Increased attention towards the previously ‘critical[ly] neglect[ed]’ form of the graphic novel (Frey and Noys, 2002) – from articles (Prince 2012, Peterson 2013) to monographs and collections (Baskind/Omer-Sherman [eds] 2010, Chaney 2011, Beaty 2012, Chute 2013) – has been reflected in popular culture (such as the hugely successful X-Men [2000–] and Marvel Cinematic Universe [2008–] franchises), exhibitions (most recently, ‘Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK’, British Library, London ), and academic events (in the UK alone, 2014 sees the fifth annual International Comics Conference [London], the fifth annual Transitions comics symposium [London], and the sixth annual Comics Forum [Leeds]).
What has been absent from this surge in attention, however, is a discussion of the intersection of graphic representation and postcolonial, migrant forms of identity. This is surprising, given the numerous examples of graphic-novel explorations of these ideas — both fictional and non-fictional.
Potential contributors to this issue are invited to consider the following:
- graphic novels and political identity
- graphic novels and popular protest
- postcolonialism and graphic narrative
- postcolonialism and graphic form
- Asian–American graphic novels
- graphic novels and war (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.)
- graphic novels and trauma
- Indian Partition and the graphic novel
- superheroes and national identity
- relationships between international forms (Manga, Manhwa, Bandes-dessinées, etc.)
- graphic representations of legends and folklore
- graphic novels and the supernatural
- graphic novels and national identity
- the future of the graphic novel
- any other similar area of interest
Abstracts should be of no more than 250 words, and should be accompanied by a short biography. Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September 2014.