Call for Papers and Multimodal Student Projects for ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies

ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly,is seeking submissions of articles and multimodal student projects for its thirteenth volume. This open-access, online journal advances the academic study of an emerging and diverse canon of imagetexts, including—but not limited to—comic books and strips, graphic novels, animations, illustrated fiction, picture books, zines, and other media that blend images and texts in complex ecologies.

Articles: ImageTexT welcomes essays of 4,000 to 10,000 words examining the aesthetics, cognition, production, reception, distribution and dissemination of imagetexts, along with translations of previously existing research in the field of visual culture. Possible topics include but are not limited to:  

-        Activism, agency, and social justice

-        Accessibility and user experience 

-        Ecocriticism and visual representations of the environment

-        Digital humanities approaches to imagetexts

-        Fan studies and reception studies

-        Graphic medicine

-        Historical comic strips

-        Horror and imagetexts  

-        Imagetexts created by children and teenagers

-        Manga and other non-Western imagetexts  

-        Representations of disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic status  

-        Place, space, geographies, and migrations

-        Teaching with imagetexts at all levels of education (K-12, university, etc.)

-        Transmedia and adaptation (comic books to film, manga to anime, etc.)

-        Webcomics and other forms of digital imagetexts

Multimodal Student Projects: The journal also welcomes submissions of multimodal projects created by undergraduate students for our new “From the Classroom” section. This portion of the journal showcases exemplary examples of multimodal composition created in undergraduate classes. Submissions could take the form of, but are not limited to, comics and zines, infographics, podcasts, Twine games, and videos.  Instructors or students may submit assignments for consideration.

All submissions should be in the most recent MLA style and should include a short biographical statement (50 to 100 words). Please submit all articles and multimodal projects to our submission portal: Email questions and proposals to the managing editors, Brianna Anderson and Laken Brooks, at