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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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News Review January 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

Taco de ojo, an exhibit of Peruvian and Mexican graphic narrative featuring works by Enid Balam, Edgar Clément, Carmen Lop, and more than twenty others was organized by the international collective Latino Toons. On view until February the 26th at the Casa de la Literatura Peruana in Lima (Perú). Link 1 (FGG, Spanish) Link 2 (FGG, Spanish)

A series of political cartoons by Alarcón, Boligán, Darío, and others on the U.S. president’s recent comments about the wall and the relationship with Mexico can be seen at the CartonClub website. Link (FGG, Spanish)

Augusto Mora participated in the Professional category at the event Les 24 heures de la bande dessinée, Angouleme 2017 with a 22-page comic about a mischievous super-hero. Link (FGG, Spanish)

The January issue of the Spanish magazine Revista con la a featured the cartoon ¿Niñas? by Cintia Bolio. Bolio was also named among the jury members for the “Freedom of Expression” International Cartoon Contest & Exhibition 2017 in Norway. Link (FGG, Spanish)

The “Feria de la Historieta de Autor” took place at the Alliance Française in Polanco, Mexico City, on January 21, in parallel with the international Angoulême Festival in France. Link (FGG, Spanish)

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of José G. Cruz, the renowned creator of El Santo comics and pioneer of the photomontage technique, an event took place at the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City. Link (FGG, Spanish)

The illustrated album/graphic novel, Salón Destino, by Carlos Vélez, was published by La Cifra Editorial. Link (FGG, Spanish)

Education

Cintia Bolio will lead the course Cómic y género: Creando un cómic para la prevención de la violencia de género at the Casa Universitaria del Libro at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México between the 21st February and the 4th May. Link (FGG, Spanish)

The course Diplomado en Novela Gráfica will take place at the Antigua Academia de San Carlos starting on February 14. Link (FGG, Spanish)

United States

Culture

Michael Tisserand’s Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White is among the nominees in the National Book Critics Circle awards. Link (English, WG)

Education

Susan Kirtley has introduced a Comics Studies course at Portland State University. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Modern Superhero in Film and Television: Popular Genre and American Culture, by Jeffrey A. Brown, has been published through Routledge. Link (English, WG)

Bleeding Cool reports on research at Brigham Young University into the negative effects of superheroes on pre-schoolers. Link (15/01/2017, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection Whiteness and the American Superhero. Abstracts are due by the 1st April. Link (17/01/2017, English, WG)

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference invites submissions for its 10th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, which takes place between the 1st and 4th September 1-4. Proposals are due by the 1st March. Link (English, WG)

Asia

Singapore

Culture

Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon, by Ian Gordon, has been published through Rutgers University Press. Link (English, WG)

Kid Comic Strips: A Genre Across Four Countries, by Ian Gordon, has been published through Palgrave. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Culture

Cosey (Bernard Cosendai), author of Voyage en Italie  has been awarded the Angoulême Grand Prix. Link (25/01/2017, LT, French)

Obituaries

Pascal Garray, illustrator of The Smurfs, has died aged 51. Link (17/01/2017, LT, French)

Germany

Culture

An exhibition on Wilhelm Busch and Rodolphe Töpffer is shown in Schwarzenbach until the 1st May. Link (09/01/2017, MdlI, German)

An exhibition on the holocaust in comics is shown in Frankfurt until the 19th March; accompanying talks and readings are going to be given. Link (16/01/2017, MdlI, German)

Manga-Comic-Con 2017 is going to take place in Leipzig from the 23rd-26th March; guests include Kyōko Kumagai and Yūsei Matsui. Link (26/01/2017, MdlI, German)

The exhibition, Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!, is going to be shown in Bonn from the 7th May until the 10th September 2017. Link (MdlI, German)

An exhibition on comics and immigration is shown in Bremen until the 22nd March. Link (31/01/2017, MdlI, German)

Research

A symposium titled Transnational Comics Art and Comics Scenes is going to take place in Freiburg on the 20th February in conjunction with comiXconnection festival. Link (12/01/2017, MdlI, German)

The program for the conference, Formen der Selbstreflexivitaet im Medium Comic (Cologne, 2nd-3rd March), has been published. Link (30/01/2017, MdlI, German)

