News Review: September 2014

04 Oct


South Africa


GRAPHIC RADICALS: At the Cutting Edge of Comic Art, is an exhibition that will take place in Muizenberg, Cape Town, from the 3rd October. Link (English, WG)




There is a call for papers for a collection entitled, The Canadian Alternative: Canadian Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels. Submissions are due by the 30th April 2015. Link (05/09/2014, English, WG)

United States


Based on total comic book sales invoiced for August, DC’s Batman #34 ranked first according to Diamond News. Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man #5 and Original Sin #7 ranked second and third respectively. Link (English, MB)

Based on total graphic novel sales invoiced in August, Marvel’s Thanos Infinity Revelation and Deadpool vs. Carnage ranked first and third according to Diamond News. DC’s Fables Volume 20: Camelot ranked second. Link (English, MB)

Dynamite Digital announced that Bitcoin, the virtual currency, will now be an accepted form of payment, joining traditional forms of payment options. Link (17/09/2014, English, MB)


The University of Chicago has posted a position for Assistant Professor in 20th & 21st Century Fiction and Narrative Theory, which mentions seeking scholars working on comics and video game studies. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and dissertation abstract by the 3rd November. Link (12/09/2014, English, MB)


The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is accepting proposals for their 26th annual conference being held in Orlando, Florida, between the 18th and 22nd March 2015. 400 word abstracts are due by the 31st October. Link (English, MB)

The Comics Arts Conference organisers have announced the submission deadlines for both Wondercon Anaheim (held between the 3rd and 5th April 2015), and San Diego Comic-Con conference (being held between the 9th and 12th July 2015). Proposals of between 100 and 200 words are due by the 1st December for Wondercon, and the 1st March 1 for San Diego. Link (English, MB)

The University of Florida has announced their 12th annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels with the theme of “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media”. Proposals are due by the 1st January for the conference, which is being held in Gainesville, Florida between the 10th and 12th April. Link (02/09/2014, English, MB)

ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies is currently seeking manuscript reviewers with expertise in a variety of areas in comics studies. Link (13/09/2014, English, WG)

Cord A. Scott’s book, Comics and Conflict, has been published through US Naval Institute Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for Marvel Feature Films edited by Robert Moses Peaslee, Matthew McEniry, and Robert G. Weiner. Abstracts are due by the 15th November. Link (17/09/2014, English, WG)




There is a leaflet for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme 2015/2016. There are opportunities for funded places to study a PhD in comics in the Department of English at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Interested candidates are urged to contact Francisco Veloso ( Link (English, WG)




Sfar So Far: Identity, History, Fantasy, and Mimesis in Joann Sfar’s Graphic Novels, by Fabrice Leroy, has recently been published through Leuven University Press. Link (English, WG)



Astérix co-creator, Albert Uderzo, and his daughter Sylvie have ended their seven-year legal feud amicably, agreeing to drop their respective lawsuits. Link (26/09/2014, English, LTa)

French newspaper L’Humanité is preparing to relaunch its BD magazine Pif Gadget (1969-1993; 2004-2009) in the coming months. Link (12/09/2014, French, LTa)


Franco-German TV network ARTE has shown an adaptation of Frederik Peeters’ Pilules Bleues. Link (01/09/2014, French, LTa)


There is a call for papers for the conference, Voyages, the theme for the Sixth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference / Ninth International Bande Dessinée Society Conference. Abstracts are due by the 31st December for the conference which takes place in Paris between the 22nd and 27th June. Link (23/09/2014, English, WG)



Comicfestival Hamburg is taking place from the 2nd until the 5th October; guests include Amanda Vähämäki, Luke Pearson, and Mawil. Link (01/09/2014, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of the winners of this year’s Max-und-Moritz-Preis is shown in Wiedensahl from the 14th September 2014 until the 24th May 2015. Link (08/09/2014, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “Streich auf Streich – 150 Jahre Jahre Max und Moritz. Deutschsprachige Comics von Wilhelm Busch bis heute”, is shown again in Oberhausen from the 14th September 2014 until the 18th January 2015. Link (08/09/2014, German, MdlI)

The award, “Comicbuchpreis 2015 der Berthold Leibinger Stiftung”, goes to Birgit Weyhe for her comic Madgermanes. Link (10/09/2014, German, MdlI)


