The 5th International Scholarly Conference
This thematic orientation arises from the observation that alternative comics in the strict sense (for example, graphic diaries) and manga-style comics (from derivative to original creations outside the Japanese-language market) are treated as separate categories in international comics discourse, but that they have actually a lot in common due to their position towards the mainstream. Although in different ways, they are both “alternatives”.
Our conference aims at an interaction of these two kinds of contemporary comics by striving for a balance between scholarly papers and artist talks. With a special focus on inner-Asian networking, creators, critics and curators will discuss aesthetic and cultural “alternatives” within and by means of graphic narratives.
After the conference, we intend to publish an edited volume with NUS Press consisting of both scholarly essays (not necessarily centered on the artist talks but related to them if appropriate) and visual works of the participating artists.
5th International Scholarly Conference - June 14-16, Copyright © 2013