2018: A Very Good Year for The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

This year we broke our own record and published a total of 18 articles during 2018. I cannot say it enough: the Journal is only possible because of the work volunteered by our editors, reviewers and authors: thank you all!

I would also like to thank the Open Library of Humanities (https://www.openlibhums.org/) for their ongoing support: without their funding we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Here’s a listing of the articles we published during 2018, our 8th volume, by section:


Rageul, A., 2018. On the Pleasure of Coding Interface Narratives. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.107

Dell’Angelo, T. and DeGenova, M., 2018. “I am a Teacher”: Early Career Teachers in High Needs Schools. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.115

Baudry, J., 2018. Paradoxes of Innovation in French Digital Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.108

Wysocki, L., 2018. Farting Jellyfish and Synergistic Opportunities: The Story and Evaluation of Newcastle Science Comic. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.119

Gavaler, C., 2018. Undemocratic Layout: Eight Methods of Accenting Images. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.102

Verstappen, N., 2018. Prayoon Chanyawongse’s Cartoon Likay: Amalgamating Likay Theatrical Form and Comics into a Unique Thai Genre. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.121

Kowalewski, H., 2018. Heart is for Love: Cognitive Salience and Visual Metonymies in Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.117

Zhu, A., Phuong, M. and Giacobbe, P., 2018. The Story of ECT: Behind the Scenes of a Controversial yet Effective Treatment. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.129

Rifkind, C., 2018. Geneviève Castrée’s Unmade Beds: Graphic Memoir and Digital Afterlives. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.128

Priego, E. and Wilkins, P., 2018. The Question Concerning Comics as Technology: Gestell and Grid. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.133

Farinella, M., 2018. Of Microscopes and Metaphors: Visual Analogy as a Scientific Tool. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.130


Gröppel-Wegener, A., 2018. Raiding the Superhero Wardrobe: A Review of The Superhero Costume – Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.122

Bessette, L.S., 2018. We’re All YA Now: A Review of Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.124

Davies, P.F., 2018. Enacting Graphic Mark-Making: A Review of A Theory of Narrative Drawing. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.127

Priego, E., 2018. The Comics Page: Scholarly Books Briefly Noted (2017–2018). The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.136

Murel, J., 2018. On the Significance of the Graphic Novel to Contemporary Literary Studies: A Review of The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.138

Simmons, T.E., 2018. Unmasked Lex Text: A Review of On Comics and Legal Aesthetics – Multimodality and the Haunted Mask of Knowing. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.134


Giddens, T., 2018. “I’m Aware that a Lot of these People that I’m Feeling Sorry for are Wankers”: A Conversation with Hannah Berry. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.132

Other Grid-related News

Honourable Mention

This year fellow co-conspirator Dr Peter Wilkins and I received an Open Scholarship Award 2018 Honorable Mention for their Comics Grid editorial work. The Open Scholarship Awards are sponsored by the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute and its partners. The announcement was published on 13 April 2018 by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (University of Victoria, Canada). We were literally honoured.

Featured in Open Insights

I’d also like to hank you to Martin Eve and James Smith from the Open Library of Humanities for interviewing me for their Open Insights series, part of their EmpowOA programme. The URL for the interview is: https://www.openlibhums.org/news/275/. Make sure to follow the #EmpowOA hashtag for the whole series. Find out more about the Open Library of Humanities’ EmpowOA programme here.

Editorial Work Experience

This year we also started collaborating with the Creative Writing and Publishing MA Programme at City, University of London by offering our first editorial work experience placement for a postgraduate student. Angelica Curzi started her placement in December 2018. Welcome to the team, Angelica!

Articles received by or after our second yearly editorial deadline (October 2018) have been under review and editorial processes will restart from January 2019.

We completely appreciate scholarly publishing can be a frustrating affair- if you submitted work during 2018 and your submission is still under review (or was accepted but due to be published in 2019) please accept our gratitude for your patience and understanding.

