CFP-SWPCA-Graphic Novels, Comics and Popular Culture-Graphic Novel Roundtable-CALL for participants. 


Deadline for submission: November 15, 2008
Online: <> 

The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture
Associations February 24-28, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The SW/TX PCA/ ACA invites papers on Comics, Graphic Novels, Popular Culture 

Any Aspect of Comics, and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered. 


In addition to our regular comics and popular culture related panels, we will have a roundtable discussion looking at the term Graphic Novel.  We will address the question what exactly is a Graphic Novel??? Some scholars dislike the term. After all, a book like Maus is not really a novel since it is non-fiction. Yet Maus is always referred to as a Graphic Novel. Other terms like Photo novels and Sequential Art Storytelling books are less than satisfactory names as well.  Is there another term that would work better than Graphic Novel or are we stuck with it as a "blanket" term for all comic/sequential art related stories in book form? The area chair seeks scholars who are willing to debate this point openly and honestly. If you are interested in participating in this interesting roundtable, please contact me. 


Some topics could include 


Sequential Art and Storytelling 

Fanboy culture 


Particular Artists or writers (Bendis, Steranko, Kirby, Everett, Niles, etc) 

The Rise of the Graphic Novel 

What is a Graphic Novel? 

History of Newspaper Comics! 

Gay Characters in comics 

Film and Superheroes! 

Adapting Graphic Novels for the Screen1 

Libraries and Graphic Novels 

Racisms and the X-Men 

Spiderman as the Everyman 

Cartoon Network: Good or Bad for Comics 

Comics and Philosophy 

Graphic Novels as outlets for social justice (ie,, World War III) 

Comics as political satire (eg,., Tom Tomorrow, Addicted To War) 


These are just general examples ANY topic will be considered 


Please send title and abstract to: 


Rob Weiner area chair 

Texas Tech University 

Humanities Librarian 

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Box 53841 

Lubbock Texas 


Information about our areas of study, conference travel, lodging, and the organization can be found on our regularly updated website: <>  


We look forward to seeing you this winter in sunny Albuquerque where we invite you to explore Route 66, local pueblos, hiking trails, museums, the Sandia and Isleta casinos, area ski resorts, and nearby Santa Fe. 


Conference Rates: Professionals, $140; Graduate students $120; Spouse,
partner $50

Information about our areas of study, conference travel, lodging, and the
organization can be found on our regularly updated website: <> 

SW/TX PCA/ACA 2009 Conference
February 24-28, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Albuquerque, NM 87102  

Phone: 1.505.842.1234 

Fax: 1.505.766.6710 


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