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International Comics Journal

Beginning in early 2019, Black Ship seeks to offer a platform for emergent voices in the academic realm of comics studies. The International Comics Journal, in collaboration with graduate students at leading universities in the UK and the US, will provide a forum for the dissemination and discussion of ideas from established art and literary critics and comics scholars, as well as thought-provoking commentary from journalistic voices in the industry. The Journal seeks in particular articles that engage heavily with literary and narrative theory, as well as recent developments in medical humanities, disability studies, and postcolonial criticism.

Submissions should follow either MLA or Chicago style guidelines, and should be rigorous enough for publication in an academic journal. Either finished articles or pitches may be directed to Please include a brief CV and mention of past publications.

Deadline: Rolling submissions

Untitled comics criticism volume

We are in search of critical articles on comics and related media, up to 5,000 words, for publication in an ebook volume later this year. Possible topics include the narrative complications of comic-to-film adaptations, gender in the MCU, the X-Men and Jewish identity, or the manipulation of the superhero genre in works like Astro City and Mark Bertolini’s Breakneck.

Submissions should be directed to Please include a brief summary of your essay and mention of past publications. Previously published essays will be considered.

Deadline: March 31, 2019


Black Ship Books is seeking written works of all kinds, up to 10,000 words, to explore utopian (read: not dystopian) societies, past, present, future, or of another world entirely. The theme may be interpreted broadly, but preference will be given to critical essays offering fruitful rumination on possible worlds depicted in contemporary works of literature and film, autobiography and poetry dramatizing imagined alterations to the relationship between self and society, and stories that imagine worlds that differ from our own in ways particularly relevant, obliquely or directly, to the current crisis in American democracy and issues of policing and state power.

Submissions should be directed to Please include a brief summary and mention of any past publications.

Deadline: March 31, 2019 (provisional)