Getting the Picture: On Recent Evolution in the Comics Industry (Roundtable) NeMLA 2014 4/3-4/6

full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA
contact email: 
lauere@sunysuffolk.edu

From one perspective, the comics form is becoming more weighty and legitimized as graphic novels are sold in standard bookshops. However, at the same time, the comics industry is moving online, where free serialized webcomics such as Penny Arcade and Homestuck create new distribution and fandom models. This roundtable seeks papers that address webcomics as a form and/or an industry, changes in comics fandom due to these newly-popular forms, the role of manga or video games in these changes, or related issues.

Please note that this will be a roundtable discussion, and I welcome comics creators and fans as well as scholars.

250-word abstracts or submissions to Emily Lauer by September 30 at lauere@sunysuffolk.edu

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond