The annual conference and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival are fast approaching, and here’s what’s up! At the bottom of this post you’ll find an up-to-date full programme for the conference (please note that some panels have changed and all panels will be held at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville); take a look and see what’s in store! Here are a few highlights:
Keynote by Rebecca Wanzo: Wanzo, associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and founding board member of the Comics Studies Society, will be presenting an address titled “Never Post, Always Present: African American Underground Comix and Post-Race and Post-Feminist Imaginaries” on Thursday afternoon. Dr. Wanzo’s talk is not to be missed!
CSSC Social: On Thursday evening at 6pm, the CSSC will have its social night at The Firkin on Bloor (just across from the hotel). Come mingle, trade floppies, and have a few beverages!
CSSC AGM: Late Friday morning, we will meet for the society Annual General Meeting. In advance of the AGM, we’d really appreciate it if all members could take just a few minutes to fill out this survey on the direction of the society. Taking the time to answer just a few questions will help immeasurably in shaping the AGM agenda!
Until May 11, if you have any questions you can always get in touch with Barbara, Ben, Chris, or Kalervo directly. If we don’t know the answer, we certainly know who does! Don’t forget to keep checking back here, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page for more updates! See you soon!
Your CSSC Exec
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.
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.