News Review: November 2012

04 Dec




Brazilian publisher Barba Negra is closing its doors, after almost three years investing in national comics (Morro da Favela) and foreign editions (Killofer, Bastien Vivés and David Small, among others). Link (21/11/2012, Portuguese, GS)


Moonflux collects some unnoticed cases of racism and prejudice in translations to Portuguese. Link (Portuguese, GS)



CBC radio featured a lengthy documentary on Montreal-based publisher, Drawn and Quarterly. Link (22/11/2012, English, BB)

The Montreal Gazette profiles the Drawn and Quarterly bookstore on the occasion of its fifth anniversary. Link (09/11/2012, English, BB)

Also celebrating an anniversary is the legendary Toronto comic book store, The Beguiling, profiled in The National Post on their twenty-fifth anniversary. Link (12/11/2012, English, BB)

In Burlington, Ontario, a public park has been named after cartoonist Doug Wright, the creator of “Doug Wright’s Family” and “Nipper”. Link (06/11/12, English, BB)


A call for papers for the Graphixia, and Comics Grid, Spring Conference 2013: Comics and the Multimodal World, has been posted online. It will take place at Douglas College, Vancouver, between the 13th and 16th of June, 2013. Link (04/10/2012, English, WG)

United States 


Diamond Distribution, Inc. reports sales figures for the top 100 comic titles in October of 2012. Link (29/11/2012, English, HMS)

Diamond Distribution, Inc. reports sales figures for the top 100 graphic novel titles in October of 2012. Link (29/11/2012, English, HMS)


GeekGirlCon announces 2013 dates of the 19th and 20th of October, 2013, to be held in Seattle Washington. Link (English, HMS)

Heidi MacDonald of Publishers Weekly reports that Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival garnered record numbers and attracted notable comics celebrities, including Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, and Richard MacGuire. Link (12/11/2012, English, HMS)


There is a job vacancy for a publishing operations analyst at DC Comics, New York. Link (English, WG)

Law & Politics

Pádraig Ó’Méallóid interviews Alan Moore and discusses the Superfolks dispute for The Comics Beat in three parts, including a case for the prosecution and the defense. Part 1 (25/10/2012), Part 2 (11/11/2012), and Part 3 (18/11/2012, English, HMS))

 Laura Sneddon interviews Grant Morrison, in reply to the Superfolks case and Alan Moore’s statements, for The Comics BeatLink (24/11/2012, English, HMS)

Graeme McMillan of announces that the legal battle between Robert Kirkman and Terry Moore over ownership of The Walking Dead properties has been settled, following three lawsuits. Link (25/09/2012, English, HMS)

Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly reports that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has re-elected Larry Marder president, re-elected Milton Griepp as vice-president, and elected Jeff Abraham as treasurer. Link (20/11/2012, English, HMS)

Robot6 of Comic Book Resources covers the Gaiman Foundation’s $60,000 donation to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to be used for educational purposes. Link (28/11/2012, English, HMS)


The Comics Beat reports the death of former Wizard Magazine editor Mark “Wilco” Wilkofsky on the 25th of November. Link (English, HMS)

Colin Dabkowski provides the obituary for Buffalo-born underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez for The Buffalo News. The influential artist passed away on the 28th of November in San Francisco. Link (29/11/2012, English, HMS)

The Comics Beat reports the death of comics artist Josh Medors, a frequent collaborator with Steve Niles, after battling a rare form of spinal cancer. Medors, who helped establish the Help for Heroes charity, passed away on the 29th of November. Link (29/11/2012, English, HMS)


Meredith Schwartz of The Library Journal reports on the partnership between Kansas State University Salina and Kansas Wesleyan University to produce a graphic novel explaining library research methods entitled Legends of the Library NinjasLink (20/11/2012, English, HMS)

The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association announces a call for papers for its 13th to the 16th February 2013 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the subject of  “Indigenous Deep Space: Indigenous Absence and Presence in Sci-Fi and Comics”. The deadline for submissions has been extended to the 2nd of December. Link (English, HMS)

The Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, held in conjunction with the Denver Comic Con, to be held in Denver between the 28th and 30th of May 2013, announces a call for papers on the subject of “Graphic Art: Violence and Healing in Graphic Novels”. Deadline for submissions is the 1st of March. Link (27/11/2012, English, HMS)

