MSU Comics Forum Call for Submissions

As some of you know, and most of you don’t know, I’m this year’s MSU Comics Forum Panel Coordinator!  WOOHOO!  We’re actively accepting submissions from a wide variety of disciplines but I suppose it’ll just be easier to let my Call for Submissions speak for itself.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Michigan State University Comics Forum – Call for Submissions

The Michigan State University Comics Forum – – is an annual event that brings together scholars, creators, and fans in order to explore and celebrate the medium of comics, graphic storytelling, and sequential art.  This year’s event is scheduled to take place February 3-4 at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in Snyder/Phillips Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.

This year the Forum is proud to announce that Jessica Abel, comics creator, editor, and professor, will be our guest of honor and keynote speaker on Friday the 3rd.  Abel is at the forefront of comics in higher education, authoring the textbook, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden; and the graphic novel La Perdida (Pantheon Books). Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu awards for “Best New Talent” in 1997 and La Perdida won the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award. She teaches at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and Madden and Abel are also series editors for The Best American Comics.  She has been creating comics for over 20 years and continues to be an active creator today.  For more information, visit her website:

On Saturday (Feb. 4) the Forum will feature scholarly presentations in a variety of formats as well as an artist’s alley spotlighting the best and brightest comics creators from Michigan and around the United States.

We seek proposals for presentations, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Individual Submissions
    • Will have 15 minutes to discuss topic, 5 minutes for questions
    • Presenter will be grouped with other participants into a panel
  • Panel Sessions
    • The session will run for one hour
    • Must include at least 3 presenters
    • Presenters must discuss similar or connected topics
    • Presenters are responsible for finding their own panel session members
  • Roundtables
    • The session will run for 45 minutes to an hour
    • Must include at least 3 participants
    • Presenters must discuss one specific topic
    • Presenters are responsible for finding their own roundtable session members

Comic book and graphic novel related presentations from a broad range of disciplines will be considered.

Individual submissions require a 250-word (maximum) abstract of the topic as well as name and affiliation.  Panel sessions require one 250-word abstract for the overarching topic and a unique abstract for each presenter’s specific topic, including name and affiliation, emailed together.  Round table proposals should include an abstract, 250-word, that includes an explanation of the topic and the names and affiliations of participants. All proposals should be in PDF format.  Proposals are due December 1 by 5 p.m.

Please submit proposals to Ben Chabala at

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