News Review: July 2013

04 Aug


South Africa


Moray Rhoda and Neville Howard, behind the comics anthology Velocity, were invited to present a panel on African and Australian comics at the San Diego Comic-Con on the 18th July. It was a historical first, as no South Africans have ever presented a panel talk at the San Diego Comic-Con. Link 1 (18/06/2013, English, MR), Link 2 (English, MR)




With developer David Mirvish’s sale of “Honest Ed’s” (which features strongly in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim), Toronto comics shop “The Beguiling” may also be affected. Link (English, PW)


Vancouver Comics Arts Festival is set to go for the third year in a row on the 24th and 25th May 2014. Link (English, PW)

The Joe Shuster awards for Canadian cartooning will take place on the 24th AugustLink (English, PW)


After the success of the Comics and the Multimodal World conference this year, Graphixia will run another conference at Douglas College next year, possibly in May or June. (PW)

Comics and the Multimodal World presenter, Susan Kirtley, won an Eisner for best educational/ academic book. Bart Beaty, one of the keynote speakers was also nominated for the same award. Link (English, PW)

United States 


Diamond News reports on their top 100 comics based on total unit sales of products invoiced for June 2013. Leading the way was the new Scott Snyder/Jim Lee book Superman Unchained from DC Comics. Link (05/07/2013, English, MB & EG)

Diamond News reports on their top 100 graphic novels based on total unit sales of products invoiced for June 2013, with the latest Walking Dead volume at the head. Link (05/07/2013, English, MB) 

Online merchant Amazon has launched its own graphic novel imprint, Jet City Comics, which promises to have books by the likes of George R.R. Martin and Neal Stephenson available by the end of the year. Link (09/07/2013, English, EG)  

Marvel Comics has launched the Marvel: Share Your Universe campaign, which is meant to provide an easy way to bring younger readers and viewers to the fictional world of the popular publisher. Link (09/07/2013, English, EG) 

Based on the success of last year’s Infinite Comics, Marvel has launched their first few weekly all-digital series starring heroes Wolverine and Iron Man. Link (09/07/2013, English, EG)


The San Diego Comic-Con was held in the middle of July, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) posted an article covering their “Draw Your Favorite Character from a Banned Book” panel. The panel included Jeffrey Brown, Chris Burnham, Terry Moore, Tim Seeley, Jeff Smith and Eric Powell. Link includes several photographs from the event. Link (26/07/2013, English, MB)


History of Comics Online Class is a 14 week online course on comics being offered by the Sequential Artists Workshop. The course begins on the 27th August. Link (English, WG)


Independent comic book and graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics, based in Seattle, Washington, is currently looking for individuals with an interest in learning more about the business from an editorial position. The deadline for consideration is the 15th October. Link (English, MB) 

Law & Politics

Graphics designer and author of Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, Tim Leong, has created a new infographic that traces the main themes that libraries have cited in order to challenge and ban certain comics such as Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Maus, Sandman, and others. Link (16/07/2013, English, MB) 


A call for papers has been posted for an essay collection entitled “Comic Continuations and Adaptations.” Editors are seeking papers that explore adaptations and continuations of comic books and graphic novels into other media, especially television, film, and the novel. Abstracts are due by the 1st September. Link (11/07/2013, English, MB)

There is a call for papers for a special issue of Studies in American Humor set for autumn 2014 entitled “MAD Magazine and Its Legacies.” Queries and abstracts are due by the 1st October. Link (29/07/2013, English, MB & EG)

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association has posted a call for papers for their upcoming 35th annual conference that takes place between the 19th and 22nd February 2014, in Albuquerque. Of interest is the Graphic Novels, Comics, and Popular Culture panel hosted by Robert G. Weiner. The deadline for abstract submission is the 1st November. Link (15/07/2013, English, MB) 

“The Comics of Hergé” is a proposed volume in a new book series, Critical Approaches to Comics Artists (University Press of Mississippi), edited by Joe Sutliff Sanders. Those interested in contributing to the volume should send a 500 word abstract by the 1st January 2014. Link (11/07/2013, English, WG)

Redrawing French Empire in Comics by Mark McKinney has just been published by Ohio State University Press. Link (English, WG)

