We are pleased to announce the new journal of the Comics Studies Society, to be published beginning in 2017 by the Ohio State University Press. Inks will seek to bring together scholarly essays, archival materials, and insights and discoveries from leading comics professionals. Special roundtables will be featured each year on topics of importance to the members of the Society. In addition to peer-reviewed scholarly essays, Inks will also include archival discoveries and contributions from comics professionals about insights and concerns central to the field.
Scholarly EssaysInks invites scholarly essays—generally 7-8000 words—on any aspect of sequential art, graphic narrative, and cartooning, including comic strips; comic books, papers, and magazines; graphic novels, albums, and other graphic books; webcomics and other electronic formats; single-panel cartoons, including editorial and gag cartoons; caricature; animation; and all other related forms and traditions. We hope to highlight scholarship from a wide range of academic disciplines, and we invite essays on all periods of comics history and on both US and international comics.
Submissions are evaluated using a blind peer review process. Inks uses a house style based on the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (endnotes).
From the Archives“From the Archives” will be a regular department in Inks, featuring illustrated articles highlighting distinctive comics and cartoon collections available for teaching and research at libraries, archives, or museums, as well as occasionally sharing rarely seen historical materials from private collections. The goal is to surface little-known or hidden titles, artists or archival materials to inspire and inform the work of comics scholars and teachers.
Proposals should include a description of the “archive” to be shared along with an abstract of the introductory essay designed to contextualize the materials for further study or use in teaching. Length of the introductory essay will vary depending on the nature of the collection and the approach of the author but should generally be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
Please send 250-500 word abstracts briefly describing the collection along with example illustrations and a 2-page CV (or 250 word biographical statement) to Jenny E. Robb at robb.41[at]osu.edu.
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