CFP: Animals in Graphic Novels (journal issue; December 1)
Animals in Graphic Novels
Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture is seeking submission for its June 2010 issue devoted to the subject of "animals in graphic novels."
The issue will primarily focus on papers that examine contemporary graphic novels; examples of these might include Pride of Baghdad (Brian K. Vaughan), First in Space (James Vining), the works of Osamu Tezuka, Animal Man (Grant Morrison), Rabbi's Cat (Joann Sfar), Fables (Bill Willingham), and Maus (Art Spiegelman), among others. Papers that examine the subjects of comics for children and comic strips that appear in newspapers may also be considered, depending on the originality of the contextualisation through which they may be presented.
We are looking at gathering a wide range of perspectives, themes and ideas within the broad scope of "animals in graphic novels." These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Exploring animality in the graphic novel medium
- Representing the human/animal divide
- Positive and negative aspects of anthropomorphism
- Becoming animal
- Links between sexism, racism and speciesism
- Non-western graphic novels
- The challenges of animal first-person narratives
- Ecocriticism and nature in graphic novels