Hungary

Culture

A group of feminist comics artists inspired the creation of the new bags and accessories collection of Müskinn, an innovative Hungarian designer label. The creators of ZINA, a fanzine/comics published at irregular intervals, have been known in the alternative comics scene for their colorful energy, engagement with the female body and for creating comics about the experience of being a woman in Hungary. For the Müskinn campaign, the group has created and modelled for the alternative female super hero who fights for the environment. Link 1 (English, ES) Link 2 (English, ES) Link 3 (Hungarian, ES)

Portugal

Culture

The BDteca 2017 is taking place in the Library of Odemira until March. The shoe includes exhibitions, workshops and a comics contest. Participants may enter until the 10th February. Link (06/01/2017, RR, Portuguese)

Until the 4th March,an exhibition about the Portuguese comic writer João Paulo Cotrim is taking place in the Comic book library (Bedeteca) of Amadora. Link (19/01/2017, RR, Portuguese)

Spain

Culture

Ana Penyas’s Estamos bien has been awarded the 10th Salamandra-Fnac Graphic Novel Prize. Link (12/01/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

The Prado Museum has published another comic after Max’s work on Bosch last year. El perdón y la furia is about Spanish painter Ribera (Lo Spagnoletto) and it has been conceived by Antonio Altarriba and Keko. Link (17/01/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

Industy

The satirical on-line comics magazine Orgullo y Satisfacción has announced that 2017 will be its last year. It was created in 2014 when some authors abandoned the magazine El Jueves after the publishers objected to a cover ridiculing the monarchy. Link (04/01/2017, EdRC, Spanish/English)

Research

There is a Call for Papers by European Comic Art for a number focused on Spanish Comics. Abstracts may be sent until the 1st March 2017. Link (01/01/2017, EdRC, English)

UK

Education

The Courier runs an article on the University of Dundee’s Professor Chris Murray – the world’s first professor of comic studies. Link (03/01/2017, English, WG)

The School of Media and Communication at the Univeristy of Leeds is offering PhD scholarships commencing in the academic year 2017-8. Scholarships are merit-based and offered to candidates with a strong academic record. A convincing proposal outlining the PhD project will be essential for a successful application. Link (23/01/2017, ST, English)

Jobs

There is a listing for a three-month placement for a PhD student to research and help develop the British Library’s British comics collection. Link (English, WG)

Research

Comics and Nations Conference takes place on the 13th and 14th July, at Bangor University. Link (English, WG)

Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory, is a symposium taking place at the University of Oxford on the 22nd June. Abstract proposals are due by the 10th March. Link (English, WG)

The Department of Law will host creator Joe Sacco for the inaugural Queen Mary Conversation in Law and the Humanities. The talk will take place on the 21st March at Queen Mary University of London. Link (English, WG)

The Socio-Legal Studies Association’s 2017 conference hosts a stream which invites submissions exploring the intersections of law and justice with comics, graphic fiction, and related visual media. Link (English, WG)

The University of Oxford is hosting the seminar series, Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form. This month’s seminars include, “Narrating History Through Comics: Aivali” (9th February), “Mexican Comics” (16th February), and “Giving Offence: A 35000 Year History of Visual Satire” (21st February). Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforumnews@hotmail.co.uk)

Correspondents: Enrique del Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (Singapore, United States and UK), Felipe Gomez Gutierrez (FGG, Mexico), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renatta Rafella (RR, Portugal), Ester Szep (ES, Hungary), Lise Tannahill (LT, France), Simon Turner (ST, UK)

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News Review December 2016

Americas 

Brazil

Culture

A comics themed special issue of the Brazilian journal História, Histórias has been published, edited by Ivan Lima Gomes. Link (22/12/2016, ST, Portuguese)

Mexico 

Culture 

The office of the Mexican Secretary for Culture seeks applications for the Premio Nacional de Novela Gráfica Joven, part of the Tierra Adentro literary prizes. Link (FGG, Spanish)

On the 80th anniversary of the first appearance of Germán Butze’s Los Supersabios, a compilation of the classic comic curated and with texts by Luis Gantús was published by Editorial Conque. Link (01/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

The 9th edition of the independent comics gathering FANZINORAMA, took place in Tlalpan, Mexico City, from the 2nd to the 3rd December. Link (FGG, Spanish)

The 15th International Encounter on Cartooning and Comics (EICH) took place during the Guadalajara International Book Fair.  Within this event, La Catrina prize was awarded to Cuban-born Mexican cartoonist Boligán. Boligan’s work is featured in the exhibit “Metáforas de un Trazo,” on view at Ex Convento del Carmen in Jalisco until January 8th, 2017. Link 1 (24/11/16, FGG, Spanish) Link 2 (03/12/16, FGG, Spanish) Link 3 (03/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

