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July 15, 2021

Call for Participants - Beyond 80 Years: A Symposium on Canadian Comics

Call for Participants (10 minutes + Q&A Session)

The Canadian Parliament passed the War Exchange Conservation Act late in 1940 to preserve its currency for the war effort by limiting the importation of nonessential goods. Periodicals, including popular American comic books, were one casualty. Within a few months, Canadian artists and entrepreneurs responded by launching a domestic comic book industry. This industry gave us four publishing companies and six years of original Canadian comics production.

The eightieth anniversary of the first comic books published in Canada celebrates one important milestone in a long history of comics production in this country. Taking this anniversary as a point of departure, 80 Years and Beyond is a two-day virtual symposium that will bring together scholars, creators, publishers, retailers, collectors, and fans for a series of focused conversations about the past, present, and future of comics and cartooning in Canada. It will be the first dedicated conference on Canadian comics, including cartoons, graphic novels, and web comics. 

Thematic roundtables will place four to six participants in dialogue. Participants will give brief, prerecorded opening remarks to be followed by live, moderated discussion and audience Q&A. 

To submit for participation, please submit your application by July 15, 2021. Participants will be contacted about inclusion in the program by August 15, 2021.


Beyond 80 Years: A Symposium on Canadian Comics is dedicated to equity, inclusion, and to representing and amplifying marginalized and traditionally under-represented voices in Canada. We especially encourage submissions from participants who identify as Indigenous, members of racialized communities, LGBTQ2S+, or persons with disabilities. Presentations will include live transcription.