News Review: March 2014

04 Apr


South Africa


Moray Rhoda, Ray Whitcher, Daniël Hugo and Chris Beukes did a presentation on the 28th February at the Design Indaba about South African comics (a review of the talk can be found in Link 3). Design Indaba is an event that brings the world’s best design to Cape Town every year. Link 1 (English, MR), Link 2 (20/02/2014, English, MR), Link 3 (26/03/2014, English, MR)


United States 


Diamond Comic Distributors tallied total units sales for the month of February, with Batman #28 (DC Comics), Forever Evil #5 (DC Comics), and Wolverine #1 (Marvel) taking the top three spots respectively. It’s the second month of 2014 that Snyder’s series has taken the top spot. Link (English, MB)

According to Diamond Comic Distributor’s total unit sales statistics, Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha and Omega (IDW), Fatale Volume 4: Pray for Rain (Image), and Adventure Time Volume 4 (Boom) were the top three selling graphic novels of February. Link (English, MB)


The exhibition, Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986, opened on the 12th March at the  Stony Brook University Libraries Charles B. Wang Center.  The exhibition draws from noted science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu’s comic book collection–the largest archive of comic books featuring Asians and Asian Americans. Link (English, MB)


The Department of Writing & Rhetoric at Colgate University seek to fill a one-year full time position at Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2014. The department seeks a replacement for Meg Worley, who holds comics as a research interest. A letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation must be submitted through the link provided. Link (English, WG)

There is a job listing for a Assistant Professor of Communications at Henderson State University. This is a nine month tenure track position, and the role commences in August 2014. The role may be of interest to the comics scholar community, as the successful applicant would be working alongside fellow comics scholar Randy Duncan. Link (English, WG)

Zenescope Entertainment is offering a Design and a Marketing Internship at their Horsham, Pennsylvania headquarters. Applicants must be attending an accredited institution and over the age of 18. Link (13/03/2014, English, MB)

The Seattle based independent comic book/graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics has an immediate opening for a Marketing & Design Intern as well as looking for editorial interns for the summer. Applications for the editorial internship are due by the 15th April. The positions are non-paid. Link (25/03/2014, English, MB)


Stony Brook University Libraries exhibition, Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986, will also frame the symposium, Marvels & Monsters: A Symposium on Asian Images in Comics and Graphic Narratives, which takes place on the 23rd April. Link (English, MB)

Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner’s Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present has been announced for publication through Thames and Hudson. Link (English, WG)

inkt|art, the online comics journal for and by women, is seeking submissions for its Spring 2014 issue. Submissions can include comics columns, short stories, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and critical writing. The deadline for submissions in the 4th April. Link (06/03/2014, English, WG)

Comic book historian Tim Hanley explores the history and contemporary portrayals of one of the most iconic female superheroes, Wonder Woman, in the recently published Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous HeroineLink (English, MB)

The Texas Comic Arts and Cultures Conference in San Antonio, Texas, is seeking proposals for papers, presentations, and panels that take a critical and/or historical approach to comics as part of the Texas Comic-Con held between the 20th and 22nd June. Proposals are due by the 15th April. Link (English, MB)




Kyoto International Manga Museum is hosting the 7th “Cooking Papa” talk show, where Tochi Ueyama, author of the manga by the same title, will cook three dishes from the manga. Kazuma Yoshimura, Dean of the Faculty of Manga at Kyoto Seika University will join him on stage. Link (English, JBS)

The Takarazuka Theatre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and showing many of its most popular musicals, including “The Rose of Versailles”, based on Riyoko Ikeda’s manga by the same title. Link (Japanese, JBS)


The Call for Papers for Manga Futures – the 6th International Scholarly Symposium, held by the University of Wollongong and Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center, is now accepting submissions. Link (English, JBS)




This year’s Nextcomic festival took take place in Linz, Wels and Steyr from the the 20th to the 28th March; guests included Daniel Lieske and M. S. Bastian. Link (06/03/2014, German, MdlI)



The licensing division of French broadcaster TF1 has acquired the rights to early French comic character Bécassine, and plans to launch a range of related merchandise. Link (10/03/2014, French, LTa)


A large exhibition on the work of veteran bande dessinée creator Marcel Gotlib is taking place from the 12th March until the 20th July at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Judaisme in Paris. Link (05/03/2014, French, LTa)



The 3rd “Graphic Novel Tage” are held in Hamburg from the 31st March until the 3rd April; guests include Baru and Lorenzo Mattotti. Link (10/03/2014, German, MdlI)

