Call for Comics:

The TRACE Innovation Initiative, a research endeavor maintained through the University of Florida’s Department of English, is proud to introduce Sequentials, a new hub for scholarship drawn in comics form. Following Scott McCloud’s 1993 publication Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, as well as other visual comics scholarship from authors such as Nick Sousanis and Neil Cohn, Sequentials solicits and publishes interpretations of various academic subjects or themes drawn and explained through the comics medium. As a TRACE Initiative project, Sequentials contributes to the flourishing field of comics scholarship and seeks to expand the production and circulation of knowledge.

This long-term project asks contributors to (re)imagine the meanings of both the subject they are drawing about and the form that their interpretation takes. By encouraging contributors to conceptualize their work in a distinctly visual way, this project highlights the unique creative capabilities of the comics medium and reflects TRACE’s overall focus on innovative research, writing, and knowledge production.

The Sequentials team invites scholars, artists, and critics to submit original visual scholarship on any academic, social, or artistic subject. Submissions may be of any length and may be either a large, single image or a series of “pages” to be displayed sequentially. All submissions will be blind reviewed by the Sequentials editorial team and accepted comics will be published online on a rolling basis.

We strongly encourage contributors to consider how the comics form can interpret, envision, or reflect meanings associated with the given topic. To submit, please follow the directions outlined by Submittable. Any questions or comments can be referred to Ashley Manchester at manchester@ufl.edu or Sid Dobrin at sdobrin@ufl.edu.

Call for Comics:

The late-20th Century ushered in a multi-disciplinary reaction to modernism that influenced various disciplines, artists, and thinkers. Since this time, postmodernism has been taken up in literature, film, music, philosophy, architecture, theory, and more. Despite its widespread influence, however, postmodernism remains a debated movement with many scholars and creators arguing that it lacks clarity and meaning. Characterized by an emphasis on deconstruction and critical theory, postmodernism has evolved in past decades to include innovative, if contested, ideas and structures.

For Sequentials’ first Call For Comics, we seek visual interpretations of the concept of postmodernism (please refer to a more in-depth description of Sequentials below). Submissions must be illustrated in comics form and can visualize a particular aspect of the concept or the movement as understood through a particular discipline. Additionally, submissions may visualize an explanation and/or critical inquiry of the subject. 

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

·      Postmodernist literature, music, art, or history (or another relevant discipline)

·      Postmodernist architecture

·      Postmodernist thinkers and/or their theories

·      Digital postmodernism

·      Postmodernist representations

·      Critiques of postmodern texts, art, or music pieces

By “comics,” we loosely mean illustrated, sequential images that may or may not incorporate words and may or may not be bounded within panels or other boundary markers. We invite submissions from individuals in all academic disciplines, regardless of their level of experience with comics or illustration “skills.” Further, submissions will be welcomed from non-academics, as well, and the editorial team at Sequentials will consider all submissions equally.

We strongly encourage contributors to consider how the comics form can interpret, envision, or reflect meanings associated with the given topic. To submit, please send high-resolution image submissions to https://trace.submittable.com/submit by February 1, 2017. Submissions may be of any length and may be either a large, single image or a series of "pages" to be displayed in a given sequence. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Sequentials editorial team and accepted comics will be published online at the TRACE Innovation Initiative’s journal site. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Manchester at manchester@ufl.edu or Sid Dobrin at sdobrin@ufl.edu. 

 

Description of Sequentials:

Following Scott McCloud’s 1993 publication Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, as well as other visual comics scholarship from authors such as Nick Sousanis and Neil Cohn, Sequentials solicits and publishes interpretations of various academic subjects or themes drawn and explained through the comics medium. As a TRACE Initiative project, Sequentials contributes to the flourishing field of comics scholarship and seeks to expand the production and circulation of knowledge. 

This project asks contributors to (re)imagine the meanings of both the subject they are drawing about and the form that their interpretation takes. By encouraging contributors to conceptualize their work in a distinctly visual way, this project highlights the unique creative capabilities of the comics medium and reflects TRACE’s overall focus on innovative research, writing, and knowledge production. The Sequentials project seeks to display and circulate original visual scholarship, providing alternative modes of meaning making and centralizing issues of form. 

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Call for Comics:

In the complex and rich history of queer theories, activisms, and practices, the term “queer” has been deployed in a variety of ways. In “Sex in Public,” Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner look at queerness and queer culture as “a world-making project,” a process of continual action with subversive potential (Berlant and Warner 558). José Esteban Muñoz, too, considers queerness to be a sort of horizontal (rather than teleological) temporality that comprises a utopian futurity and potentiality. In Time Binds, Elizabeth Freeman discusses “queer” as simultaneously a way of being and a mode of action, positioning queers as “denizens of time out of joint,” and queerness as “rhythmic improvisations of the social” (Freeman 19, 172). Judith Butler, in Bodies That Matter, looks at queerness’ relations to discourse and performativity, arguing that “queering” is a “sudden gap in the surface of language” (Butler 130).

For Sequentials’ second Call For Comics, we seek visual interpretations of the complexity of queer existence, discourse, and theoretical concepts. We are particularly interested in submissions that comment on the relationship between various deployments of the term “queer” and concepts of visibility, visuality, and art-as-activism. Submissions must be illustrated in comics form and can visualize a particular interpretation of a given theorist’s concept(s), a unique contribution to the field of queer theory, or the possible connection between comics and queer theory. 

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

·      “Queer” as noun, adjective, and/or verb

·      Queer performativity

·      Intersectionality (queerness as co-constitutive with race, class, gender, etc.)

·      Queer futurity

·      Queer utopias

·      Theories of negativity and anti-relationality

·      Queer time and/or space

·      Queer history

·      Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender activisms

By “comics,” we loosely mean illustrated, sequential images that may or may not incorporate words and may or may not be bounded within panels or other boundary markers. We invite submissions from individuals in all academic disciplines, regardless of their level of experience with comics or illustration “skills.” Further, submissions will be welcomed from non-academics, as well, and the editorial team at Sequentials will consider all submissions equally. Submissions may be of any length and may be either a large, single image or a series of “pages” to be displayed sequentially. All submissions will be blind reviewed by the Sequentials editorial team. 

We strongly encourage contributors to consider how the comics form can interpret, envision, or reflect meanings associated with the given topic. To submit, please upload a submission title, cover letter, and high-resolution image(s) to the “Sequentials 2 – ‘Queer’ as Noun, Adjective, and/or Verb” category of the Submittable platform here: https://trace.submittable.com/submit by June 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Manchester at manchester@ufl.edu or Sid Dobrin at sdobrin@ufl.edu.