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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for October 2017

by Laura Oehme

 

After a short holiday break, the ComFor editorial team is back on track and it is my pleasure to fill you in on what happened since Lukas’ last update in July. Although, three months have passed, this update is rather brief as comics studies events were expectedly scarce over the summer. The new semester, however, promises to be packed with stimulating conferences, exhibitions, publications and festivals. As ComFor editorial team, we decided to kick off the season with a post that compiles all university classes in Germany that relate to comics in the upcoming winter semester 2017/18.

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News Review September 2017

Americas

Canada

Research

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, Sexuality and Mental Illness in Comics, edited by Nancy Pedri and Irene Velentzas. 300-word abstracts are due by the 15th January 2018. Link (English, WG)

United States

Job

There is a job listing for Assistant Professor of English in Comics Studies at the University of Oregon. The deadline for applications is the 15th November. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Middle Spaces has published a call for guest writers. Link (English, WG)

The table of contents for International Journal of Comic Art 19.1 has been published online. Link (26/09/2017, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Fourth Annual Dartmouth Illustration, Comics and Animation Conference, which takes place at Dartmouth College between the 26th and 27th May 2018. Proposals are due by the 1st December 2017. Link (14/09/2017, English, WG)

The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel, edited by Stephen E. Tabachnick, has been published by Cambridge University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Research Society of American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2016-17 Article Prize. The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between the 1st January 2016, and 31st December 2017. Details can be found via the link. Link (13/09/2017, English, WG)

There is a call for papers, Comics and Visual Culture 2018: A Conference for Student Research, which takes place on the 10th March 2018, at CSUN University Student Union. The submission deadline is 5th January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for MIND THE GAPS!: The Futures of the Field – the 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, which takes place between the 9th and 11th August 2018 at the University of Illinois. The deadline for submissions is the 1st January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for a special issue of Sequentials entitled, “Queer” as Noun, Adjective, and/or Verb. Creative submissions are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The small-press comics festival Salon Mirage held its first edition in Brussels on the 15th to the 17th September. Link (28/08/2017, French, BC)

France

Business

A revived version of Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée, which first appeared in 1972, has been crowdfunded. Link (01/10/2017, French, LT)

Culture

Riad Sattouf’s BD Les Cahiers d’Esther will be adapted into an animated series by Canal+. Link (19/09/2017, French, LT)

Research

Ridiculosa issued a call for chapters for a special issue on comics and satirical images. Papers are due by the 15th October 2017. Link (30/08/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Culture

An exhibition of Atomino and other comics from Frösi magazine is shown in Großenhain until the 15th October. Link (15/09/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “Ink & Pixels”, on comics from Kenya, is now shown in Wiedensahl until the 30th November. Link (115/09/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners has travelled on to Mettmann where it is shown until the 22nd October. Link (18/09/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

There is a Call for Papers for a conference on “Graphic Realities: Comics as Documentary, History, and Journalism” in Gießen on the 22nd and 23rd February 2018; deadline for abstracts is the 3rd November 2017. Link (04/09/2017, English, MdlI)

Hungary

Culture

Between 22 September and 20 October, kArton Gallery (Budapest) hosts an exhibition of works by Dávid Cserkuti, cartoonist, illustrator, designer. Dávid won the Hungarian comics award, called Alfabéta-prize, in 2007; and currently, he takes part in creating an animated version of the popular Hungarian comics series, Dirty Fred. Link (ES, Hungarian)

From October on, Hungarian comics can be found at the newsagents again. The first monthly comics magazine containing the works of Hungarian artists only, Epicline, withdrew from the shelves after just one year in 2014. Now a new magazine, Fantomatika, is launched in Hungary and in the Hungarian-speaking parts of Romania. It is promised to give readers sci-fi comics every month. Link (ES, Hungarian)

Romania

Culture

Sibiu hosted the fifth edition of its annual International Comics Convention. The event included work by independent cartoonists from the United States and Europe, as well as workshops, exhibitions, and live drawing. Link (22/09/2017, Romanian, MP)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 6th November, the Museum Bordalo Pinheiro, together with The Lisbon Studio, is organizing the exhibition “Filhos do Manguito”, a tribute to Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro made by several Artists. The exhibition is curated by Pedro Moura. Entrance is free. Link (22/09/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

40 years since the far-right terrorist attack against the satirical magazine El Papus. Link (18/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The 17th edition of Dolmen Critics’ Awards have been announced. Link (18/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat can be visited at Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, from the 18th October 2017 to the 26th February 2018. Link (01/09/2017, English, EdRC)

Industry

The website Comic Spain has been created to promote the comics industry in the country. Link (04/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

From Batman to The Walking Dead: An Illustrator’s Life with Charlie Adlard, is a public lecture organised by Lancaster University, and will take place on the 12th October. Link (English, WG)

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Who is Charlie Chan Hock Chye?

Verisimilitude and (The Act of) Reading

by Yiru Lim

 

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Source: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, p. 307. Copyright © 2015 by Sonny Liew. Published in Singapore by Epigram Books http://www.epigrambooks.sg

Singapore’s official version of history is primarily enshrined in the memoirs of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister. Titled The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, the memoirs were originally published in two volumes in 1998 and 2000 and a memorial edition was released by Marshall Cavendish in 2015, the year of Mr Lee’s passing. Revisionist accounts that stand in opposition to this seminal publication attempt to fill what they see as a void in Singapore’s history: the voice of the opposition, especially in the narratives concerning nation building and independence. They exist in a myriad of forms and genres—film, scholarly publications, prose, poetry—and they seek to debunk existing narratives and proffer more balanced perspectives of history.

