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News Review February 2019

Europe

Austria

Culture

Nextcomic Festival is going to take place in Linz, Steyr, Traun and Steyrermühl from the 14th-23rd March; speakers include Bettina Egger. Link (27/02/2019, German, MdlI)

Germany

Culture

The 8th “Hamburger Graphic Novel Tage” are going to take place from the 11th-14th March; guests include Nora Krug, Jason Lutes and Catherine Meurisse. Link (25/02/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

Essays from the Tübingen Winter School “De/Recontextualizing Characters” have been published as a special issue of the journal, Image. Link (07/02/2019, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 7th to the 10th March, the Coimbra BD – international exhibition of comics will take place. Authors such as Etienne Schréder, Fabio Celoni and Joana Afonso will be in attendance. Link (21/02/2019, Portuguese, RR)

Obituary

Geraldes Lino, author of the well know blog ‘Divulgando BD’ (Promoting Comics) and also one of the most passionated comics connoisseur, passed away on the 19th February, at 83 years old. Link (21/02/2019, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Netflix has announced a tv series based on Pepe Pérez and Santiago García’s comic El Vecino. Link (06/02/2019, English, EdRC)

The Basque Government has announced a total financial aid of 105 000 euros for Basque comics and album authors, including specific sections for young women artists. Link (29/01/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

The Spanish Association of Comics Critics has published their biannual list of best comics (July-December 2018). Link (25/02/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The Aula de Cómic at the University of Valencia (with the creation of the first Chair of Comic Studies in Spain) has started its activities. Link (21/02/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents:  Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany) and Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal).

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Amar Bari Tomar Bari Naxalbari: A Socio-Political Indian “Comic”

By Antarleena Basu

 

In 2015, while Paul Gravett was affirming that “the Indian graphic novel is here to stay” (Gravett), a 162-page comic/graphic novel that raised many an eyebrow for its dauntless representation of the Naxalite movement and the rise of the communist ideology across India was published in book form somewhere in Bhilai, a bustling industrial city in the state of Chattisgarh in India. The Naxalite movement, also known as the “peasant uprising”, refers to the armed struggle of the peasants against wealthy and exploitative land-owners and it was initiated by a small fraction of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led by Charu Mazumdar in a small village of West Bengal in India called “Naxalbari”; hence the name “Naxal uprising”. Titled Amar Bari Tomar Bari Naxalbari (which roughly translates from Bengali as “my house and your house is Naxalbari” and echo the popular Bengali slogan of the Naxals), Sumit Kumar’s comic was the first of its kind—it not only dares to portray the serious topic of the Naxal and communist uprising through the verbal and visual interaction of the comic mode but also experiments with a wide array of styles and techniques in the text, thereby injecting the necessary dosage of plurality that could go into the making of an Indian comic. By amalgamating the present political events with those of the past, by invoking classics as well as pop-culture and its icons, by mixing colourful pages with stark blacks and whites, among his many binaries, Kumar creates a scathing, tragic-comic narrative that almost borders on the absurd.

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News Review January 2019

Americas

United States

Education

There is a call for applicants for the 2019 Project Narrative Summer Institute: Serial and Visual Narrative, which takes place at Ohio State University between the 7th and 19th July. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Comics and Culture Volume 3 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Scare Returns: The Contemporary Resurgence of Horror Comics, by Terrence Wandtke, has been published. Link (English, WG)

The 2019 John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies was awarded to Francesca Lyn (Virginia Commonwealth University). Link (English, WG)

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

Europe

Austria

Research

Anke Feuchtenberger gave a lecture at University of Vienna on the 21st January. Link (14/01/2019, German, MdlI)

France

Culture

Rumiko Takahashi (Mermaid Saga, Ranma 1/2)  has been award the 2019 Grand Prix at the Angoulême Festival. She is the second woman to win in the festival’s history. Link (23/01/2019, French, LT)

Emil Ferris has been awarded the Angoulême festival’s Fauve d’Or (best album of the year award) for My Favourite Thing is Monsters. Link (27/01/2019, English, LT)

Noted bande dessinée artist and painter Alex Barbier has died aged 68, according to his publisher Frémok. Link (31/01/2019, French, LT)

Riad Sattouf, author of Arab of The Future among many other works, is the ambassador for the 2019 edition of the  Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie (Week of French language and Cultures), a French governmental initiative. Link (29/01/2019, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

A Line Hoven exhibition is shown in Bamberg until the 3rd February. Link (11/01/2019, German, MdlI)

Manga-Comic-Con 2019 is going to take place in Leipzig from the 21st-24th March; guests include Erubo Hijihara. Link (17/01/2019, German, MdLI)

An exhibition of Czech comics is shown in Munich until the 7th March. Link (18/01/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

An edited volume on “Autobiografie Intermedial”, containing several chapters on comics, has been published. Link (24/01/2019, German, MdlI)

A workshop on “Comics/Fandom” is going to take place in Cologne on the 28th and 19th March. Link (28/01/2019, English, MdlI)

UK

Research

There is a CFP for our international conference, Comics & Travel, which takes place at the University of Oxford on the 5th July. Proposals are being admitted until the 8th March. Link (English, WG)

“Superheroes Comics and the Seeing of Law” is a talk that takes place at the University of Dundee on the 13th February. Link (English, WG)

European Comic Art 11.2: Spanish Comics, Part II, has been published. Link (English, WG)

Laurike in ‘t Veld’s book, The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels: Considering the Role of Kitsch, is now available from Palgrave. Link (English, WG)

News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents: William Grady (WG, UK and United States) and Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Lise Tannahill (France).

