72nd World Science Fiction Convention: Diversity in Speculative Fiction: Digital Comics Panel (Call for Papers)

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Yesterday I posted on the Comics Grid blog a call for papers for a digital comics panel to take place within the Academic Programme of Loncon 3, 72nd World Science Fiction Convention.

I have copied and pasted the call below.

Call for Papers

Diversity in Speculative Fiction: Digital Comics Panel

Loncon 3, 72nd World Science Fiction Convention

Thursday 14 to Monday 18 August 2014, London, UK



The academic programme at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, is offering the opportunity for academics from across the globe to share their ideas with their peers and other convention attendees.

To reflect the history and population of  the host city, London, United Kingdom, the theme of the academic programme is “Diversity”.

This is a call for academic papers on digital comics. Proposals are particularly welcome on the works (and adaptations of the work) of the Guests of Honour, London as a location and under-represented areas of research in digital comics, particularly those fitting within the ‘speculative fiction‘ label.

By digital comics we mean any comics (printed or not) making uses of digital technologies, as well as media-specific comics made to be read on digital devices (online comics, webcomics, motion comics, mobile comics). Examples of these may include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital comics: media, medium, form, genre?
  • Digital comics and market diversity in the comics publishing industry
  • Digital archives of comics and questions of digitisation and preservation
  • London, geolocation, psychogeography and mobile comics
  • Connections between computer technologies and speculative fiction in digital comics
  • Adaptation, translation and transmediality in digital comics
  • Representation of alternative bodies, gender and sexual orientations in digital comics
  • Digital comics by black and ‘minority ethnic’ authors and publishers
  • Representation of characters of different ethnic origin in digital comics
  • Social class and digital comics: issues of access, representation, production
  • Approaches to non-English language digital comics

The deadline for submission is 31 December 2013.

Participants will be notified by 1 February 2014.

All presenters must have acquired convention membership by 1 May 2014.

Please read the Academic Programme’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Abstracts will be included in the Academic Programme Book, which will be available to download from the Loncon website, and selected papers might be invited for submission to an edited volume showcasing the diversity of scholarship in current academic research and The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.

To propose a paper (presentations should not exceed 20 minutes), please submit a 300 word abstract to Ernesto Priego at Ernesto.Priego.1@city.ac.uk.

At The Comics Grid’s Blog: Altmetrics of Articles on Comics

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At The Comics Grid’s blog, I posted the first of a series of posts where I will be looking at the altmetrics of academic journal articles on comics.

In this post I share a table with the 5 journals with articles on comics that have been most mentioned online according to a report obtained with The Altmetric Explorer on Friday 23 August 2013.

Looking for new peer reviewers for The Comics Grid

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[I try to use this site as a means to keep track of the work I do so apologies for double-posting].

We want to extend the pool of peer reviewers for The Comics Grid.

There’s a short post explaining some of the recent changes to our platform on the journal’s blog, here, and I also posted the call on HASTAC.

If you want to skip the whole malarkey you can just go to the form here or –little known fact just for those who dare to look closely– even go directly to the journal’s registration here and register your details directly there!


Forms of Innovation Deck of Slides

I have done an edit of the deck of slides I showed at the Forms of Innovation workshop at the University of Durham last Saturday 27th April 2013 to share online.

You can download it as a .pptx file, and use it under a CC BY license, from Figshare.

Forms of Innovation: Collaboration, Attribution, Access. Ernesto Priego. figshare.

Retrieved 10:57, Apr 29, 2013 (GMT)


At the Comics Grid: Interview with Tim Pilcher

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Tim Pilcher has worked in and around the comics industry for over 20 years as a writer and editor. He is currently the chair of the UK Comic Book Alliance. He’s currently crowdfunding his memoir of the UK Vertigo Comics office in the 1990s, Comic Book Babylon. I interviewed him for The Comics Grid‘s Meta Grid blog, here.

I’ll participate in “Do we need comics publishers?” Graphic Scotland (Glasgow)

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Graphic Scotland is an independent organisation aiming to bring together Scottish-based writers, artists and publishers in national and international collaborations to create diverse and innovative new graphic fiction.

I am very pleased to announce I’ll participate in a panel hosted by Graphic Scotland’s John McShane including comics creators and publishers from around the UK like Martin Conaghan (Burke and Hare, Reflections) and Gary Erskine (Roller Grrrls2000AD, Marvel, DC, Madefire).

It will be on Thursday 27 September 2012 in Glasgow University.  All the information you need about the event can be found here.

This event is organised by SYP Scotland in conjunction with Graphic Scotland, supported by the Glasgow University Comics Society.

Maybe I’ll see you there?

Comics and the Multimodal World. An International Conference

[Note new conference date].

I am very pleased to announce The Comics Grid, Journal of Comics Scholarship is co-sponsoring the international conference “Comics and the Multimodal World”, which will take place in Douglas College, Vancouver, June 13-16 2013 [note new date].

Read all about it here.

Superhumans: my interview with Stephen Lowther (Wellcome Collection)

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Stephen Lowther, Assistant Librarian and Ephemera Curator at the Wellcome Library, London, will give an ‘Insights’ talk on Thursday 30th August 2012, 7-8pm, titled ‘Superheroes, or bulging biceps and pulsating pectorals.’

I interviewed him for The Comics Grid, here.