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News Review December 2017

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United States

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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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Correspondents: Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium and France), William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renata Rafaella (RR, Portugal), and Simon Turner (ST, United States).

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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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Bangladeshi Women Creating Comics

by Sarah McNicol

Comics are, of course, found in many cultures, from Japanese manga and Chinese manhua to South and Central American historietas, and Filipino komiks that draw on traditional folklore as well as elements of mainstream US comics. Moreover, it has been argued that comic books “have always been attuned to the experiences of immigrant Others” (Davis-McElligatt, 2010: 137). Graphic narratives have long played a crucial role in representing and constructing immigrant subjects and the immigrant experience. Today, several of the most widely known graphic novels address issues of migration including Chris Ware’s (2001) Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Shaun Tan’s wordless graphic novel (2007) The Arrival. The latter is often said to depict a universal story of migration, telling “not an immigrant’s story, but the immigrant’s story” (Yang, 2007). Nevertheless, it is explicitly the story of a man’s migration as he leaves his wife and daughter behind to make a better life in a new land. At the end of his struggles, the man reunites with his family who, it would appear, settle seamlessly into their new life without experiencing any of the hardships he has endured. Discussing literature more broadly, Pavlenko (2001: 220) argues, “immigrant women’s stories were continuously ignored by the literary establishment” despite the fact that female migrant life writing often explores different themes from those of traditional male autobiographies.

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Conference Report: International Conference “Tintin au XXIe siècle” [Tintin In The 21st Century]

17 – 20 May 2017 – Louvain-la-Neuve – Musée Hergé – Collège Érasme, Université Catholique de Louvain

by Olivier Roche

Translated by Annick Pellegrin

Edited by Lise Tannahill

 

In Europe, the Belgian author Hergé, whose real name was Georges Remi, is considered to be one of the greatest bande dessinée artists of the 20th century, just like Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), Charles Schulz (Peanuts) or Jirō Taniguchi (A Distant Neighborhood). His body of work—mostly The Adventures of Tintin and Quick and Flupke—has become mythical, and the subject of collections, of speculation, of exhibitions, of hundreds of scholarly studies, of thousands of articles and all kinds of artistic and cultural tributes. In France or in Belgium, universities have had a lot of trouble embracing bande dessinée. However, in the last few years, there has been a notable and growing interest for the ninth art, and in particular for Hergé’s work, in higher education and research. From 17 to 20 May 2017, an international conference was held in Louvain-la-Neuve, at Université catholique de Louvain and at Musée Hergé [Hergé Museum], to mark Hergé’s 110th birthday. The conference, organised by a scientific committee representing six universities in Belgium, France and Switzerland, brought together 20 speakers from 8 countries over 4 days, a first, and it was a great success.
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News Review November 2017

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United States

Research

ImageTexT is accepting paper submissions for a special forum on the topic of “Comics and Fine Art.” The deadline for submissions is the 1st April 2018. Link (04/11/2017, English, WG)

Superman in Myth and Folklore, by Daniel Peretti, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for paper for the edited collection The Other 1980s: Reframing Comics’ Crucial Decade. Abstract proposals are due by the 31st January. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola reports on the International Comics Art Form conference (ICAF), which took place at the University of Washington between the 2nd and 4th November. Link (English, WG)

There is an open call for submissions for the journal SANE: Sequential Art Narratives in Education (Spring 2018). The deadline for submissions is the 1st February. Link (English, WG)

Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics, by Kate Polak, has been published through the Ohio State University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for a special themed issue of the The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics entitled “Comics and/as Multimodal Rhetoric.” Full-length submissions are due by the 1st August 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special collection entitled The Punisher: Judge, Jury, and Executioner. The deadline for 200-300 word abstract proposals is the 31st January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the 15th University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageTech: Comics and Materiality.” The conference will be held from between the 6th and 8th April 2018. The deadline for submissions is the 15th December. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Business

Spirou has a new editor: Florence Mixhel is the first female editor of a Belgian bande dessinée magazine since 1938. Link (06/11/2017, French, LT)

Research

A special issue of Image [&] Narrative has a call for papers on Lewis Trondheim. Link (05/11/2017, French, ST)

France

Business

Maurice Forest, the founder of renowned Paris bande dessinée bookshop Rackham, is putting 283 items from his personal collection up for auction, including many first editions of famous BD works. Link (20/11/17, French, LT)

Culture

FIBD director Stéphane Beaujean announces a paradigm change for the Angoulême festival. Link (18/11/2017, French, BC)

Research

The Musée de la bande dessinée has appointed Anne Hélène Hoog as its new director. Link 1(07/11/2017, French, BC) Link 2 (08/11/2017, French, LT)

The University of Lorraine hosted an international conference on “autobiographical experience and genre comics” from the 9th to 10th November. Link (09/11/2017, French, BC)

The online peer-reviewed journal Comicalités has appointed a new editorial board to relaunch its publications. Link (21/11/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Culture

Manga-Comic-Con 2018 is going to take place in Leipzig from the 15th – 18th March; guests include Mika Yamamori. Link (20/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

A lecture series on migration and war in comics is taking place in Düsseldorf until the 22nd January 2018. Link (02/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Joachim Kalka has published a book on Peanuts. Link (German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for an issue of the journal Diegesis on “Narrating Reality in Comics”; the deadline for abstracts is the 8th January 2018. Link (English, MdlI)

New issues of the yearbooks Deutsche Comicforschung and Comic-Jahrbuch have been published. Link (16/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Proceedings of the 1. Kieler Comic Konferenz 2016 have been published in the latest issue of Closure. Link (23/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Two public lectures on comics are going to be given by Joachim Trinkwitz and Rolf Lohse in Bonn on the 6th December. Link (30/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 2nd until the 31st December the gallerz Mundo Fantasma in Port will hold an exhibition by Finnish author, Tommi Musturi. Link (21/11/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Obituaries

The Portuguese Comics Author Fernando Relvas (1954 – 2017) has passed away. He collaborated as a comic author in several Portuguese and international magazines and newspapers. Link (21/11/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

María Luque’s Casas transparantes has been awarded the first prize graphic novel prize Ciudades Iberoamericanas. Link (26/11/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition about the history of Spanish comics Historietas del tebeo, 1917-1977 can be visited at Museo ABC, Madrid, until the 25th February 2018. Link (01/11/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

Two new books have been published by the Eolas and the University of León as part of the of the collection Grafikalismos, which focuses on comics and graphic narrative: Ana Merino’s Diez ensayos para pensar el cómic [Ten essays to understand comics], and Inés González Cabeza’s Imágenes de la enfermedad en el cómic actual [Images of illness in contemporary comics]. Link (21/1/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

There is a call for submissions to the Laydeez do Comics Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novels in Progress–a women-only award to honour a graphic novel work in progress by a UK-based creator. Link (English, WG)

Research

Alan Moore, Out from the Underground: Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent, by Maggie Gray, has been published through Palgrave Macmillan. Link (English, WG)

Visuality and Identity in Post-millennial Indian Graphic Narratives, by E. Dawson Varughese, has been published through Palgrave Macmillan. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 2018. The conference theme is Retro!: Time, Memory, Nostalgia, and will take place at Bournemouth University between the 27th and 29th June. The deadline for submissions is the 1st February. Link (English, WG)

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