Some recent examples include academic publications like Comet in Our Sky (2015), that speaks of the alleged communist Lim Chin Siong and his role in securing Singapore’s independence; Tan Pin Pin’s documentary film To Singapore, With Love (2013); Jeremy Tiang’s State of Emergency: A Novel (2017); and Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (2015). Tan’s film has been banned from being screened in Singapore while the latter two have had their grants revoked by the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC) (Ho, 2017, Today Online 2015 & 2014). Although Liew’s graphic novel did not receive government approval, it has taken the literary world by storm. It became the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016 and has garnered Liew six Eisner nominations and three Eisner Awards this year (Martin, 2017).

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Report: Transnational Graphic Narratives Summer School

University of Siegen, Germany. July 31st – August 5th 2017

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Authors: Amadeo Gandolfo, Pablo Turnes, Laura Nallely Hernández Nieto, Lia Roxana Donadon

Introduction

The first Transnational Graphic Narratives Summer School (abbreviated TGN) was held at the University of Siegen, Campus Unteres Schloß, from July 31st to August 5th of 2017. The participants included the following scholars (in alphabetical order): José Alaniz (University of Washington, USA), Benoît Crucifix (Université de Liège, Belgium), Veronica Dean (University of Los Angeles, USA), Subir Dey (Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India), Harriet Earle (Sheffield Hallam University, England), Franca Feil (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany), Moritz Fink (Academy for Civic Education Tutzing, Germany), Amadeo Gandolfo and Pablo Turnes (National University of Buenos Aires / CONICET, Argentina), Isabelle Guillaume (Universiy of Bordeaux Montagne, France), Olivia Hicks (University of Dundee, Scotland), Ganiyu A. Jimoh (University of Lagos, Nigeria), Kenan Koçak (Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, Turkey), Sarah Lightman (University of Glasgow, Scotland), Suraya Md Nasir (Kyoto Seika University, Japan), Laura Nallely Hernández Nieto (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Barbara Postema (Concordia University, Canada), Johannes Schmid (University of Hamburg, Germany), Pfunzo Sidogi (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa), Simon Turner (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture, England), Jocelyn Wright (University of Texas, USA), Tobias Yu-Kiener (University of the Arts London, Great Britain), Giorgio Buzzi Rizzi (University of Bologna, Italy), Lia Roxana Donadon (University of Siegen, Germany).

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News Review August 2017

Americas

United States

Education

CSUN Today reports on Charles Hatfield’s new Studies in Popular Culture class developed for the English department at California State University, Northridge. Link (07/08/2017, English, WG)

Research

Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 1.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The schedule for the ICAF conference, which takes place at University of Washington in Seattle (2nd – 4th November), has been published online. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar, Andréa Gilroy. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The poet and bande dessinée author Vladimir Grigorieff. born in Brussels, has died aged 85. Link (16/08/2017, French, LT)

France

Culture

Bande dessinée artist Michel Plessix has died, aged 57.He was known for the Julien Boisvert series and his adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows. Link (22/08/2017, French, LT)

A conference on autobiographical experience and genre comics will take place at the University of Lorraine between the 9th and 10th of November. Link (30/08/2017, English, ST)

Germany

Culture

This year’s MMC Berlin convention is going to take place from the 27th-29th October; guests include Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto. Link (19/08/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of Nils Oskamp’s comic Drei Steine is shown in Oberhausen until the 5th November. Link (21/08/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

The proceedings of the 2015 ComFor conference on “history in comics” have been published. Link (26/08/2017, German, MdlI)

Spain

Obituary

Comic artist and illustrator Alfonso Azpiri has passed away. Link (21/08/2017, English, EdRC)

Portugal

Culture

From the 27th August until the 17th September, the São Mateus Fair is taking place in Viseu. There will be an exhibition of comics dedicated to the first king of Portugal, D. Anfonso Henriques. The inauguration launched a book dedicated to the history of the king and is created by the Portuguese Comic Author Eduardo Teixeira Coelho. Link (Portuguese, RR)

The Festival of Comics AmadoraBD is promoting its contest to which works may be submitted until the 18th September. The subject of the contest is “Reporter for one day”. Link (04/08/2017, Portuguese, RR)

On the 2nd and 3rd September, the Galeria Wagner in Ericeira will take place. It will be the second session of the 2nd edition of  “GOMA: Festival de BD & Comics”. Link (24/08/2017, Portuguese, RR)

UK

Culture

The University of Dundee is currently running the exhibition Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics. It runs until the 21st October. Link (English, WG)

Job

There is a job listing for Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art, at Leeds Arts University. Applications are due by the 10th September. Link (11/08/2017, English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics 8.5 has been published, a themed issue on Freaked & Othered bodies in comics. Link (English, WG)

The new issue of the journal, SubStance, is a special issue focused on the intersection of comics and anarchism, edited by Ole Birk Laursen and Frederik Byrn Køhlert. Link (English, WG)

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