News Review: March 2013

04 Apr




The first issue of Antílope, an independent magazine on comics, and comics criticism, has just been published. Link (Portuguese, GS)

United States 


Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. report on their 100 best selling comics for February 2013. Link (25/03/2013, English, HMS)

Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. report on their 100 best selling graphic novels for February 2013. Link (25/03/2013, English, HMS)

The Comics Beat reports that Monkeybrain Comics will be venturing into print format with IDW and Image. Link (27/02/2013, English, HMS)

Brooks Barnes of the New York Times discusses Marvel’s display of commitment to digital formats by releasing hundreds of first issues for free on Comixology. Link (10/03/2013, English, HMS)

Jeet Heer conducts an interview with Walter Biggins, who is about to quit his role as acquisitions editor for the University of Mississippi Press. Biggins has been behind a number of notable comics related academic texts from the Press. Link (18/03/2013, English, WG)


The Comics Beat’s Heidi MacDonald reports that the Small Press Expo has revealed its 2013 poster and the Expo’s invited guests. Link (04/03/2013, English, HMS)

The first ever Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize winners have been announced, including Chris Ware. The finalists in the 2013 Spectrum Fantastic Art Awards have also been announced, with video content of finalists and their artwork. Link (04/03/2013, English, HMS)

Publisher’s Weekly’s Calvin Reid interviews the Society of Illustrators on its role in giving the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art a new location and a redesigned festival in April in New York. Link (12/03/2013, English, HMS)

The Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York, in conjunction with former Marvel editor and writer Danny Fingeroth, will host a Comic Book Round Table discussion entitled “The Man of Steel vs. Orson Scott Card”  to address the recent controversy over Card’s openly anti-gay politics and the industry. Panellists will include David Gerrold, Joseph Phillip Illige, Paul Kupperberg, Jeff Trexler, Danny Fingeroth, and Adam Dekraker.  The event will be held on the 10th April. Link (English, HMS)

Alex Lockwood of PhD Comics takes us to the Comic Arts Conference to explore the academic side of Comic-Con. Link (English, WG)


Betsy Gomez at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund updates reports that Persepolis has been reputedly banned in a Chicago School. Link (15/03/2013, English, HMS)

Law & Politics

Betsy Gomez at The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announces that the CBDLF will defend Persepolis by sending a letter of condemnation. Link (15/03/2013, English, HMS)


The Third Triennial Academic Conference at the Festival of Cartoon Art announces a call for papers. The conference will be held at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University on the 14th and 15th November. 250-500 word abstracts and a one-page CV are due by the 1st July. Link (English, HMS)

There is a call for papers for a collection entitled Contemporary Uses of Fairy Tales. The editor seeks submissions focusing upon comic texts Lost Girls and Fables amongst other things. Abstracts are due by the 19th June. Link (19/03/2013, English, WG)


Bruce Lidl at The Comics Beat discusses the emergence of new digital devices and upgraded technology on smart phones and tablets in the wake of Marvel’s new digital initiative. Link (22/03/2013, English, HMS)




Manga artists Katsuya Terada, Tadahiro Uesugi, and Daisuke Tsutsumi talk about the SKETCHTRAVEL project at the Kyoto International Manga Museum, on the 20th April. Link (English, JBS)



The first 24 Hour Comics Day in Singapore was held in 2010. After three editions, an exhibition of the works was held at the Jurong Regional Library, after which it will travel to two other public libraries to reach out to the community. The exhibition is from the 19th March to the 31st July. Link (14/03/2013, English, LCT)




Belgian author François Schuiten donates 80% of his original work to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Roi Baudoin Foundation. The BNF will receive the originals of the Cités obscures series. The Belgian Centre for Bande Dessinée (CBBD) and the Angoulême Bande Dessinée Museum will also receive works. Link (26/03/2013, French, LTa)

Recyclart’s exhibition “Don’t Shoot! We Are Not Armed!” displays a variety of South African underground comics artwork. Link (27/03/2013, English, MR)


Belgian bande dessinée writer Didier Comès, author of Silence and Le Dieu vivant, has died at the age of 71. Link 1 (07/03/2013, French, LTa), Link 2 (07/03/2013, French, LTa)



Comic book illustrator and film animator, Borivoj Dovniković Bordo, held a talk on the 19th March at the book club, Booksa. The artist, who has already won several lifetime achievement awards, talked about his career in Yugoslavia, Croatia, and abroad.  Link (19/03/2013, Croatian)



Danish comics celebrate their 100th birthday. Link (04/03/2013, Danish, RPC)



Publisher Dupuis has bought out Marsu Productions, which was founded by Spirou author André Franquin. Dupuis will take control of Marsu’s catalogue, including Spirou and 150 other titles. Link 1 (26/03/2013, French, LTa), Link 2 (26/03/2013, English, LTa)



“Chicks on Comics”, is an exhibition by female comic artists, taking place in Berlin at Alpha Nova Kulturwerkstatt & Galerie Futura from the 15th March to the 26th April. Link (18/03/2013, German, MdlI)


The ComFor weblog has published a series of posts on unreliable narration in comics. Link (24/03/2013, German, MdlI)



The dates and full program of Comicdom Con Athens 2013 have been announced. The event takes place between the 19th and the 21st April. Link (English, LTs)

Asterix visits the Archeological Museum of Kisamos. Link (Greek, LTs)

The exhibition “Comics and Crisis” sees Greek, Spanish, and Argentinian comic artists display works inspired by the current crisis. Link (Spanish, LTs)

“Food, Glorious Food! Bost and the Press” is an exhibition focused on Bost’s satirical cartoons featured in the press and periodicals, from the end of the 1950s until 1980. It will take place between the 5th April and the 19th May. Link (English, LTs)


“Writing with the Incredible Mr. Escher” is an educational program for children aged between 7 and 11 focusing on comics and storytelling. The program ends on the 14th April. Link (English, LTs)


Discussion panels on the digital age, art, and comics and crisis, took place at the Cervantes Institute in Athens on the 20th March. Link 1Link 2 (Spanish, LTs)



Norway gets a new comics festival for children and young adults. Seriefest will take place between the 26th and 28th April. Link (14/03/2013, Norwegian, RPC)



Romania hosted its first Comic Con. The ”East European Comic Con” took place in Bucharest between the 30th and 31st March. It featured the work of local cartoonists, as well as gaming, illustration, and cosplay competitions. Link (Romanian, MP)



Serbian artists made an event in honor of the departed comic book artist Jean Giraud (a.k.a Moebius). On the 21st March (the first anniversary of Moebius’ death), a 24-hour drawing competition took place in the French Institute in Belgrade. This was a part of the exposition “To Be Continued… – Three Generations of Contemporary Serbian Comics.” Link (22/03/2013, Croatian, LO)



XVIII Granada Comic Festival took place between the 8th and the 12th March. Quino, famous creator of popular Mafalda, was the special guest, among other national and international artists. Link (Spanish, EC)

The 31st International Comic Convention will take place in Barcelona, from the 11th to the 14th April. The most important event on comics in Spain will host artists such as Gilbert Shelton and Guy Delisle. Exhibitions are thematic, such as one on 75 years of Superman, and others devoted to the work of award winning and recognised national artists. Link (Spanish, EC)

There is a comics and architecture exhibition, featuring Max Vento’s work alongside other artists work that is related to architecture. The exhibition will be open until the 30th April. Link (07/03/2013, Spanish, EC)

“Homage-Exhibition: A Century of Comics” is a retrospective of comics from the Valencian community (1913-2013). Valencia has been at the core of comic creation for the last century. Even during the difficult times of Francoism, Valencian artists managed to keep the quality of their works and combine them with entertainment, and mass production working conditions. This is a homage to their careers and a display of their wonderful past and present works. Link (Spanish, EC)


“Fundación Botín” Arts Grant has one grant available for national and international artists, with comics creators included. The grant will last 9 months and applications are due by the 23rd April. Link (Spanish, EC)



The special guests for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (18th-20th October) have been announced. Link (English, WG)


The Guardian reports on the death of Colin Andrew, who drew strips for Dr Who Magazine, and Eagle, amongst other things. Link (24/03/2013, English, WG)


There is a call for papers for a collection upon the various works of Neil Gaiman, entitled “Magic and Dreams and Good Madness: Sociology and Neil Gaiman.” 500 word abstracts, along with a short biography, are due on the 1st June. Link (13/03/2013, English, WG)

There is a call for papers entitled “Time Travel in the Media”. Amongst other mediums, the editors seek submissions looking at time travel in comics and graphic novels. 500 word abstracts are due on the 16th June. Link (12/03/2013, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a collection focusing upon Josh Whedon’s Firefly. Amongst other things, the editors seek submissions focusing upon the comic book series. 300-500 word abstracts are due on the 1st May. Link (20/03/2013, English, WG)

Registration is now open for the International Graphic Novel and International Bande Dessinée Society Conference, taking place in Glasgow/Dundee (24th-28th June). Link (English, WG) 

Registration is now open for Ethics Under Cover, Comics, Medicine and Society: 4th International Conference on Comics and Medicine, taking place in Brighton (5th-7th July). Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Will Grady (

Correspondents: Jessica Bauwens-Sugimoto (JBS, Japan), Esther Claudio (EC, Spain), Rikke Platz Cortsen (RPC, Scandinavia), William Grady (WG, UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Nicolas Labarre (NL, France), Mihaela Precup (MP, Romania), Hannah Means-Shannon (HMS, North America), Luka Ostojic (LO, Croatia), Moray Rhoda (MR, South Africa), Greice Schneider (GS, Brazil), Lida Tsene (LTs, Greece), Lise Tannahill (LTa, France), Lim Cheng Tju (LCT, Singapore).

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