News Review: February 2015

04 Mar


United States


The New-York Historical Society has awarded its annual American History Book Prize to Jill Lepore’s  The Secret History of Wonder WomanLink (17/02/2015, English, WG)

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will celebrate women’s history month and their international holdings with the opening of World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls’ Desires. The exhibition takes place between the 28th March and the 5th July. Link (English, WG)


The MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives has published a call for papers for three panels at next year’s MLA Convention in Austin, Texas (7th to the 10th January 2016). The panels are Satire and the Editorial Cartoon, Latina/o Comics, and Charlie Hebdo and its Publics. Link (14/02/2015, English, WG)

Scholars Kathryn La Barre, Carol Tilley, and John Walsh are collaborating on a digital archive analysing comics readership from 1961-1973. Link (03/02/2015, English, WG)




Yonezawa Yoshihiro Memorial Library is showing the exhibition “Mihara Jun, Revival Festival” between the 8th February and the 31st May. Link (Japanese, JBS)


The works of students graduating from Kyoto Seika University’s Faculty of Manga and Graduate School of Manga will be exhibited at the Kyoto International Manga Museum during Anime Week (18th to the 22nd February). During this period, access to the museum is free. Link (Japanese, JBS)




Nextcomic Festival is going to take place in Linz from the 19th until the 27th March; guests include Anke Feuchtenberger and Nicolas Mahler. Link (19/02/2015, German, MdlI)



Belgian artist Géri, known for his work on Tintin magazine, has died aged 80. Link 1 (05/02/2015, French, LTa), Link 2 (05/02/2015, French, LTa)



Joann Sfar, creator of The Rabbi’s Cat, has began publishing columns and illustrations in the French edition of the Huffington Post. Link 1 (05/02/2015, French, LTa), Link 2 (05/02/2015, French, LTa)


Jacques Kamb, cartoonist for the newspaper L’Humanité and bande dessinée artist for Pif Gadget, has died at 81. Link (06/02/2015, French, LTa)



Scott McCloud is going to present his latest comic, The Sculptor, in Berlin and Leipzig from the 11th-13th March. Link (05/02/2015, German, MdlI)

Guests at Leipzig Book Fair and the simultaneous comic festival, The Millionaires Club, from the 12th until the 15th March, include Achdé, Judith Park, and Sascha Hommer. Link (12/02/2015, German, MdlI)

Comicfestival München is going to take place from the 4th until the 7th June 2015. Guest country is the UK; guest artists include Frank Quitely, Don Rosa, and Bryan Talbot. Link (19/02/2015, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on Atze and Mosaik is shown in Leipzig from the 24th February until the 18th March. Link (23/02/2015, German, MdlI)

Brigitte Helbling and Sarah Burrini are going to talk about contemporary comics and their production in Stuttgart on the 14th April. Link (26/02/2015, German, MdlI)


There is a Call for Papers for the second issue of Closure. Kieler e-Journal für Comicforschung; the deadline is the 11th March. Link (08/02/2015, German, MdlI)



The Athens Comics Library, the first comics library in Athens Greece, is now open. Link (15/02/2015, Greek, LTs)



The Hungarian comic artist and designer Zorro the Bianco’s exhibition, Are You In Our Story?, was opened as part of the LGBT History Month on the 18th February at Roham Bár, Budapest. Zorro’s work was featured in the 2014 campaign film of the LGBT History Month. Link 1 (Hungarian, ES), Link 2 (Hungarian, ES)



The inaugural Amsterdam Comics international conference, Comics Interaction, will take place between the 1st and 3rd July in Amsterdam. Abstracts are due by the 17th April. Link (English, WG)



On the 19th February the Latvian magazine S! published an issue inspired by the book Livro do Desassossego by Fernando Pessoa. The issue includes some comic works from 17 portuguese authors and an introduction by Marcos Farrajota. Link (26/02/2015, English, RR)



The winners of the 2015 prizes of the AACE (Asociación de autores de comic de España -Spanish Comics Authors Association) have been announced. Link (11/02/2015, Spanish, EdRC)

The third edition of KBOOM!, an event about comics and self-publishing, will take place in Espai Jove La Fontana (Barcelona) on the 14th and 15th March. Link (24/02/2015, Spanish, EdRC)

The IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern -The Valencian Institute of Modern Art) is hosting an exhibition by Francesc Ruiz about Valencian comics, from the 19th February until the 30th August. The Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia will also celebrate a seminar parallel to the exhibition from the 4th to the 6th March. Link (22/02/2015, Spanish, EdRC)

A crowfunding project is looking for contributions to produce a documentary about the comics industry in Spain. Link (20/02/2015, Spanish, EdRC)



There is a call for papers for a conference regarding the Future in Comics. The event will take place in Stockholm between the 3rd and 5th September, and abstracts are due by the 15th April. Link (English, WG)

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