About the Comics Studies Society

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.

Brittany Tullis (St. Ambrose University)
Philip Smith (Savanna College of Art and Design)
Elizabeth “Biz” Nijdam (University of British Columbia)
First Vice President
Corey K. Creekmur (University of Iowa)
Second Vice President
Joanna Davis-McElligatt (University of North Texas)
Immediate Past President
Matthew Smith (Radford University)
Graduate Caucus President
Zachary Rondinelli (Brock University)
Safiyya Hosein (Ryerson University/York University)
Zack Kruse (Michigan State University)
Barbara Postema (Concordia University)
Anna Peppard (Sheridan College)
Social Strategist
Peter Cullen Bryan (Clemson University)
Journal Editor
Qiana Whitted (University of South Carolina)
Andrew Kunka (University of South Carolina, Sumter)
Jeremy M. Carnes (University of Central Florida)

The CSS Executive Board has launched an email list to serve all members as a forum for open discussion and to disseminate members-only information (newsletters, conference workshop materials, resources). We invite all CSS members to become active members of the listserv by joining in conversations about research, teaching, and other aspects of comics studies and the profession.

Members can sign up at https://lists.osu.edu/mailman/listinfo/comicsstudiessociety