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News Review November 2018

Americas

United States

Research

The collection, The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place inside Yourself, edited by Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O’Malley, will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2019. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the edited collection, Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness. The deadline for submissions is the 28th January 2019. Link (English, WG)

The Graduate Caucus of the Comics Studies Society has a new website. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the 2019 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageTexT in Motion: Animation and Comics”. The conference takes place at the University of Florida between the 12th and 14th April 2019, and abstracts are due by the 15th December 2018. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

A museum dedicated to Philippe Geluck’s character Le Chat is planned to open in Brussels in 2023. Link (23/11/18, French, LT)

The special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Image [&] Narrative on the French comics artist Lewis Trondheim, co-edited by David Pinho Barros and Chris-Reyns Chikuma from the University of Alberta, has been released. It has articles by Chantal Cointot, Côme Martin, Fabrice Leroy, Ann Miller, and Jérôme Dutel. Link (6/11/2018, English, ST)

Germany

Culture

The award, “Comicbuchpreis 2019 der Berthold Leibinger Stiftung”, goes to Anke Kuhl for her comic, Manno!. Link (12/11/2018, German, MdlI)

Anime Festival Freiburg took place on the 16th and 17th November; guests included Hiroji Mishima. Link (14/11/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

A workshop on the history of Hamburg in comics is going to take place at the University of Hamburg on the 6th December. Link (15/11/2018, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for a workshop on medieval comics and the Middle Ages in comics in Tübingen on the 26th and 27th April 2019; the deadline for abstracts is the 15th December 2018. Link (20/11/2018, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for a conference on fear and anger in comics in Berlin on the 9th February 2019; the deadline for abstracts is the 12th December 2018. Link (20/11/2018, German, MdlI)

The 2019 edition of the yearbook Deutsche Comicforschung has been published. Link (30/11/2018, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Obituary

On the 15th November, the Portuguese comics historian and researcher António Dias de Deus (1936-2018) passed away. Link (18.11.2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Orue has been allegedly forced to leave the satirical magazine TMEO due to ideological differences. Link (9/11/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

The film Superlópez, based on Jan’s comic, has been the most successful Spanish film release of 2018. Link (22/11/018, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition Exposición 20 años de cómic Injuve can be visited at the Sala Amadís from 22nd November 2018 to 18th January 2019. Link (22/11/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

United Kingdom

Research

The 10th Graphic Medicine conference will be held in Brighton from the 11th to 13th July 2019. Link (English, WG)

Crossing Borders, Boundaries, and Cultures: Studies in Transnational Comics is a conference that takes place at London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) on the 6th March 2019. Link (English, WG)

Nina Mickwitz reports on the Comics Research Hub’s (CoRH) launch event, which took place at London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) on the 10th October. 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), Lise Tannahill (Belgium) and Simon Turner (Belgium).

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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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