2018 Call for Papers / Call for Proposals

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) invites submissions for our 11th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, August 31-September 3, 2018.

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.

Please submit a proposal that engages in substantial scholarly examinations of comic books/graphic novels, anime, manga, science/speculative fiction, fantasy, or other parts of popular culture.

A broad range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives is being sought, including but not limited to proposals pertaining to literary and art criticism, philosophy, linguistics, history, communications, law, pedagogy, and natural and social sciences. Proposals may range from discussions of the nature of the comics medium, the science of a particular franchise, how to utilize pop culture in the classroom, analyses of particular works or authors, cross-cultural and cross-medium comparisons, and more. We are open to any and all academic topics relevant to the study of the popular arts.

CPAC talks are presented to a mixed audience of academics and fans, and take place in conjunction with DragonCon. Presentations should be prepared with a general audience in mind. Presenters must register for DragonCon if their paper is accepted in order to present. Presenters from out of town should make lodging arrangements far in advance.

Individual and group submissions should both be tailored to fit in one of the following tracks:




American SF Media

Sci-Fi Literature

Star Trek

Tabletop Gaming



Paranormal Fiction

(e.g., X-Files, Fringe)

Apocalyptic /Post-Apocalyptic

Alt History /Steampunk

American SF

Urban Fantasy

Electronic Frontiers Forum

Fantasy Literature

Military SciFi



Star Wars

Asian Cinema & Culture

Young Adult Lit

While there may be great intellectual merit in cross-track proposals, or proposals that include materials covered by various tracks, administratively, it can be very difficult to place such proposals.

We are interested in proposals for any of the above tracks, not only Comics.

Submission instructions: We seek 250 word abstracts for a variety of proposal formats, including standard individual presentations, group panels, and informal sessions such as roundtables, workshops, and book sessions. You may submit multiple proposals, but only one per track.

Please submit your proposal via the following links:

Submissions Deadline: To receive the fullest consideration, proposals will be submitted by December 15, 2017.

This submission process is open to everyone, but we are especially interested in receiving submissions from members of those groups traditionally underrepresented in academia, such as women, LGTBQIA academics, and academics of color.

Send any questions to: organizers@comicspopularartsconference.org

DragonCon 2017 Survey

Dear Friends of CPAC,

Thanks for supporting us and especially to those of you who attended our panels in 2017. DragonCon is doing a survey of attendees, so if you attended this year, and you enjoyed what we did, please fill out the survey and mention us by name, “Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC).” If you didn’t like it being difficult to find us in the app, you could mention that as well. If you’d like to see an academic pop culture studies track at DragonCon with more consistent programming throughout the day, you could share that desire as well.

We’d never ask you to stuff the ballot box, so to speak, but if you did attend DragonCon and enjoy our panels, please let DragonCon know.

Here’s the survey link:


You can also still go back and rate our panels in the DragonCon app if you haven’t already done so.