Queers & Comics Conference – Presented by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies
Location: The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Date: May 7-8, 2015
Keynote Speakers: Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby, Gay Comics) and Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home)
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 3, 2014
Notifications by December 15
Queers & Comics brings LGBTQ cartoonists, comics writers, and artists together with scholars and fans in order to document and debate the history and significance of queer comics. This conference spotlights the veterans of LGBTQ cartooning in North America and internationally, with forums for working artists to share their knowledge and to discuss how to navigate the comics industry. In lieu of traditional academic panels, roundtable discussions will foster lively and diverse dialogues about how queer comics reflect and critique queer culture. Queer comics publishers, editors, independent scholars, educators, and journalists are also encouraged to attend.
The Queers & Comics conference will offer two days of workshops, portfolio reviews, slideshow presentations, roundtable discussions, and an exhibition of queer cartoon art. Events will be live streamed and video will be archived for future viewing.
We invite proposals for workshops, readings, presentations, portfolio reviewers, and preformed roundtables (with a minimum of 3 discussants) as well as proposals by individual roundtable discussants. We welcome proposals from outside the U.S. and by LGBTQ cartoonists working pre-1980s, LGBTQ cartoonists of color, queer women cartoonists, artists and writers with disabilities, and trans cartoonists, as well as scholars from all of these backgrounds.