News Review: April 2013

04 May




Calgary Comic Expo took place between the 26th and 28th April. As seen from the CTV story, the emphasis in this expo is moving from comics to other forms of entertainment. Link (26/04/2013, English, PW)


Damon Herd has designed the poster for the upcoming conference, Comics & the Multimodal World, taking place at Douglas College in June. Link (03/04/2013, English, WG)

Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, hosted its first comics conference. Link 1 (English, PW)

The complete program for the conference, New Narrative VI: Seeing is believing! Voir c’est croire!, has been published online. The event will take place on the 10th May at the University of Toronto. This coincides with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (11th-12th May). Link (English, WG)

United States 


Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. reports on their 100 best-selling comics for March 2013. Link (English, EG & MB)

Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. reports on their 100 best-selling graphic novels for March 2013. Link (English, EG & MB)

Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources reports that parent company AOL has shut down the three time Eisner Award nominated blog, ComicsAlliance, as of the 26th April. Link (29/04/2013, English, EG & MB)


Comic-Con International has announced the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees, including the categories of Best Comics-Related Book and Best Educational/Academic Work. Link (16/04/2013, English, EG)

The Comics Beat hosts a transcript of a 2013 Diamond Retailer Summit speech from Image Comics publisher, Eric Stephenson. Stephenson talks about “the way forward” for comic shops and promises major announcements during a one-day Image-hosted event in San Francisco on the 2nd July. Link (25/04/2013, English, EG)

Chicago Tribune reporter Christopher Borrelli reports on the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo. Link (28/04/2013, English, EG)

The comic book genre takes the stage in the production “Adventures of a Comic Book Artist” between the 2nd and 5th May, at the Children’s Theater at The Phipps Center for the Arts, in Hudson, Wisconsin. Link (English, MB)

Free Comic Book Day takes place across the United States on the 4th May. The event is annually held on the first Saturday of May, with most comic book retailers participating. Location finder and details of national/global events are included on the website. Link (English, MB)

The Big Wow Comic Fest is being held at the San Jose Convention Center on the 18th and 19th May. A Creature Features Show has been added to this year’s con experience. Link (English, MB)

Denver Comic Con (DCC) will be held between the 31st May and the 2nd June, at the Colorado Convention Center. Link (English, MB)

Boston Comic Con will be held in a new location this year: Seaport World Trade Center. The event takes place between the 3rd and 4th August, and single and weekend tickets are available. Link (English, MB)


The adult manga magazine Comic Megastore has been suspended pending a police investigation for obscenity. Also under investigation is the magazine, Nyan 2 Club, which collects reader submitted erotica. Link (25/04/2013, English, MB)


There is a call for papers for a collection entitled The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times. Essays should focus on Iron Man’s comic book adventures and should look at a single period of comic book history. Abstracts are due on the 15th July. Link (15/04/2013, English, EG & MB)

Columbus College of Art and Design, located in Ohio, released a call for papers in conjunction with their 2013 Celebration of Comics Symposium. Bone creator Jeff Smith will be the keynote guest at the symposium. Link (23/04/2013, English, EG)

ImageTexT (Volume 6, Issue 3), has recently been published. It focuses upon Shakespeare and visual rhetoric. Link (English, EG & MB)

There is a call for papers for a collection entitled “Spyfi & Superspies: A Collection of Essays Analyzing the Cultural Response to the James Bond Phenomenon”. The editor seeks submissions that explore and analyse the influence of the James Bond franchise on popular culture (including comic books). Abstracts are due on the 1st June. Link (30/04/2013, English, MB)


Apple has a program patent which can link a person’s in-game choices to populate a post-game comic book that could be published on the cloud, and then downloaded to various devices. It is still in its conceptual stage, and it is uncertain whether the product will be marketed in the future. Link (23/04/2013, English, MB)




The 5th International Scholarly Conference will be held at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), and is co-organised by Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center (IMRC), Goethe Institut, and Lim Cheng-Tju. The conference takes place between the 14th and 16th June, with a pre-event on the 13th June. Link (English, JBS)



