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Accepts undergraduate submissions

Comics: Strips, Books, Graphic Novels, and Everything in Between


The Comics and Comic Art Area of the National Popular Culture Association invites all comics scholars to participate in the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, April 5 - 8, 2023, in San Antonio, TX.  Details of the conference can be found at pcaaca.org.


The Comics and Comic Art Area offers a venue for scholars from across the country to share their research and exchange ideas on the growing field of comics scholarship.  Papers on all aspects of the medium are invited.  Past papers have covered mainstream, underground, and global comics; characters and/or storylines from or the medium of cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and web comics; comics in connection with film, television, and video games; specific writers, artists, and publishers; teaching comics at various levels; and writing and publishing comics scholarship.


This call asks for individual paper proposals or submissions for entire panels.  If you are submitting a panel, please make sure to note the members of your panel.   In addition to general papers, if a presenter would like to propose a special panel topic or roundtable discussion, please e-mail the chairs so they can forward the request to the area mailing list and the Comics and Comic Art Facebook group. (All interested scholars are welcome to join the group.)  The area does accept undergraduate submissions; please see the policy on the PCA website.


Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the national conference should submit a 100-200 word abstract and a short introductory bio (2-3 sentences) to  the PCA Database by December 20, 2022.  Presenters must be current members of PCA in order to submit an abstract.  (Although the site is pretty user friendly, find general instructions at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference-2/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/.)


Papers should be delivered in 15-20 minutes.  A projector and screen will be available for slide presentations.  The PCA limits presenters to one paper given at the conference, so if you are interested in presenting a paper in the Comics and Comic Art Area, do not submit a paper to another area.


All participants are eligible for the annual Inge Award for Comics Scholarship, awarded to the top paper presented in the Comics and Comic Art Area of the PCA. Student participants are eligible for the Lent Award for Comics Scholarship, awarded to the top paper presented by a student in the Comics and Comic Art Area of the PCA.


Please send all inquiries to the area chairs:


John Darowski                       

[email protected]                            




Nicole Freim

[email protected]



2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal.