News Review April 2016

09 May




Musashino City Kichijoji Art Museum is holding a Hagio Moto SF Original Manga Art Exhibition until the 29th May. Link (05/03/2016, Japanese, JBS)

A book by manga artist and illustrator Rokudenashiko, who was arrested for making a reproduction of her vagina, has been translated into English. Link (English, JBS)

The exhibition, Louvre No. 9, (manga/comics as the 9th art) will be held at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo, from the 22nd July until the 25th September (the exhibition will be held in Osaka later in the year). The exhibition will feature original art by, among many others, Enki Bilal and Shin’ichi Sakamoto. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The exhibition She and Her Cat – Everything Flows will be held at the Kyoto International Manga Museum until the 19th June. Link (English, JBS)


United States


Creators for Creators is offering up a $30,000 grant to support a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in their creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year. The recipient will be selected by committee. Link (English, WG)


The inaugural issue of The Journal of Comics and Culture has been published through Pace University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for an edited collection focusing upon Disability and Superheroes. 400-word abstracts and 50-word bios are due by the 30th June. Link (01/04/2016, English, WG)

Starting in October 2016, the annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival will include an academic symposium, hosted this year at the Ohio State University campus, and the theme will be “Canon Fodder”. 250-500 word abstracts and a two-page CV (or 250 word biographical statement) are due by the 30th June. Link (09/03/2016, English, WG)

Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s, edited by Matthew J. McEniry, Robert Moses Peaslee, and Robert G. Weiner, has been published through McFarland. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the PCEA Conference, Comics and/as Rhetoric: (Anti)Static Narratives, which takes place at Indiana University of Pennsylvania between the 21st and 22nd October. Abstracts are due by the 1st June 2016. Link (18/04/2016, English, WG)

The Mythology of the Superhero, by Andrew R. Bahlmann, has been published through McFarland. Link (English, WG)




A Nadine Redlich exhibition is being shown in Vienna until the 13th July. Link (07/04/2016, German, MdlI)



There is a call for papers for Nordic Network for Comics Research Conference hosted by Ghent University in collaboration with the University of Liège (ACME) and KU Leuven from the 20th until the 21st April in Ghent. Link (English, BC)

René Hausman, Belgian BD artist and illustrator known for his works involving animals, nature and fairytale elements, has died aged 80. Link 1 (28/04/2016, French, LTa) Link 2 (28/04/2016, English, LTa)



Jacques Glénat, French head of the Glénat publishing company, was prominently featured in polemics around the “Panama Papers” leaks on tax evasion. Link (06/04/2016, BC, French)


The much announced Pandora magazine was published by Casterman, self-professedly announcing the (arguable) “return” of comics magazines in France. Link (13/04/02016, BC, French)

Singer and BD artist Hubert Mounier, of the band L’Affaire Louis’Trio, has died of a heart attack. He was 53. Link (05/05/2016, LTa, French)



The 5th Hamburger Graphic Novel Tage will take place from the 9th until the 12th May; guests include Steve Bell and Volker Reiche. Link (German, MdlI)

A Hamid Sulaiman exhibition was shown in Berlin from the 9th until the 18th April. Link (09/04/2016, German, MdlI)

The DoKomi anime and manga convention took place in Düsseldorf from the 30th April until the 1st May; guests included Toshio Maeda. Link (English, MdlI)

Nominations and some of the winners of this year’s Max und Moritz award have been announced. Link (25/04/2016, German, MdlI)

ComFor will host a lecture series at Comic-Salon Erlangen from the 27th until the 29th May. Link (28/04/2016, German, MdlI)


The summer semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 27th April and runs until the 13th July. Link (German, MdlI)

Two talks on humour and webcomics will be given in Essen on the 13th June. Link (14/04/2016, German, MdlI)



From the 27th May until the 12th June, the Historical center of Beja will host the annual International Festival of Comics (XII Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja). The festival is comprised of exhibitions, book/magazine launches, author events, workshops and concerts amongst others. Link (28/04/2016, Portuguese, RR)

The Clube Português de Banda Desenhada will be hosting the exhibition Alexandre Herculano in Comics and Eça de Queiroz in Comics. The inauguration took place on the 30th April. Entrance is free and can be visited on Saturdays, from 4pm till 7pm, until the end of May. Link (Portuguese, RR)



Sibiu hosted the fourth International Sibiu Comic Con from the 15th to the 17th April. The convention showcased the work of independent Romanian cartoonists, as well as comic book artists from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and France. Link (15/04/2016, Romanian, MP)

The Cervantes Institute of Bucharest launched an exhibition of comics and illustration related to the life and work of Spanish author Miguel Cervantes, 400 years after his death. The exhibition consists of works by Spanish artists David Rubin and Miguelanxo Prado and runs until the 30th June. Link 1 (Romanian, MP) Link 2 (Spanish, MP)



Cuadernos de Cómic, a free Spanish research journal about comics, has started a crowdfunding campaign through Verkami in order to maintain its publication rhythm and free-of-charge philosophy. Link (27/04/2016, Spanish, EdRC)


The 34th edition of the Barcelona Comic Fair will take place from the 5th to the 8th April. Among its confirmed international guests are Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Cyril Pedrosa and Zerocalcare. There will also be various exhibitions on topics such as females superheroes, social graphic novels and a retrospective of the work of Ibáñez. Link (15/04/2016, English, EdRC)

The AACE (Spanish Association of Comics Authors) has announced the winners of its annual prizes. Link (15/04/2016, Spanish, EdRC)


El guión de cómic, a book coordinated by Gerardo Vilches that includes interviews with five Spanish comic scriptwriters, will be published in May by Diminuta Ediciones. Link (12/03/2016, Spanish, EdRC)



The winners of the 2016 Fumetto competition have been announced. Link (18/04/2016, German, MdlI)



The exhibition, Comic Invention, takes place at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, between the 18th March and 17th July. Link (English, WG)

The Great British Graphic Novel, an exhibition looking at the rise of the British Graphic novel, takes place at the Cartoon Museum, London, between the 20th April and 24th July. Link 1 (English, WG), Link 2 (21/04/2016, English, WG)


There are funded places available for the MLitt Comic and Graphic Novels, and MDes Comic and Graphic Novels, at the University of Dundee. Link (11/04/2016, English, WG)


The publisher 2000 AD is seeking a Junior Designer. Link (English, WG)

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

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