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Death to Bandes Dessinées! Long Live Hypergraphy

(Geste hypergraphique by Roberto Altmann, 1967)

by Antoine Sausverd

Translated by Annick Pellegrin

Edited by Lise Tannahill

Original publication: Sausverd, Antoine. “« À mort les bandes dessinées ! Vive l’hypergraphie ! » (Geste hypergraphique de Roberto Altmann, 1967)” TONIQUE avril 2017. Print.

For bande dessinée, the year 1967 seemed to favour formal and aesthetic experiments. After Les Aventures de Jodelle (1966), Pravda la survireuse appeared in the pages of the monthly Hara-Kiri from January to December, before being published in album format in 1968. The stylisation of shapes and the uniform solid colours were openly inspired from the pop art aesthetic. Similar to the exquisite corpse,[1] Saga de Xam by Nicolas Devil was an epic work that bore the marks of the counter cultures of its time: from chapter to chapter, the work alternated between various graphic styles, challenging established page layout norms.[2] The texts were written in three alphabets, two of which were invented and undecipherable, unless one consulted a correspondence table at the end of the work. Finally, the same year saw the release of the first situationist comics: posters and tracts reproduced bandes dessinées and replaced the content of the speech bubbles with excerpts of revolutionary political theories advocated by the Situationist International, that would play a significant role in triggering May 1968. It was also in 1967 that Geste hypergraphique, a strange album just as original as the previous ones, was published in Liechtenstein. Completely unnoticed at the time and still largely unknown to date, this “hypergraphique narration en 15 chants” [hypergraphic narration in 15 songs] was the work of a young Cuban aged 25, Roberto Altmann, who was at that point part of the lettrist group.

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News Review January 2018

Americas

United States

Research

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar Brannon Costello. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Comics Arts Conference that take place at Comic-Con International in San Diego between the 19th and 22nd July. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance has announced a call for papers for its annual conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to be held October 20, 2018. The theme for this year’s Graphic Justice Discussions is ‘Law, Comics, Justice’. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the 2018 CXC Symposium, In the Gutter: The Public Work of Comics, which will take place between the 26th and 28th September in Columbus Ohio. Proposals are due by the 18th March. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

The latest Astérix album, Astérix et la transitalique, is France’s best-selling book of 2017, selling 1.6 million copies. Link (18/01/2018, French, LT)

Culture

Richard Corben has been awarded the 2018 Grand Prix at the Angouleme comics festival. Link (24/01/2018, French, LT)

BD artist Cosey has been appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French ministry of culture. Link (25/01/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners had travelled on to Cologne where it was shown until the 31st January. Link (German, MdlI)

A permanent exhibition on Mosaik is shown at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on the history of broadsheets, flyers and comic strips is shown in Berlin until the 8th April. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Robert Gernhardt exhibition is shown in Frankfurt until the 15th April. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Birgit Weyhe exhibition opened in Leipzig on the 12th January. Link (11/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Rudolph Dirks exhibition is going to be shown in Heide (Holstein) from the 18th February until the 22nd April. Link (18/01/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of literary adaptations by high school students is shown in Kitzingen until the 15th February. Link (19/01/2018, German, MdlI)

Spain

Business

Marc Bernabé has published his annual overview of the manga market in Spain. Link (01/01/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Culture

The new series of the exhibition La ciudad en viñetas will show the work of Víctor Puchalski at Centro Centro, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid, from the 26th January 2018 to the 22nd April 2018. Link (10/01/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

A new edition of the independent and self-published comics festival GRAF will take place in Madrid from the 2nd to the 3rd March in Barcelona. Link (15/01/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)

UK

Research

The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies has published a special issue about Holocaust comics, entitled “Beyond Maus: Comic Books, Graphic Novels and the Holocaust”. Link (English, WG)

The University of Glasgow has announced the Stirling Maxwell Centre seminars for spring 2018. Link (English, WG)

The TORCH Comics network at Oxford University has announced a series of comics seminars that will take place across February and March. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforumnews@hotmail.co.uk)

Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), and Lise Tannahill (LT, France)

