News Review February 2016

04 Mar




The online journal Alternative francophone has published a special issue on French women’s comics, edited by Sophie Milquet and Chris Reyns-Chikuma. Link (22/02/2016, French, BC)

United States


Meiji University professor Fujimoto Yukari will give a talk on ‘The Nuclear Disaster, Tsunami and Manga’ at Columbia University on the 11th March. Link (English, JBS)


The Comics Studies Society, a new professional association for comics researchers and teachers, has launched its membership drive. Link (15/02/2016, English, WG)

There is a call for proposals for a collection of essays titled How to Analyse and Review Comics. Abstracts are due by the 15th March. Link (07/02/2016, English, WG)

The table of contents for the International Journal of Comic Art 17.2 has been published online. Link (16/02/2016, English, WG)

The Modern Language Association’s Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives is currently accepting proposals to its three panels on Adaptation, Temporality, and Alien Lines for the 2017 meeting. Abstracts are due by the 15th March for proposals relating to Adaptation and Alien Lines, and the 4th March for Temporality. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special roundtable session, Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness, for the MLA conference 2017. The deadline for abstracts is the 15th March 2016. Link (12/02/2016, English, WG)

Issue 8.3 of ImageTexT has been published. Link (English, WG)

The deadline for applications for this year’s The Experience at Comic-Con, which engages students as participant-observers of Comic-Con International, is the 1st April. Link (English, WG)




Hagio Moto’s seventies girls’ manga series, Poe no ichizoku [The Poe Family] will be adapted for TV as a suspense drama in spring. It will be aired by TV Asahi and one of the main characters will be played by SMAP member Katori Shingo. Link (Japanese, JBS)

On the 19th March, Meiji University’s Yonezawa Yoshihiro Memorial Library will hold a talk event with manga artist and Kyoto Seika University professor Sugaya Mitsuru and Kyoto International Manga Museum researcher Ito Yu. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The nominees for the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize have been selected. A full list of all seven works can be found at the link. The awards ceremony will take place on the 29th May. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The exhibition, Doboku and Manga, exploring manga from the perspective of civil engineering, will be held at Kyoto International Manga Museum from the 3rd March until the 20th May. Link (English, JBS)




A Call for Papers for an issue of the Journal for Religion, Film and Media (JRFM) on Comics and Animated Cartoons has been published; the deadline for submissions is the 31st August. Link (English, MdlI)



Two authors’ groups have called for a boycott of the 2017 Angoulême Festival in light of this year’s troubled edition. Link (24/02/2016, French, LTa)

Four female BD creators -TanXXX, Julie Maroh, Aurélie Neyret and Chloé Cruchaudet- have refused membership of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as offered by the French Ministry of Culture. Link (02/02/2016, French, LTa)

A bande dessinée-cented theme park has been proposed in Angoulême. Link (12/02/2016, French, LTa)


Bande dessinée et numérique, edited by Pascal Robert, has been published through CNRS éditions and offers essays investigating digital comics. Link (25/02/2016, French, BC)

In the framework of the États Généraux de la Bande Dessinée association, which seeks to defend the rights of comics artists, Thierry Groensteen has written a historical study of cartoonists’ rights associations. Link (22/02/2016, French, BC)



Novelist Hanna Heitmeyer, a.k.a. Hannah Ben, was found to have plagiarised Boys next Door by Kaori Yuki; Heitmeyer’s publisher terminated her contract. Link (10/02/2016, English, MdlI)


The 1st Comic and Manga Convention Hamburg is going to take place on the 12th May. Link (05/02/2016, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of Finnish comic artists is taking place in Berlin until the 3rd March. Link (15/02/2016, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on myth and history in comics is going to be shown in Leipzig from the 11th March until the 7th October. Link (19/02/2016, German, MdlI)


A Call For Papers for this year’s ComFor conference, which is going to take place at University of Duisburg-Essen from the 16th until the 19th November, has been published; the topic of the conference is Comics in School – School in Comics and the deadline for abstracts is the 1st April. Link (04/02/2016, German, MdlI)

The book, Comic – Film – Gender, Véronique Sina’s PhD thesis, has been published by Transcript in February. Link (German, MdlI)

The books, Reading Graphic Novels: Genre and Narration by Achim Hescher, Metamedialität und Materialität im Comic: Zeitungscomic – Comicheft – Comicbuch by Christian Bachmann, Comic-Pioniere: Die deutschen Comic-Künstler der 1950er Jahre by Reginald Rosenfeldt, and Comiczeichnen: Figurationen einer ästhetischen Praxis by Lino Wirag, have been published in February. Link (29/02/2016, German, MdlI)



From the 3rd March until the 6th March, the Coimbra BD will take place at the Casa da Cultura in Coimbra. Link (Portuguese, RR)



Termicómic 2016, a graphic novels and self-publishing festival, will take place from the 10th to the 12th March at La Térmica, Málaga.Link (22/02/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Naúfragos, by Laura Pérez, has been awarded the 9th edition of FNAC-Salamandra International Graphic Novel Prize. Link (16/01/2016, English, EdRC)

Spanish cartoonist Jaume Capdevilla, a.k.a. Kap, has been awarded the Press Cartoon Europe 2016 with a cartoon about the refugee crisis. Link (22/01/2016, English, EdRC)

The 7th edition of GRAF, an event dealing with independent comic publishing, will take place in Barcelona from the 4th to the 6th March. Link (24/02/2016, Spanish, EdRC)



Dr Simon Grennan and Dr Julian Waite of the University of Chester, and Professor Roger Sabin of Central Saint Martins, will give a talk on the work of the nineteenth-century cartoonist, Marie Duval, at the House of Illustration (London) on the 18th March. Link (English, WG)

The Dundee Comics Creative Space, partnered with the University of Dundee, is launching an after school club. Link (English, WG)


The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics have tweeted about an open call for submissions for a special collection focusing upon Comics and Film. Link (English, WG)

European Comic Art 8.2 has been published, with a special issue focused upon the First World War in comics and cartoons. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Jessica Bauwens-Sugimoto (JBS, Japan and America), Enrique del Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Benoît Crucifix (BC, Canada and France), William Grady (WG, United States and UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany), Renatta Rafaella (RR, Portugal), and Lise Tannahill (LTa, France).

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