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2014 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
“Traumics: Comics Narratives of Trauma”

On April 4th-6th, 2014, UF hosted its 11th annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Traumics: Comics Narratives of Trauma.”


Full conference program in PDF format.
Conference schedule in PDF format.
Panel presentations listing in PDF format.

Keynote lectures and receptions will be held in Ustler Hall. All other events will be held in Pugh Hall.


Right-click and “save as” here to download a printable PDF of this year’s poster!


Image of Christopher Pizzino

Christopher Pizzino

Christopher Pizzino is Assistant Professor of Contemporary American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Georgia, where he teaches comics, science fiction, and theory of the novel. He is currently at work on a book entitled Arrested Development: Comics at the Boundaries of Literature.

Image of Carol Tyler

Carol Tyler

Carol Tyler is an artist, teacher, and workshop leader. Her publications include The Job ThingLate Bloomer, and You’ll Never Know, a graphic memoir trilogy that explores Tyler’s relationship with her father, a World War II veteran. Carol Tyler has a website at bloomerland and a blog at My Screened-In Porch. Her books are available through Fantagraphics. More information on Tyler’s life and work can be found on her Wikipedia page.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers.

Getting Around Campus

Here is a link to the UF Campus Map.

Hotels and Travel

Air Travel

United Airlines has offered conference participants a small discount of 2-10% depending on city of origin and reservation date. To claim the discount, use Offer Code: ZR34878632.

We recommend flying into Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), but bus service may be available to and from Orlando International (MCO). Please confirm availability before booking flights to or from MCO.

Ground Transportation

Gainesville is served by the Regional Transit System, which provides bus service to and from the Gainesville Regional Airport Monday through Friday, and throughout the city daily. Routes, schedules, and fares are available at go-rts.

Several taxicab services are also available:
Gainesville Cab Co.: (352) 371-1515
Cab 24HR: (352) 374-8484
Gatorland Taxi: (352) 359-7142

Additionally, members of the GCO will offer pick-ups and drop-offs at centralized locations each morning and evening during the conference.


The GCO has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Reitz Union Hotel on the UF campus and the Days Inn located just south of campus.

Reitz Union Hotel: (352) 392-2151
Rooms priced $89 and $99 per night
Use Reservation Code: comics2014
Reservations are available until March 1.

Days Inn Gainesville University: (352) 376-2222
Rooms priced $79 per night
Use Reservation Code: UF Comics
Reservations are available until March 20.


The Rose and David Dortort Foundation; The English Department at the University of Florida; The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research; The English Graduate Organization; ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies; The University of Florida Research Foundation; Xerographics Copy Center; CLASSC; UF Student Government


  • Melissa Loucks, GCO President
  • Najwa Al-tabaa
  • Spencer Chalifour
  • Anthony Coman
  • Tamar Ditzian
  • Anuja Madan
  • Katie Shaeffer
  • Kayley Thomas
  • Walton Wood