An Interview With Dirty Rotten Comics

One of the amazing, unique and encouraging things about comics is the sense of community that is fostered across the broad range of readers and writers. It is massively refreshing to see academic readers of comics in open and equal conversation with die-hard fans, writers, artists and even ‘casual readers’. This is a form that brings people together across backgrounds. Dirty Rotten Comics is a small press anthology that seeks to be an outlet for creators of comics who are starting out and brilliant. I spoke to Kirk Campbell and Gary Clap to learn more about Dirty Rotten Comics and Throwaway Press.

HE: Tell me a little bit about you – why comics? How did you get into the publishing world?

GC: We started writing and drawing comics together back at university, with a couple of friends. We were just writing throwaway gag strips for one another, playing around with ideas and seeing who could come up with the most outrageous punchline. We did this for a few years, and over time found that we had enough material to publish. So we threw together some cheap A5 collections and toured the small press comic fairs and conventions that were around at the time. It was all fairly basic stuff but good fun nonetheless, and it was a thrill to have our comics reach a wider audience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 2017/03/23 in General, Interviews


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Poetics of the Algorithm: A Report

By Leslie Goufo Zemmo, Giorgio Busi Rizzi and David Pinho Barros



In June 2016, for three days, scholars from all over the world met at the Université de Liège for a ground-breaking bilingual conference on digital media. The starting points for the discussions were several challenging questions about the way storytelling is evolving with the adoption of new technologies on the part of  artists and writers. Poetics of the Algorithm was mainly concerned with the ways in which medial creations are changing, the impact these changes have on viewers and readers and how humanities scholars should deal with this paradigm shift. The ethical implications and the political consequences of the current state of digital creation were also fore preoccupations of the organisers Aarnoud Rommens, Benoît Crucifix and Björn-Olav Dozo when they set up this project.

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News Review February 2017




“Caricaturas y grabados: 100 años de la Constitución Mexicana,” an exhibit including cartoons related to the 100th anniversary of the Mexican political constitution, was inaugurated February 3rd with a talk featuring cartoonist Rafael Barajas “El Fisgón.” Link (Spanish, FGG)

“Kalimanías,” an exhibit organized by Comikaze magazine featuring 44 illustrations celebrating popular superhero Kalimán has opened to the public at the Hidalgo metro station in downtown Mexico City and will remain on view until April 23rd. The exhibit comes on the one-year anniversary of the death of René del Valle, who illustrated Kaliman comics for 25 years. Link (2/24/17, Spanish, FGG)

Juanele, author of Moquito (2011), Patote (2013), and Mascotas Chenchas (2016), was a panelist at the San Diego Comics Fest. Link (English, FGG)

An exhibit curated by Rafael Barajas “El Fisgón,” featuring works by comic artists Rogelio Naranjo, Rius, and Gabriel Vargas, is on view through March 20th, 2017 at the Museo del Estanquillo in downtown Mexico City. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Luis Gantus, Augusto Mora, Luis Fernando, BEF, Helio Flores, and José Hernández, among others, participated in round tables as part of the “Jornadas de Cómics” at the XXXVIII Feria Internacional del Libro del Palacio de Minería. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Celebrating the 10th year anniversary of its comics collection, Editorial Resistencia presented a new edition of Comixtlán, by Luis Fernando, at the international book fair at Palacio de Minería. Comixtlán is included in Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (2011). Ernesto Priego has called the publication of the new edition “the most important event in Mexican comics history.” Link (Spanish, FGG)

“Feria de la Historieta Independiente Universitaria”, a book fair featuring independent comics made by college students, will take place at UAM Azcapotzalco, on the 1st until the 3rd March. Link (Spanish, FGG)

La sombra justiciera· Episodios completos de super aventuras policiacas, a weekly comic book inspired by Walter B. Gibson’s The Shadow, and published in Mexico in 1965 by Ediciones Hecky, has been catalogued in the specialized Spanish website Tebeosfera. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Edgar Camacho’s Piel de cebolla (Onion Skin), winner of the 2016 Young Graphic Novel National Prize, was published by Tierraadentro. Link (Spanish, FGG)

