Graphic Novels and Comics -Call for Presentations and Panels

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Southwest Popular Culture Association 2014 Conference
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Call for Papers and Presentations: Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-
Southwest/American Popular Culture and American Culture Association

Make plans to join the Southwest PCA/ACA for our 35th annual conference, February 19-22, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102
Tel: +1 505 842 1234 or 888-421-1442

The conference theme this year is: Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
The area chair seeks papers/presentations on Graphic Novels and Comics and Popular Culture due on November 1st, 2013.
Any aspect of Comics and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered, but particular attention will be paid to those presentations that discuss distinctive American aspects of comics and graphic novels in the context of history and the content. Answering such questions as: Why is the superhero as we know it today a uniquely American creation? Why is the birth of the comics industry tied to the Jewish American experience? Does the Americanism of comics and graphic novels have anything to say to the world today or do other styles such as manga, Bande dessinée, or fumetto have more of an impact today?

Possible panel/discussion topics:
Comics podcasts. With so much comics-related news on websites, another form that has taken off in recent years includes the podcast/radio show. How well do these podcasts relate comic/graphic novels news? We have podcasts on the Golden Age of comics, superhero comics, and most recently The Comics Alternative, which goes beyond superheroes to discuss the independents. What impact do podcasts like this have?
The concept of the super-villain! There is much scholarly literature on the superhero but not nearly as much on the super-villain. Yet a superhero is usually only as good or interesting as the super-villain counterpart. Stan Lee said that coming up with interesting super-villains is often difficult. Why? How have super-villains in comics changed over the years? What makes a supervillain like the Joker or Magneto so compelling? We would welcome full panels on supervillains.

There has been a recent rise in superhero movies, with four in the summer of 2011 and three in the summer of 2012, three in the summer of 2013 and one in the fall of 2013. What is the future of the superhero-based movie? Will the superhero movie continue to be popular? Are people tired of the superhero movie? Has the superhero film run its course?
Pedagogical approaches to teaching graphic novel content. This has become an increasingly important part of comic studies, and the area chair seeks those scholars who would like to present on this topic.

Other topics:
Sequential art and storytelling
Manga, anime and the movies
Comic conventions/fan culture
Particular artists or writers (Bendis, Steranko, Kirby, Everett, Niles, etc.)
The rise of the graphic novel
What is a graphic novel?
History of newspaper comics!
Gay characters in comics
Film and superheroes!
Adapting graphic novels for the screen
Racism and the X-Men
Spider-Man as the Everyman
Cartoon Network: Good or bad for comics?
Comics and philosophy
Graphic novels as outlets for social justice (e.g., World War III)
Comics as political satire (e.g., Tom Tomorrow, Addicted To War)
Horror comics
"The Resurrection of Captain America" - Why NO comic character ever stays dead.
DC, Marvel, and comic corporations
Comics studies and film studies: How do the two intersect?
The definition of the superhero
Indies and their role
Comics and graphic novels around the world (e.g., Tintin, Asterix)
The scholarly study of graphic novels/comics in the academy
Libraries and graphic novels

Please send a title and 100- to 250-word abstract by November 1st 2013.

Please submit your paper title and 100- to 250-word abstract by November 1, 2013, through our database, which can be accessed at:
A video tutorial for submissions is available at:
Please note there are monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories.
The organization also has a new open access peer reviewed journal that encourages you to submit your work.
See: Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy
35th Annual Conference Southwest Popular/American Culture Association February 19-22 2014 annual conference
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque,
New Mexico.
Submission Deadline: 11/1/13
Priority Registration Deadline 12/31/13
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras NW,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 87102
Tel: +1 505 842 1234 or 888-421-1442
Rob Weiner
Humanities Librarian, Texas Tech University Library