The call for proposals is out for the 2009 International Comic Arts Forum, to be held in Chicago from October 15-17. Proposals are due by March 20, 2009. This year's conference will be the 14th meeting of ICAF, one of the main academic conferences in the field of comics studies. From the cfp:
ICAF welcomes original proposals from diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives on any aspect of comics or cartooning, including comic strips, comic books, albums, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, political cartoons, gag cartoons, and caricature. Studies of aesthetics, production, distribution, reception, and social, ideological, and historical significance are all equally welcome, as are studies that address larger theoretical issues linked to comics or cartooning, for example in image/text studies or new media theory. In keeping with its mission, ICAF is particularly interested in studies that reflect an international perspective.So, consider submitting a proposal or just attending this fine conference. For those of you in the Graphic Novels Seminar, ICAF would be an ideal venue for possible presentation of your final papers.