News Review: August 2015

04 Sep




There is a call for book chapter proposals for the collection, Todo Fontanarrosa: la obra de un completo humorista / All Fontanarrosa: The Work of a Complete Humourist. Abstracts are due by the 31st December. Link (English, WG)

United States


In connection with the Children’s Literature Association Conference that is being hosted by The Ohio State University in 2016, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum will mount an exhibit on children’s comics, (running from the 4th June to the 30th October 2016). In conjunction with this exhibition, there is a call for papers for a peer-reviewed digital exhibit catalogue of critical essays about children’s comics, past and present. 500 word proposals are due by the 15th October. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World, edited by Daniel Worden, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805–2014, with a Guide to Artists, by Christina M. Knopf, has been published by McFarland Books. Link (English, WG)

Sequart has published The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato. Link (English, WG)

Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero, by Aldo J. Regalado, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), to be held at the University of South Carolina between the 14th and 16th April 2016. Confirmed guests include comics artists Howard Cruse, Keith Knight, Cece Bell, and keynote speaker, Professor Michael Chaney. Proposals are due by the 6th November. Link (English, WG)




The Exhibition “Homage of Rinpa: RIMP-A NIMATION”, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the art village by Hon’ami Koetsu (one of the founders of the Rinpa school of painting), will run from the 19th September until the 3rd November at Kyoto International Manga Museum. Link (English, JBS)


The 7th International Scholarly Conference, “Comicology: Probing Practical Scholarship”, will be held from the 25th to the 27th September at Kyoto International Manga Museum. The conference will feature a number of prominent guests from around the world in the field of comics and manga studies. Find the full program through the link. Link (English, JBS)




A Fix & Foxi exhibition is shown in Vienna until the 4th October. Link (27/08/2015, German, MdlI)



A special issue of Image and Narrative, which focuses on the Narrative Functions of Photography in Comics, has been published. Link (English, WG)



Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects and Communities, edited by Rikke Platz Cortsen, Erin La Cour, and Anne Magnussen, has been published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Link (English, WG)



The 30th Helsinki Comics Festival took place between the 28th and 30th August 2015. Link (English, WG)



Coyote, author of the Litteul Kévin series for Fluide Glacial and Le Lombard, has died aged 52. Link 1 (10/08/2015, French, LTa), Link 2 (10/08/2015, French, LTa)



Publisher Carlsen launches a crowdfunded imprint. Link (25/08/2015, German, MdlI)


Comicgarten festival is going to take place in Leipzig on the 5th September; guests include Fil. Link (German, MdlI)

The MMC manga and anime festival is going to take place in Berlin from the 23rd until the 25th October; guests include Martina Peters and Ralf König. Link (German, MdlI)

The Connichi 2015 festival is going to take place in Kassel from the 18th until the 20th September; guests include Rihito Takarai. Link (18/08/2015, German, MdlI)

A 24 hour cartoon reading festival is going to take place in Berlin on the 5th and 6th September; participants include Ralf König and Flix. Link (31/08/2015, German, MdlI)

Internationaler Graphic Novel Salon, and Comicfestival Hamburg will take place from the 8th until the 11th October. Link (24/08/2015, German, MdlI)


A workshop on French-German comics translation is going to take place in Stuttgart from the 23rd until the 27th November. Link (17/08/2015, German, MdlI)



There is a call for papers for the panel, The Sequential Art: Comics as a Cultural Nexus, which will be attached to the Fourth Global Forum of Critical Studies, and will take place in Lucca, Italy, between the 23rd and 24th October. Link (English, WG)



The Museum of Electricity in Viseu is hosting an exhibition titled “Viriato na Banda Desenhada” (Viriato in Comics). The exhibition includes works by 21 comic artists about this historical character. Entry to the exhibition is free and it can be visited until the 13th September. Link (27/08/2015, Portuguese, RR)

On the 15th August, the author Fernando Relvas published his book Nau Negra – The Last Black Ship. The book was published by Edições El Pep. Link (11/08/2015, Portuguese, RR)

The Festival of Comics AmadoraBD is promoting its 26th contest. Works can be submitted until 21st September, and the best Portuguese comics books will receive awards. The applications for these prizes can be submitted until the 7th September. Link (07/08/2015, Portuguese, RR)



The association ACD Cómic has published its selection of essential works published in Spain in the first half of 2015. Link (05/08/2015, EdRC, Spanish)


Acción Cultural Española and the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image are offering a residency in the Maison des Auters, in Angoûleme, to a Spanish graphic novel author from December 2015 to March 2016. It includes accommodation, a stipend and a return train ticket. The deadline for applications is the 21st September. Link (05/08/2015, Spanish, EdRC)


Torpedo 1936: Historia de un gangster sin alma, a book by Javier Mesón about the famous comic, Torpedo 1936, will be published in September by Drakul. Link (26/08/2015, Spanish, EdRC)



Comic artist David Boller has founded a Virtual Comics School. Link (03/08/2015, German, MdlI)



Comics Forum is seeking to appoint three or more individuals to the roles of Articles Editor(s), News Editor(s), and Reviews Editor(s). The deadline for applications is the 25th September. Link (28/08/2015, English, WG)


A themed issue of the British open-access journal New Readings, focusing upon Comics and Translation, has just been published. Link (English, WG)

Jane L. Chapman, Anna Hoyles, Andrew Kerr, and Adam Sherif’s Comics and the World Wars: A Cultural Record has been published through Palgrave Macmillan. Link (English, WG)

D.I.E. Superheroes: Depictions, Impacts, and Ethics of Enhanced Bodies, is a one day discussion that takes place on the 16th September, at the Manchester Meeting Place. Link (English, WG)

Transforming Anthony Trollope: Dispossession, Victorianism and Nineteenth-Century Word and Image, edited by Simon Grennan and Laurence Grove, has been published by Leuven University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Grid invites authors and artists to submit contributions for a special collection on the general topic of Jazz and Comics. The submission deadline is the 15th January 2016. Link (30/07/2015, English, WG)




Tickets are now available for the Graphic festival of graphic storytelling, animation and music, which will be held at the Sydney Opera House on the 28th September, and the 10th and 11th October. There will be film screenings, and talks and performances from Ólafur Arnalds, Sarah Blasko, Brendan McCarthy, George Miller, Nicola Scott, Kevin Smith. Many events are free; ticketed performances range from between $25 and $75. Link (English, AH)


The University of Tasmania is seeking a lecturer or senior lecturer in interdisciplinary creative practice to head up its new Creative Exchange Institute which is “powered by experimental approaches in the visual and performing arts, architecture and design.” This role could potentially suit a comics creator/academic with national/international recognition. Link (English, AH)


The Inkers and Thinkers comics art symposium has published podcasts of the keynote speech from Pat Grant and presentations delivered at this year’s symposium from Liam Burke, Anthony Castle, Ben Juers, Ronnie Scott, and Can Yalcinkaya. Link (11/08/2015, English, AH)

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