Pat Mills and Garth Ennis Amongst Speakers at the Comics & Conflicts Conference in August


I would love to attend this conference, I can imagine it’s going to have some fascinating talks and discussions!  sadly, I’m on the wrong side of the world… again!

From the press release:

The Comics & Conflicts Conference is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests will include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Story); Jacques Tardi (It Was The War Of The Trenches) and Jean-Pierre Verney (Putain de Guerre). Further details of this very special event (including details on the keynote speakers, special guests and registration) will be announced on the Comica News Blog.

Where: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
When: August 19 to August 20, 2021

Papers for the conference are welcomed that explore the ways in which comics around the world represent and articulate the experience and impact of war and conflict. For example, topics may include:

  • Depictions of conflict in comics created for children.
  • Representations of trauma in comic books, graphic novels, manga & other forms of international comics.
  • Visual representations of conflict in such places as Afghanistan, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, The Middle East, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam.
  • Journalism, biography, and memoir in comics on conflict.
  • Focus on key practitioners such as Guibert, Kubert, Mills, Sacco, Satrapi, Spiegelman, Tardi & Trudeau.
  • Comics as a space to depict/critique national ideology.
  • Comics as tools of propaganda, both of the state and of protest organisations.

In the first instance please email abstracts of 250 words, with a brief author biography, to [email protected], including ‘Comics & Conflicts 2011’ in the subject heading. The deadline for submissions is 31 March, 2011.

The Comics & Conflicts Conference is organised by Ariel Kahn (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University), Alex Fitch (presenter of Panel Borders, the UK’s only weekly broadcast radio show about comics) and Paul Gravett (Comica Director).

The Comics & Conflicts Conference will form part of a literary festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children. For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

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