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News Review August 2019

Americas

United States

Obituary

Comics scholar, Derek Parker Royal, passed away on he 11th July. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a CFP for Comics and Technology – 3rd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, which takes place in August 2020 at Henderson State University, Arkansas. The deadline for all submissions is 15 January 2020. Link (English, WG)

Noah Berlatsky has collected various articles from the website, The Hooded Utilitarian, and published it as an ebook entitled, Death Panels: Comics Criticism, 2004-2019. Link (English, WG)

The World of DC Comics, by Andrew Friedenthal, has been published by Routledge. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the 2020 Michigan State University Comics Forum, which takes place at the Michigan State University between 21st-22nd February 2020. The deadline for proposals is the 30th September 2019. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

A  Donald Duck exhibition is being shown in Schwarzenbach until the 3rd November. Link (07/08/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

The program of this year’s conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) in Schwarzenbach from the 8th-10th November has been published. Link (05/08/2019, English, MdlI)

A Committee for Diversity has been founded within the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor); its constitutive meeting is going to be held at the upcoming ComFor conference. Link (15/08/2019, English, MdlI)

United Kingdom

Jobs

Teesside University is looking to hire a full time Lecturer in Comics and Concept Art. The deadline for applicants is the 17th September. Link (English, WG)

Research

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 10.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Studies in Comics 10.1, a special issue entitled, ‘Comics and Nation’, has been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for a special issue of Studies in Comics, which will focus upon Comics and Education. The deadline for submissions is the 1st November. Link (English, WG)

Routledge have published two themed collections edited by Ian Hague, Ian Horton, and Nina Mickwitz: Contexts of Violence in Comics, and Representing Acts of Violence in Comics. Link 1, Link 2 (English, WG)

Dr William Proctor and Dr Julia Round are curating an essay series on British comics for Henry Jenkins’ ‘Confessions of an Aca-Fan’ website. Link (English, WG)

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News Review July 2019

Asia

India

Research

There is a call for papers a special issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics titled ‘Indian graphic narratives and the post-millennial moment: Reflections on the last twenty years’.  Papers should be submitted by the 30th December 2019. Link (30/07/2019, English, ST)

Europe

Germany

Research

A special issue of Closure on the occasion of Nicolas Mahler’s 50th birthday was published. Link (11/07/2019, German, MdlI)

The ‘WB Stiftungspreis Wilhelm Busch’ is going to be awarded for the first time this year by Stiftung Deutsche Sprache for Bachelor’s and Master’s Theses in German on the topic of ‘drawing and literature’. Link (15/07/2019, German, MdlI)

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Blind Readers and Comics: Reflecting on Comics’ Storytelling from a Different Perspective

by Jakob F. Dittmar

 

Summary

This paper discusses comics for the blind, based on the example of the tactile comic life by Philipp Meyer and Astérix par Touchtatis ! by Olivier Poncer. It looks into the potential and the restrictions of sequential pictorial storytelling that is accessible to blind readers. Special attention is given to the elements of comics narratives and the technical background of tactile text and image representation. Due to the process of giving information in tactile comics, these present an extreme challenge for readers who have been born blind, while readers who have become blind later in life seem to be able to refer the elements of spatially dispersed tactile information representing the visual appearance of environments (images) to their memory of visual information.

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News Review June 2019

Americas

United States

Research

Issues 3.1 of Inks, the journal of the Comics Studies Society, has been published. Link (English, WG)

2020 Michigan State University Comics Forum has announced that the events keynotes will be Nick Sousanis and Emil Ferris. The call for papers can be found via the link. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Business

The illustrator Pascal Somon, who sold his own illustrations of Tintin, was taken to court by Moulinsart, the company who manage copyright for Hergé’s body of work. He has been handed a 10-month suspended sentence for forgery. Link (14/06/2019, French, LT)

France

Obituary 

Bande dessinée artist Fabien Lacaf has died aged 65, in a motorcycle accident. Link (13/06/2019, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

Comicfestival München took place from the 20th-23rd June; guests included Lewis Trondheim, Eduardo Risso, and Matthias Schultheiss. Link (06/06/2019, German MdlI)

Comic Con Germany took place in Stuttgart on the 29th and 30th June; guests included Ralf König and Mawil. Link (24/06/2019, German, MdlI)

Obituary

Helmut Nickel died on the 5th June aged 95. Link (26/06/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

A conference on “Der Comic als Form” took place in Gießen on the 27th June. Link (20/06/2019, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for a workshop on “CorpoRealities: Perceptions of ‘Extraordinary’ Time in Literature and Comics” which is going to take place in Berlin from the 25th-27th June 2020; the deadline for abstracts is the 1st September 2019. Link (21/06/2019, English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 27th July, the “As Lisboas do Nuno Saraiva” will be held at the Galeria de Santa Maria Maior in Lisbon. The exhibition includes some works produced by the author Nuno Saraiva for various events and popular celebrations in Lisbon. Link (20/06/2019, Portuguese, RR)

United Kingdom

Culture

The exhibition “VAST/O: comics, animation, AR/VR, mental health installation” is currently on display at Poole House Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University. The exhibition will run from 2nd to 30th July. Link (English WG)

Education

The University of East Anglia’s forthcoming MA in Comics Studies now has a website. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for a special themed issue of Studies in Comics focused on Comics and Education. Articles should be 4000 – 6000 words long and must be received by 1st November 2019. Link (English, WG)

Professor Roger Sabin recently gave his Professorial Platform on Comics in the Academy at the University of the Arts. A video of his talk can be accessed via the link. Link (English, WG)

The CFP for Comics Forum 2019, which takes place at Leeds Central Library (UK), 7-8 November, has been published online. The conference theme focuses on Art and Design in Comics and Redesigning the Comics Conference. The deadline for submissions is the 16th August. Link (English, WG)

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Comics Forum 2019: Call for Contributions

Download a PDF of this Call for Contributions here.

