Official Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Comic Arts Festival (ICAF) is
proud to announce it will hold its tenth anniversary conference at the
Library of Congress in 2005.
ICAF is an international summit for scholars, creators, and
enthusiasts of comics and cartoon art. The three-day event includes
academic papers, chalk talks by distinguished cartoonists, and
lectures by scholars from around the globe. While ICAF has been held
in the Washington, D.C. area since its inception in 1995, ICAF 2005
marks the first time ICAF has joined with the Library of Congress.
ICAF 2005 will take place from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday,
October 15, at the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress,
with the generous support of the Library’s Prints and Photographs
Division and the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature
and Cartoon. The Swann Foundation, administered by the Library of
Congress, supports the study, interpretation, preservation and
appreciation of cartoon art from around the world, and has frequently
sponsored lectures and exhibits related to comics. (For more on the
Swann Foundation, please consult its Web site.
“We’re very excited about holding ICAF at the Library of Congress, and
grateful for the support of the Library and the Swann Foundation,”
says ICAF Chair Charles Hatfield. “Working with the Library gives us a
rare opportunity to encourage the serious study of comics and
cartooning. The Swann Foundation is a perfect partner, and the Library
the perfect place to bring together scholars and the general public –
a historic venue known for its great collections and its support of
important research, not to mention its beauty and its great location.”
Dr. Jeremy Adamson, chief of the Library of Congress Prints and
Photographs Division, notes, “Few people realize that the Library is
home to one of the world’s great collections of original cartoon art,
encompassing virtually the entire history and scope of comics.
Recognizing the scholarly significance of cartoons as potent vehicles
of social and political commentary, and spontaneous expressions of
contemporary fashion, values, and attitudes, we are pleased to support
ICAF is currently in the process of soliciting paper proposals and
inviting distinguished guests for 2005. Please see the Call for Papers
on the ICAF homepage for more information.
ABOUT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CARTOON COLLECTIONS
The Library of Congress houses the Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation
for Caricature and Cartoon, the Swann Gallery, and one of the world’s
most extensive and diverse collections of comic strips, comic books,
and cartoon drawings. Learn more about the Library’s cartoon-related
collections at their official Web site.
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