The CSS Executive Board has launched this listserve 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 listserve by joining in conversations about research, teaching, and other aspects of comics studies and the profession.
In addition to individual posts, we will be organizing specific topical discussions, regularly scheduled, hosted by a member (or two or three). These could run for a month, be connected to a reading (or not), and be a way to encourage thoughtful exploration of comics-related issues.
Already established in our founding mission statement is the ethos we hope to foster through this listserve, and through all CSS activities, forums, and publications:
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 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.
As this is meant to serve as a communal space for conversation, networking, and professionalization for ALL members of CSS, the Executive Committee also reminds members of our commitment to diversity and inclusion:
In our view, scholars and students of all ethnicities, colors, traditions, faiths, heritages, origins, and nations, of all abilities, ages, genders, and sexualities, and of neurodiverse and nonnormative identities in short, of all kinds and cultures are not only welcome but absolutely vital to the continuing relevance of Comics Studies as a field. We, the CSS leadership, emphatically reject, and we urge all CSS members to reject, the politics and rhetoric of divisiveness, intolerance, and fear.
All of your voices are valued, and all will be heard here. Thanks in advance for helping us work to foster understanding and inclusion through our collective work.
We look forward to developing our membership through this new forum!
To see the collection of prior postings to the list,
visit the ComicsStudiesSociety
(The current archive is only available to the list