ISSN: 20403232
Online ISSN: 20403240
First published in 2010
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Call for Papers

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Please note that in the initial instance we ask only for article proposals (300 words) including intended length of article, and a brief contributor biography. These should be sent to by either 1 June or 1 December for consideration for our next issue. Studies in Comics is published twice yearly, however some issues may be guest edited or themed – where applicable, proposals will be held over for the next issue.

Call for Papers

Papers are invited for Studies in Comics, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal that aims to describe the nature of comics, to identify the medium as a distinct art form, and to address its formal properties. We invite submissions exploring the formal properties of comics, advancing their own theory of comics or responding to an established theoretical model. We also welcome reviews of new comics, scholarship and criticism, conferences, and exhibitions, as well as unpublished creative work

We invite submissions of articles of 4,000-8,000 words from any discipline. These should have a strong critical focus and seek to apply hitherto unexplored theoretical approaches to the medium of comics or respond to published theories about the medium’s formal properties. Possible areas include:

  • Comics and visual language in the context of communications theory
  • The grammar of comics
  • Narrative structure
  • The relationship between panel, page and the multiframe
  • Composition and panel transitions
  • The treatment of time and space
  • Responses to published theorists such as Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, Thierry Groensteen, etc.

We also welcome reviews of new publications and exhibits and short creative work of 1-5 pages in length. Creative work should be relevant to some aspect of comics, although there are no other thematic or stylistic restrictions. Metafictional submissions that deal with the processes and theories of comics creation are encouraged. 


All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Submissions are welcome from both scholars and enthusiasts. Contributors are encouraged to approach comics from any discipline and to turn their attention to comics from all countries and in all languages.  So whether you’re a semiotician, philosopher, scientist, historian, enthusiast, cultural, literary or film critic, Studies in Comics welcomes you! Please send all submissions to

Article submissions: please send a 300-word abstract and include the word ARTICLE in the subject heading. Please indicate the intended word count of the article. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Papers must be submitted in English.

Reviews of publications and conferences and exhibitions: please include the words REVIEW PUBLICATION or REVIEW CONFERENCE or REVIEW EXHIBITION in the subject heading

Creative submissions: please include the word CREATIVE in the subject heading.

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

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