Humor, Play and Identity in Comics: Academic Perspectives
On October 14, 2010 the Billy Ireland Cartoon Research Library & Museum, in collaboration with Project Narrative and the Popular Culture Studies Program at Ohio State University,  will host a one-day symposium in conjunction with the 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art.  This is the second time the triennial Festival will include an academic pre-conference in recognition of the exciting developments in comics studies in recent years and the growing collaborations between comics creators and scholars.

We are soliciting papers for three panels:

1. Humor, Play, and Identity in Comics
2. Perspectives from Narrative Theory
3. Krazy Kat at 100

The afternoon's events will conclude with a keynote address on George Herriman by Herriman biographer Michael Tisserand. 

To be considered for the panels, please send a 250-500 word abstract and a one-page vita to Jared Gardner at gardner.236@osu.edu. The deadline for abstracts is June 1, 2010.  Please contact Jared with any questions.