The Museo de la Caricatura y la Historieta (Mucahi) celebrated its 16th anniversary with a roundtable of comics creators at the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City. Link (05/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

The first Gabriel Vargas Cartoon Recognition was offered to master cartoonist Rius at the Museo del Estanquillo in Mexico City on Dec. 7. Link (07/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

An exhibit honoring the memory of recently-deceased master cartoonist Rogelio Naranjo was inaugurated at the Zócalo metro station in Mexico City. Link (10/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

The roundtable “Periodismo en historieta,” featuring graphic novel creators Augusto Mora (A dónde nos llevan), Andalusia Knoll Soloff and Xavier Corro (Vivos se los llevaron), and Octavio Jiménez (Me estaban entrenando como un pinche sicario), took place on December 11 as part of the Brigada Para Leer en Libertad’s Book Fair at La Alameda. Link (FGG, 13/12/16, Spanish)

The exhibit SIN PALABRAS, featuring work by Cuban-born Mexican cartoonist Boligan, and Spanish cartoonist “El Roto,” closed on December 11 at the Castillo de Santa Catalina de Cádiz, and will be on view in La Casa de la Provincia in Seville, Spain, until January 15th. Link (16/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

The two-volume graphic novel, Che: Una vida revolucionaria, by Mexican cartoonist José Hernández and U.S. journalist Jon Lee, was presented at the Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro on December 10th. Link (19/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

Education

Mexican cartoonist Cintia Bolio lead the workshop “Viñetas y perspectivas de género” at the Museo de la Mujer as part of a campaign for 16 days of activism against gender violence. Link (2/12/16, FGG, Spanish)

The course “Diplomado en Novela Gráfica,” which will take place at the Antigua Academia de San Carlos starting in February, has been announced. Link (FGG, Spanish)

United States

Culture

Drew Morton has published a book titled Panel to Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era (University Press of Mississippi). Link (20/12/2016, ST, English)

Research

Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page, by Blair Davis, has been published through Rutgers University Press. Link (English, WG)

The new books series, Humor in America, at Penn State University Press, is accepting proposals on studies in comics (amongst other things). Link (English, WG)

Panel to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era, by Drew Morton, has been published through University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the 2017 Comics & Medicine Conference, which takes place in the Seattle Public Library Central Branch and the University of Washington, between the 15th and 17th June 2017. Deadline for proposals is the 30th January. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Culture

Gotlib (Marcel Gottlieb), key figure in modern bande dessinée, founder of Fluide Glacial and creator of Superdupont and Gai-Luron amongst others, is dead at 82. Link (05/12/2016, LT, French)

Germany

Culture

Charlie Hebdo launched a German edition. Link (01/12/2016, MdlI, German)

The Düsseldorfer Comic und Manga Convention took place on the 11th December; guests included Kristina Gehrmann and Alexandra Völker. Link (02/12/2016, MdlI, German)

The ‘Rudolph-Dirks-Award’ has been awarded for the first time at German Comic Con in Dortmund; winners include Tobi Dahmen and Flix. Link (03/12/2016, MdlI, German)

New exhibitions on ‘biodiversity in Duckburg’ and beer in cartoons are shown in Schwarzenbach until the 8th January 2017 and 28th February 2017, respectively. Link (MdlI, German)

The exhibition on the Czech comic Alois Nebel has travelled on to Lauf an der Pegnitz where it is shown until the 5th March 2017. Link (07/12/2016, MdlI, German)

A series of talks and workshops on violence and war in comics from the 3rd December 2016 until the 9th March 2017 accompanies the exhibition in Minden. Link (12/12/2016, MdlI, German)

Research

A students’ conference on the bodies of superheroes is going to take place in Siegen on the 21st January 2017. Link (22/12/2016, MdlI, German)

Hungary

Culture

Hungarocomix 2016 took place on 10 December. This year the one-day celebration of Hungarian comics teamed up with animation movie creators and also featured an exhibition about recent comics made for educational purposes. Link (31/12/2016, ES, Hungarian)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 5th February, the association Chili con Carne is accepting original comic strips to its contest ‘Toma lá 500 paus e faz uma BD” (Take 500 euros and make a comic strip). The prize is the publication of the comic strip and 500 euros. Link (RR, Portuguese)