Michael Dooley interviewed Kathleen McClancy and Joyce Havstad about the Comic Arts Conference at San Diego Comic-Con. Link (10/07/2013, English, WG)




The 84th Comic Market will be held in Tokyo, from the 10th to the 12th August. Link 1 (Japanese, JBS), Link 2 (English, JBS)


On the 7th September, Kyoto International Manga Museum will hold a ‘konkatsu‘ (marriage activities) singles party where people interesting in manga and anime, who are looking for romantic partners, can get to know each other. Link (Japanese, JBS)

On the 17th August, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, author of many critically acclaimed manga in the gekiga genre, will speak at the Kyoto International Manga Museum with manga critic Tomofusa Kure and Kazuma Yoshimura (professor at the Faculty of Manga, Kyoto Seika University). Link (Japanese, JBS)

Law & Politics

The head of the editorial department of Core Magazine, Akira Ota, and two others have been arrested by Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department for distributing obscene images in Comic Mega Store and Nyan 2 Club. Both publications employ a mosaic censoring technique over the explicit content, but officials deemed the censorship insufficient. Link (25/07/2013, English, MB)




Albert Uderzo, illustrator of the Astérix series, has been named an Officer of the Légion d’honneur. Link (14/07/2013, French, LTa)



A comics exhibition at University of Duisburg-Essen causes controversy around Craig Thompson’s Habibi. Link (28/06/2013, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on Italian comics was held in Munich until the 21st July. Link (09/07/2013, German, MdlI)

A roundtable on web-comics with Flix and other artists has been announced to take place in Cologne on the 23rd September. Link (29/07/2013, German, MdlI)



The Dublin Comic Mart took place on the 3rd August. Link (22/07/2013, English, SC)


A comics artist is wanted by to create a comic book on the history of Cork for an exhibition. Link (27/07/2013, English, SC)

The Netherlands


“The Ethics of War and Conflict in Graphic Narratives” is a workshop being organised for the European Association for American Studies (EAAS) annual conference, which takes place between the 3rd and 6th April 2014. 300-500 word abstracts are due by the 1st October. Link (12/07/2013, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the conference, Backroom Business: The Production of Periodicals, which seeks to explore every aspect related to the production of European periodicals, from the early eighteenth century to the present day. Proposals are due on the 1st October for the conference that takes place on the 10th and 11th April 2014, in Radboud University. Link (26/06/2013, English, WG)



An exhibition on Tibet in comics opens at Museum Rietberg, Zurich, on the 14th July, accompanied by two lectures in September. Link (01/07/2013, German, MdlI)



Organisers of the 9th Art Award, that will take place at the Edinburgh Book Festival this August, are seeking crowd funding to publish an anthology which will contain extracts from the shortlisted works that are in the running for the award. The donation cut off is the 9th August. Link (English, WG)

Details for Stripped, the comics focused event at the Edinburgh Book Festival (10th – 26th August), can be found be found on the website. Guests include Chris Ware, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Joe Sacco,  and many more. Link (English, WG)


Damon Herd has teamed up with the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts) for a one week creative work shop on the history of superhero stories, taking place between the 5th and 9th August. The workshop is aimed at 11-16 year olds, and will be introduced by Dr Chris Murray of the University of Dundee. Link (English, WG)


The newly created Journal of Illustration is to be published by Intellect. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the collection Bad Signals: Collected Essays on the Work of Warren Ellis, edited by Hallvard Haug, and Tony Venezia. The proposed anthology which will focus upon any aspect of Warren Ellis’ work, and 300 word abstracts are due by the 13th December. Link (23/07/2013, English, WG)

The comics conference, Transitions 4, will now take place on the 26th October. Link (English, WG)

Damon Herd provides a illustrated blog for the Laydeez do Comics Glasgow event that took place on the 25th June. Link (02/07/2013, English, WG)

The journal European Comic Art Volume 6, Issue 1, has recently been published. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Will Grady (

Correspondents: Jessica Bauwens-Sugimoto (JBS, Japan), Michele Brittany (MB, North America), Shelley Culbertson (SC, Ireland), Eric Ganeau (EG, North America), William Grady (WG, UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Moray Rhoda (MR, South Africa), Lise Tannahill (LTa, France), Peter Wilkins (PW, Canada).

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