. Possible topics might include: the relationship between sexuality and gender; how sexuality is represented in the comics form; the ways in which the absence or denial of sexuality can feed subversive readings; or, how sexuality intersects with the graphic and narrative conventions of the superhero genre.
If you are interested in participating in this panel, please send a 200-word abstract plus a 50-word bio to Anna Peppard at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 3rd, 2017. The panel will be proposed for the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics, held May 13-14th in Toronto in collaboration with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (http://www.torontocomics.com/whats-happening/canadian-society-for-the-study-of-comics-2017-conference/).
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. The conference will take place in Toronto on May 11-12. Find information about the CSSC and our previous conferences on our website: comics-scholars.com.
Please submit a proposed paper title and 200-word abstract, along with a brief 50-word biography and contact information, to email@example.com by January 6, 2017.
The conference is held in collaboration with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a major international exhibition of independent comics artists and small publishers partnered with the Toronto Reference Library, taking place May 13-14 2017.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? THE YOUNG CANADIANS
A special issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2018
Edited by Andrew Lesk (University of Toronto) and Barbara Postema (Concordia University)
Consulting editor, Bart Beaty (University of Calgary, Canadian Editor of The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics)
Drawn & Quarterly, Canada’s foremost comics publisher, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. This anniversary was an occasion for retrospection on Canadian comics, which have been influential well beyond the Canadian borders. Artists like Seth, Chester Brown, and Julie Doucet who began their careers in the 1980s and 1990s have become household names. Rather than dwelling on past achievements, the 25th anniversary of a Canadian comics publisher is also an opportunity to evaluate where we are now and to ask what happens next. Canada is now home to a large number of thriving comics publishers working in two official languages, and one thing that they all have in common is showcasing the rich and diverse talents of Canadian cartoonists, regularly debuting not just new books, but new cartoonists, new styles, and new ways of telling stories in comics form. In this special issue, we’re asking: What has happened in Canadian comics since 2000? Have the successes in the field—in creating, and in publishing—changed in the twenty-first century? How do Canadian comics suggest different ways of seeing the world beyond the traditions established elsewhere? How has the advent of the digital age affected the way comics are published, distributed, and consumed? In order to shift perspectives about Canadian comics, we seek contributions on works by Canadian artists who have made their debut since 2000. Selected articles will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. Abstracts of 150 words, with a 50-word biography, should be submitted by September 30, 2016; articles of 5000-7000 words will be due by March 15, 2017. Papers on French-language B-Ds are welcome, though they must be submitted in English. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Rising Canadian artists: Kate Beaton, Michael Deforge, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
Nurturing new talent: Canadian comics publishers – Drawn & Quarterly, Conundrum Press, Koyama Press, La Pastèque
New directions: Julie Delporte, Patrick Kyle, Meags Fitzgerald
The TCAF effect
New styles and forms: Nina Bunjevac, Marta Chudolinska, Ray Fawkes, Jesse Jacobs
Breaking into the mainstream: Jeff Lemire, Fiona Staples, J. Torres, Chip Zdarsky
Please submit all questions and submissions to both Andrew Lesk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Barbara Postema (email@example.com).
GEEKED call for submissions on the theme of heroes and gods.
Deadline September 01
Click belw to see a sample entry:
A short comic about Kismet, the Muslim superhero, commenting on current events:
Welcome to the official website for the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC). Founded in October of 2010, the aims of the CSSC are to bring together those of us interested in the study of comics, in Canada and abroad, both by putting us in touch with each other through our membership network, and also by creating vibrant forums and events for our dialogue and research. We are currently pursuing the possibility of conferences under the aegis of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, the leading arts research venue in Canada, as well as in conjunction with the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, one of the most important independent and small-press comics events worldwide. The CSSC is a bilingual and multidisciplinary organization committed to approaching the comics field from a wide variety of cultural and theoretical vantage points.