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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for April 2018

By Julia Ingold

Finally, spring has arrived in most parts of Germany, and with it some exciting events. The summer term has just started and on our website we have again put together a list of most classes related to comics studies taught at German-speaking universities in various fields like history, literature or didactics. ComFor’s President Stephan Packard and the Comic Studies Working Group’s speaker Véronique Sina, for instance, are organizing a series of lectures at Cologne University under the title “Aktuelle Perspektiven der Comicforschung” (“Recent Perspectives in Comics Studies”). They compiled a broad program to shed some more light on the ever-expanding diversity of the field as an interdisciplinary practice. The speakers are from all different realms of the humanities (and even beyond), such as semiotics, media studies, linguistics, childhood studies, digital humanities, fan studies, sociology, narratology, political science, intersectionality studies, postcolonial studies and Japanese studies. The program intends to give students insights into the flourishing domain of comics studies and to teach them about methodology in media studies in general. For more information on this promising project visit our website.

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News Review March 2018

Americas

United States

Research

International Journal of Comic Art 19.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Comics and Culture Volume 2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

University of Mississippi Press has published Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, by Brian Cremins. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance has announced a call for papers for its annual conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, to be held October 20, 2018. Abstracts are due by the 10th July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for comics for Sequentials 3, which seeks creative submissions around the theme Comics And/As/Against Fine Art. Submissions are due by the 1st June. Link (English, WG)

The State of Our Satirical Union is a two-day symposium that takes place at the University of Minnesota between the 20th and 21st April. Link (English, WG)

Panel discussions from last year’s The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo are available to view online. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, “Witnessing Made Easy! Reading Chick tracts in Context”. Abstracts and a short CV are required by the 1st May. Link (English, WG)

The Middle Spaces hosts a round table of nine different scholars discussing Image Comics’ Bitch Planet series. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Research

The University of Ghent is opening two PhD positions in Comics Studies relative to an ERC project on Children in Comics led by Maaheen Ahmed, applications are expected by May 11, 2018. Link (26/03/2018, English, BC)

France

Business

2 men have been arrested for the theft of 4000 albums of bande dessinées from bookshops in the Lyon area, over the period of a year. Link (23/03/2018, French, LT)

Culture

BD author and teacher at the École Européenne Supérieur de l’Image (EESI,,Angoulême), has died aged 60. Link (10/03/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners is now shown in Bremen until the 21st April. Link (01/03/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

A Call for Papers for a conference on comics and games (Hanover, 5th – 7th November) has been published; the deadline for abstracts is the 30th April. Link (02/03/2018, English, MdlI)

An edited volume on the philosophy of Calvin and Hobbes was published. Link (26/03/2018, German, MdlI)

Poland

Culture

The exhibition, Comics Now!, focused upon Polish comics, runs until the 22nd July at the National Museum in Krakow. Link (English, WG)

Portugal

Culture

In Oporto, in the Palace Viscondes de Balsemão, an exhibition of 27 collages dedicated to comics heroes like Corto Maltese, Dick Tracy, Tintin and Asterix and Obelix will take place until the 15th April. Link (21/03/2018, Portuguese, RR)

During March and April,  a set of workshops and courses related with comics in AR.CO. Link (27/03/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The 36th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair will take place at the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc from the 12th to the 15th April. Some of the guests include Carlos Pacheco, David Lloyd, Dave McKean, Paco Roca, David Rubín and Vittorio Giardino. For the first time, their annual awards to Best Spanish work and Best breakout author have parity of representation. Link (12/03/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)

Heroes Manga Madrid will took place at Ifema from the 7th to the 8th April. Link (10/03/2018, Spanish/English, RR)

UK

Culture

The House of Illustration in London hosts an exhibition devoted to North Korean comics. Link (English, WG)

Jobs

There is a job listing for a Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Digital Culture at Swansea University. The advert specifies interest in candidates with a specialism in graphic novels (amongst other things). The deadline to apply is 16th April. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Leeds Beckett University will host the Tintin Conference between the 13th and 14th June. Link (English, WG)

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FRAME:WORKS Symposium 2017 – An Illustrated Report

Authors: Mark Hibbett, Guy Lawley, Tobias J. Yu-Kiener

Images: John Miers.

FRAME:WORKS was a one-day symposium on comics held at Central St Martins (CSM) on Friday, June 16th 2017, funded by University of the Arts London (UAL) Communities of Practice as a UAL Comics Studies Network event. It was organised by Mark Hibbett, Guy Lawley and Tobias J. Yu-Kiener, with sketch-noting by John Miers.

The symposium was devised to bring together a mix of comics academics, practitioners and professionals. Grouped into four thematic sessions, the speakers discussed the nature of working within frameworks, whether artistic, conceptual, professional or legal. The organisers envisioned that the term ‘framework’ could be perceived both negatively, as limitation and restriction, and positively, as a guiding and framing structure to a project. This idea was picked up by the speakers and carried on into the chaired discussions that concluded each panel.