A workshop on “Empirical Approaches to Comics” took place in Berlin on the 20th September. Link (04/09/2014, English, MdlI)

A lecture series on holocaust representations, including two lectures on comics by Ralf Palandt (23rd October) and Ole Frahm (6th November), is going to take place in Bochum. Link (15/09/2014, German, MdlI)



Various Irish comics creators were involved in panels at DICE 2014, which took place in Dublin on the 27th and 28th September. Link (06/09/2014, English, SC)



The Casa da Baía in Setúbal is hosting an exhibition titled “Portos em Banda Desenhada” (Ports in Comics), dedicated to port activity and the maritime world. The exhibition can be visited until the 19th October and is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Link (25/09/2014, Portuguese, RR)

From the 25th October until the 10th November, the city of Amadora is hosting the 25º Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada 2014 (25th International Festival of Comics). Link (19/09/2014, Portuguese, RR)



Spaceman Books, a new publishing house specialising in comics associated to ECC, has been created. Link (05/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)


The 4th edition of GRAF, the independent comics publishing festival, will take place in Madrid on the 14th and 15th November at Museo ABC (Madrid). Link (29/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)

Issue 10 of DON, a free online magazine (available on App Store and Play Store), is integrally dedicated to comics and includes many interviews and selections of comics from international and Spanish authors. Link (09/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)

The winners of the 14th edition of Dolmen’s Premios de la crítica (Critics’ prizes) have been announced. Link (15/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)

The cultural magazine Jot Down has published “100 tebeos imprescincibles”, a guide to the 100 indispensable comics. Link (03/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition Dibujar las meninas, which explores the creation of the graphic novel of the same name by Jabier Olivares y Santiago García, is being shown at Museo ABC (Madrid) from the 26th September until the 16th November. Link (26/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)


A new edition of the Master de novela gráfica (Master in graphic novels) has been announced. Enrollment is open  until the 14th December this year, and the course will start on the 14th January 2015. Link (04/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)


The book Breve historia del cómic, by Spanish comics specialist, Gerardo Vilches, has been published. Link (03/09/2014, Spanish, EdRC)



A comics exhibition titled “Bulles – in Blasen sprechen” is shown in Zurich from the 5th until the 19th October. Link (15/09/2014, German, MdlI)


Peter Gautschi and Christian Gasser are going to give a lecture on violence and history in comics at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts on the 15th October. Link (20/09/2014, German, MdlI)



Southeast Asian Comics, an exhibition curated by CT Lim, will be at the The Proud Archivist – Library, London, between the 24th October and 2nd November. Link (English, LCT)


There is a call for papers for a Special Issue of the journal, South Asian Popular Culture, entitled “Graphic Novels and Visual Cultures in South Asia.” The editors welcome enquiries or proposals in the form of a 150-200 words abstract by the 14th November. Link (English, WG)

St. Mary’s University, London, is welcoming participants for workshops and a symposium focused on “Graphic Justices of the Future: Law and Jurisprudence in Futuristic Comics.” Link (16/09/2014, English, WG)




At the 2014 Small Press Expo (SPX), Australian comics creator Simon Hanselmann was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story. He was also ‘married to comics’ in a ceremony conducted by Gary Groth. Link 1 (English, ALM), Link 2 (English, ALM)

Creators representing Australia (and New Zealand) at SPX 2014 also include Matt Emery (Pikitia Press), Frank Candiloro (FrankenComics), Nicholas (NikNik) McIvor, Matthew Hoddy and Caitlin Major (Space Pyrates), and Alexis Sugden (AnimatorLex). Link (English, ALM)

Pikitia Press, a news site about Australian and New Zealand comics, has recently expanded its content to include a monthly review column. The reviews will be written by Philip Bentley, a judge of the national comics art awards, the Ledgers. Comics and zines can be sent in for critical review. Link (English, ALM)

Registration has now opened for the Australian Cartoonists Association 30th Annual Stanley Awards. “The Stanleys” will be held on the 14th and 15th of November, at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney. Link (English, ALM)


The Inkers and Thinkers Interdisciplinary Comics Symposium has released its Call for Papers for the 2015 conference. The theme is ‘The Alternative’, and as well as abstracts the organisers are seeking creative workshop proposals. The deadline for abstracts is the 15th October, and the deadline for workshop proposals is the 31st October. Link (English, ALM)

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