Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Joss In June Slayage Issue Update (01/08/14)

08 January 2014

Hello all, and Happy New Year!

As of today, all of your papers have been sent off for blind peer review. We are extremely pleased with the folks who have agreed to help out with the review process, and many have expressed excitement at the opportunity to read your work. Matching the right paper to the right reviewer took a bit more time than expected, however, so, as expected, we're altering the timeline somewhat:

06 February 2014: all essays will be returned to Dale and I from peer reviewers.

13 February: Your essays are returned to you with comments and recommendations from the blind reviewers, Dale, and me. At this point you have three (3) weeks to revise.

06 March: Your final drafts, revised as necessary, are returned to us.

20 March: Having been copy-edited and formatted by your trusty co-editors, your essays are sent off to David Lavery for publication in April or early May.

Again, real world friction may cause this timeline to change, but I will do my best to keep you advised throughout the process. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me and we'll do our best to get it sorted out ASAP.

That's it! Thanks again!


Monday, December 2, 2013

JIJ Slayage Issue Notes

Hello again everyone! Well, the deadline for submissions for the special JIJ issue of Slayage has passed, and I have to say it looks like we're going to have a tremendous issue! Thanks to all who submitted.

Now, just to be sure that we haven't missed anything: If you have submitted a paper for the JIJ Slayage issue, you should have received a brief e-mail from me acknowledging receipt. If you have submitted a paper, but haven't heard from me, PLEASE let me know as soon as you can, so I can make sure we actually received your submission.

Thanks again, everyone - you folks made this possible through your hard work and great scholarship!

Monday, November 25, 2013

JiJ Slayage Issue Submission Deadline is This Saturday!!

There's time for one final reminder that the deadline for submissions for the special Joss In June issue of Slayage is coming up on SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

We've already got some great submissions, but we want more! (We're greedy like that.) So send more of that Whedony goodness our way by the end of the day on Saturday! If you need to look over the CFP again, it's here:

Hope to hear from you soon!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Deadline for the Joss In June Slayage Issue is 30 November 2013!

Hello again! I hope this finds all of you well.

The deadline for submissions for the Joss In June special issue of Slayage: The Official journal of the Whedon Studies Association is fast approaching, so Dale and I thought it might be a good idea to send out a reminder. 

The hard deadline for submissions is 30 November 2013 - just two weeks away! Please understand that this really is the final deadline. Due to our own schedules as well as the time necessary for submissions to go through peer-review, revision, formatting, and publication we will NOT be extending the deadlineNovember 30, 2013 is the final deadline.

So, get those papers to us! The full call for papers can be found here:

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Call For Papers: Slayage Joss In June Issue!!

Following the success (and immense fun!) of “Joss in June,” Dale and I have been asked to co-guest edit a special issue of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association, in order to publish some of the work presented at the conference!

If you are interested in having your work included in this Very Special Issue, here’s what you need to know:
·         This CFP is strictly limited to “Joss in June” presenters.
·         Only papers based on “Joss in June” presentations will be considered.
·         Papers should be article-length (6000 – 8000 words) and should conform to the publication guidelines (regarding formatting, etc.) for Slayage.  Here’s a handy link to those guidelines -

·         Please – if your presentation paper has been published or is being considered for publication with another journal/book/endeavor – we cannot in good conscience also publish it in Slayage.  We wish you well, but please do not double-submit.

After submission, your article will go through Slayage’s usual double blind review process by at least two members of the Slayage editorial board, and if accepted for publication, will see “print” in the early spring of 2014 (March or April).

To be considered, please send your article to both of us.  That’s Dale Guffey and Ensley Guffey

The deadline for submissions is NOVEMBER 30, 2013. Please be aware that this is a very firm deadline. Due to the review and publication process, we simply will not be able to take late submissionsno matter how heart-rending the reason!  (Seriously.)

Thanks once again for your participation in “Joss in June,” and we hope to hear from you soon!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Joss In June Survey

Hello all! 

As you may know, we've put together a brief survey about Joss In June at We're hoping to get some solid feedback on what we did right and what we got wrong in order not only to help us when/if we throw this party again, but also as research in putting together a "how-too" presentation for smaller, regional Whedon conferences to present at Slayage 6 in Sacramento next year. We hope to be able to help spur similar conferences to Joss In June in other areas of the country (or even the world! MuhwahoohahahahahahahahaHA!) in the future. 

