News Review: June 2013

04 Jul




Graphixia has published a report on the conference Comics and the Multimodal World that took place at Douglas College between the 13th and 16th June. Link (18/06/2013, English, WG)

United States 


Diamond Comics announced their top 100 comics for May 2013. The Brian Wood/Olivier Coipel all-female X-Men #1 comes in at the top spot. Link (07/06/2013, English, MB & EG)

Diamond Comics released their list of the 100 bestselling graphic novels of May 2013; in the lead is BOOM! Studios’ Adventure Time: Playing with Fire. Link (07/06/2013, English, MB & EG)

Within two weeks of its release, Warner Bros. new film Man of Steel has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark at the box office, though it has not found the success of this year’s earlier Iron Man 3. Link (30/06/2013, English, EG)

Archaia Entertainment, home of award winning Tale of Sand and Mouse Guard, has been acquired by Boom! Studios this past week. Link (24/06/2013, English, MB)


The Comics Grid report on the 2nd Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, which took place on the 15th and 16th June. Link (25/06/2013, English, WG)


Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. announced their Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List, a selection of 98 graphic novels designed to fit into the United States’ Common Core curriculum of education standards. Selections are divided by age and include such works as Johnny Boo Does Something, Scary Godmother, and Underwater Welder. Link (27/06/2013, English, EG)

As part of their Workforce Development & Continuing Education program, the University of Akron is offering a five-week course titled “Creating Great Characters and Funny Comics” which will begin on the 11th July. Link (English, MB)

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Dark Horse have published the “CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices” handbook. It is designed for interested librarians and educators to navigate the field of manga by providing a historical framework in which to discuss the genre and issues faced by the manga industry today. Link (26/06/2013, English, MB)


The Savannah College of Art and Design has posted a full time teaching position, Professor of Sequential Art, to commence this autumn. Candidates should hold an undergraduate and graduate degree in sequential art or a related field. Link (English, MB)


Kim Thompson, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in February of this year, has passed away aged 56. He was co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books, and instrumental in translating and bringing European graphic novels to American audiences. Link (19/06/2013, English, MB & EG)


The Columbus College of Art and Design announced Mix 2013: CCAD’s Celebration of Comics, the second annual symposium bringing together academic and artistic perspectives. The event will take place between the 27th and 28th September, in Columbus, Ohio. Proposals were due June 24th, but the announcement includes early event details. Link (04/06/2013, English, MB)

The Comics and Comic Art area chair is now accepting abstracts for the PCA/ACA National Conference being held at the downtown Marriott Chicago, between the 16th and 19th April 2014. The deadline for abstracts is the 1st November, and travel grant requests are due on the 15th November. Link (English, MB)

The Superhero Reader, edited by Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester, and Charles Hatfield, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (29/06/2013, English, WG)




As reported a few months ago, the Comics Alternatives: From Graphic Diary to Manga Style conference was held at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Bandung, from the 13th to the 16th June. It was a lively conference with many discussions held during and after the panels. Countries (both researchers and artists) represented were Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Germany. Link (English, LCT)

An exhibition of horror comics by established and young Indonesian artists was held at Kedai Kebun Forum Gallery in Jogjakarta between the 8th and the 30th June. A series of talks on comics was also conducted at the space. Link (English, LCT)



The Kyoto International Manga Museum is exhibiting a large collection of ballet manga, original ballet manga art, and related items between the 13th July and the 23rd September. Related talk shows, events, and work shops will also be held. Link (English, JBS)

On the 20th July there will be a talk featuring manga artist Miki Tori, at the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library. Tori will talk about her experiences as a Meiji University student, when she was a member of the Sakyo Komatsu (a Science Fiction author) research group. Link (Japanese, JBS)




The International Comics Festival in Copenhagen took place between the 1st and 2nd June. Link (English, RPC)

The Danish comics Pingprize awards took place on the 1st June. Link (Danish, RPC)



US-based digital comics platform Comixology has launched in France, welcoming 14 French publishers onto the platform, and some 400 titles. The 14 publishers make up 40% of France’s BD/Comic/Manga/Graphic Novel publishing market. Link (19/06/2013, English, LTa)


The head of the International Bande Dessinée Festival (FIBD) at Angoulême has quit his post with a year of his mandate left to run. Gérard Balinziala, who has been director of the festival since 2009, will be succeeded in an interim capacity by Patrick Auzou until 2015, when Balinziala’s term officially ends. Link (02/07/2013, French, LTa)

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) will stage a major exhibition on Astérix from October 2013 until January 2014, based around Albert Uderzo’s donation of original artwork. Link (03/06/2013, French, LTa)



The second “Graphic-Novel-Tage” were held in Hamburg from the 10th to the 13th June; guests included Luke Pearson, Max, and Nicolas Mahler. Link (07/06/2013, German, MdlI)

An exhibition and symposium on “Autorencomics zwischen Bildgedicht und Graphic Novel” took place in Saarbrücken. Link (German, MdlI)


The proceedings of the 2011 ComFor conference have been published. Link (24/06/2013, German, MdlI)

Publisher De Gruyter has released From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Novels, edited by Daniel Stein and Jan-Noel Thon, as part of the Narratologia series. Essays explore comics (strips and books) and graphic novels from several theoretical and historical perspectives. Link (English, MB)



The Oslo Comics Expo took place between the 7th and 8th June. Link (Norwegian, RPC)



There is an exhibition at the design center in Malmö entitled “What up North?”, which takes place between the 3rd May and the 8th September. Link (Swedish, RPC)



A series of lectures on manga was held in June on the occasion of the exhibition “Proto Anime Cut” at Cartoonmuseum Basel. Link (06/06/2013, German, MdlI)



The Guardian reports on how Hari Kunzru creates a “walk-in” graphic novel with his exhibition, Memory Palace, at the V&A in London. Link (18/06/2013, English, WG)


A series of comics drawing workshops have been developed as a collaborative project between Cardiff University’s Centre for Language and Communication Research and the South African charity Whizzkids United, to produce a comic book in which teenagers tell their own stories to support HIV/AIDS education. Link (English, WG)


There is a call for papers for a special collection within the open access journal Writing Visual Culture, titled “Writing Visual Culture: Digital Comics.” Abstracts of 200 words for papers of 3000 to 6000 words should be submitted by the 19th August. Link (21/06/2013, English, WG)

The Comics Grid announce a special collection celebrating 100 years of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat. Submissions can examine any aspect of Herriman’s creation, and submissions are due by the 1st October. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Will Grady (

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