CFP: Articles for Laraña 4: Graphic Novel.

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Revista Laraña

"A comic book intended for an adult audience which tells a unique story in book format, created by one author (rarely is a choral work) in which some claim to be looking for great literature and predominantly autobiographical "This is roughly what we understand as a graphic novel. One of the most controversial terms has risen among ninth art artists, critics and theorists.
Despite not being a new format, we should refer to Art Spiegelman's Maus (1980), Frank Miller 's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen by Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons, both published by DC Comics in 1986, as a starter point of the current boom of the graphic novel even though the last two titles that are unmarked from the "official" definition.
The boom of the graphic novel has not only led to a controversy but has also brought a revolution in industry: publishing houses specialized only in graphic novels, incorporating traditional publishers who embrace these conventions to its catalog, conventional libraries and superstores placing on their shelves considerable space to these titles. To this we must add social aspects as the incorporation of new readers to the realm of comics.
So, what is graphic novel? What conditions must have a comic to be considered as graphic novel? Is it just a label to give another status to the comic? These are some of the questions that arise around the concept of graphic novel and we try to answer from Revista Laraña . So, we invite to all who want to collaborate in the development of the 4th issue of our magazine in monographic dedicated to the graphic novel. Such collaborations may address this concept from different perspectives that may be monographic or transverse. Texts can be for and against this concept, the magazine editors want to encourage academic discussion about the world of comics. The proposed topics, but are not limited to, are:
• Historiography
• Authorship
• Genres
• Gender
• Industry
• Social
• Contemporary Scene
Submission of papers and proposals:
1. An abstract of no more than 300 words may be in Word, WordPerfect or RTF (. Doc,. Docx), in this order: a) Author (s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract. The email subject must be: Proposal for comic conference. The document must be sent in Times New Roman 12. Refrain from using a special text format.
2. Proposals may be in: English or Spanish.
3. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. Acceptance will be March 20, 2013
4. The deadline for article submission is June 30, 2013
5. Proposals, doubts, questions and suggestions contact, Mr. Rafael Ruiz Davila, at