Spain

Culture

The Spanish artist Purita Campos has received the 2016 Honorary Prize given by the Colectivo de Autoras de Cómic (Spanish Female Authors Collective). Link (30/12/2016, EdRC, Spanish)

Carlos Giménez has written a new album of his famous series Paracuellos. Link (06/12/2016, EdRC, Spanish)

Industry

The website Mangaland has released statistics about manga publishing in Spain in 2016. Link (29/12/2016, EdRC, Spanish)

Research

A new research network, PACE (Plataforma Académica sobre el Cómic en Español), has been created to support and give visibility to academic research on Spanish comics. It is an initiative of the Centre de Recherche sur les littératures et la sociopoétique (CELIS) from the Université Clermont Auvergne (France) and the Asociación Cultural Tebeosfera (Spain). Link (01/12/2016, EdRC, Spanish)

The book Cómics: manual de instrucciones (Comics: instructions manual), by Antoni Guiral, Jesús Redondo, Pepe Gálvez and Roberto Bergado, has been published by Astiberri. Link (22/12/2016, EdRC, Spanish)

There is a CFP for the International Congress of Comic Interdisciplinary Studies, which will be celebrated at the University of Zaragoza on the 5th and 6th April 2017. Proposals are admitted (both in Spanish and English) until the 9th January 2017. Link (29/11/2016, EdRC, English)

Switzerland

Culture

An exhibition on Zep and Titeuf is shown in Basel until the 23rd April 2017. Link (07/12/2016, MdlI, German)

UK

Education

There are PhD studentships available in Cultural Legal Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, specifying studies on comics (amongst other things). The deadline for applications is the 26th February. Link (English, WG)

The School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University is offering PhD studentships for research projects in comics studies (amongst other things). The deadline for applications is the 12th January. Link (English, WG)

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for December 2016

by Laura Oehme

Looking back on 2016, I have to say that it was a great year for comics studies in Germany. The past two months in particular were yet again full of academic events and publications, but also festivals and exhibitions around the comics medium. From a distinct ComFor perspective, the annual ComFor meeting in November was certainly a highlight of the year. As Stephan already mentioned in his last update, this year’s ComFor conference focused on comics’ didactics and brought together academia and teachers in very productive ways.

Speaking from an even more specific perspective of the ComFor online editorial team, the past two months have seen two very particular novelties. For one, we asked all ComFor members to let us know about their lectures and seminars with a comics focus in the winter semester 2016/17 and collected them in an unprecedented overview post on the ComFor website. Secondly, we were lucky enough to gain two new members for our (still rather small) editorial team, but also lost one of our core editors who has been a beloved team member for many years now. Thus, to use a rough translation of a German idiom “with one sad and two cheerful eyes”, we say a heartfelt “goodbye and farewell” to Nina Heindl (Art History, University of Cologne), and welcome Alexandra Hentschel (museum’s director, Erika-Fuchs-Haus) as well as Julia Ingold (German literature, University of Kiel) to the team! We are very grateful for all the hard work that Nina has invested over the years and we are looking forward to the “breath of fresh air” that our newest team members will certainly bring to the ComFor website!

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Les Aventures du professeur Nimbus

Tightrope Walker During the Occupation – Part 4/4[1]

by Antoine Sausverd

Translated by Annick Pellegrin

Edited by Harriet Earle

Original publication: Sausverd, Antoine. « Les Aventures du professeur Nimbus : Funambule sous l’occupation. » La Crypte tonique septembre – octobre 2013: 13-18. Print.[2]

Condemnation in absentia

Les Aventures du professeur Nimbus by Daix came to an end on 17 August 1944 with Le Matin that fell apart in the besieged capital.[3]

Daix went into hiding and fled from Paris. His residence was searched. An arrest warrant was issued against him on 12 July 1945 for acts prejudicial to the security of the State. Daix, not having been apprehended, was judged in absentia at the court of justice of the Seine department on 8 January 1946. The exposé that led to this condemnation summarised the charges: Daix was a “collaborateur notoire” [notorious collaborator]. The tribunal reproached Daix for his denunciation of cartoon animators, and his involvement in 1942 in the “organe pro-allemand” [pro-German organisation] La Voix ouvrière made matters worse for him. But his drawings of Nimbus would be judged as not containing political propaganda.

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