On the 5th May, manga artist and illustrator Katsuya Terada will hold a live drawing event at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Link (Japanese, JBS)

On the 25th May, Yoshihoro Ikegawa, producer of Koro Koro Comics Archives, and Nobuhiko Saito, manga editor and researcher, will talk on manga as a satisfying hobby, at the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library. Link (Japanese, JBS)



Summer Komikon 2013 took place on the 13th April in Pasig City. According to the organisers, there were more attendees this year based on ticket sales, up by 250 from last year’s 2000. There were also more exhibitors and new artists taking up tables to sell their own comics. The Summer Komikon (in April each year) is starting to eclipse the main Komikon event in November. There is talk of getting a bigger venue for next year. Link (English, LCT)




The conference, The Cultural Standing of Comics: Ambiguities and Changes, took place between the 2nd and 3rd May, at the Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve. Link (French, WG)



The comic book and street art festival Ohoho! took place in Zagreb from the 18th to the 20th April. Underground writers and illustrators from Croatia, and the surrounding region, exhibited their work. Photos from the festival are available through the link. Link (20/04/2013, Croatian, LO)

On the 23rd April, World Book and Copyright Day saw a talk organised in Booksa, the book club in Zagreb. The participants discussed Croatian self-published comic books from the 1990s. Link (22/04/2013, Croatian, LO)



The nominations for the Ping prize have been revealed. Link (16/04/2013, Danish, RPC)

Danish magazine nummer9 reports on the accusations of racism in Danish cartoonist Jakob Martin Strid’s Mustafas kiosk, which is no longer published in Sweden. Link (19/04/2013, Danish, RPC)


The sixth newsletter for NNCORE (Nordic Network for Comics Research) about conferences and workshops has been published this month. Link (English, RPC)



Zep’s  Une histoire d’hommes will be the first album published by Ecole de Loisirs’ new BD publishing division Rue de Sèvres, in September 2013. Link (30/04/2013, French, LTa)

Eight of the major French publishers attempted to reproduce America’s Free Comic Book Day, on the 5th and 6th April; each offering a complete album, to be distributed by booksellers. Though some major publishers stayed out of this first attempt, and the operation was not exempt from criticism, it appears to have been successful. Its impact on sales is of course impossible to gauge at this point. Link (12/04/2013, French, NL)


The Musée des Arts Décos in Paris is hosting a Winshluss exhibit from the 17th April to the 13th November. Winschluss received the Grand Prize in Angoulême in 2008 for his wordless album, Pinocchio. He also co-directed Persepolis with Marjane Satrapi. The exhibit features original art, but also toys, posters and dioramas created or selected by the artist. Link (French/English, NL)

Spirou, an emblematic character created by Rob Vel in April 1938, is now 75. He is still one of the most recognisable characters and brands in the French-speaking comics market, and on the 21st April, Dupuis (which publishes Spirou magazine as well as the character’s albums) organised a grand celebration in Brussels’ Atomium. The commemoration also gave Dupuis the opportunity to formally present Spirou.Z, its online magazine. Link (24/04/2013, French, NL)


Digital BD platform Iznéo has removed 40% of their catalogue (2800 albums) from the Apple Store after Apple judged it “pornographic”. Affected series include Blake & Mortimer, Largo Winch, and XIII. Link (04/04/2013, French, LTa)

Rachida Dati, the former French minister of Justice, lost a case in which she argued that an album focusing on the identity of her child’s father – a much discussed mystery in 2009, when she was still a major political player – was libelous and should be banned from distribution. The court ruled on the 24th April that the album did not violate Dati’s right to privacy, especially since the former minister has been using her child’s image in the media herself over the last four years. Link (24/04/2013, French, NL)

Additional reportage, on the build up towards the verdict on the Rachida Dati case, can be accessed here. Link (23/04/2013, French, LTa)


