Drawing the Line: Comics, Comedy & Comics

Our theme for this year’s conference is ‘Drawing The Line and details are as follows Sixth International Comedy Conference Drawing The Line – Comics, Comedy & Comics University of Salford Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University May 31st & June 1st 2012 This year conference would like to push the boundaries a bit and take on board papers that deal with comedy and humour from a variety of sources not just stage and screen. Comics can have two meanings – comedians and drawn images – both make us laugh but often in differenct ways. Both sets of ‘comics’ can employ a variety of techniques to make us laugh. Some comics have become films – Asterix, Popeye, Fritz The Cat. Some comics have been filmed and made into comcs, Laurel and Hardy, Frank Randle, Beryl Reid, along with many others had regular strips in Film Fun. ‘Drawing The Line’ calls forth for papers on these and any other topic concerned with comedy and humour, be it film, TV, cartoon or literature. Topics for papers might include Silent Comedy and slapstick – links to newspaper cartoons Dennis The Menace Robert Crumb /American Splendour – Biopics of cartoonists The changing face of satire – Lampoon to cartoon to caricature – Spitting Image We invite abstracts of no more than 200 words plus a brief biog to – David James d.james@mmu.ac.uk and CP Lee c.lee@salford.ac.uk Submission date – January 31st 2012

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