News Review: April 2014

04 May




A full programme for the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (taking place on the 9th and 10th May) is now available online. Link (English, WG)

United States 


Diamond Distributors has released statistics for March; with Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Image Comics taking the top three spots respectively for retail market share and unit market share. DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Image Comics took first through third for total titles shipped by publisher. Link (04/04/2014, English, MB)

Amazon has announced the acquisition of comiXology, the app and online store that offers digital versions of mainstream and independent comic books. CEO David Steinberger stated that comiXology will remain a wholly owned subsidiary and continue to offer Guided View and Submit, two of their popular app features. Link (11/04/2014, English, MB)


The 2014 Eisner Award nominations were announced this month, with the awards to be given out on the 25th July at the San Diego International Comic Con. The link provides the full list of nominees (including for Best Scholarly/Academic Work). Link (English, MB)


Longtime Mad Magazine editor Al Feldstein passed away at the age of 88. His first job was working in a shop with Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, while he mostly known for his work as a cartoonist. In 2003 he was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Link (30/04/2014, English, MB)


Joseph J. Darowski’s X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender in the Comic Books has been published through Rowman & Littlefield. Darowski analyses The Uncanny X-Men through the lens of historical, racial, and gender issues, grouping discussion into a series of distinct eras. Link (English, MB)

The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, by Thierry Smolderen, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

The collection, Comics as History, Comics as Literature Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment, edited by Annessa Ann Babic, has been published through Rowman & Littlefield. Link (English, WG)*




The Huang Yao Spring Catalogue was launched in March in Hong Kong. Huang Yao was a pioneer Chinese cartoonist from the 1930s and contemporaries with Feng Zikai and Liao Bingxiao. Huang spent some years in Hong Kong in the later 1940s before settling down in Malaysia. Link (English/Chinese, LCT)


The international comic symposium, Modern Women and Their Comics: Changing Local Identities from the 1960s to the 2000s, was held at the Comix Home Base in March in Hong Kong. Link (English/Chinese, LCT)



18,000 original drawings by manga artist Tsuchida Seiki, as well as a number of tribute drawings by other manga artists, will be exhibited at the Kyoto International Manga Museum from the 31st May until the 31st August. There will be a related event on the 27th July. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The exhibition, Nakayoshi Festa – Magical Girls Are Forever, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the shojo manga magazine Nakayoshi, will be held by the Kyoto International Manga Museum from the 24th May until the 29th September. Related workshops will be held on weekends, holidays, and during the summer vacation. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The “Incident In Conan Exhibit” 20th Anniversary Exhibition (of the manga series Detective Conan), now exhibited in the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (until the 10th May), will move to Nagoya next. Link (Japanese, JBS)

Bumpodo Gallery, in Tokyo’s Chiyoda district, is hosting a “Genga’ (dash)” (high quality reproductions) exhibition with manga art by artists Fujii Chiaki, Hanamura Eiko, Chiba Tetsuya, and Takemiya Keiko. This exhibition ends on the 9th May. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The Kita Kyushu Manga Museum is holding the Takenaka Jun Exhibition, from the 26th April until the 22nd June. The exhibition features art by Takenaka as well as tributes by other renowned manga artists. There will be two more events related to this exhibition (on the 17th and 24th May). Link (Japanese, JBS)


On May the 10th, the Kyushu group of the Japanese Society for Study in Cartoons and Comics will have a research meeting on “Manga and war memory”. The Speakers are professor Ogi Fusami, professor Karl Ian Cheng Chua, and professor Yoshida Kaori. Professor Nagaike Kazumi will act as facilitator. The meeting will be held at the Kita Kyushu Manga Museum. Link (Japanese, JBS)




Copenhagen Comics, Denmark’s largest comic arts festival, will take place between the 1st and 2nd June. The program (in Danish) is available through Link 2. Link 1 (English, KBF), Link 2 (English, KBF)

The nominees for Denmark’s Pingprisen 2014 have been published, with winners to be announced on the 7th June. Link 1 (Danish, KBF), Link 2 (15/04/2014, Danish, KBF)



There is a call for papers for a conference which will examine the role of sidekicks and underlings in English-language comics, and other popular sources. Entitled Sidekicks and Underlings, abstracts were due by the 30th April, for the conference which takes place on the 3rd and 4th October. Link (English/French, WG)



A Call for Participation has been published for a webcomics event as part of the festival Comic-Salon Erlangen. Link (07/04/2014, German, MdlI)

A Ralf König exhibition is taking place in Frankfurt from the 27th March to the 3rd August. Link (17/04/2014, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of Belgian independent comics will take place in Bremen from the 3rd May to the 8th June. Link (28/04/2014, German, MdlI)


