Call For Papers: Graphic Gothic in Manchester, July 2016

Gothic Classics, published by Graphic Classics

Gothic Classics, published by Graphic Classics

The organisers of Graphic Gothic, an event to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University in July 2016, have put out a Call For Papers. The event is being organised in association with Studies in Comics (Intellect Books), the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge), and the Gothic Studies Network.

Proposals (for 20 minute papers) on the relationship between comics and Gothic are now invited for our seventh annual conference, including but not limited to:

  • Gothic icons and archetypes in comics (vampires, zombies, witches, monsters, ghosts, and everything else!)
  • Gothic symbols and structures in comics (the crypt, the Other, etc.)
  • Psychoanalytic readings and themes of comics (the uncanny, the abject, fragmented identity, etc.)
  • Horror and violence
  • Censorship, sensation and outrage
  • Monstrosity and the grotesque
  • Caricature and subversion
  • The Grand Guignol, the theatrical and the Romantic
  • Absorption, inversion, subversion, authenticity
  • Classic gothic texts, adaptation and rewriting
  • Gothic and underground subcultures and music

Papers not related to any of the above themes will be considered for the third day of the conference. Selected conference papers will be published in one of the above journals, or an edited collection.

• Submit your abstract (300 words) and brief biography (100 words) to before 1st December 2015

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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