Welcome to the home page for the Comic Art and Comics Area of the Popular Culture Association. The Area brings together scholars from North America and abroad to share their research and exchange ideas. The Popular Culture Association was the first national academic conference with a separate division devoted to comics scholarship.
Area Chair for 2006-2007:
- Nicole Freim, Riverside Community College, 1798 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501 - firstname.lastname@example.org
All participants in the Comic Art & Comics Area are eligible--and encouraged--to submit their essays in consideration for the Area's Annual M. Thomas Inge Award for Comics Scholarship. Bring three copies of your essay with you to the conference, or you may submit three copies to the contest coordinator soon after the conference. Be sure to include three copies of your essay, along with your Spring and Summer mailing and e-mail addresses so that we may contact you. Note: The deadline for the 2006 award has passed. Thanks to those who entered!
Our Inge Award coordinator is:Amy Nyberg, Department of Communication, Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079 - e-mail inquiries: email@example.comThe winner of the 2006 award will be honored at the Comic Art & Comics Area meeting at the 2007 Popular Culture Association conference.
Previous recipients of the M. Thomas Inge Award for Comics Scholarship:
- 2002: Jeet Heer, "Letters to Orphan Annie: Popular Interpretation of an American Pop Culture Icon."
- 2001: Gene Kannenberg, Jr., "Text, Image and Visual Narrative Strategies in the Comics of Chris Ware" -- published as "The Comics of Chris Ware: Text, Image, and Visual Narrative Strategies" in The Language of Comics: Word and Image, ed. Robin Varnum and Christina Gobbons (Jacksonville: University Press of Mississippi, 2002): 174-97.
- 2000: Mel Gibson, "Invisible Girls: British Girls and Their Comics" -- published as "Reading as Rebellion: The Case of the Girl’s Comic in Britain," International Journal of Comic Art 2.2. (Fall 2000): 135-51.
- 1999: Marc Singer, "Invisible Order: Comics, Time, and Narrative" -- published in International Journal of Comic Art 1.2 (Fall 1999): 29-40.
- 1998: Goran Jovanovich, "The Yugoslav War Through Cartoons" -- published in Neighbors at War: Anthropological Perspectives on Yugoslav Ethnicity, Culture, and History , ed. Joel M. Halpern & David A. Kideckel (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000), 255-288.
- 1997: Samuel Thomas, "Maligning Poverty's Prophet: Henry George in Caricature" -- published as "Maligning Poverty's Prophet: Puck, Henry George, and the New York Mayoral Campaign of 1886," Journal of American Culture, Fall 1998.
- 1996: Amy Kiste Nyberg, "Who Makes Popular Culture? Fan Discourse in the Comics Buyer's Guide."
This document is based upon a roundtable discussion held at the 2000 PCA conference in New Orleans. The document will be updated with more information, including contact listings for publishers to assist scholars when seeking permission rights; your suggestions are welcome and encouraged. The document is available at <http://gator.dt.uh.edu/~kannenbg/permissions.html>.
Recognizing the growth of serious comic art scholarship and the shortcomings of established style guides in addressing the comics medium, the Comic Art and Comics area of the Popular Culture Association announces Comic Art in Scholarly Writing: A Citation Guide. The guide is available at:
http://www.ComicsResearch.org/CAC/cite.htmlThese guidelines may also be found in the International Journal of Comic Art 1.1 (Spring/Summer 1999): 33-41, which prefers citations in this format.
The Comic Art and Comics area encourages all academics to follow these guidelines in published work about comics.
Click for the schedules from the 2006, 2002, 2001, and 1999 meetings. Lists of papers from other meetings still to come .
The CA&C web site will also post text-only verisons of papers from previous conferences when authors provide them--although we encourage you to seek publication for your papers whenever possible. At present, we have a page for papers presented at the 1999 conference. To submit your paper for this site, please contact Gene Kannenberg, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This site is updated as new information is received. Please bookmark this site and return! In the meantime, please also visit the home page for the Comics Scholars' Discussion List for more information about comics scholarship, including links to other internet resources.