Societies and Professional Groups

The Comics Studies Society (CSS) is an interdisciplinary society open to all who share the goals of promoting the critical study of comics, improving comics teaching, and engaging in open and ongoing conversations about the comics world.

CSS defines comics studies liberally to include the study and critical analysis of comics strips; comic books, papers, and magazines; albums, graphic novels, and other graphic books; webcomics and other electronic formats; single-panel cartoons, including editorial and gag cartoons; caricature; animation; and other related forms and traditions. All types of sequential art, graphic narrative, and cartooning are relevant to our mission.

CSS is the first professional society of comics scholars in the US to be supported by members’ dues while emphasizing professional development opportunities for students and the exchange of best practices among teachers and practitioners.

CSS celebrates and seeks to foster diversity in comics studies, including diversity in scholarly discipline, career position, job niche, and cultural and personal identity. We are serious about helping this field grow.

For more information, visit the Comics Studies Society website.

​Unique among English-language conferences, ICAF aims:

  • to foster recognition of comic art as an international phenomenon, both by seeking common ground between various world traditions and by exploring the crucial differences between them;

  • to welcome a multidisciplinary and pluralistic approach to the study of comic art, with due attention to larger cultural, political, literary and artistic contexts;

  • to encourage discussion and collaboration among academics, independent scholars, comics professionals, and the wider public;

  • to provide an accessible showcase for innovative comics scholarship and comic art, with special emphasis on traditions hitherto neglected in English-language studies.

In order to achieve these objectives, ICAF actively seeks collaboration with scholars, historians, critics, teachers, journalists, curators, artists and comics professionals from around the world. Each year we aim to create a supportive, collegial environment, one in which discussion can flourish, with the larger goals of enabling new work within the international scholarly community and inspiring greater scholarly and public appreciation of comic art.

For more information, visit ICAF’s website.

The CSSC, or the Société Canadienne Pour L’Étude de la Bande Dessinée (SCEBD), was first formed in October of 2010 by Sylvain Rheault of the University of Regina. The members of the current Executive Committee, elected in May 2018, are:

  • Benjamin Woo (Carleton University), President
  • Keith Friedlander (Olds College), Secretary-Treasurer
  • Anna Peppard (Brock University), VP Communications (English)
  • Christian Reyns-Chikuma (University of Alberta), VP Communications (French)
  • Natalie Garceau, VP Web Administration

For more information visit CSSC’s website.