Canadian Society for the Study of Comics
AbbreviationCSSC Edit this on Wikidata
EstablishedOctober 2010 Edit this on Wikidata (14 years ago)
Typeslearned society Edit this on Wikidata
CountryCanada Edit this on Wikidata Edit this on Wikidata

Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC), also known as Société Canadienne pour l'Étude de la Bande Dessinée (SCEBD), is a bilingual community of academics focused in discuss all aspects of comics as an art form and cultural phenomenon. The society was founded in October 2010 by University of Regina professor Sylvain Rheault.[1][2]

CSSC/SCEBD uses both English and French (official Canada languages) and its association is open for Canadian and international scholars. Although it has a greater focus on Canadian comics, the society supports and encourages the study of comics in any language and in a range of disciplines and cultural contexts.[3]

The first CSSC annual conference was held in May 2011 as part of Andrew Lesk's New Narrative Conferences. In 2014, the CSSC started a partnership with Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF) and the conference started to take place during the event until 2018. Since 2019, the CSSC conference became part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, hosted each year by a different Canadian university.[4][3][5]


  1. ^ "Comic Studies in the UK and Beyond – Learning the Comic Art". downthetubes.
  2. ^ Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley (2016). Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. ISBN 9781771121811.
  3. ^ a b "Comics Scholarship At TCAF, Plus An Interview With Barbara Postema Of The CSSC". May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Comics, Education, and Libraries". American Libraries Magazine. May 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Postema, Barbara; Lesk, Andrew (December 30, 2020). "Editors' introduction: what happens next? The young Canadians". Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 11 (5–6): 496–500. doi:10.1080/21504857.2020.1806894. S2CID 229936162.