Comics and Monsters (CSSC, May 11-12, Toronto)

deadline for submissions: 
January 3, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Canadian Society for the Study of Comics

Comics and Monsters—Monsters and Comics
Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (May 11-12, Toronto)

This proposed panel explores the relationship between the monstrous (whether fantastic, gothic, or science fiction) and comics.  With the formation of the Comics Code Authority in 1954, the “monstrous” has stood at the centre of aesthetic, historical, critical, and cultural debates around comics and graphic novels.  Such efforts to regulate and ban a bestiary of the most fantastic and gothic monsters highlight the complex relationship between content and form that infuses the visual and textual dynamics of the monstrous in comics.  Papers may focus on past or present treatments of the monstrous, including specific creatures and monsters, specific artists, or specific comic series. 

Send a 200-word abstract and 50-word bio by 3 January 2017 to Chris Koenig-Woodyard, chris.koenig.woodyard@utoronto.ca. The panel will be proposed for the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics conference, 11-12 May 2017, Toronto (hosted in collaboration with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (http://www.torontocomics.com/whats-happening/canadian-society-for-the-study-of-comics-2017-conference/).