Saving the Day for Robin Hood Studies: Perspectives and Reflections on Comics Adapted from the Matter of the Greenwood (Roundtable) (10/11/21; IARHS virtual 12/3-5/21)
Saving the Day for Robin Hood Studies: Perspectives and Reflections on Comics Adapted from the Matter of the Greenwood (Roundtable)
Sponsored by The Medieval Comics Project, an outreach effort of the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture.
For Global Outlaws: The Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies
Tentative Date: 3-5 December 2021.
Deadline for Proposals: 11 October 2021.
According to a recent search of the Grand Comics Database, creators of comic books and graphic novels have produced over three thousand comics directly based on or inspired by the Robin Hood tradition. These comics span almost ninety years and come from over twenty countries; however, the true scope of Hood’s influence on the medium appears much larger. A variety of archers, both heroes and villains, also feature within the pages of comics, and Hood and his fellows have also frequented both cartoons and comic strips, though their adventures there remain largely uncatalogued.
Of these thousands of comics, how much and what items are actually known to enthusiasts of the Matter of the Greenwood? Robin Hood scholars, since the1990s, have started to offer some answers, but much work still remains to more fully explore the world of Sherwood Forest depicted in their panels. In this sponsored session, we hope to create a deeper connection between Robin Hood Studies and Comics Studies to highlight this rich corpus and provide tools and resources for how to find, access, and employ Robin-Hood-themed comics in our classroom and research.
Please send proposals of approximately 250 words and a short academic biography to the panel organizers at Comics.Get.Medieval@gmail.com. We will forward the full panel details to the conference committee.
For more information on the Medieval Comics Project and the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture, please check out our websites at https://medieval-comics-project.blogspot.com/ and https://medievalinpopularculture.blogspot.com/.