Call for Papers: special Digital Comics issue of “Networking Knowledge” planned

A Call for Papers has just been announced for Digital Comics, a special-themed issue of Networking Knowledge, the journal of the MeCCSAPostGraduate Network.

MeCCSA is the subject association that represents all who teach or research in Higher Education in media, communications and cultural studies, whether in arts, humanities or social sciences departments. This includes practice-based work as well as more ‘academic’ disciplines.

The medium of comics has always evolved alongside the technology via which it is produced, distributed and consumed. In this age of easily accessible digital technologies, the comic form is undergoing a series of transformative changes. This remediation of the form has seen the medium change to accommodate the wider range of story-telling tropes and functionalities offered by the digital environment. Through portable touchscreen displays we are able to consume comics, film, animation, prose, games and other forms of interactive visual media. The multimodal capacity of these devices allows for the emergence of hybrid forms of comics which incorporate tropes from these other screen-based media.

Against this background, papers focused towards the following areas would sit well within this themed edition of Networking Knowledge:

  • New and emergent digital comic forms and technologies
  • Changes to the underlying structures of the form as a result of digital mediation
  • Crossovers, adaptation and hybridisation between comics and other digital media
  • Acts of reading and the impact of digital mediation
  • Aesthetic and literary analysis of digital comic narratives
  • Digital distribution, changes in the industry and the threat of piracy
  • Webcomics, widening readerships, minority voices and fan cultures
  • Multimodality and comics relationship with larger transmedia narratives.

Other areas relevant to the study of digital comics will also be considered.

• Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of 5,000 to 6,000 words should be submitted via e-mail to Guest Editors Jayms Nichols and the highly-regarded digital comics creator Daniel Merlin Goodbrey at by Friday 11th July 2014. Abstracts should specify the research question and make a clear connection to one or more aspects of the digital comics theme. Proposed papers must be original and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

• If you have any questions about the issue, please e-mail the Guest Editors. If you have questions about Networking Knowledge in general, please contact the Journal Editor, Sam Ward

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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