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Natacha: Flying Bellhop

by  Philippe Capart

Translated by Annick Pellegrin

Edited by Lise Tannahill

Original publication: Capart, Philippe. “Natacha : Groom de l’air.” La Crypte tonique nov/déc 2012: 28-34. Print.[1]

Peyo’s Gang

Peyo, Franquin, Will, Tillieux and Roba, the creative nucleus of the magazine Spirou, were buddies. Stuck at their drawing tables for long days, they occasionally needed to get together and often went out as a gang. However, Gos specifies: “But it was their… they were friends amongst themselves, as for us, we were a generation below, hey!”. There were drinking parties that sometimes made Mondays a difficult day for the team. According to Gos,

François [Walthéry] understood psychology better than I did, he had said to me “For God’s sake! Don’t come and show your drawings on Mondays, he may have partied hard on the Saturday and still be headachy, it’s not the right time to show him what we’ve done! I never show him anything on Mondays, I show him on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.” François, he’s a “clever peasant” as Peyo used to say.
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News Review December 2017

Americas

United States

Research

The Comics Studies Society has announced four prizes to be awarded in relation to comics scholarship from 2017. Nominations are due by the 2nd February. Link (English, WG)

Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies: The Heroic Beasts of Total Liberation, edited by J.L. Schatz and Sean Parson, has now been published through Rowman and Littlefield. Link (English, WG)

Graphic Novels as Philosophy, edited by Jeff McLaughlin, has now been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Forging the Past: Seth and the Art of Memory, by Daniel Marrone, has now been published in paperback by University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum. A 250-500 word abstract is due by the 15th January. Link (English, WG)

The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline for applications is 15th February. Link (English, WG)

The Comics@CSUN Group is putting on its second “Comics and Visual Culture” conference, to be held on the CSU Northridge campus in Los Angeles on March 10, 2018. Deadlines for submission is the 12th January 2018. Link (English, ST)

Europe

Belgium

Research

A special issue on “Comics and Authorship” has been published through the Ghent-based journal Authorship. Link (23/12/2017, English, BC)

France

Culture

The shortlist for the Fauves awards of the Angoulême international comics festival has been published. Link (01/12/2017, French, BC)

The Prix Papier Nickelés, rewarding the best comics criticism of the year during the SoBD festival, has been awarded to the collective volume Case, strip, action! Link (10/12/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Business

Former head of Tokyopop Germany, Joachim Kaps, has started a new manga publishing house, Altraverse. Link (08/12/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

A symposium on “Japan Pop Goes Global?” is going to take place in Cologne on the 19th January. Link (German, MdlI)

Obituary

“Abrafaxe” creator Lona Rietschel died on the 19th December aged 84. Link (19/12/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

The Portuguese Association “Chilli com Carne” is organizing the contest “Toma lá 500 paus e faz uma antologia de BD” [Take 500 bucks and create a comics anthology]. The contest awards 500 Euros for the best comic story submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is the 4th February, 2018. Link (Portuguese, RR)

UK

Culture

S.M.A.S.H. at Artizan Street Library & Community Centre takes place on the 20th January, and hosts an array of talks on comics. Link (English, WG)

Research

European Comic Art 10.2 has recently been published. Link (English, WG)

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for December 2017

by Stephan Packard

 

For comics studies in the German speaking parts of the world, the last two months of this year were dominated by two major conferences.

On the one hand, the annual ComFor conference took place in early December. Hosted for the first time at Bonn University, the conference focused on Comics and their Popularity. With this topic, organisers Joachim Trinkwitz and Rolf Lohse brought the continuously expanding discussion in the German Society for Comics Studies back to some aspects that had almost been neglected in several years of research, as the discipline had moved towards perspectives on advanced, avant-garde and aesthetically unique comics. This year returned our attention to the art form as a decisively popular genre and thus revisited questions of seriality, popularity, ideology and culture industry. Beginning with the by now traditional open workshop for planned and ongoing research, the conference then moved on to discussing practices of identity, political and ideological aspects, discourses of cultural legitimacy, facets of authorship and finally the concept of the popular itself. In their keynote lectures, Julia Round (Bournemouth) and Martin Lund (Växjo/New York) discussed canonicity and aestheticism in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and the popular propaganda of Jack T. Chick’s ‘chick tracts’ respectively.

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