News Review March 2016

04 Apr




Kyoto International Manga Museum is holding the TV anime series exhibition She and Her Cat – Everything Flows, from the 9th April  until the 19th June. Link (English, JBS)

The exhibition Est Naito, at Kyoto’s Trance Pop Cider 2 gallery, with art by manga artists Est Em and Yamada Naito, is running until the 17th April. Link (23/03/2016, Japnese, JBS)

Yonezawa Yoshihiro Memorial Library’s 71st event is a Talk Even with manga artists Kono Fumio and Ozawa Yuki, with ‘How to Enjoy Barefoot Gen’ as a theme. The event is held at Meiji University on the 16th of April 16th. Link (Japanese, JBS)




The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (43.1) has been published, a special issue entitled “Exploring Canadian Identities in Canadian Comics”. Link (English, WG)

United States


Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, the new journal of the Comics Studies Society, to be published beginning in 2017, has published a call for submissions. Link (English, WG)

Abstracts for an edited collection entitled, The Comics Work of Neil Gaiman: In Darkness, In Light, and In Shadow, are due by the 15th May. Link (09/03/2016, English, WG)

Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction, by Randy Duncan, Michael Ray Taylor, and David Stoddard, has been published through Routledge. Link (English, WG)

Prof. Fujimoto Yukari of Meiji University will give a presentation titled ‘The Structure and Characteristics of the Japanese Manga Market’ at Columbia Business School (New York) on the 6th April (registration required). Link (English, JBS)




French comics artist Joann Sfar was decorated knight of the Legion of Honour. Link (27/03/2016, French, BC)


A call for papers has been issued for the study day La bande dessinée: quelles recherches?, organized in Paris by Benoît Berthou and Jacques Dürrenmatt on the 10th June 2016. Abstracts (in French) are due by the 8th April. Link (29/02/2016, French, BC)

The comics research network La Brèche, assembling graduate students and early-career researchers, has launched its website. Link (09/03/2016, French, BC)



This year’s Göttinger Elch award for satire goes to Max Goldt. Link (German, MdlI)

A Rodolphe Töpffer exhibition is being shown in Wiedensahl until the 28th August. Link (07/03/2016, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, Redrawing Stories from the Past, has moved on from Berlin to Chemnitz, where it is being shown until the 15th April. Link (14/03/2016, German, MdlI)

The Dōjinshi [amateur work] Of The Year 2015 award goes to Nana Yaa Kyere for her comic, MCS*. Link (16/03/2016, German, MdlI)

The 39th DONALD meeting took place in Cologne. Link (19/03/2016, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, Drawing the Line: Dissenting Voices in Contemporary Comics, will be shown in Berlin from the 8th to the 30th April. Link (24/03/2016, German, MdlI)

A Marc-Antoine Mathieu exhibition is taking place in Trebel from the 2nd to the 17th April. Link (31/03/2016, German, MdlI)


The Closure conference on Beginnings and Renewals in Comics is going to take place in Kiel from the 9th – 11th September 2016; the deadline for abstracts is the 30th April. Link (German, MdlI)

A conference on The Empirical Study of Comics is going to take place in Bremen from the 7th to the 9th February 2017; the deadline for abstracts is the 31st May. Link (English, MdlI)

A one-day symposium on narrative structures and visual storytelling in comics is going to take place in Stuttgart on the 27th April 2016. Link (06/03/2016, English, MdlI)

A conference on myth and history in comics will take place in Leipzig from the 27th to the 30th April. Link (24/03/2016, German, MdlI)



Until the end of April, the gallery Mundo Fantasma in Oporto, is hosting the exhibition Elipse of Sofia Neto. The exhibition is composed of some original comics works that were published in her book titled Eco [Echo]. Link (15/03/2016, Portuguese, RR)

On the 19th March the Libreria Tusitala in Badajoz, Spain opened an exhibition featuring the work of Portuguese comic authors, João Sequeira and Sónia Oliveira. The exhibition can be visited until the 9th April. Link (Spanish and Portuguese, RR)

Until the 16th April an exhibition dedicated to the Portuguese author José Garcês is being hosted in the Portuguese National Library (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal) in Lisbon. Link (Portuguese, RR)



La Casa, by Paco Roca, has been been awarded Best National Comic 2015 by the Confederación Española de Gremios y Asociaciones de Libreros (CEGAL). Link (09/03/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Spanish humorist Forges has announced that he will donate all his works to the National Library of Spain. Link (07/03/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Universo DC Cómics, an exhibition about DC Universe on the occasion of the new, can be visited in many different parts of Madrid from the 4th March to the 21st April. Link (08/03/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

El arte en el cómic, an exhibition about the relationship between famous works of art and comics, can be visited at Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, from the 18th February to the 15th May. Link (08/03/2015, Spanish, EdRC)

Superhéroes con ñ, an exhibition about the work of the numerous Spanish comic authors working for Marvel and DC, can be visited at Museo ABC, Madrid, from the 11th March to the 12th June. Link (11/03/2016, Spanish, EdRC)


Acción Cultural Española, with the collaboration of the Institut Français in Spain, is offering a four month stay at the Maison des Auteurs in Angoûleme for a Spanish graphic novel author. The deadline for applications finishes on the 8th May. Link (12/03/2016, Spanish, EdRC)



The Fumetto festival in Lucerne is going to take place from the 16th until the 24th April; guests include Joe Sacco and Joost Swarte. Link (21/03/2016, German, MdlI)



The exhibition Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics will be on at the House of Illustration, London, until the 15th May. Link (English, WG)


There is a call for papers for a special issue of Comics Grid titled, Find David Bowie: Alternative Approaches to Bowie and Comics. The submission deadline for full papers is the 1st September. Link (14/03/2016, English, WG)

There is a call for presentations for, The Superhero: 2nd Global Meeting, which will take place between the 9th and 11th September at Mansfield College, Oxford. 300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by the 15th April. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 7.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

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

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