The proceedings of the 2012 ComFor conference have been published: Stephan Packard (Ed.), Comics & Politik, Berlin: Bachmann, ISBN 978-3-941030-29-9. Link (03/04/2014, German, MdlI)

Hans Ries is going to give a talk on Münchener Bilderbogen in Munich on the 4th November 2014. Link (14/04/2014, German, MdlI)

Comics scholar Daniel Stein is featured in the latest issue of forschung, the magazine of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Link (24/04/2014, German, MdlI)



ComiXconnection multinational comics exhibition opened on the 4th April at Nick Art & Design Galéria, Pécs. The exhibition features works by Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian, Romanian and Hungarian artists. Link (01/04/2014, Hungarian, ES)

The 10th International Comics Festival Budapest is held on the 18th May at Dürer Kert, Budapest. International guest artists and writers include Boulet (France), Hélène Becquelin (Switzerland), Claudio Chiaverotti (Italy), Puiu Manu (Romania), Bartosz Sztybor and Piotr Nowacki (Poland), as well comics professionals Nicolas Grivel (France), Tomáš Prokůpek (Czech Rep.) and Dodo Nita (Romania). Link (05/05/2014, English, ES)



Alan Nolan will provide a comic strip workshop at the 2014 Dublin Writers Festival on the 24th May. Link (15/04/2014, English, SC)

An art exhibition on Bunsen Bunnies artist Ann Louise Harrison will take place place in The Wicker Man, Belfast, throughout May. Link (30/04/2014, English, SC)


The Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster are currently accepting applications to pursue doctoral research, with space for comics studies. Link (English, SC)



The Oslo Comics Expo (OCX) will take place on the 13th and 14th June. Updates and information are available on the website and on Facebook. Link 1 (Norwegian, KBF), Link 2 (Norwegian, KBF)



From the 31st May until the 15th June, the Casa da Cultura of Beja will be hosting the annual International Festival of Comics (X Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja). This festival is usually composed by some exhibitions, book/magazine launches, author events, workshops, concerts, and much more. Link 1 (Portuguese, RR), Link 2 (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 newsfrom 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 (30/04/2014, English, KBF)



Stockholms Internationella Seriefestival (Stockholm’s International Comics Festival) will take place on the 17th and 18th May. This year’s theme is Canadian comics. The event is free and open to the public. Link 1 (English, KBF), Link 2 (Swedish, KBF)



The British Library have published a list of comics related events to correspond with the exhibition, Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, taking place from the 2nd May to the 19th August. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Grid‘s blog is soliciting submissions of critical reception for the exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, alongside its related events. Link (27/04/2014, English, WG)


There are two advertised job roles for the University of Exeter, with potential room for a specialism in comics: Lecturer in American Literature (Link 1), and Lecturer in Twentieth Century Literature (Link 2). The closing date for applications is the 11th May and 13th May respectively. Link 1 (English, WG), Link 2 (English, WG)


There is a call for papers for a special themed edition of Networking Knowledge entitled “Digital Comics.” Abstracts are due by the 11th July. Link (English, WG)



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Correspondents: Jessica Bauwens-Sugimoto (JBS, Japan), Michele Brittany (MB, North America), Shelley Culbertson (SC, Ireland), Kristy Beers Fägersten (KBF, Denmark, Norway, Sweden), William Grady (WG, UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renatta Rafaella (RR, Portugal), Eszter Szép (ES, Hungary), Lim Cheng Tju (LCT, China).

*Courtesy of Guillaume de Syon

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3 responses to “News Review: April 2014

  1. de Syon, Guillaume

    2014/05/04 at 09:21

    I didn’t see this one listed in your recent reviews. In case you missed it:
    Comics as History, Comics as Literature: Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment
    by Annessa Ann Babic (Editor), Henri-Simon Blanc-Hoàng (Contributor), Guillaume de Syon (Contributor), Christina Dokou (Contributor), Lynda Goldstein (Contributor), Melanie Huska (Contributor), Kara M. Kvaran (Contributor), Peter W. Lee (Contributor), James C. Lethbridge (Contributor), Annick Pellegrin (Contributor), Micah Rueber (Contributor), Faiz Sheikh (Contributor), Beatrice Skordili (Contributor)
    Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, distributed by Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.
    Guillaume de Syon
    History Department
    Albright College
    Reading, PA 19612-5234, USA
    H-717 392 7497 W-610 921 7822 OR


  2. Comics Forum

    2014/05/06 at 19:06

    Just a quick update–I’ve added the publishing of ‘Comics as History, Comics as Literature’ through Rowman to this month’s Review. It’s under United States, and Research, and you have been credited at the bottom of the Review for the link Guillaume (underneath the list of correspondents).





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