Inkers and Thinkers symposium on comics and graphic narratives – contribute to 2015 event!

After a successful event in 2014, The University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Media will hold its second annual interdisciplinary symposium on comics and graphic narratives in May 2015.

Next year’s theme is ‘Alternative Forms, Alternative Voices’, and researchers from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for conference papers by Wednesday 15 October 2014.

Questions that could be addressed by research papers include, but are not limited to:

  • How have comics historically been considered alternative and subversive?
  • How have comic creators used new technologies and emerging cultural practices to shape comics as an alternative or radical medium?
  • How have comics operated as a medium of expression for marginalised groups or ideas?
  • What publishing practices and formal properties have been used to position certain comics as alternative, or opposed to accepted ideas about literacy and discourse?

In addition to conference papers, there’s also an opportunity to present creative workshops. Workshop pitches are due by Friday 31 October 2014.

Workshop classes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical Aspects of Comics Production: Such as how to write effective dialogue, unfold action in sequence, portray character emotion, etc.
  • Crafting Comics Content: Such as how to illustrate a wordless comic, working with historical and autobiographical material, using comics for political or educational purposes, etc.

Further details are available at the Inkers and Thinkers website.

Queries should be emailed to


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