El amor y otras mentiras, an anthology of cartoons by Boligán, was published by Almadía. Link (2/15/17, Spanish, FGG)


The courses “Cómic y género: Creando un cómic para la prevención de la violencia de género” and “Diplomado en Novela Gráfica,” are currently ongoing at the Casa Universitaria del Libro and the Antigua Academia de San Carlos, respectively. Link 1 (Spanish, FGG, Spanish) Link 2 (Spanish, FGG)

United States


Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition, by Jason Helms, has been published through the University of Michigan Press. Link (English, WG)

International Journal of Comic Art 18.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola has published a conversation with comics scholar Qiana Whitted. Link (21/02/2017, English, WG)

A news outlet reports on a recent study from the University of Oklahoma, which shows that graphic novels may improve memory and be more effective in teaching students than a traditional textbook. Link (English, WG)

The call for papers for the International Comic Arts Forum 2017, which will be held at University of Washington between the 2nd and 4th November. The deadline for proposals is the 3rd April. Link (English, WG)

Comics and Graphic Narratives, the MLA Discussion Group, has published CFPs for its three panels at MLA 2018: “Teaching Global Arab Comics in the US”, “Connecting the Dots: Museums and Comics”, and “Comics and the Culture Wars”. Details for each individual panel can be found via the link. Link (English, WG)

The “In Focus” feature from Cinema Journal 56.2 is on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for an upcoming edited anthology: Good Grief(s): Historical and Culture Readings of Peanuts. Link (13/02/2017, English, ST)




Nextcomic festival is going to take place in Linz and vicinity from the 16th-24th March; guests include Olivier Schrauwen and Anna Haifisch. Link (05/02/2017, German, MdlI)



A bande dessinée drawn by Rimbaud at the age of 10 has been sold at auction for 118,750 euros. Link (10/02/2017, French, LT)


The Centre de Recherche sur les littératures et la sociopoétique (CELIS) de l’Université Clermont Auvergne (France) and the Asociación Cultural Tebeosfera (Spain) have created a group for scholars working on comics in Spanish. They are building a directory of scholars working on Spanish language comics. They started out at 150 scholars and they’re trying to reach anyone they may have missed. Link (28/02/2017, English, ST)



A new comics publisher, Dantes, has published a collection of Usagi Yojimbo as its first title. Link (10/02/2017, German, MdlI)


Comicfestival Köln took place on the 10th and 11th February; guests included Andreas Platthaus and Sascha Hommer. Link (02/02/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of Kenyan comics is shown in Hildesheim until the 1st April. Link (06/02/2017, German, MdlI)

An Inga Steinmetz exhibition is shown in Berlin from the 4th March. Link (14/02/2017, German, MdlI)

A series of artist talks takes place in Frankfurt; artists include Sarah Glidden (24th February) and Guy Delisle (21st March). Link (16/02/2017, German, MdlI)


A symposium on “Sound in Animation, Comics and Illustration” is going to take place in Stuttgart on the 3rd May; the deadline for abstracts is the 13th March. Link (10/02/2017, English, MdlI)

The proceedings of the 2014 ComFor conference have been published. Link (06/02/2017, German, MdlI)

The University of Siegen will host the international summer school titled “Transnational Graphic Narratives” from the 31st July to the 5th August 2017. The deadline for applications is the 31st March. Link (19/02/2017, English, ST)



Until the 29th April  an exhibition of comic works, cartoons, caricatures and other creative ravings of Phermad (aka Fernando Madeira) is taking place in Galeria LAR. The exhibition is titled “UM PLANETA RESILIENTE – Fragmentos com humor de um planeta não muito distante” (A resilient planet –humourous fragments of a planet not very distant.) and is not adviced for the public under 12 years old. Link (08/02/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Until the 8th July, the Library of Viana do Castelo is hosting an exhibition named “Miguel Rocha: Liberdade com Legendas” (Miguel Rocha : Freedom with Captions). Link (19/01/2017, Portuguese, RR)