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News Review December 2018

Americas

United States

Research

The deadline for abstracts for the conference, ImageText in Motion: Animation and Comics – UF GCO Conference, which takes place at University of Florida, has been extended until the 15th January. Link (English, WG)

Comics Research Bibliography 2018 Print Edition, by Michael Rhode, has been published by Lulu. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con International, which takes place between the 18th and 21st July. Abstracts are due by the 1st February. Link (13/12/2018, English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Obituary

Abrafaxe creator Lona Rietschel died on the 18th December. Link (19/12/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

The 2019 issue of Comic! Jahrbuch was published amidst allegations of sexism. Link (03/12/2018, German, MdlI)

The 5th issue of the journal Closure has been published. Link (06/12/2018, German, MdlI)

A workshop on „(Self-)Documentation, (Self-)Performance and (Self-)Constitution of Gendered Cultural Identities in Comics and Literature“ is going to take place in Bochum on the 24th January. Link (13/12/2018, English, MdlI)

The new edition of Friedrich Schiller’s Avanturen des neuen Telemachs, originally announced for Winter 2017/18, has now been published by Bachmann. Link (17/12/2018, German, MdlI)

The Roland Faelske award for comics and animation 2018 goes to Alexandra Novacov and Lukas Wilde. Link (20/12/2018, German, MdlI)

Hungary

Culture

Hungary’s first community Comics Library opened on 13 December. The library aims at making comics available to the general public and thereby raise awareness of the little known medium in Hungary. All comics and graphic novels are donations. The library is located in Nem Adom Fel Café (literally: I Don’t Give Up Café”). Link (Hungarian, ES)

The contemporary section of the successful Comics as Narrative exhibition, which was on display in the National Széchényi Library during the summer, is exhibited at the University of Pécs in the re:public project space between 2 December 2018 and 25 January 2019.(ES)

Portugal

Culture

The Portuguese company ‘Chili com Carne’ published the book Sírio, by the Peruvian comic author Martin López Lam. The book was published during Raia, the third edition of an event focused on small editors and graphic artists, was held in Anjos70. Link (14/12/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The exhibition Creadores valencianos por los derechos humanos. 70 años de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos can be visited at the University of Valencia until the 24th February 2019. Link (24/11/2018, English, EdRC)

Research

The University of Valencia has announced the creation of the first Chair of Comic Studies in Spain. Álvaro Pons is to take up that post. Link (14/12/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The British Museum will host the exhibition, Manga, from the 23rd May until the 26th August 2019. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for the Graphic Medicine conference, Que(e)rying Graphic Medicine: Paradigms, Power, and Practices, which takes place in Brighton between the 11th and 13th July. Proposals due by the 31st January 2019. Link (English, WG)

Glasgow University Comic Reading Group continues to update with interviews with various comics scholars. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for 2019’s joint International BD Society and International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference, “Storyworlds and Transmedia Universes in Comics & Graphic Novels”. The conference takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University between the 24th and 28th June, and proposals are due by the 1st February. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.5, a special themed issue entitled “Reflections on Yaoi Space and Yaoi Time: East and West, Yesterday and Tomorrow”, has now been published. Link (English, WG)

News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, UK and United States) and Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Eszter Szép (Hungary).

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for January 2019

 

by Julia Ingold

The first month of the new year always starts smoothly with a prolonged holiday period. German universities resume their daily activities only in the second week of January and so does ComFor’s editorial staff—as usual with our established retrospect about several ComFor members’ favorite comics of 2018. Shortly after Stephan Packard’s substantial bi-monthly update two months ago, ComFor’s editorial team posted a retrospect on the panel “Comics 4.0” that the Committee for Comics Studies contributed to the German Society for Media Studies’ (GfM) annual conference that took place in Siegen under the headline “Industry” in September 2018. ComFor Member Lukas R. A. Wilde gave a talk on “Von Remediation zum Intermedium: Formen, Formate und mediale Rahmungen digitaler Comics” (From Remediation to Indermedia: Forms, Formats and Medial Framings of Digital Comics). Tim Glaser shared his views on “Comics, Communities & Crowdfunding: Plattformen und deren Einfluss auf die Rezeption und Distribution von Webcomics” (Comics, Communities, and Crowdfunding: Platforms and their Influence on Reception and Distribution of Webcomics). Peter Vignold, for his part, presented on “From A(yn) to Z(ack): Objektivismus im zeitgenössischen Comicfilm” (From A(yn) to Z(ack): Objectivism in the Contemporary Film Adaptation of Comics). The first two presentations both took their cues from the concept of the infinite canvas that Scott McCloud introduced in his 2000 book Reinventing Comics. The panel expounded the question to what extent webcomics’ many new possibilities might collide with the fact that they still only receive widespread attention once they are transferred into traditional print media and thus lose aspects of their inherent mediality.

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