Call for Papers for Comics Forum 2018 – Progress: A Decade of Comics Scholarship

The Call for Papers for Comics Forum 2018 has been released. This year is the tenth anniversary of the annual conference series and to celebrate this milestone, the theme of this year’s conference is Progress: A Decade of Comics Scholarship.

Submissions are invited looking back at the various subjects and themes Comics Forum has focused on over the past decade, in consideration of how they have changed and developed.

The dates for this year’s conference are the 20th – 21st of September 2018, taking place at the Leeds Central Library, in Leeds.

The organisers will also host a half-day workshop ‘Seriously Into Comics’ on 19th September. Aimed primarily at PhD students and Early-Career Researchers this will be an opportunity for younger scholars to gain access to more experienced academics at different stages of their careers, to get advice on funding, teaching and publishing, and to have an opportunity to network prior to the conference itself.

• Click here to open the CFP as a PDF

• Click here to go to the abstract submission page

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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