Inks invites scholarly essays on any aspect of comics, 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. Submissions are evaluated using a blind peer review process. Inks uses a house style based on the current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (endnotes). Manuscripts should be limited to roughly 7500 word 8000 words including notes and should be submitted via the Scholastica portal. Full submission guidelines are available here.
From the Archives“From the Archives” is an ongoing series in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society that features 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 a 500-word abstract 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.
From the Field“From the Field” is an ongoing series in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society that features conversations among comics professionals and reflections that offer new insight into the issues and debates that are circulating in our field today. Submissions can include:
- Short, timely, and well-crafted interviews with cartoonists or other scholars in the field;
- Brief, edited and revised transcriptions of conference panels or conversations;
- Reflective essays on the state of comics studies, on current research projects, or on other concerns in the field.
- Illustrated essays, or brief essays and interviews in comics form.
Length of the submissions will vary based on the content and format, but should generally be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Please send a 500-word abstract and a 2-page CV (or 250 word biographical statement) to inks[at]comicssociety.org.
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