Studies in Comics (Journal)

ISSN 20403232 , ONLINE ISSN 20403240

Studies in Comics aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form and to address the medium's formal properties. The emerging field of comics studies is a model for interdisciplinary research and this peer-reviewed journal welcomes all approaches and methodologies. Its specific goal, however, is to expand the relationship between comics and theory and to seek to articulate a ‘theory of comics'.

Category: Visual Arts


Editor

Julia Round
Bournemouth University
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Chris Murray
University of Dundee
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Madeline B. Gangnes
University of Florida

Studies in Comics aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address the medium's formal properties. The emerging field of comics studies is a model for interdisciplinary research and in this spirit this journal welcomes all approaches. This double-blind peer-reviewed journal is international in scope and provides an inclusive space in which researchers from all backgrounds can present new thinking on comics to a global audience. The journal will promote the close analysis of the comics page/text using a variety of methodologies. Its specific goal, however, is to expand the relationship between comics and theory and to articulate a 'theory of comics'. The journal also includes reviews of new comics, criticism, and exhibitions, and a dedicated online space for cutting-edge and emergent creative work.


Editor

Julia Round
Bournemouth University
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Chris Murray
University of Dundee
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Madeline B. Gangnes
University of Florida

Editor

Julia Round
Bournemouth University
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Chris Murray
University of Dundee
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Madeline B. Gangnes
University of Florida

Editor

Julia Round
Bournemouth University
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Chris Murray
University of Dundee
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Madeline B. Gangnes
University of Florida

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Special Issue 11.1: Comics and Educations

Guest Editors: Dr Damon Herd, Professor Divya Jindal-Snape and Megan Sinclair

(University of Dundee)

Deadline for submissions: 1 November 2019

Contact: studiesincomics@googlemail.com

Special Issue

Articles are invited for a special issue of Studies in Comics (STIC) on the theme of Comics and Education. Comics have enjoyed a resurgence in the classroom as educators, creators and scholars have come to recognize the diverse ways in which the medium can be used to support literacy, communication skills and creativity. Significantly, the use of comics for and as education also promotes cross-medial learning, as readers may use the form as a starting point for further reading, but also to enhance and supplement other pedagogical materials.

As Syma and Weiner argue, ‘it is no longer a question of whether sequential art should be used in educational settings, but rather how to use it and for what purpose’ (2013). Comics present an immersive, engaging and memorable tool for communication because they require the reader to actively participate in the meaning-making process by utilizing verbal, visual, spatial and gestural modes of understanding, among others (Bakis 2008). Indeed, comics can help readers of all ages understand complex ideas through these means and allow teachers and learners to explore, stimulate and enhance educational outcomes. 

In recognition of this, we invite papers that focus on one or more of the following topics (although this list is not exhaustive):

  • case studies of education comics/ comics as education;
  • teaching and learning with published comics;
  • teaching and learning by creating comics;
  • comics and literacy;
  • public information comics;
  • comics as pedagogy;
  • comics and embodied learning;
  • comics and emotional development;
  • comics and learner-based outcomes;
  • comics and adult education;
  • the educational mission of networks like Graphic Medicine and Graphic Justice.

 Submissions

Please send complete articles for consideration, along with any queries, to studiesincomics@googlemail.com with STIC 11.1 in the subject heading, along with the type of submission (ARTICLE / INTERVIEW).

Articles should be 4,000–6,000 words long and must be received by 1 November 2019, along with a biographical note of up to 150 words. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Papers must be submitted in English. All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. This special issue will be published mid-2020.

We also welcome reviews of new publications and exhibits and short pieces of creative work (1-5 pages in length). Creative work should be relevant to the theme of the special issue. Please include the type of submission in the subject header (REVIEW PUBLICATION / REVIEW CONFERENCE / REVIEW EXHIBITION). Creative submissions should include CREATIVE in the subject header.

