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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for November 2018

by Stephan Packard

After the traditional summer break, the winter semester has begun at German, Swiss and Austrian universities. A few weeks in, at least 15 courses and lecture series in those regions have begun work related to comics studies: the ComFor website’s staff has edited a useful and fascinating list. In addition to all of these courses, the Comic-Kolloquium in Berlin has started up again as well, boasting no less than ten announced talks from guests and regulars throughout the season. Topics range from Art Spiegelman to Preacher, from Eastern German history to 19th century sequential art, and from literary criticism to quantitative and network analysis. Back in June, the Comic-Kolloquium had contributed a dense series of talks packed with presentations that opened up comics studies for a popular audience at the Comic Invasion Berlin. The Kolloquium is organized by Matthias Harbeck, Linda-Rabea Heyden and Marie Schröer.

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News Review October 2018

Americas

Canada

Research

The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics invites proposals for their annual conference, which takes place at the University of British Columbia, on the 4th and 5th June 2019. 200–300 word abstracts are due by the 31st December 2018. Link (English, WG)

United States

Research

Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies, by Marc Singer, will be published by University of Texas Press in 2019. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for Black Panther: Taking Stock of the First African Super Hero at 50, a conference that takes place between the 19th and 20th April at Shawnee State University. Abstracts are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the conference, “Telling & Retelling Stories: (Re)imagining Popular Culture”, which takes place at Wayne State University on the 1st and 2nd March 2019. The deadline for submissions is the 30th November 2018. Link (English, WG)

Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire, and Culture, edited by Peter Limb and Tejumola Olaniyan, has been published by Michigan State University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Deadline for applications is the 15th February 2019. Link (English, WG)

The International Journal of Comic Art 20.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The former head of the Edgar Jacobs foundation has been charged in relation to hundreds of missing Blake and Mortimer originals. Link (10/10/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

Jens Harder and Anke Feuchtenberger participate in a lecture series at Dresden Academy of Fine Arts on the 6th and 7th November, respectively. Link (31/10/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) has published an overview of German and Austrian university classes on comics in this winter semester. Link (01/10/2018, German, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) together with the Committee for Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) are going to award the Martin Schüwer-Publikationspreis for the first time in 2019. Eligible nominations are articles and chapters published in 2017 or 2018 in German or English by authors who do not hold a permanent academic position. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for nominations is the 1st March 2019. Link (04/10/2018, German, MdlI)

There is a CFP for a workshop organised by the Committee for Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) on “Comics/Fandom” in Cologne on the 28th and 29th March 2019; deadline for abstracts is the 30th November 2018. Link (06/10/2018, English, MdlI)

There is a CFP for an issue of Closure with a thematic section on “A.I.”; the deadline for abstracts is the 15th December. Link (09/10/2018, English, MdlI)

The program of the conference “Comics|Games” (Hanover, 5th-7th November) has been published. Link (08/10/2018, English, MdlI)

The proceedings of the 2016 conference on animation and comics “Ästhetik des Gemachten” in Hanover have been published. Link (11/10/2018, German, MdlI)

A workshop on the Holocaust in comics took place in Berlin on the 24th October. Link (15/10/2018, German, MdlI)

The winter semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 25th October 2018 and runs until the 13th February 2019. Link (22/10/2018, German, MdlI)

A report of this year’s German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) conference has been posted on the ComFor weblog. Link (29/10/2018, English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

The Amadora BD Festival is taking place until the 11th November.  This festival is composed by multiple events such as book launches, exhibition and round table sessions. Link (Portuguese, RR)

The Bedeteca of Beja is hosting the comic exhibitions “Banda Desenhada Portuguesa – 22 Autores Contemporâneos” [Portuguese Comics – 22 Contemporary authors], “Nas Trincheiras – Histórias da Primeira Guerra” [On the trenches – Stories of the first war] and “Tarzan dos Macacos” [Tarzan of the monkeys] until the 31st December. Link (30/10/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Ana Penya’s Estamos todas bien has been awarded the National Comic Prize. She is the first woman to win it. Link (16/10/2018, English, EdRC)

The exhibition Del tebeo al Mecachís. 100 años de tebeos en la BNE can be visited at the National Library of Spain from 27 September 2018 to 13 January 2019.  Link (03/10/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

A new issue of the journal Tebeosfera has been published. It focuses on Chilean comics. Link (23/09/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The launch event for Missing Panels, a zine which collects comics about BME communities in the UK and their experiences with the NHS, will take place on the 10th November 10th at the Attenborough Arts Centre. Link (English, WG)

Research

Registration is now open for Transitions 8: New Directions in Comics Studies, which takes place at Birkbeck, University of London on the 10th November. Link (English, WG)

A new book series entitled “Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies” has been announced. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Research Hub, which brings together world-leading comics scholars from across the six colleges that make up the University of the Arts London, has been launched. Link (English, WG)

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

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

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Comics Literacy in the Classroom

by Lars Wallner

Comics as Narrative Tools[i]

Comics are a narrative form combining text and image in surveyable sequences (McCloud 9). In Sweden, comics are common reading for children, young readers and adults, even though comics reading among young people seems to have lessened, as have all types of reading—see, for example, Statens Offentliga Utredningar (231). Despite what these reading trends seem to indicate, publication of comics for children has grown in the past few years (The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books 25). Throughout my dissertation study (Wallner, Framing Education), I came in contact with many teachers from different levels of schooling who were interested in using comics in their classrooms. These contacts indicated not only an interest on the part of teachers, but also an interest on the part of students wanting to read, and to benefit from reading, comics in school.