This year’s Comic Invasion Berlin festival takes place on the 26th April. Link (17/03/2014, German, MdlI)

The comic Didi & Stulle by Fil is adapted into an opera, premiering on the 12th June in Berlin. Link (24/03/2014, German, MdlI)


Neil Cohn is going to hold a workshop on “The Visual Language of Comics” on the 23rd June and will give a lecture on “The narrative grammar of comics, film, and discourse” on the 25th June. Both will take place at the University of Bremen. Link (13/03/2014, German, MdlI)

A new journal for German-language comics scholarship, Closure: Kieler e-Journal für Comicforschung, is going to launch on the 15th October; the deadline for the first Call for Papers is the 16th May. Link (24/03/2014, German, MdlI)



The Casa da Cultura in Sátão is hosting a comics exhibition about the life and work of the Portuguese writer Eça de Queiroz. The exhibition can be visited until the 12th April.Link (20/03/2014, Portuguese, RR)

El Pep Store & Gallery in Lisbon is hosting the individual exhibition on the comics and illustration of João Chambel. It can be visited until the 12th April. Link (13/03/2014, Portuguese, RR)



The Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art (SJoCA) has announced a call for papers. The scope of the journal is interdisciplinary, encouraging a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The journal publishes articles, book reviews and news from the field of comics studies. At the moment, the journal is calling for articles, reviews, and forum texts (brief scholarly essays, commentaries, and debate pieces). The language of the journal is English. Link (English, KBF)



Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival (Stockholm’s International Comics Festival) will take place between the 17th and 18th May. This year’s theme is Canadian comics. Market tables can now be reserved, but the event is free and open to the public. Link 1 (28/03/2014, English, KBF), Link 2 (28/03/2014, Swedish, KBF)


A call for research papers and artist participants for a Scandinavian Comics Workshop has been announced. The event will take place on the 5th May at Stockholm University. The workshop focus is linguistic scholarship in comics studies, but scholars from any discipline working on Scandinavian comics are welcome, as are Scandinavian comics artists. Abstracts (200 words) and biographical statements (100 words) should be sent by the 7th April to both and Link (28/03/2014, English, KBF)



On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the comic magazine Strapazin, a short documentary video has been published. Link (02/03/2014, German, MdlI)

This year’s Fumetto festival in Lucerne is going to take place from the 5th to the 13th April, with main guest Gabriella Giandelli. Link (20/03/2014, German, MdlI)



Dee Con 2014, a free anime, comics, games and animation convention, takes place at the Students Union at the University of Dundee on the 5th April. Link (English, WG)

Downthetubes reports on Issue One, a symposium on the future of the comics industry in Scotland, which took place at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts on the 17th March. Link (18/03/2014, English, WG)

The list of guests for the Lakes Comic Art Festival (17th to the 19th October) has been updated. Link (English, WG)


Comics writer Steve Moore, who was said to have taught Alan Moore how to write comics scripts, has passed away. Link (English, WG)


The Comics Grid are looking to crowdsource a directory of feeds from blogs or sites that cover comics,  particularly comics criticism, history and scholarship. Link (27/03/2014, English, WG)

The Comics Grid have published their open call for submissions to the journal. The editorial deadline this time around was the 31st March. Link (English, WG)

A Facebook group has been created for the Fifth International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics, taking place at the British Library, London, in July. Link (English, WG)




Comics Can Do Anything is a series of interviews featuring Pat Grant, Simon Hanselmann, Nicki Greenburg, Tim Molloy, Mandy Ord, and special guest Alison Bechdel. These took place at the Adelaide Festival Centre on the 2nd March. Link (English, ALM)

Jake Bresanello and Jake Holmes debuted their sci-fi installation comic Bear Knuckles: A Celebration of the Renaissance of Illustration at the Adelaide City Council’s Art Pod exhibition space. The exhibition runs from the 26th March to the 8th May. Link (English, ALM

Josh Santosporito has a comic art exhibition running at the Sawtooth Artist Run Initiative Gallery at Launceston. Sleuth: The Delegation will be exhibited from the 4th until the 26th April. Link (English, ALM)


The University of Adelaide will be hosting Inkers and Thinkers: The Evolution of Comics on the 4th April.  This interdisciplinary symposium features speakers from around Australia, and after the presentation there will be a screening of Bernard Caleo and Daniel Hayward’s documentary Graphic Novels! Melbourne! Link (English, ALM)


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