The International Comic Arts Forum is pleased to present our 2016 conference in conjunction with the Comics Studies Society (CSS). CSS is the first learned society and professional association in the United States for comics researchers and teachers. CSS was voted into existence, along with its first executive committee, at ICAF 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to partnering with ICAF for the 2016 and 2017 conferences, CSS’s mission will focus on advocating for the professional development of comics scholars and teachers and the expansion of resources for the study of comics. These efforts include a new peer-reviewed journal launching in 2017 and a graduate student caucus. More information about CSS and its founding membership drive can be found on their website and Facebook group.