Also, without going into details at this time, another Joss In June opportunity has opened up for the near future, and these surveys will be invaluable for that as well. More details will be forthcoming.

All of that is to say that if you haven't already completed the survey, we would really appreciate it if you did, and to let you all know that, in part because of this new opportunity, we will be closing the survey to further responses on Monday 29 July. So please take a few minutes to give us your feedback before then.

Thanks very much, and please be well.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Thanks to You All!

So ever since our linguistic ability recovered from the "fire bad, tree pretty" state it was in late Saturday night, Dale and I have fallen into the habit of occasionally looking at each other and saying "We did it!" like a couple of kids who've managed to put on a successful play in our uncle's barn without setting the place on fire and scaring the livestock. While it's true that we are thoroughly enjoying the complements and rave reviews Joss In June has been getting on teh intrawebs, the fact of the matter is that we, Dale and I, had little to do with how great the conference was.

That was all you guys.

In one of the first panels of the day at Joss In June, Ashford University's Lindsay Bryde presents on "The Domination of Buffy the the Submission of her Men" to a packed crowd.
Every one of you brought your "A-Game," and I cannot count the number of times I was approached by someone on Saturday who gushed about how strong the presentations were. Those of you who didn't present brought your questions and brilliance to the discussions in each panel which were insightful, stimulating, and a hell of a lot of fun. So we'd like to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks to each and every one of you. You are what made Joss In June a success!

Extra-special thanks go out to Dr. Rhonda V. Wilcox, whose keynote, likely the first academic presentation on Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, was truly brilliant, and inspiring. I think we all wanted to see the film again after Rhonda's presentation. Thank you so much for coming and for being the perfect capstone ot a wonderful day.

We'd also like to heap fulsome praise on all of the people who worked so hard behind the scenes to make Joss In June run so smoothly. First and foremost of these are our JIJ "Operatives," those committed souls who made sure the presenter-tech interface in each room was as painless and productive as possible: Chuck Davis, DeLane Hoppes, Athena Smith, and Kevin Wolford. You guys truly rock.

Helping us get everyone checked in and insuring that everyone's arm-length of raffle tickets was properly measured were our JIJ "Agents" Barry Dietz, Wendy Ross, and Michele Rogers. You folks may not know it, but you kept Dale and I sane, because we knew the sales and money part of the conference was in great hands!

Way behind the scenes was another JIJ "Agent": Cindy Hoyle who was the official bookkeeper and administrative assistant for Joss In June. Her spreadsheets, lists, and organization were invaluable. Seriously, we couldn't have kept up with everything without Cindy!

The Whedon Studies Association (WSA), and its current president, Dr. Tanya R. Cochran provided advice, encouragement and financial support for Joss In June, and we couldn't be prouder to belong to such an incredible organization. Thanks to Tanya and the WSA Board for all of your help. Beth Cox and McFarland Publishing also provided financial support, as well as a vast array of Whedon scholarship for sale at the conference, and we were thrilled to be working with them again.

We'd also like to thank Linley Crocker, Planning Manager for the LeGrand Center, for being a true joy to work with, for making sure that we had everything we needed, and for emergency printing services! Jeanette Sun and the staff of Ni Fen Wine and Tapas provided and served the wonderful lunch and snacks, and I was way too excited about getting to take the leftovers home, believe me. Chuck Davis gets another heartfelt thanks for overseeing the printing of the signs, tags, programs, and name-plates, and Drs L. Steve Thornburg and Shannon Kennedy of Cleveland Community College provided constant support, encouragement, and in-kind assistance from CCC.

I know I'm probably forgetting a host of other folks, and I can only hope they will forgive me, for as much as Dale and I are enjoying the warm fuzzies we're getting for convening Joss In June, the conference was truly a concerted, group effort rather than a two-person show. Thanks to each and every one of you, we might even  do this again one day!

Also, keep in touch! You can find Dale and I online on Twitter (@EnsleyFGuffey and @KDaleKoontz) and Facebook (Ensley here and Dale here), and we'd love to keep up with all of you!

So thank you all so very, very much! Now go forth and continue to spread the academic Whedony joy wherever you roam!