UPDATE: Comics and Childhood (12/1/05; 2/24/06-2/25/06)

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Cathlena Martin
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    Updated Call for Papers: "Comics and Childhood"

 Fourth Annual University of Florida Comics Conference

      Gainesville, FL
      February 24-25, 2006.

Updated Deadline for Abstracts: December 1, 2005.

The University of Florida's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is
pleased to announce the 2006 UF Conference on Comics: "Comics and
Childhood," which will be held in Gainesville, Florida, on February
24-25 2006.

Confirmed guest speakers include Bill Willingham, Nate Powell, and
Charles Hatfield.

This fourth annual conference on comics will focus on the theme of
comics and childhood, particularly the use of image and text in the
hybrid forms of comics and children's literature. This conference will
focus on comics and children's literature in terms of illustration,
sequence, serialization, and their connections as hybrid works of image
and text. Because of the emphasis on illustration and the sequencing of
illustration in both forms, comics and children's literature often
utilize similar techniques. This conference will examine these
techniques and their relationship to comics and children's literature as
oriented around several key themes:

    * How does the serial nature of comics and children's literature
      influence and impact individual works and the fields themselves?
    * What is the significance of sequence? How does sequence impact the
      illustrative style?
    * What constitutes illustration? How are illustration norms and
      techniques established in each form and to what extent?
    * What techniques cross over from comics into children's literature
      or vice versa? What techniques do not cross over and why?
    * What techniques cross over from animation into children's
      animation and children's programming in general (including
      television shows that include both live action and animation) or
      vice versa? What techniques do not cross over and why? How do
      these animation techniques impact printed works?
    * To what extent are genre restrictions in children's literature and
      comics limiting, and to what extent are they liberating or
    * How does audience impact comics and children's literature in
      general? in terms of illustrative style and content? in terms of
      critical reception and archivization?

In addition, the conference seeks to examine how comics and children's
literature have been treated and constructed given their hybrid
representations and, in turn, how these have allowed for subversive
possibilities in both children's literature and comics. Papers may
feature an argument about particular works within these forms and/or
address critical approaches to the forms themselves.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

    * History and evolution of the comics in relation to children's
    * Cross pollination between comics and children's literature authors
      and artists (Ian Falconer, Neil Gaiman, Berkeley Breathed, Chris
      Ware, Lynda Barry, William Steig).
    * The Comics Code for comic books and regulations involving
      animation because they were viewed to be children's works.
    * Disney's role in comics and in making comics into children's texts.
    * Rising circulation in the USA of anime and manga for children
      (including translation of anime and manga for American audiences,
      and for children).
    * Significance of regulation and awards for recognizing 'quality'
      works, including the importance of the Comics Code seal of
      approval, the Caldecott Award and Honor Emblems, the Eisner Award,
      and others.
    * Synthesis of comics and children's literature with comicesque
      works for children like Mo Willems' works, picture books that
      could be classed as comics, as with Gaiman's "Stardust," and with
      works like Jeff Smith's "Bone," which is now being distributed by
    * Animation being treated as a 'children's form', often being
      embedded in other children's programming like "Sesame Street" and
      "Pee Wee's Playhouse" as well as being often used to present
      children in non-children's shows (the focus on children characters
      in "The Simpsons," "South Park," "Family Guy," and others).
    * Subversive workings of comics and children's literature due to
      their marginalized positions and due to difficulties in regulating
      hybrid forms.
    * Revisionist traditions in comics and children's literature,
      particularly comics that revise children's literature works and
      children's literature works that revise comics ("Castle Waiting,"
      "Fables," "Courtney Crumrin," "Nightmares and Fairytales,"
      "Sleeping Beauty," and "Classics Illustrated").
    * Cultural translation with animation, anime, comics, and children's
      literature (manga and anime being rewritten to be less violent for
      US viewers and readers).
    * Big Little Books and Better Little Books.
    * Issues of archiving and access in regards to comics and children's
      literature as it relates to their changing, mutable, and often
      ephemeral forms.
    * Questions of audience with original comic strips at turn of
      century for mass audiences and children's literature seen as 'for
      all ages.'

Abstract submissions should be approximately 250-500 words in length.
Presentations will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes of question and answer.
The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2005. We accept
abstracts in electronic form (preferred) or print.

Please submit proposals through our online system
<http://grove.ufl.edu/%7Egsg/bwwc/submit.php?cf=2> or email Cathlena
Martin at cmartin_at_english.ufl.edu

Alternatively, send hard copies to:
Donald Ault
Department of English
Univ. of Florida
4008 Turlington Hall
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville, FL 32611-7310

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