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News Review April 2019

Americas

United States

Culture

The shortlist for the 2019 Eisner Awards has been announced, which includes the category for Best Academic/Scholarly Work. Link (English, WG)

Obituary

Professor Don Ault, scholar of William Blake, American comics artist Carl Barks, and founder of the comics studies journal, ImageTexT, passed away on the 13th April. The International Journal of Comic Art’s blog has republished a memoire he wrote in 2003. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a CFP for a special themed issue of the journal, Paradoxa, which will focus upon comics and graphic novels. The deadline for proposals is the 1st September. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

An e. o. plauen and Line Hoven exhibition is shown in Plauen until the 6th October. Link (04/04/2019, German, MdlI)

This year’s DoKomi festival in Düsseldorf is going to take place on the 8th and 9th June; guests include Guilt | Pleasure. Link (06/04/2019, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on feminism in comics is shown in Nuremberg until the 16th May. Link (15/04/2019, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of current Swedish comics with female characters is shown in Berlin until the 19th June. Link (German, MdlI)

An e. o. plauen exhibition is shown in Schwarzenbach until the 8th September. Link (29/04/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

A workshop on Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb took place in Cologne on the 3rd May. Link (08/04/2019, German, MdlI)

This year’s annual conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) is going to take place in Schwarzenbach from the 8th – 10th November; the deadline for abstract submissions is the 5th May. Link (09/04/2019, English, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) has published an overview of German university classes on comics in this summer semester. Link (15/04/2019, German, MdlI)

A workshop on medieval comics and the Middle Ages in comics took place in Tübingen on the 26th and 27th April. Link (18/04/2019, German, MdlI)

Spain

Business

Tebeox, the first digital comics publishers has been established. Link (12/04/2019, Spanish EdRC)

Culture

The 37th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair took place last month. Antonio Altarriba received the Grand Prize and Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters was awarded the Best Foreign Work published in Spain. Link (27/04/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The 2nd International Conference of Interdisciplinary Comics Studies will take place at the University of Zaragoza on the 15th, 16th and 17th May. Link (23/04/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

This year’s Fumetto festival in Lucerne took place from the 6th – 14th April; guests included Emil Ferris and Joann Sfar. Link (04/04/2019, German, MdlI)

UK

Job

There is a job advertisement for a Senior Lecturer to teach on the BA course, Comic & Concept Art, at Leeds Arts University. The deadline for applications is the 2nd June. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a CFP for the conference, Picturing Sound: The Static Visual Paratexts of Music, which takes place at the University of Glasgow on the 12th December. Proposals are due by the 2nd August. Link (English, WG)

The programme for the Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessinées, “Storyworlds and Transmedia Universes”, has been published online. The conference takes place between the 24th and 28th June at Manchester Metropolitan University. Link (English, WG)

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Report on the Superheroes Beyond Conference (December 2018)

By Vincent Tran

 

On the 6-8 of December 2018, the Superheroes Beyond Conference took place at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne. Organised by the Superheroes and Me research group of Angela Ndalianis, Liam Burke and Ian Gordon, and part of a larger project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the conference was built on the crux of going “beyond out-dated definitions of superheroes”, stemming from the costumed heroes of the 1940s. Running alongside the conference was also the exhibition on Cleverman (2016 -), an Aboriginal superhero television show as well as the Superheroes: Realities Collide virtual reality experience, also organised by Superheroes and Me, allowing participants to explore the streets of Melbourne as a superhero in VR. Across these three days over 50 presenters expanded and enriched the dialogue on superheroes, all in a collaborative effort to hopefully shift the direction of future research to new uncharted ground. Through exploring international examples, historical antecedents, real life super-heroism, on top of a multitude of perspectives, these presentations opened up the discussion beyond the white male caped crusader.

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CFP: Translation, Localisation, Imitation, and Adaptation: Comparative Aspects in Comics Studies

The 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) is dedicated to the idea of comparative comics studies: relations and transformations within the art form that cross and bridge cultural, lingual, economic, juridical, political, and media divisions. These include referential and derivative formats such as citation, parody, pastiche, travesty, imitation, and emulation of genres, characters, and motifs, in which one comic recalls another comic, or any other medium. In all of these cases, a relation is established that connects one or more comics to others. But the scope of comparative comics studies also includes translations, transfers, adaptations, and many other kinds of metamorphosis. These take place not merely from one language to another, but also take into account changes in audience orientation, in technical and economic conditions, in legal and conventional rules, and any other co-determining circumstance that leaves its traces: on the new comic’s text, sometimes on its pictures as well, and always on the mechanisms of production, marketing, media practices, and interpretations to which comics are subjected.

