CSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference

csscCSSC/SCEBD Academic Conference
May 7-8, 2015
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto
Free — All TCAF visitors welcome. No registration fee to attend.
Please consult schedule for presentations in English and in French.

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics is a scholarly association for the exchange of knowledge and research regarding all forms of graphic narrative.  The association is based in Canada and embraces an international membership.  Their principle activity, an annual conference, is once again taking place in partnership with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Below is the conference programme, with information on speakers and sessions.

The conference takes place at the Toronto Reference Library on May 7th and 8th. The CSSC/SCEBD, in conjunction with Librarian & Educator Day, are co-presenting a special keynote with noted comics theorist Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) on the morning of Friday May 8th.

The academic conference is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

For more information on the CSSC/SCEBD, please visit their website at comics-scholars.com.


2015 CSSC/SCEBD Conference Program

Thursday May 7th

Session A: Formal Methodologies & Comics Analysis

  • Dale Jacobs Broad Stripes and Bright Stars: Comics Books and the American Bicentennial
  • Orion Kidder Comics Scholarship in 2013: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis from The Year’s Work in English Studies
  • Ashley Manchester Remembering in Comics: An Interdisciplinary Look at Cognitive Process and Graphic Narrative
Session B: The German Comics Scene

  • Ariela Freeman Life? Or Theatre? Charlotte Solomon’s Foundational Graphic Narrative
  • Elizabeth Nijdam A Play on a Page: The Comics of PGH Glühende Zukunft and the East-German Theater tradition
  • Peter Schweppe Underground Press Syndicate: From Comics to Comix in West Germany


Session A: Crafting Cultural Perspectives

  • Jaleen Grove Digested Identity: Jewishness, Oscar Cahén and Magazine Digest, 1944-1946
  • Aidan Diamond Tikkun Olam Comes to Gotham City: Kate Kane and the Jewish Superhero
  • Nicole Pacas The Big Stare: Fashion in Dale Messick’s Brenda Starr Reporter
Session B: BD au féminin

  • Sylvain Lemay Un exemple au féminin dans les bandes catho-nationalistes des années 1930 au Québec
  • Jean-François Boulé La bande dessinée: une histoire de filles
  • C. Reyns-Chikuma La BD au féminin par des bédéistes hommes autour de 1968: Féministe?


12:30-1:30 – Lunch


Session A: La BD francophone dans sa diversité 1

  • Saadedine Fatmi La bande dessinée maghrébine francophone: entre influences étrangères et standards locaux
  • Goufo Zemmo La bande dessinée africaine francophone à l’épreuve du récit graphique
  • Kevin Pat Fong Self-directed humour & autobiographical comics: the search for identity in Couleur de peau: miel
Session B: Creative Direction

  • Donald Simpson Syncretism or Pseudoverse? Independence vs. Team-Ups, Crossovers, and Other Heterogeneous Forms of Creative Miscegenation
  • Kieth Friedlander Authorship and Editors: Reactions to Karen Berger’s Departure from Vertigo
  • Kalervo Sinervo &Nathalie Walschots Women in Refrigerators, Hawkeye Initiatives, and the Ass-vengers: a recent history of gender representation in comics


Session A: La BD francophone dans sa diversité 2

  • Manel Khelifa, De l’image de la bande dessinée à l’image cinématographique à travers Persépolis de Marjane Satrapi
  • Janie Deschenes La double réception de la bande dessinée C’est pas facile d’être une fille de Bach au Québec: est-elle une œuvre féministe?
  • Nadhmi Hamza Enjeux du cadre à travers une pratique personnelle de la bande dessinée interactive
Session B: The Superhero as Discursive Formation

  • Matt Yockey Alter Identities: The Rise and Fall of the American Superhero in Underground Comix
  • Travis Smith Thor: God and Prince or Democratic Republican Citizen?
  • Anna Peppard “The Revolution is Here’: Imagining the Black Superbody in Jungle Action: Featuring the Black Panther
  • Andrew Kovacevic Physiognomy in Comics


5:30-6:30 – Dinner


Roundtable Event on Charlie Hebdo Attacks


Friday May 8th

 Keynote Speech – Scott McCloud


Session A: Life & Death Across Cultures

  • Paige Piper Gained in Translation: Authorship in the Graphic Novel Adaptation of Crime-Thriller Insprincessen/La Princesse des Glaces
  • Mimi Okabe From Past to Present: The Transformation of Detective Fiction to Detective Manga
  • Sylvain Rheault Representing Dead Bodies in Comics
Session B: Identity & Cultural Politics

  • Jeff Barnes The Utility of Editorial Cartoons for Understanding the Palestinian Past: The Case of al-Thawra
  • Paul Morton The Playground of this World: Mika Miš and the Creation of Comics Epic in Interwar Yugoslavia
  • Sarah Zaidan The Adventures of Ms. Meta: Celebrating the Female Superhero Through Digital Gaming
  • Marni Stanley Unbalanced on the Brink: Adolescent Girls and the Discovery of the Self in Skim and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki


 Annual General Meeting (Open to All Members)


12:30-1:30 – Lunch


Session A: Reconstructing Realities in the Comics Medium

  • Vanessa Nunes The Photographer as Witness in Picture a Favela
  • Brandon Christopher Can Blind People Read Comics?: The Otherness of Reading Philipp Meyer’s Life
  • Andrew Lesk The 5¢ Cure? Lucy Van Pelt and the Pathologization of Psychiatry
Session B: The Art of Subversion (Bilingual Panel)

  • Robert Hutton Comics Publishing and Literary Heroism in Harvey Pekar and Dave Sim
  • Nancy Perron La bande dessinée sous états modifiés de conscience : Robert Crumb et le personnage de Mr Natural (1965-1973)
  • Glenn Willmott My Kid Could Do That: Lynda Barry and Comics as Subversive Writing for Everyone


Session A: Sex, Romance & Metafiction

  • Emma Vossen “Nothing except ink and paper”: An Examination of Metapornographical Comics
  • Daniel Marrone Hark! Anachronism: Kate Beaton’s Historiographic Metafiction
  • Frederica A. Broilo A Kingdom for the Sheikh: Harlequin Comics and their Use and Misuse of Islamic Art and Architecture
Session B: Traumas (Bilingual Panel)

  • Claire Farley Miriam Katin’s We Are On Our Own and the Double Voice of Memory: The Graphic Genre and the Visualization of Traumatic Memory
  • Guido Furci LA VIE DESSINÉE DE PRIMO LEVI ou de la BD pour figurer l’Histoire
  • Sarah Jensen Drawing You In: The Ethics of Memory in Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?
  • Emily Wilson Hyperability: The Superhero Influence and Disability in Box Brown’s Andre the Giant: Life and Legend