ComiqueCon: Celebrating Women in Comics

deadline for submissions: 
August 17, 2018
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contact email: 

Call for Papers: 

ComiqueCon (Dearborn, MI) 


Deadline for submissions: 



Conference location/date: 

October 13, 2018; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan  


The goal of this conference: 

ComiqueCon is a one-day celebration of the amazing work of female and non-binary comic creators. Join us in Metro Detroit for this one-of-a-kind event, and check out our featured guests, awesome sponsors, and talented exhibitors!  

This year's ComiqueCon will include an academic track with paper presentations and workshops related to the general theme of women in comics. Papers should be accessible to a general audience; please be sure to define your terms and give context for any theoretical or discipline-specific arguments you reference.  

This year's special guests include Sara Alfageeh (Bingo Love), Heather Antos (Marvel's Gwenpool), Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Vanesa R. Del Ray (Scarlet Witch), Vivian Ng (Adventure Time), Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Associate Editor at Lion Forge Comics), Katie Schenkel (Cardboard Kingdom), Jamila Rowser (co-founder of Geek Girl Brunch). 

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for the academic track of this event! 


Topics might include the following: 

  • Comics, graphic novels, sequential art, manga and feminist theory 

  • Women in the comics industry – writers, artists, editors, shop owners, etc.   

  • Intersectional identities in comics and graphic novels  

  • The comics industry and #MeToo, #Comicsgate, and sexual harassment culture 

  • Representation of women in comics and related texts – superhero films, action figures, merchandise, promotional materials, etc. 

  • Queer representations of women in comics 

  • Representation of motherhood and maternity in comics 

  • Genre-specific representations of women (in romance comics as compared to action comics, for example) 


Paper Proposals: Paper proposals must include an abstract of 300-500 words and an author biography of 100 words or less. Pre-constituted panels of three to four presenters are also welcome, and should include, in addition to individual paper abstracts and biographies, a 150-200 word panel proposal that details the way the papers connect together and how the panel will engage with the conference theme.  

Workshops: Workshops may have up to three facilitators. Workshop proposals must include a brief explanation of topic (250-500 words), a list of facilitators, and a biography of 100 words or less for each facilitator. Workshop proposals should be skill-focused and can be: creative (making comics, zines, fan art, etc.) or pedagogy-oriented (how to teach with comics, etc.). 


Due Date: 

August 17, 2018


Presenters will be notified of acceptance into the conference via email by mid to late August.


All inquiries and proposals should be sent to