Leeds Central Library (UK), 7-8 November 2019

Comics Forum 2019 will explore new approaches to comics scholarship, both in terms of examining comics from art and design perspectives, and experimenting with new ways to design the conference format itself, through a range of different events running in two parallel streams.

Stream A will comprise conference papers of 25 minutes.

Stream B will comprise a selection of alternative formats.

We are now seeking contributors for both streams, as detailed below.

‘Available spaces’ indicates the number of speakers/session leads we are seeking, not overall number of attendees. Joint submissions are welcome (e.g. two speakers can give one paper). You may submit for multiple formats, but please submit a separate proposal for each. Comics Forum welcomes speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ranging from students to senior academics, practitioners and beyond. No particular academic disciplines are preferred.

Proposals of up to 250 words in length are now being accepted at the following link: https://bit.ly/2wYNqYM. The deadline for submissions is the 16th of August 2019 and you will be notified of acceptance by or before the 30th of August 2019. Please include a short (100 word) biography with your proposal.

STREAM A: Art and Design in Comics

Conference Paper (25 mins)
Available Spaces: 21
While literary approaches and methodologies have tended to dominate the study of comics and related forms, in recent years art and design perspectives have been of growing interest to scholars, with research on narrative drawing, visual metaphor, book design, graphic design and materiality becoming increasingly prominent. Comics Forum 2019 will develop and extend these themes, through panels that consider visual, material and multisensory art and design as they relate to comics.
Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Artistic canons of comics as distinct from literary canons
  • Art historical approaches to comics (e.g. periodisation, style,)
  • Typography and graphic design in comics
  • Artistic and/or technical production and practices (e.g. drawing, lettering, colouring,)
  • Labour in the creative industries
  • Non-linguistic aspects of comics
  • Comics and book design
  • Comics and moving image
  • Comics and curation
  • Comics as/against art
  • Interaction
  • Visual abstraction
  • Comics and participatory design/social design/community arts
  • The relationships between comics and other art forms

STREAM B: Redesigning the Comics Conference

Mini presentations – Teaching and Learning/Knowledge Exchange
Available Spaces: 10
For this session we are seeking 5 presentations on teaching and learning with comics, and 5 presentations on knowledge exchange practices (interpreted broadly) involving comics. Presentations in this session will be in the 20×20 format: this requires you to have 20 slides that run for 20 seconds each. Talks should ideally focus on case studies that can be used to develop good practice in these areas more generally.

Research Methods Demonstration
Available Spaces: 6
We are seeking up to 6 speakers for this session, which will apply different research methods to the same comic. Each speaker should propose one research method or approach they would like to take and give a brief (10-15 minute) overview of how it works or what it is concerned with. The comic to be analysed will be negotiated by the speakers once they have been confirmed, in advance of the event.

Live Practice Demonstration
Available Spaces: Negotiable
This 90-minute session aims to give an insight into one or a range of image making practices to explore how production can be foregrounded and explored in comics scholarship, and how we might develop better understandings of technical processes in the field. We are therefore open to submissions from one or more creative practitioners who are able to demonstrate and narrate a creation and production workflow/process to an audience. This could mean a digital workflow, or an analogue pencilling, inking, colouring and lettering sequence, or something completely different! If you are submitting to this session, please indicate which practices you would be prepared to demonstrate, any equipment you would require (beyond a standard data projector/screen) and the approach you would take. This session could accommodate multiple practitioners, so you may submit a programme for the full 90 minutes or a shorter demonstration that could be grouped with other practitioners.

Debate
Available Spaces: 4
We are seeking 4 speakers to debate the motion “Comics are middle class”. This will be a chaired formal debate with 2 speakers for the motion, and 2 against. Please indicate in your proposal whether you wish to speak for or against the motion or would be prepared to debate either side.
The debate will proceed as follows (timings indicated below will be observed strictly):

  • 10 mins: First speaker for the motion (to put the case for)
  • 10 mins: First speaker against the motion (to put the case against)
  • 10 mins: Second speaker for the motion (to respond to arguments against)
  • 10 mins Second speaker against the motion (to respond to arguments for)
  • 5 mins: Final summary for
  • 5 mins: Final summary against
  • 5 mins: Audience vote on the motion

Reading Group (Leads)
Available Spaces: 3
We are seeking 3 speakers to lead 3 x 30-minute reading group discussions of individual texts (to be circulated and read prior to the event). Although led by named speakers, these sessions are intended to be interactive and discursive, so the role is more one of a host or chair – this is not a conference paper. Speakers should propose the text they wish to discuss, along with a short rationale for that choice. Please note that priority will be given to texts that represent current and diverse approaches to comics scholarship.

Archives and (Special) Collections Showcase
Available Spaces: 6
We invite collectors, librarians and archivists to present their collections in a 90 minute “collector fair” format event, which will give attendees the opportunity to circulate around six tables of material and speak about that material to the collection holders or custodians. In your proposal, please indicate the range and type of material you would like to showcase, and how it might enhance our understanding of the field and/or offer opportunities for research and teaching.

Practice Based Research Demonstration
Available Spaces: 3
We are seeking up to three practice-based or practice-led researchers to give an overview of their methods and approaches in undertaking research, in talks of 20-30 minutes. Speakers should foreground the ways in which their practice informs understandings of comics and comics scholarship, and how it might be taken up more broadly in the field. Speakers may, but are not required to, present a demonstration of practice if appropriate. In your proposal, please indicate whether you would require any special equipment or materials for your talk.

 
 

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