Comic Art Working Group

The Comic Art Working Group (COA) of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the IAMCR 2018 conference to be held 07-11 July at the School of Communication of the Complutense University of Madrid, situated on the Moncloa Campus at the Avenida Complutense in Madrid, Spain The deadline to submit abstracts is 8 February 2019, at 23.59 UTC.

Proposals for consideration by IAMCR’s thematic sections and working groups must be submitted via the Open Conference System at

Related themes

All aspects of comics and cartooning from around the world are open for discussion as well as critical approaches from all disciplinary perspectives. Academic and independent scholars are all equally welcome to collaborate. We also welcome submissions from early career researchers and veteran scholars alike.

Guidelines for Abstracts

    • Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.
    • All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts.
    • COA accepts abstracts submitted in any of the official languages of the IAMCR: English, Spanish and French.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author either individually or as part of any group of authors.

Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

Criteria for Evaluation

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:
    1. theoretical contribution
    2. methods
    3. quality of writing
    4. literature review
    5. relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
    6. originality and/or significance

The Comic Art Working Group

The Comic Art Working Group (COA) is one of the oldest of IAMCR's working groups, having been founded by John A. Lent at the 1984 conference in Prague. From its launch, it has been dedicated to finding a niche within mass communication scholarship for comic art, which it has succeeded in doing, and in a spirit of serious and pleasurable study and cooperation. Professor John A. Lent is also responsible for the International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA), one of most prestigious journals in the field.

The COA welcomes suggestions and ideas of extra activities within the group for future meetings. Beginning with the Leicester 2016 conference, the group announced the launching of the annual best paper award. In order to be considered, papers must be thoroughly researched, written in or translated into excellent English and follow closely the International Journal of Comic Art style (for style guidelines, please check or the IJOCA website).

In order to keep the dialogue flowing, we have also created a page for the group in Facebook.

Feel free to join us!


For any questions, please contact us:

Chair: Dr. Geisa Fernandes (
Vice-Chair: Dr. Jorge Salvador Anaya Martínez (