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CFP: Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media. Issue 5 ‘Comics and Cult Media’

Intensities is an online journal first launched at Cardiff University in 2001 under the editorship of Matt Hills and Sara Gwenllian Jones.  It later moved to Brunel University, where it was edited by David Lavery, and is currently edited (still at Brunel) by Leon Hunt.  Intensities will publish two issues a year.  The journal addresses all aspects of cult media including cult television, cult film, cult radio, cult comics, literary cults and cult authors, new media cults, cult figures and celebrities, cult icons, musical cults, cult geographies, historical studies of media cults and their fandoms, cult genres (e.g. science fiction, horror, fantasy, pulp fiction, Manga, anime, Hong Kong film etc.), non-generic modes of cultishness, theorisations of cult media, relevant audience and readership studies, and work that addresses the cult media industry.

Intensities seeks submissions dealing with comics as cult media.  Deadline Friday March 1st 2013

Topics might include:

  1. Cult comic book auteurs – Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Joss Whedon.

  2. Cult films from comics – Cinefumetti, Manga and Anime, the Turkish KIlink films, Dredd 3D.

  3. National and international comic book cultures – French bandes dessinees, Italian fumetti, Japanese Manga.

  4. Comic book fan cultures – Cosplay and beyond.

  5. Underground and alternative traditions.

  6. Beyond the cape and mask – neglected comic book genres.

  7. From EC to Dark Horse – Horror comics.

Submissions should be sent to  They should be between 6000 and 8000 words, referenced Harvard style and sent as a word document – a 200 word abstract should be sent as a separate document.

Intensive: Cult Media Review

In addition to publishing refereed essays, Intensities also features a non-refereed Cult Media Review section which will carry shorter speculative reviews, reviews of cult phenomena (e.g. cult TV series, cult films, cult novels, science fiction, comics), short critical essays, interview transcripts, conference and convention reviews and articles about aspects of industry, fan culture, production and authorship.

Submissions for Intensive: Cult Media Review should be sent as a Word document to Adrian Smith at

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