After 8 years we remain a relatively small, volunteer-led scholarly publishing operation, and the volume of submissions this year increased significantly, with 2018 being our busiest year so far, which has meant longer waiting times for authors. This is far from ideal, but we keep working hard to find ways to continue engaging in faster and more efficient and rigorous editorial processes. Thank you once again for bearing with us.

If you are interested in submitting work for review or you just want to find out more about the journal, or catch up with all our previous volumes, please do click on https://www.comicsgrid.com/!

We are also in constant need for academic reviewers. If you would like to become a peer reviewer, please register, including your areas of expertise, at https://www.comicsgrid.com/author/register/reviewer/.

Here’s looking forward to a 2019 full of open access comics scholarship!

To be continued…

[This post was adapted from an email campaign I sent to the Comics Grid newsletter list yesterday. You can subscribe to the Comics Grid Newsletter at http://eepurl.com/iOYAj].


CFP: Comics and Medicine: The Ways We Work (August 16-18, 2018, Vermont)

Call for Papers: Comics and Medicine: The Ways We Work

August 16-18, 2018; White River Junction, Vermont

Via Dr Ian Williams, Graphic Medicine


This year’s Comics and Medicine Conference invites participants to share and reflect upon how graphic medicine works.

In the context of health and its relationship to comics, “work” can refer to a number of activities: the work of medical and related professionals; the functioning of our bodies and minds; the creation or study of artistic and educational materials; the study of the archive or images/texts; work with reader communities; and the organization of collaborative community health efforts. The spaces in which “work” takes place provide another point of reflection: public healthcare centers, classrooms, home studios, private clinics, libraries, and bedsides.

In this relatively new interdisciplinary field, we hope to document and refine—from our various perspectives and experiences—the territory where cartooning and health care intersect.

We invite the submission of a wide variety of abstracts focusing on health, medicine, and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels and memoir, comic strips, manga, mini comics, webcomics) that examine or showcase topics including, but not limited to:

 • the use of comics and cartooning for clinical interventions and teaching

• navigating institutional headwinds

• addressing time constraints to creative work

• professional development and engagement with graphic medicine

• access to funding sources

• establishing productive collaborative relationships

• planning and completing graphic medicine projects

• engaging communities of care

• work in the context of disability justice and advocacy

• representing the ‘work’ of bodies with relation to diagnosis and treatment

• unseen labor in treatment and care

• spaces of creative production

• creative labor and the tools of graphic medicine

• outcome and efficacy research


Presentation Formats – please read closely as these descriptions have changed.

  • Lightning talks: These 5-minute presentations should provide an engaging and concentrated synopsis of new, ongoing, or completed scholarly, creative, or professional work in Graphic Medicine. This format is designed with the promotion of sustained conversation in mind. 
  • Oral presentations: These 15-20 minute presentations are largely for collaborative,interdisciplinary, or other work that requires and engages a longer presentation format.
  • Panel discussions: These 90-minute interviews or presentations by a panel of speakers are meant to address a single topic from a variety of perspectives.
  • Workshops: These 90-minute, hands-on, activity-driven sessions are for participants who wish to obtain particular skills with regard to comics. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • drawing for health 101
  • accessing personal stories
  • comics and storytelling
  • mini-comic tutorial

Proposal abstracts should not exceed 300 words and may be submitted in Word or PDF format. Please include the following information in this order:

• author(s)
• affiliation
• email address
• phone number
• title of abstract
• body of abstract
• sample images or web links to work being discussed (if applicable)
• presentation format preference (see options above)
• equipment needed (e.g. AV projection, whiteboard, easel, etc.)

Proposals should be submitted by January 30, 2018 to: graphic.medicine.conference@gmail.com

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be completed by the week of March 15. While we cannot guarantee that presenters will receive their first choice of presentation format, we will attempt to honor preferences, and we will acknowledge the receipt of all proposals.

Please note: Presenters are responsible for costs associated with their session (e.g. handouts and supplies) and personal expenses (travel, hotel, and registration fees). All presenters must register for the conference. Discounted rates and some limited scholarships will be available for students, artists, and others in need.

Via Dr Ian Williams, Graphic Medicine