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CfP: Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics (ComFor 2018, Cologne)

The conference topic Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics will draw our attention to the nexus between the medium of comics and categories of difference and identity such as gender, dis/ability, age, and ethnicity, in order to open and deepen an interdisciplinary conversation between comics studies and intersectional identity studies within the international comics studies community. In this respect, the 13th annual conference of the German Society for Comics Studies will not only contribute to the disclosure of exclusions, power structures and (hetero)normative allocations in comics, but will also critically analyse their socio‐political and communicative forms of (re)production.

Potential topics for contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • constructions of gender in comics

  • the interplay of gender and genre in comics
  • conceptions of identity and their (de)construction in comics
  • intersectionality and comics
  • the (re)production and constitution of difference and power structures in comics
  • manifestations of heteronormative structures and allocations in comics
  • mechanisms of hegemonic exclusion(s) in comics
  • queerness and comics
  • historic dimensions of identities in comics
  • diversity and normalisation processes in comics
  • race, class and ethnic stereotypes in comics
  • comics and postcolonial studies
  • body images in comics
  • representations of dis/ability in comics
  • the interrelation of comics, health and corporeality in the realm of graphic medicine
  • economies of difference: gender, identity and diversity on the (international) comics market
  • spaces between, centres and peripheries: transnationality and diversity in comics culture

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News Review February 2018

Americas

United States

Culture

Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s is an exhibition currently on display at the Lawndale Art Center in Texas. It runs until the 25th March. Link (English, WG)

Education

Rice University are currently piloting a project in which engineering students use comics creation to help communicate their data. Link (English, WG)

Research

ImageTexT 9.3 has now been published online. Link (English, WG)

AMA Journal of Ethics 20.2 is a special themed issue on Graphic Medicine and Health Care Ethics. Link (English, WG)

The Will Eisner Week Comics Studies Symposium will take place at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on the 8th March. Link (English, WG)

Issue 48 of the quarterly journal, White House History, is a special issue focused upon Political Cartoons and the White House. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the panel “Heroes from the Gutter: Comics as Activism”, which is part of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference. The conference takes place in Birmingham, AL, in November. Abstract proposals for this panel are due by the 1st May. Link (English, WG)

There are CFPs for three panels, as part of the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum, which will take place at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago in January 2019. Details of the panels, Comics Fandom in Transition; Making Comics, Making Meaning; and Graphic Medicine can be found via the link. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the panel, Beyond Manga: Comics in Asia, which will take place at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago in January 2019. Abstract proposals are due by the 15th March. Link (15/02/2018, English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

According to a study by Livres Hebdo, the comics market rose by 2% in 2017, in comparison to 1.1% for books in general: the best selling book of all types was the latest Astérix BD, Astérix et la transitalique. Link (03/02/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

A Kristina Gehrmann exhibition is shown in Hamburg until the 10th March. Link (08/02/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on “Manga – Bijinga – Shunga” is shown in Brunsbüttel until the 8th April. Link (12/02/2018, German, MdlI)

Three comic exhibitions are shown in Oldenburg on the 1st April, 2nd April and 6th May, respectively. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

A Nils Oskamp exhibition is shown in Büren-Wewelsburg until the 29th April. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

This year’s Animagic convention is going to take place in Mannheim from the 3rd until the 5th August; guests include Maybe. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

The Call for Papers for this year’s ComFor (German Society for Comics Studies) conference, which is going to take place from the 17th-19th September in Cologne, has been published; the deadline for abstracts is the 1st April. Link (01/02/2018, English, MdlI)

A symposium in honour of Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff was held in Frankfurt on the 27th January. Link (15/02/2018, German, MdlI)

A comics symposium is going to take place in Karlsruhe from the 23rd – 25th March. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

An international summer school on “topographies of comics and visual narration” is going to take place in Cologne from the 27th August until the 7th September; the deadline for applications is the 15th March. Link (22/02/2018, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 2nd of March until the 29th, the Promotional Week of Comics will take place in the D. Dinis Library in Odivelas. Entrance is free. Link (24/02/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The first edition of Heroes Comic Con València took place in Valencia from the 22 to the 24th February 2019 with more than 23.000 visitors. Link (26/02/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

A new edition of the independent and self-published comics festival GRAF will take place in Madrid from the 2nd to the 3rd March in Barcelona. Link (15/01/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)

Obituaries

Antonio Fraguas de Pablo (more known as Forges), one of the most famous Spanish graphic humorists, passed away. Link (22/02/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The University of Dundee will host of a live drawing session with the comics artist Cam Kennedy on the 6th March. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Graphic Social Science Research Network blog has published a series of posts relating to the subject of graphic social science. Link (English, WG)

The symposium, The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore, takes place in Senate House, University of London, on the 17th March. Link (English, WG)

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