I stole the information from the MECCSA mailing list:)
the UK already has a well established Comics Scholars network centred on Comics Forum (2009 on). For anyone interested in this key academic comics organisation, more info can be found at http://comicsforum.org/about/
CF is also linked in with other UK comics research organisations, such as the International Bande Dessinée Society, which is based in Glasgow,http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ibds/ This group is well established, having published the journal European Comic Art http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ibds/?page_id=120 since 2008.
Further comic related initiatives in the UK involve the journals, Studies in Comics http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=168/ (Bournemouth and Dundee uni staff lead) and The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcom20/current (Manchester Met staff lead), both of which have run for several years.
And a discussion list on Jiscmail for UK Comic Scholars, which has run for over 4 years and would welcome further participants, via my website Dr Mel Comics http://www.dr-mel-comics.co.uk/.
Besides, a new set of resources available on the Comics Forum website (http://comicsforum.org).