Deadline extended! CFP: Workshop and Special Collection: Web/Comics 2023
Posted by Ernesto Priego on 2023-05-27

 In the late 1990s and early 2000s, cartoonist Scott McCloud suggested that "Trails" may be the future of webcomics. Because of the medium's infinite canvas, webcomics allow unusual mapping of a page compared to traditional comics. A logical conclusion would be to use linking lines between panels, so that the space between panels could be used for pacing or alternative graphics. McCloud went in more detail in his 2000 comic blog I Can't Stop Thinking, more specifically in "Follow that Trail!" Maplestrip, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.
Maplestrip, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Web/Comics 2023 is the first in a new workshop series for the ACM Hypertext conference. The Web/Comics workshop focuses on the transformation of the comics medium enacted by hypertext through the emergence of webcomics, or “graphic sequential narratives that are created, published, and read on-line”. It’s organised by Francesca Benatti (The Open University, UK), Linda Berube (City, University of London, UK) and myself (City, University of London, UK).

The workshop will be held in person in conjunction with the Hypertext 2023 conference, 4 or 5 September, at the Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome. Remote participation can be considered.

Participants are asked to submit a short lightning paper representing current work or original thinking in this area with the intention of encouraging interactive group discussion. The work presented should directly engage with the hypertextual specificity of webcomics.

Accepted participants will be invited to submit revised papers, incorporating feedback and insights following the workshop, in a special collection of The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.


Call for papers: 

ACM Hypertext Conference 2023:

Important dates

  • Papers submission: July 4, 2023 (AoE)
  • Notification of acceptance: July 24, 2023
  • Camera-ready paper due: August 6, 2023
  • Workshop: September 4, 2023 (half day, exact date tbc)


Submissions of original, previously unpublished papers are invited in the following, not exhaustive, topic areas:

  • Hypertext systems for webcomics publishing
  • Cognitive processing, hypertext and webcomics
  • Emergent webcomics formats
  • Webcomics and transmedia
  • User interface in webcomics
  • Reading webcomics as hypertexts
  • Authoring webcomics
  • Issues in interdisciplinary webcomics research

Looking forward to your submissions; there’s still some time!


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