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Eric Hoffman
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Deadline for abstracts: 31 JULY 2010

Length: 2,500-7,500 words with maximum 10,000 WORDS

Call for papers for a collection of critical essays on various aspects of or
approaches to Dave Sim's comic book Cerebus, both a scholarly and popular, though coherent, companion
(and introduction) to the series.
Any subject matter is welcome, so long as it pertains to Dave Sim and/or Cerebus.
Some recommendations of subjects that in which I am most interested:
Discussion of 1970's comics scene in which Dave first started to contribute
together with a discussion of the various influences on Cerebus (Howard the
Duck, Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja)
Cerebus as satire of the comics medium (The Roach, "reads," etc)
Cerebus as social satire (political and religious satire)
The shift in tone from earlier and later Cerebus as a result of Dave's
The influence of Cerebus on the comics industry
Cerebus and the graphic "Novel"
Dave Sim as self-publisher and his feud with Gary Groth and the Comics Journal
Dave Sim and the CBLDF
Comics fandom and Aardvark Comment (& the Yahoo Group)
Narrative structure in Cerebus
"Mind Games"
"Something Fell"
Dave Sim as magpie (Barry Windsor-Smith, Mort Drucker, etcetera)
Gerhard's impact on Cerebus
Sim's use of literary characters (Wilde, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, etc)
Sim's use of public personas (Elrod, Mick and Keef, Lord Julius, Konigsberg, The
3 Stooges, etc)
Meta-narrative in Cerebus (Viktor Davis/Reid in Reads, Sim in Minds and Guys)
Cerebus and Religion (both pre-and post-conversion)
Cerebus as a critique of feminism
Gender issues in Cerebus (male/female light/void, he/she/it, YHWH, God,
"Tangent," "10 Impossible Things," etc)
Currently not under publication contract. No university affiliation.