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Call for Papers for Comics Up Close at LICAF 2021

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The following blog post is a call for submissions by Comics Up Close – New Perspectives in Comic Art as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021. At this event, Dr Anna Feigenbaum is going to be presenting our own research alongside other comics-based academic projects. If you are an academic with interests relating to comics and graphic novels, this could be a valuable opportunity for you to present your work at an award-winning comics festival

A Call for Papers for Comics Up Close – New Perspectives in Comic Art, the opening event of Lakes International Comic Art Festival on 15th October 2021, has just been announced by the team from LICAF and ReOPeN, Lancaster University’s graphic novels and comics pedagogy, research and engagement network.

We welcome the submission of abstracts for short papers that explore any aspect of comic art or graphic novels. For comics-inspired academics, this is an opportunity to share your current or recent project with other researchers, illustrators, writers and teachers in the field, as well as members of the general public passionate about comics. These papers will be part of sessions inspired by the PechaKucha
presentation method: participants are asked to speak for eight
minutes, with eight slides.

Areas of interest include but are not restricted to: comics for empowerment, social justice and change, comic histories, comics and
the reinterpretation of literature, the politics of comic art, international
comics, graphic narratives, comics and horror, cinema, education, and
science fiction.

If you are interested in taking part, please submit a title
and an abstract of up to 150 words.

The deadline for submission of extracts is 5.00pm, Monday 13th September 2021 and should be sent to Lancaster University’s:
Dr. Andrew Tate (a.tate@lancaster) and
Dr. Natasa Lackovic (,
who head up the university’s graphic novels and comics pedagogy,
research and engagement network, ReOPeN.


Confirmed Comics Up Close speakers include:
Prof. Andrew Miles, University of Manchester
Dr. Anna Feigenbaum, Dept. of Communications & Journalism at
Bournemouth University.
Helen Jones, Institute of Education at University College, London.
Dr Joe Sutliff Sanders, Faculty of English at Cambridge University.

More Information about licaf 2021 and COmics up close can be found at:

Twitter: @comicartfestpod

Facebook: @comicartpodcast

Instagram: @comicartpodcast

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS: Comics in the Time of COVID-19 (edited collection)

An edited collection on graphic medicine and graphic storytelling related to the COVID-19 global pandemic


Alexandra P. Alberda

Anna Feigenbaum

William Proctor

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to infect millions, kill people around the world, dismantle political, economic and cultural infrastructures, and disrupt our everyday lives, we have seen a surge in amateur and professional creative activity in the comics medium. From blogs to Instagram, superheroes to public health, educational comics to graphic memoirs, etc., artists are engaging with a variety of genres, narratives, platforms and styles to tell stories.

This edited collection seeks to bring together a range of creative work, along with practice-based and critical reflections on what it means to make, share and read comics in the time of COVID-19. Bridging the fields of comics studies, memoir studies, graphic medicine and data storytelling, this collection also aims to explore our definitions of ‘what counts’ as graphic medicine and graphic storytelling.

We invite submissions in the form of comics, graphic chapters, interviews and other alternative formats, along with more traditional academic chapters.

Themes include but are not limited to:

– Histories, Comics and Global Health

– Comics, Superheroes and COVID-19

– Graphic Memoir and Self-Narrative

– Data Comics and COVID-19

– Political cartoons and other types of commentary

– Genre, narrative and style in COVID-19 comics

– Online publishing platforms and environments

– Shifting economies of comic creation and distribution

This collection aims to take a transdisciplinary and transnational perspective, with contributions written for the broadest audience. We particularly encourage submissions from comics artists, PhD and early career scholars, those from underrepresented communities in academia and people from the Global South.

For a gallery of existing COVID-19 comics is a great resource: Also, check out the hashtag #covid19comicsforgood

Please submit a 300-word abstract, script or description of your proposed contribution to by May 31st, 2020.

Originally published at: BU Research Blog

Doctoral researcher and Research Illustrator

My PhD, titled Graphic Medicine Exhibited: Public Engagement with Comics in Curatorial Practice and Visitor Experience since 2010, explores the intersections of the comics medium, health, and exhibition to understand potential methodological approaches and sociocultural values of these experiences. My collaborative projects, namely with Dr Anna Feigenbaum and Aria Alamalhodaei, have explored such topics as public health, data storytelling and visualisation, comics (graphic medicine, graphic social science, data comics), and creative-led knowledge exchange. As a research illustrator I have worked on a number of projects, including the recent The Data Storytelling Workbook (Routledge 2020) and two COVID-19 webcomics.As a curator, I explore how different media, such as comics and zines, can create more emotive connections between different cultures, place, and timecontribute towards decolonisation, and foster social justice and care in upcoming museum professionals.