This edited collection responds to the increasing interest in comics generated by readers and scholars in the last decade. From cartoons to graphic novels to manga—the combination of the variety of comics and the awareness of their expressive potential has generated robust, critical conversations about how these forms work and contribute to our social, cultural, and political understanding.

Focusing specifically on graphic novels, the editors seek chapters that provide insight about the intersection of comics and construction. Submissions can position graphic novels as subject or object of the construction. That is, authors might discuss the ways graphic novels—a hybrid medium of verbal and visual—script cultural, social, or political constructions; however, chapters might also address how those discourses influence the graphic narrative. Other articles might address reciprocity between graphic novels, adaptations, fan fiction, or new technologies.

Topics may include examinations of graphic novels and

  • representations of class, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation
  • constructions of ethnicity, geography, culture
  • commodification
  • cultural production or destruction
  • the construction of the audience member
  • understanding the audience-authorship relationship

Please submit a 250-word abstract and 50-word biography by 1 December 2017 to Leigh Anne Howard ( and Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw ( The editors will contact contributors about the status of their proposals no later than 1 February 2018. Completed chapters of 6,000–9,000 words, including references and tables, should consist substantially of new material and original research. The deadline for full papers will be 15 June 2018.