Fred passed away on the 2nd April, aged 82. He was undoubtedly one of the most idiosyncratic and respected cartoonist in French bande dessinée. He made his name working in Hara-Kiri, where he created one of his masterpieces, Le Petit Cirque, a series of cruel and disturbing tales washed in gray tones. However, his most famous creation, Philemon, was not created in Hara-Kiri but in Pilote, in 1965. Philemon is a charming surreal series, in which the titular character wanders between worlds, visiting the letters of the words “Océan Atlantique”, to be found on most maps. The last Philémon album, Au train où vont les choses, was published last February. Link (03/04/2013, French, NL)



The Finnish Central Arts Council has appointed national arts councils for a two-year term. Appointments for the National Council for Media Art, Comics and Illustrations included comics artists Johanna Rojola, Ville Tietäväinen and Riitta Uusitalo. Link (25/04/2013, English, RPC)


The program for the NNCORE (Nordic Network for Comics Research) in Helsinki has been published. Link (English, RPC)



The convention, Berliner Comicmesse, took place on the 14th April; guests included Cameron Stewart. Link (04/04/2013, German, MdlI)

The convention, Comic Invasion Berlin, took place on the 21st April; guests included Naomi Fearn and Mawil. Link (27/04/2013, German, MdlI)


A workshop on history comics took place in Gießen on the 11th and 12th April. Link (02/04/2013, German, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies ComFor has published a call for papers for its annual conference, focused this year on comics and natural science. The event will take place between the 15th and 17th November, in Erlangen, and abstracts are due on the 20th May. Link (04/04/2013, German, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies ComFor has announced a lecture series at the Munich Comic Festival in May/June. Link (29/04/2013, German, MdlI)



An audio recording from the comics panel at the Dundalk Book Festival has been posted online. Link (29/04/2013, English, SC)



Roberto Giammanco passed away on the 16th April. He published widely on mass communication, including some research into comic books. Link (Italian, WG)



The Norwegian media statistic say Norwegians read less comics. Link (16/04/2013, Norwegian, RPC)



Barcelona International Comics Festival took place between the 11th and 14th April. Guy Delisle, Liniers, Florent Chavouet, Gilbert Shelton, and Kevin Eastman, were just some present at the event. Highlights included the exhibition devoted to Josep Maria Berenguer (editor of La Cúpula); the round table discussion on criticism and analysis of comics today; and Jaume Vidal’s discussion with Florent Chavouet, Guy Delisle, and Liniers, about their portrayals of different cultures and realities. The Ateneum also offered parallel activities, like the interesting presentation by Vicent Sanchís about censorship on comics during Francoism. Link (Spanish, EC)

GRAF took place in Barcelona, on the 13th April. This encounter between artists, readers and publishers focused on independent creation, self-publishing, crowd funding, and the relation between comics and other arts. The event had a very dynamic, vibrant and inspiring atmosphere, hosting various round tables, discussions and exhibitions. Link (Spanish, EC)

Famous cinema and art critic Carlos Díaz Maroto discussed the origins of comics in relation to the origins of cinema at the National Library in Madrid on the 18th April. Link (Spanish, EC)

“Love in the time of hipsters” took place in Madrid on the 25th April. Exploring the latest and most controversial video clips, comics, and animated pieces, Elisa G. McCausland spoke about different manifestations of love in comics at La Casa Encendida. Link (Spanish, EC)



The Stockholm International Comics Festival took place between the 26th and 28th April. Link (Swedish, RPC)

The nominations for the Urhund prize have been revealed. Link (27/04/2013, Swedish, RPC)



Downthetubes provide a photo review of the University of Dundee’s Dundee Comics Expo 2013, which took place on the 30th March. Link (05/04/2013, English, WG)


The call for papers for Transitions 4 has been published. Like previous years, the event will be a one-day symposium promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics. Abstracts are due by the 30th July, for the event on the 2nd November, at Birkbeck, University of London. Link (English, WG)




Jim Shepherd, managing director of Frew Publications – the Australian publisher of The Phantom – passed away on the 15th April. Link (16/04/2013, English, WG)

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