News Review July 2016

04 Aug




Pierre Huard’s thesis La parodie dans la bande dessinée franco-belge: Critique ou esthétisme? was posthumously published through the Presses de l’Université du Québec. Link (27/07/2016, French, BC)



The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings, won the Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work. Link (English, WG)

The Comic Book Education Foundation (CBEF), a non-profit organisation promoting comics in the classroom to improve literacy, is hosting an event in Denver Colorado between the 7th and 9th October called the iCons Experience. It boasts Lectures, Roundtable Discussions, Critiques, and Networking Opportunities with over a dozen professionals from the comics industry. However, the website is still under construction. Link 1 (English, WG), Link 2 (English, WG)


Richard Thompson, cartoonist for the comic strip Cul de Sac, has passed away at the age of 58. Link (27/07/2016, English, WG)

Jack Davis, a cartoonist perhaps best known for his work for EC Comics and Mad Magazine, passed away on the 27th July, aged 91. Link (28/07/2016, English, WG)


There is a call for paper for the conference panel, Comics of the Margins: Visions from the Periphery in World Graphic Narratives, which takes place NeMLA’s annual convention in Baltimore between the 23rd and 26th March 2017. Abstracts are due by the 30th September 2016. Link (English, WG)

The call for submissions to the journal, Mechademia 2.0: Second Arc, has been extended to the 5th August. The theme for this issue is on “Childhood”. Link (08/07/2016, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the collection, Comics and Medical Controversies. Submissions are due by the 31st October. Link (11/07/2016, English, WG)

From Daniel Boone to Captain America: Playing Indian in American Popular Culture, by Chad A. Barbour, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for comics for the collection, Graphic Truths: The Making (and Unmaking) of a Doctor, to be published by Penn State University Press. Submissions are due by the 31st December. Link (English, WG)




Comics colorist Nine Culliford has passed away. She was the wife of Smurfs creator, Peyo. Link (05/07/2016, French, BC)


Greice Schneider’s monograph What Happens When Nothing Happens: Boredom and Everyday Life in Contemporary Comics was published through Leuven University Press in their “Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels” series. Link (15/07/2016, French, BC)



Jacques Tardi has been admitted to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. Link (25/07/2016, French, LT)


Didier Savard, creator of the Dick Hérisson series published by Darguad, has died aged 65. Link (06/07/2016, French, LT)



This year’s Animagic convention took place in Bonn from the 29th until the 31st July; guests included Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto. Link (German, MdlI)

An exhibition on comics in the GDR will be shown in Gera from the 6th August 2016 until the 19th February 2017. Link (28/07/2016, German, MdlI)


A conference on superheroes and supervillains will take place in Berlin on the 22nd and 23rd September. Link (18/07/2016, German, MdlI)

The most widespread German library classification, Regensburger Verbundklassifikation (RVK), has been updated to incorporate comics and comics research. Link (25/07/2016, German, MdlI)



The second book fair of independent illustration and comics in Lourinhã will take place from the 23rd July until the 6th August at the the OVO (Obras Visuais e Ofícios) building. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Until the 12th August, the book store El Pep is hosting a collective exhibition titled ‘Asian Graphic Documentary’. This exhibition has original works, published by Slowork Publishing, by five Asian comic artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Manila. Link (28/07/2016, Portuguese, RR)



The website Entrecomics has announced that it will cease its activities 10 years after its creation. Link (19/07/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

The Spanish journal El País has announced the creation of Ka-Bboom, a new digital space dedicated to comics. Link (18/05/2016, Spanish, EdRC)


Paco Camarasa, editor and founder of Ediciones de Ponent, has passed away. Link (11/07/2016, Spanish, EdRC)


A new number of the free academic journal Cuadernos de Cómic is available on-line to download. Link (01/07/2016, Spanish, EdRC)



An Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb exhibition is being shown in Basel until the 13th November. Link (05/07/2016, German, MdlI)


A series of video interviews with comic creators has been published by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Link (English, MdlI)



There is a job listing that seeks a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts at Teesside University. The application deadline is the 10th August. Link (English, WG)


Jillian Fleck reports on the Graphic Medicine 2016 Conference: Stages & Pages, held at the University of Dundee in early July. Link (29/07/2016, English, WG)

The Comics Grid has published its special collection, “Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz and Comics”. Link (English, WG)

A new research network about comics and graphic novels has been set up by The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities (University of Oxford) called Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form. Link (11/07/2016, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the conference, TRANSITIONS – New Directions in Comics Studies, which takes place at Birkbeck College, London, on the 19th November. Abstracts are due by the 26th August. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique del Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium and Canada), William Grady (WG, United States and UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany and Switzerland), Renatta Rafaella (RR, Portugal) and Lise Tannahill (LT, France).

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