Comics are also a prime material for studying how students engage in conversations on reading and writing—that is to say, literacy—especially because of how comics combine text and images. Because of this, a study of the use of comics in a school context can contribute greatly both to our knowledge of literacy construction with comics and to a better picture of what literacy entails.

In order to study this ongoing practice in the classroom, I made video recordings of three classes in Grade 3 (age 8-10) and one class in Grade 8 (age 13-15). In total, 77 students and 6 teachers, in two different Swedish cities, contributed to this study. 15 lessons were recorded with work in whole class, pairs and groups. As a researcher, I had no influence over the settings or materials: the teachers had already chosen the amount of time to be spent on comics, the material that they wanted to work with for each lesson and how they wanted to use said material. My role in the classroom was merely to film the activities that they planned and carried out.

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Australian Comics Symposium at PCAF (Perth Comic Arts Festival)

by Stuart Medley

 

PCAF A4 poster by Soolagna MajumdarArt by Soolagna Majumdar

 

The Australian Comics Symposium was a one-day conference held at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, on Friday 29 June 2018, as part of the inaugural Perth Comic Arts Festival (29-30 June 2018).

 

This event was the first comics-focused festival in Western Australia. For many years Perth has been on the annual circuit of two major Australian pop culture events: Supanova and Oz Comic-Con. Both events have provided paid-for opportunities for local comics makers to show their portfolios and sell comics and comics-related art. However, both have a modus operandi similar to San Diego Comic-Con, in that they feature TV and film celebrity appearances and foreground the sale of pop culture merchandise. It was a stated aim of the PCAF organisers to have the focus on comics and to see what appetite there was in Perth for such an event. The inaugural PCAF was a big success with most of the visiting artists and scholars declaring it the best comics event they had been to in Australia. The market day attracted hundreds of visitors. Vendors all reported having done more business than at the big pop culture conventions. PCAF was covered by the national broadcaster (ABC) on its television news and reported in the state newspaper, The West Australian.

 

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News Review September 2018

North America

Canada

Research

There is a CFP for COMICS/POLITICS – 2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, which takes place between the 25th and 27th July 2019 at Ryerson University, Toronto. The deadline for proposals is the 15th January 2019. Link (English, WG)

United States

Culture

The Comics Studies Society has teamed up with Matt Madden to sell prints of his single most popular one-page comic in order to support CSS Conference Travel funds and other CSS prizes. Link (English, WG)

Research

Gender and the Superhero Narrative, edited by Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, and Philip Smith, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing, and Creating Comics, by Rachelle Cruz, has been published through Cognella. Link (English, WG)

Sequentials 2 has been published, a themed issue focused on “‘Queer’ as Noun, Adjective, and/or Verb”. Link (English, WG)

The third annual Brandeis Novel Symposium, which takes place at Brandeis University on the 12th April 2019, will address the Graphic Novel.  The deadline for abstract proposals is the 15th October. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the Comics Arts Conference, which is part of WonderCon (Anaheim, CA, 29th-31st March 2019). 100 to 200 word abstracts are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the edited collection LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader, to be published through University of Mississippi Press. The deadline for 250 word abstract proposals is the 1st November. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for Black Panther: Taking Stock of the First African Super Hero at 50. The conference takes place between the 19th and 20th April 2019 at Shawnee State University, and abstract proposals are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the special themed issue of ImageTexT, ImageTech: Comics and Materiality. The deadline for submissions is the 15th October. Link (English, WG)

Pace University Press will present Comics and Culture: Those Who Can, Teach, a panel and discussion on the 3rd October 3 at the Pace University downtown NYC campus. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Culture

The bande dessinée artist René Pétillon, best known for L’Enquête Corse and his work at Le Canard enchaîné, has died aged 72. Link (30/9/2018, French, LT)

Culture

The new bande dessinée by Bastien Vivès, Petit Paul, has been removed from sale by at least 2 French bookstore chains after being accused of depicting paedophilia and sexual abuse of children. Link (24/9/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

An exhibition of comics published by Adverse is going to be shown in Bremen from the 20th October until the 24th November. Link (28/09/2018, German, MdlI)

MAG convention is going to take place in Erfurt from the 5th – 7th October; guests include Sana Takeda and Schlogger. Link (German, MdlI)

Portugal

Until the 11th November, the “Parabéns Garcês “ Exhibition is being held as a tribute to José Garcês that recently celebrated his 90th anniversary. The exhibition can be visited in Bedeteca of Amadora and is free of charge. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Switzerland

Culture

An exhibition of comics made for Médecins Sans Frontières was shown in Winterthur from the 24th August until the 21st September. Link (06/09/2018, German, MdlI)

UK

Culture

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! is an exhibition of Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons, and takes place at Somerset House between the 25th October 2018 and the 3rd March 2019. Link (English, WG)

There are plans to develop a comics museum in Dundee. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.4 has been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics and 20th Anniversary of the International Bande dessinée Society, which takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University between the 24th-28th June 2019. The conference theme will be “Storyworlds and Transmedia Universes” and proposals are due by the 1st February 2019. Link (English, WG)

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

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