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General Call for Papers

Papers are welcomed for Studies in Comics, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal that aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form and to address its formal properties. We invite submissions exploring the formal properties of comics, advancing their own theory of comics or responding to an established theoretical model. We also welcome reviews of new comics, scholarship and criticism, conferences and exhibitions, as well as unpublished creative work.

We invite submissions of articles of 4,000-8,000 words from any discipline. These should have a strong critical focus and seek to apply hitherto unexplored theoretical approaches to the medium of comics or respond to published theories about the medium’s formal properties. Possible areas include:

  • comics and visual language in the context of communications theory;
  • the grammar of comics;
  • narrative structure;
  • the relationship between panel, page and the multiframe;
  • composition and panel transitions;
  • the treatment of time and space;
  • responses to published theorists such as Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, Thierry Groensteen, etc.

We also welcome reviews of new publications and exhibits and short creative pieces of 1-8 pages in length. Creative work should be relevant to some aspect of comics, although there are no other thematic or stylistic restrictions. Metafictional submissions that deal with the processes and theories of comics creation are encouraged.


Article submissions: please send your completed article and a metadata document (see ‘Notes for Contributors’, available for download below) by email. Please include the word ARTICLE in the email subject heading and indicate the word count of the article in your covering email. Papers must be submitted in English. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

Reviews of publications and conferences and exhibitions: please send expressions of interest by email include the words REVIEW PUBLICATION or REVIEW CONFERENCE or REVIEW EXHIBITION in the subject heading. There is no set length for reviews, however we would expect them to be around 1,000-3,000 words.

Creative submissions: please include the word CREATIVE in the subject heading.

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. Studies in Comics is published twice yearly, however some issues may be guest-edited or themed – where applicable, submissions will be carried over for the next issue.

Submissions are welcomed from both scholars and enthusiasts. Contributors are encouraged to approach comics from any discipline and to turn their attention to comics from all countries and in all languages. So, whether you’re a semiotician, philosopher, scientist, historian, enthusiast or cultural, literary or film critic, Studies in Comics welcomes you!

Submissions should be sent to studiesincomics@gmail.com by either 1 June or 1 December for consideration for the next issue. 

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

Editor

Julia Round
Bournemouth University
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Chris Murray
University of Dundee
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Madeline B. Gangnes
University of Florida

Editorial Board

Pete Coogan
Washington University, USA

Tara-Monique Etherington
University of Toronto, Canada

Paul Fisher Davies
East Sussex College

Mel Gibson
Northumbria University

Ian Gordon
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Maggie Gray
Independent Scholar, UK

Michael Goodrum
Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Ian Hague
University of the Arts, London, UK

Dan Hassler-Forest
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Damon Herd
University of Dundee, UK

Frederik Byrn Køhlert
University of Calgary, Canada

Nina Mickwitz
University of Hertfordshire and Angela Ruskin University, UK

Golnar Nabizadeh
University of Dundee

Stephen O'Donnell
University of Glasgow, Scotland

Annick Pellegrin
University of Mauritius

Rikke Platz-Cortsen
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Barbara Postema
Massey University Manawatū, New Zealand

Ernesto Priego
City University London, UK

Elisabeth (Lisa) El Refaie
Cardiff University, Wales

Eszter Szép
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Simon Turner
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UK

Tony Venezia
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Editor

Julia Round
Bournemouth University
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Chris Murray
University of Dundee
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Madeline B. Gangnes
University of Florida

 
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Contents

  • Volume (10): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2019


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  • Volume (9): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2018


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  • Volume (9): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2018


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  • Volume (8): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2017


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  • Volume (8): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2017


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  • Volume (7): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (7): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (6): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (6): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2015


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  • Volume (5): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (5): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (4): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (4): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2013


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  • Volume (3): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2012


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  • Volume (3): Issue (2)
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  • Volume (2): Issue (1)
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  • Volume (2): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2011


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  • Volume (1): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2010


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  • Volume (1): Issue (2)
  • Cover date: 2010


Editor

Julia Round
Bournemouth University
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Chris Murray
University of Dundee
studiesincomics@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Madeline B. Gangnes
University of Florida

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