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Late November Newsletter: Thank You #mapaca18, New Issue of Response, and More!

This is the late November MAPACA Newsletter. The next conference is November 7-9, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA).

In this newsletter we have:

  • Thank You #mapaca18

  • New Issue of Response

  • Badge Competition Winners

  • Location Announcement for #mapaca19

Thank You #mapaca18

A warm thank you to everyone who made #mapaca18 a fantastic conference! Check out some of the great things our #mapaca18 conference attendees said on Twitter!

@Unhealthyoffice arrived home a few hrs ago to the happy jumps of the dog. glad so many had a good time at #mapaca18. please tell your friends, students, colleagues! come join us in Pittsburgh next year!

@sloane_zone Want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who was a part of my #MAPACA18 experience! Second year attending and I continue to feel welcomed, heard, and appreciated here. Hopefully see you next year in Pittsburgh!

@meanlouise Heading home from another great Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference. Farewell #MAPACA18 - see you all next year in Pittsburgh!

@Q_Sizzle How is it that saying goodbye gets harder and harder every year, #mapaca18?!? Thanks to all the amazing people that made this year possible, and our REMARKABLE board members. See you in Pittsburgh!

@LLaurajwalsh Baltimore, it’s been a blast. #mapaca18

@profmryan Just sent the final emails regarding #mapaca18, sniff sniff. HUGE THANKS to our fabulous foodies for excellent panels, round tables, awards banquet, award-winning papers, and a great farmers market excursion! See you in Pittsburgh - 2019!

New Issue of Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship

Volume 3, Issue 2 of Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship is now live! Go to to read our newest publication.

This issue includes two peer-reviewed articles: “Rape Jokes in the Era of #MeToo” by Beth Anne Cooke-Cornell and “Disney Transforms the Female Monster” by Amy DeWitt and Heidi Hanrahan. This issue also features the 2017 Donald Award Winning paper: “Art After Dark: Performance in Downtown New York, 1978-1988 by Meredith Mowder. Finally, there is a review of Hurricane Florence as a cultural event by Alana Seaman.

Response is open access, so please encourage your colleagues, students, and fellow enthusiasts to check it out!

Badge Competition

Thanks to all who participated in our badge competition by turning in your gently used badge holders to our registration desk. This helps MAPACA control costs and be friendlier to the environment! We collected a total of 42 badges. Julie Still won the contest for the most badges turned in, and Kathleen German won our random drawing of everyone who turned in a badge. All winners have been notified via email. We’ll collect badges at #mapaca19 as well, so keep us in mind for then!

Spotlight on the 2018 Grad Student Event at Tapestry Comics

For those of you who attended our MAPACA Grad Student Social in Baltimore, you were exposed to the event’s sponsor—Tapestry Comics. This American-based, independent publisher has put out a series of graphic novels focusing on historical figures. Tyler Button is the founder and writer of the books.

Following Tapestry Comics on Twitter reveals how teachers often use their graphic novels in classrooms and libraries, which they offer bulk pricing. Most recently, they just shipped 40 copies of Bayeux, a graphic novel that retells the events of 1066, to a middle school in Baltimore.

Their most recent publication, A Flower in a Field of Lions, focuses on Joan of Arc. They launched the work at Tucson Comic Con on November 2 and copies of these were the first to go at the MAPACA Grad Social when it came to selecting prizes.


We hope you will join us next year in Pittsburgh, PA! #mapaca19 will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel, November 7th-9th.

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