cecfp0The Comic Electric: A Digital Comics Symposium will be held at The University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday 14th October 2015. As part of the symposium the Electricomics team will be sharing the findings of our research project. Invited participants will also be presenting papers across a wide range of topics that relate to comics scholarship and digital media. The symposium is free to attend but space is limited, so you’ll need to reserve a seat via our Eventbrite page. The schedule for the day is as follows:

9.30 Arrival, coffee & tea
10.00 Electricomics Keynote
11.00 Break
11.15 Panel 1: Audience & Transmedia
Liz Dowthwaite When Things Go Wrong, When Things Go Right: Meaningful Interactions Between Webcomics Creators and Readers
Vitor Blotta &
Bruno Conrado
Breaking the Frame: New Narratives and Formats for Graphic Novels, Journalism and Human Rights through Digital Comics in Brazil
Zak Waipara Otea: Transmission and Transmedia
12.35 Lunch
13.20 Panel 2: Digital Techniques
Pablo Defendini Standards, semantics, and sequential art: towards a digital comics praxis.
Dave Crane Digital Workflows for Rapid Improvisation of Comics, Labour Saving Devices, Time & Motion Studies
Marcus Pullen &
Dr. Blair Dickinson
Experiments in the use of human behaviour monitoring to develop motion comic content for the Social Media Generation.
14.40 Break
14.55 Panel 3: Author, Reader, Player
Miju Yoh A New Page Layout Strategy for Comic Books on Tablets: Focused on Author-led Time and Space Agency
Jayms Nichols Absorption and Flow: How Active and Passive Readings Allow for Different Forms of Emersion in Digital Comics
Matt Finch Play, Chance, and Comics: Games and self-directed learning
16.15 Break
16.30 Panel 4: Motion
Fredrik Rysjedal Comics >< Film
Brad Yarhouse Comic Media in New Mediums: Dancing on the Head of Closure
James Abbott Motion and sound: Unnecessary adornments of the medium, or essentials for fuller comic book immersion?
Craig Smith Motion Comics and Motion Books: The role of animation and interactivity within digital comic aesthetics and systems
6.10 Evening reception

The symposium will be taking place in room 1B07 in The Film Music & Media (FMM) building on the College Lane Campus of The University of Hertfordshire. If you’re traveling to the conference by public transport, then the nearest train station is at Hatfield, which is about a 10 minute bus journey from the campus. Parking is available for those travelling by car, but you’ll need to arrange a parking permit with the organisers (details on this will be provided with your Eventbrite e-mail confirmation).

cecfp3The Comic Electric is a joint symposium between three of the School of Creative Art’s research groups; TVAD (Theorising Visual Arts and Design), G+VERL (Games and Visual Effects Research Lab) and The Media Research Group. It is held in conjunction with the DARE (Digital Arts Research Education) research centre at the UCL Institute of Education.