Bob Batchelor, Maja Bajac-Carter, and Norma Jones have issued a call for chapter proposals for an anthology focused on pop culture heroines entitled: “Heroines: Images of Women through Literature and Popular Culture” due by the 15th of January, 2013. Link (20/11/2012, English, HMS)




The Takabatake Kasho Taisho Romanticism Museum in Ehime prefecture, in cooperation with the Kyoto International Manga Museum, is holding a Showa and Taisho Era Bishonen (Beautiful boys) Exhibition until the 11th of February, 2013.  Link (21/10/2012, Japanese, JBS)

The Kitakyushu Municipal Gender Equality Center MOVE is holding a lecture with two manga researchers on the 15th of December. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The Meiji University Yonezawa Yoshihiro Memorial Library is holding a talk show on the late Naiki Toshio and his contributions to manga culture through rental manga, on the 15th December. Link (Japanese, JBS)


The cartoon study group of the Japanese Society for Studies in Cartoon and Comics has its 78th meeting on the 8th December. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The gender study group of the Japanese Society for Studies in Cartoon and Comics has its 19th meeting on the 15th December. Link (Japanese, JBS)



The fifth Anime Festival Asia was held in Singapore from the 9th to 11th of November at the Singapore Expo. Link (English, LCT)


A conference on the teaching of Japanese Popular Culture organised by the Department of Japanese Studies was held at the National University of Singapore from the 11th to 12th Nov. Link (English, LCT)




There is an exhibition with new Danish comics art and animation at Gammel Holtegaard between the 16th of November, to the 16th of December. Link (Danish, RPC)

There is an exhibition with comics artist Strid at the Storm P. museum in Copenhagen. Link (02/11/2012, Danish, RPC)


Denmark now has a state approved four year professional bachelors course in graphic storytelling. Link (28/11/2012, English, RPC)


The well reknowned Danish journal, KRITIK, has a theme on comics research with 4 articles on the subject. Link (31/10/2012, Danish, RPC)

Denmark now has three PhDs in comics, Rikke Platz Cortsen successfully defended her thesis. Link (23/11/2012, Danish, RPC) 



The nordicomics artist in residence recipients have been announced. Link (19/11/2012, English, RPC)


A Comics Festival in Oulu took place between the 16th and 17th of November. Link (Finnish, RPC)



Comics publishing company Casterman is now owned by Gallimard. Through a virulent open letter, notable authors (Bilal, Tardi, etc.) have expressed their worries regarding Casterman’s evolution and editorial policy. Antoine Gallimard has since publicly reiterated his intention not to sell Casterman, as well as his respect for the company and its authors. Link (16/11/2012, French, NL)

Louis Delas steps down as director of Casterman after the company is bought by the publisher Gallimard. Link (08/11/2012, French, LTa)

Louis Delas’ resignation prompted several prominent bande dessinée authors (including  Enki Bilal, Philippe Geluck, François Schuiten, Jacques Tardi, Régis Loisel, Frank Margerin, Benoît Sokal and Jacques de Loustal) to write an open letter to Antoine Gallimard, detailing their concerns over the future of Casterman: they threaten to publish their work elsewhere. Link (13/11/2012, French, LTa)


The program and selection for the 40th Angoulême Festival were announced on the 17th November. The festival will be held from the 31st January to the 3rd February, 2013 – one week later than usual. Link (27/11/2012, French, NL)

The Official Selection of the 2013 Angoulême Festival has been announced, along with details of the exhibitions taking place as part of the festival. Exhibitions include Uderzo and Jean-Claude Denis retrospectives, in addition to Algerian bande dessinée. Link (27/11/2012, French, LTa)

An André Franquin retrospective exhibition will take place in Paris from the 28th of November 2012 to the 17th of February 2013. Link (21/11/2012, French, LTa)

The Centre Wallonie Bruxelles in Paris is hosting a Franquin exhibit, from the 28th November to the 17th February. The Center’s website includes a downloadable introduction to Franqui (dossier de presse). Link (21/11/2012, French, NL)

On the 9th of December, there will be a major auction of original bande dessinée art, including Tintin, Spirou, Gaston and more, in Paris and Brussels. Link 1Link 2 (26/11/2012, French, LTa)

