SCMS COMICS STUDIES
SCHOLARLY INTEREST GROUP
It is the mission of the Comics Studies Scholarly Interest
Group (CSSIG) to encourage and advance research and/or teaching relating to all
aspects of comics studies, emphasizing but not limited to manga, comic strips, comic
books, and graphic novels (collectively referred to as "comics”), both in print
and digital media. CSSIG aims to promote
the study of comics as an integral component of media studies, furthering the
defining principles of SCMS as a scholarly organization dedicated to the study
of all media. To achieve this goal, the
Group operates under the following core principles:
1) CSSIG seeks to expand critical analysis of all aspects of
comics production, circulation, and reception through original research and
2) CSSIG promotes research and teaching directed at
cultivating knowledge of the history of comics, present practices, and
3) CSSIG encompasses production and reception of comics media
within and across national borders.
CSSIG encourages the study of comics from a transnational perspective.
4) CSSIG promotes an understanding of the historical
trajectory of comics studies as an academic discipline in order to contribute
to its growth.
5) CSSIG is dedicated to examinations of all levels of comics
production, from mass to individually produced.
6) CSSIG encourages multi-genre and cross-genre approaches
to comics studies, including but not limited to autobiographical, adventure,
romance, superhero, humor, crime, horror, and science fiction.
7) CSSIG emphasizes the interrelationship of comics to other
media, including film, television, radio, print, web-based media, and advertising.
8) CSSIG advocates the study of both institutional and popular
discourse on and reception of comics.
9) CSSIG welcomes intellectual diversity and so does not
advocate any single approach to the study of comics. CSSIG instead encourages research and
teaching that is continually open to, and strengthened by, multi- and
Goals and Objectives
1) To represent and promote the interests of comics focused
research and teaching within the Society.
2) To establish a network hub enabling communication and
intellectual exchange among those members of the Society engaged in research
and teaching of comics.
3) To provide a forum to facilitate collaborative working,
including joint research projects, the sharing of expertise, the organization
of conferences and symposia, the formation and endorsing of pre-constituted
conference panels or workshops, and the editing of journal forums or special
4) To foster, wherever appropriate and possible, a critical
dialogue between the academic community and practitioners working in comics
industries and institutions, and comics audiences.
5) To develop a web resource for use by members and to
communicate the purpose of the Group, and to explore other forms of output.
6) To attract a membership reflecting the full social,
cultural and international diversity of the Society.
1) All members of the Media Industries Scholarly Interest
Group shall be members in good standing of the Society for Cinema and Media
2) Annual meetings of the Group will be convened at the SCMS
3) Two members from the Group shall serve as Co-Chairs for
staggered terms of three years each. Election
of the Co-chairs shall be conducted at the first annual meeting of the Group
during the 2012 conference with the outcome reported to the SCMS Board of
4) It will be the responsibilities of the Co-Chairs to
i. communicate with the membership
ii. organize the annual meetings and prepare minutes of the
iii. report annually to the SCMS Board of Directors on the
Group’s activities and attendance figures for the last meeting
iv. advise on the maintenance of the website.
5) Each year the Co-Chairs will submit a request to the
Program Committee of the SCMS conference for a time and space to meet (in
response to the annual call made by the Committee to SIGs).
6) At all meetings of the Group, ten members shall
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The vote of the majority
of members present at a meeting at which a quorum is present constitutes the
action of the Group.
7) When issues are submitted to the members of the Group for
vote via e-mail, the members shall have seven business days to respond. The
subject line of the e-mail shall contain the word "vote” to alert members to
8) Action on behalf of the Group may be taken without a
meeting if a majority of the members of the Group provide consent by writing or
e-mail. The written consents shall be filed with the minutes of the next
Jennifer M. Smith (Graduate Student Representative)