The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed, based in scholarly research.
Currently, the conference takes place annually in Atlanta, GA at DragonCon, which is billed as “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!”
CPAC is supported by the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology and the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.
CPAC is affiliated with The Institute for Comics Studies and its Comic Book Convention Conference Series. CPAC helps serve the ICS mission to promote the study, understanding, and cultural legitimacy of comics and to support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding via public venues. CPAC expands this to cover all areas of the popular arts, including sci-fi, anime/manga, gaming, and other media.
CPAC Coordinating Board:
- Matthew J. Brown, University of Texas at Dallas – Coordinator
- Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University – Vice Coordinator
- Daniel Amrhein, Independent Scholar
- Jillian Marie Browning, Florida Gateway College
- Johnathan Flowers, SIU Carbondale
- Amy-Elizabeth Manlapas, Gwinnett County Schools
- Kari Neely, Middle Tennessee State University
- Kari Storla, University of Southern California
- Damien Williams, Virginia Tech
- Vickie Willis, Georgia State University