The magazine Lire has declared Tintin in Tibet the best comic of all time. Link 1 (long article on Tintin au Tibet) Link 2 (details of the Top 10) (23/11/2012, French, LTa)

Law & Politics

Rodolphe & Louis Alloing, who wanted to publish a biography of Edgar P. Jacobs (Blake and Mortimer), won their case against publisher Dargaud, which argued that the book cover was too similar to Jacobs’s style, and Jacobs’s heirs, who disagreed with the way the author was presented. The ruling is consistent with earlier decisions regarding biographies of comics authors. Link (31/10/2012, French, NL)


Benoit Peeters publishes a book of interviews with famed Mangaka Jirô Taniguchi. Link (09/11/2012, French, NL)



After a hiatus of twelve years, venerable children’s/comics magazine Yps will be published on a quarterly schedule from March 2013. Link (26/11/2012, German, MdlI)


A working group for comics research (AG Comicforschung) has been founded within the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (Society for Media Studies). Link (German, MdlI)

The proceedings of the conference “Comic: Intermedial & Interdisziplinär” (Bochum 2011) have been published as Comics intermedial (eds. C. A. Bachmann, V. Sina, L. Banhold). Link (German, MdlI)



A comics exhibition – “Bougatsa With Ink” – took place at the French Institute of Thessaloniki from the 22nd-25th November. Link (Greek, LTs)

A collaborative comics storytelling workshop was organised by Comicdom Press, hosted at the Hellenic Institute of International Relations (I.D.I.S.) in Plakain between the 22nd and 24th of November. Link (English, LTs)


A session was dedicated to the relation between Grimm folktales and comics took place during the “ The Brothers Grimm and the folktale: narrations, readings, transformations” conference, at the University of Athens (22nd-24th November). Link (English, LTs)



The winners have been announced for the Irish Comic News Awards 2012. Link (English, SC)

Judge Dredd scribe Michael Carroll will be in store on the 5th of January 2013 signing copies of his latest work in both 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine at Sub City Dublin. Link (English, SC)

Irish Comic News shared the poster for the Dublin Comic Market (01/12/2012). Link (English, SC)


Fintin Taite is running 10 weeks of night classes in illustration and cartooning at the Bray Institute of Further Education and Newpark Adult Education Centre in Blackrock. The classes will cover editorial cartooning, picture book illustration, drawing comics, character design, and the practical side of life as a commercial artist. Link (English, SC)


The Postgraduate Faculty of Arts Symposium (University of Ulster, 29th to the 30th of January, 2013), has a call for papers – abstracts from all disciplines (including comics) will be considered. Send any queries or 250 word abstracts to before the 14th of December.



The first app for reading Romanian comics on both iPhone and Android systems was launched in Bucharest during the Gaudeamus Book Fair. The app’s name is ”Jumatatea Plina” and it will be downloadable for free starting on the 1st January, 2013. Link (21/11/2012, Romanian, MP)



The traveling exhibition on August Strindberg, “Livet är inget för amatörer”, reaches the Sandviken library. Link (28/11/2012, Swedish, RPC)

Comics artist Ninna Hemmingson receives the author Karin Boye’s literary prize. Link (15/11/2012, Swedish, RPC)



The exhibition “Comics Deluxe! Strapazin – the comics magazine” has been opened at the Cartoonmuseum Basel. Link (10/11/2012, English, MdlI)



Dr Mariko Murata presented a talk on manga museums and their audiences, at Birkbeck, University of London, on the 23rd of November. Link (05/11/2012, English, WG)

Downthetubes hosts a photo review of Thought Bubble 2012, the comics convention which took place in Leeds between the 17th and 18th of November. Link (24/11/2012, English, WG)

The Guardian reports on the two graphic novels (Joff Winterhart’s Days of the Bagnold Summer, and Bryan & Mary Talbot’s Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes) that have been nominated for the Costa Book Awards, 2012 (the first time comic works have been shortlisted). Link (20/11/12, English, WG)

The British Science Festival is seeking artists and writers to collaborate with scientists to create a comic book to be given away at the event. Those wanting to get involved need to fill out an expression of interest form on their website. Link (English, WG)


Graphixia have uploaded a videoblog of some of the conversations that the team had with some of the speakers at Comics Forum, Leeds, 2012 (15th-16th Nov). Link (21/11/2012, English, WG)

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