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News Review March 2019

Americas

United States

Research

The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola, edited by S.G. Hammond, has been published by SEQUART. Link (English, WG)

There is a new book series published through University of Nebraska Press – Panel by Panel: Critical Comics Studies. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for contributions to Sequentials 4 – Materiality: Drawing (on) Technologies. Creative submissions are due by the 1st June. Link (English, WG)

And Justice for All…? “Cripping” the Comic Con 2019, is a conference that takes place on the 13th April at Syracuse University. Link (English, WG)

The Middle Spaces interviews comics scholar Marcus Singer. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Austria

Research

A workshop on “Manga – Comic – visuelle Kultur. Auto|Biographische Narrative” took place in Vienna on the 5th April. Link (11/03/2019, German, MdlI)

Germany

Culture

The 7th Comic- und Mangaconvention Hamburg took place on the 16th March; guests included Kristina Gehrmann. Link (09/03/2019, German, MdlI)

This year’s Animagic convention is going to take place in Mannheim from the 2nd-4th August; guests include Kousuke Kurose. Link (22/03/2019, German, MdlI)

Anke Feuchtenberger was interviewed by Marina Rauchenbacher and Katharina Serles in Münster on the 2nd April. Link (21/03/2019, German, MdlI)

An Al Taliaferro exhibition is shown in Schwarzenbach until the 14th July. Link (22/03/2019, German, MdlI)

A Carl Barks exhibition is shown in Dortmund from the 7th April – 22nd September. Link (28/03/2019, German, MdlI)

A Simon Schwartz exhibition is shown in Berlin until the 31st August. Link (29/03/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

Summer Institute Cologne “[sic!]” on “Comics, Caricatures, and Cartoons in Comparative Perspectives” is going to take place from the 26th August – 6th September. The deadline for applications was the 22nd March. Link (04/03/2019, English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

An exhibition of José Pires “A Portuguesa: História de um Hino” (A Portuguesa: The story of a national anthem) is taking place in Moura. The exhibition will include pages of his new comic work. Link (21/03/2019, Portuguese, RR)

In the Bedeteca of Amadora, a new space dedicated to the fanzines, collected by the comics connoisseur Geraldes Lino, has been inaugurated and is titled “Fanzineteca Geraldes Lino”. Link (27/03/2019, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Paco Roca’s exhibition El dibujado (The Drawn One) can be visited at the IVAM (Valencia) until the 30th June. The installation has been specifically designed for the walls of the museum. Link (07/03/2019, English, EdRC)

Law

Valencia Football Club has been targeted by DC comics over the use of the club’s logo for its centennial celebrations. Link (23/03/2019, English, EdRC)

Sweden

Research

A call papers has been announced for “Transnational perspectives on comic art and feminism in the Nordic countries and the Baltic Sea region”. The proposed anthology, Transnational perspectives on comic art and feminism in the Nordic countries and the Baltic Sea region, aims to explore how the relationship between comic art and feminism has been shaped by global, transnational, and local trends. Deadline for abstract submission is 15 August, 2019.. Link (30/03/2019, English, ST)

Switzerland

Culture

A Joann Sfar exhibition is going to be shown in Basel from the 6th April – 11th August. Link (25/03/2019, German, MdlI)

UK

Education

The British Library is collaborating with university partners to award PhD funding for 2 new doctoral research projects on comics starting in October 2019: “UK Digital Comics information and publishing practices: from creation to consumption”, and “Collecting UK Digital Comics: Society, Culture and Technology”. The application deadline is the 31st May. Link (English, WG)

A Master of Arts program in Comics Studies at the University of East Anglia will commence in September 2020. Link (English, WG)

Research

Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives, by Elisabeth El Refaie, has been published by Oxford University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a new Routledge book series edited by Harriet Earle: Global Perspectives in Comics Studies. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for Creating Comics, Creative Comics 2019, which takes place at the University of South Wales across the 31st May and 1st June 2019. Abstracts are due by the 24th April. Link (English, WG)

The symposium, Performing and Picturing Patienthood: Exploring Graphic Illness Narratives, will take place at London College of Communication on the 4th and 5th April. Link (English, WG)

Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics, by Frederik Byrn Køhlert, has been published by Rutgers University Press. Link (English, WG)

Studies in Comics 9.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria, Germany and Switzerland), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Simon Turner (ST, Sweden).

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for March 2019

By Natalie Veith

In March, German universities are on term break, but it is rapidly coming to a close, so we are all busy getting ready for the summer semester that starts in April, preparing for our research and teaching duties, compiling reading lists and shuffling around seminar schedules. But that is not the only thing keeping us busy these days. In the field of comics studies as well as in the general German-language comics scene, this month in particular has been eventful.

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