The Casa Antero in Caldas da Rainha is hosting an exhibition of the comic works of Joana Mosi. The exhibition has works extracted from her trilogy “Altemente” and can be visited until the 9th March. Link (18/02/2017, Portuguese, RR)



The complete series of Spanish classic comic El Capitán Trueno will be published in 60 volumes. Link (24/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

An exhibition about the history of Catalan satirical press can be visited at the Biblioteca de Catalunya from the 28th February to the 28th April. Link (23/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The nominees for the prizes of the 35th edition of the Barcelona International Comics Convention have been announced. Link (22/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)


The University of León and the publishing house Eolas have announced a new collection of monographs on comics. The first one will be Bernie Wrightson, la expresión del horror. Link (27/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)



Konsthistorisk tidskrift has published it’s latest issues. Link (28/02/2017, English, ST)



Fumetto festival is going to take place in Lucerne from the 1st-9th April; guests include Julie Doucet whose first retrospective exhibition worldwide will be shown. Link (English, MdlI)


Lectures on “The ‘Invention’ of Comics” are going to be given in Zurich on the 3rd March.Link (09/02/2017, German, MdlI)



The Dundee Comics Creative Space, linked with the University of Dundee, has announced the launch of, Speech Bubble, a comics book club for over 18’s. Link (English, WG)

The BEYOND 2000AD exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics has been reviewed by downthetubes. Link (23/02/2017, English, WG)

To celebrate 40 years of 2000AD, the Guardian newspaper seeks contributors to share their experiences with the title. Link (27/02/2017, English, WG)


There is a job listing for a Lecturer in Creative Writing and English at the University of Dundee. The listing specifies a candidate who can teach comics scriptwriting (amongst other things). Applications are due by the 29th March. Link (English, WG)


Studies in Comics 7.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.1 has now been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for Graphic Reading: A One Day Symposium, which takes place at the University of Birmingham on the 19th May. The deadline for abstracts is 31st March. Link (English, WG)

A student requires participants to complete a survey for the project: User-Centred Design of an Online Educational Tool using the Marvel Comics API. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the symposium ‘Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory’ taking place at the University of Oxford on the 22nd June 2017. Link (26/02/2017, English, ST)

The British Superhero, by Chris Murray, has been published by the University Press of Mississippi. Link (28/02/2017, English, ST)

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Posted by on 2017/03/04 in News Review


Report on the Superhero Identities Symposium (December 2016)

By Naja Later

Organised by the Australian Research Grant-supported Superheroes & Me research team, the Superheroes Identities Symposium ran at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne on 8-9 December 2016. The symposium hosted over 50 speakers whose research questioned what defines superheroes and how superheroes define us. With a wide range of panels, speakers, events and attendees, the symposium created a dynamic environment in which new frontiers of superhero research collided and collaborated with wonderful possibilities for the future.

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for February 2017

By Lukas R. A. Wilde

The ComFor editorial team concluded the last year – which already feels like ages ago – with a more detailed self-introduction of our new staff and started off again with the 2016/17 installment of comic book reading recommendations by some of ComFor’s members. Shortly after, an extensive and long-awaited ComFor-publication was released by the Christian A. Bachmann publishing house: Comics an der Grenze. Sub/Versionen von Form und Inhalt [Comics Crossing Borders. Sub/versions of Form and Content], edited by Matthias Harbeck, Marie Schröer and Linda Heyden. This collection of 25 articles (with a sensational cover illustration by Paul Paetzel) collects some of the papers presented at ComFor’s 9th annual conference held in Berlin in 2014. Scholars from various fields question, on the one hand, the many medial, cultural, national, generic and disciplinary boundaries that are crossed by comics as a form, as well as, on the other hand, the representations of threshold conditions of gender, bodies and borders within individual works. Five of the contributions are in English, including a must-read conversation with Black Kirby (an artist collective comprised of John Jennings and Stacey ‘Blackstar’ Robinson) that created a spectacular exhibition on the intersections of Black history, AfroFuturism and comic book culture.

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Posted by on 2017/02/15 in ComFor Updates


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