News Review November 2016

04 Dec




The new issue of Transcultural on “Comics and Translation” has now been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics Annual Conference 2017.The conference will take place in Toronto on 11th and 12th May. 200-word abstracts are due by the 6th January 2017. Link (English, WG)



Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, features a story located in Mexico City created by a Mexican team including art by Francisco Herrera, script by Humberto Ramos and Edgar Clément, and color by Fernanda Rizo. Link (24/11/16, FGG, English).

Marvel’s Spider Man and Champions cartoonist Humberto Ramos vowed to abstain from attending comics events in places where Donald Trump won the US presidential election. Link (14/11/16, FGG, Spanish).

Cuban-born cartoonists Boligan, a resident of Mexico since 1992, joined renowned cartoonists Chappatte, Hani Abbas and Gado in Geneva on November 24th as part of “Drawing the line,” a joint project by the UN Human Rights Office, and the Canton and the City of Geneva to tackle discrimination and promote the rights of minorities through cartooning. Link (22/11/16, FGG, English).

US-Mexican cartoonist Felipe Galindo (Feggo) received a “Success Award” at the XXXIII Aydin Doğan Cartoon Competition in Istanbul for his multi-awarded Polar Pandas. Galindo’s work is also included in the PAPER HOTSHOTS exhibition, organized by EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, featuring the work of 30 contemporary artists working in, or influenced by, the traditions of comics, illustration or graphic novels. Link 1 (FGG, English) Link 2 (14/11/16, FGG, English).

The Museo de la Caricatura in Mexico City held the exhibit “Trump: un muro de caricaturas,” featuring cartoons from around the world about Donald Trump. Link (11/11/16, FGG, English)

Mexican cartoonist Cintia Bolio was invited by CNN to be part of a cartoons special about the US presidential election: “Drawing the drama: Cartoonists from around the world on Trump’s defeat of Clinton.” Bolio was also among 60 international artists invited to participate in the 14th Edition of the Festival Internazionale di Humor Grafico, in Italy, an exhibit dedicated to fight gender-based violence. Link (10/11/16, FGG, English)

Paco Roca, Silvia Prada, and Ricardo Cavolo are among the Spanish artists included in the exhibit “Ilustradores españoles: el color del optimismo” inaugurated at the CCEMx. Link (FGG, Spanish)


Master cartoonist Rogelio Naranjo has died at the age of 78. A major force in Mexican political cartoons and considered by many to be among the best, Naranjo was a virtuoso of the line and irony, and an important influence to new generations of cartoonists. His work appeared for over four decades in publications such as La Garrapata, La Cultura en México, Excélsior, El Universal, and Proceso. Before his death, Naranjo donated more than 10,000 of his cartoons to the Mexican National University (UNAM). Link (11/11/16, FGG, Spanish)

United States


March: Book 3, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has won this year’s National Book Award for Young Persons Literature. Link (16/11/2016, English, WG)


The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The deadline for applications is the 24th February 2017. Link (English, WG)


The department of English at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time nine-month tenure-track position for Assistant Professor in Visual Rhetoric to begin Fall 2017. It specifies a candidate with expertise in image/text theory, the graphic novel, and sequential arts. Link (English, WG)


The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting submissions for our meeting at the San Diego Comic-Con. Proposals are due by the 17th February. Link (English, WG)

James Sturm and Charles Hatfield have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the 2017 Michigan State University Comics Forum. Conference organisers are accepting proposals for the conference until the 20th December. Link (English, WG)




Vienna Comic Con took place on the 19th and 20th November; guests included Inga Steinmetz and Melanie Schober. Link (18/11/2016, MdlI, German)



Original artwork for the Tintin album, Explorers on the Moon, has sold at auction for a record 1.55 euros. Link (19/11/2016, LT, English)


Flemish cartoonist Marc Sleen has died aged 93. Link (07/11/2016, LT, English)



Joachim Kaps has stepped down as head of Tokyopop Germany. Link (18/11/2016, MdlI, German)


The Berlin-based chain of comic shops, Modern Graphics, turns 25. Link (10/11/2016. MdlI, German)

An exhibition on Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in Mosaik is shown in Leipzig until the 2nd April 2017. Link (MdlI, German)

The exhibition, “Fakten und Fiktionen – KriegsFamilienGeschichten im Comic”, will be shown in Minden from the 3rd December 2016 until the 12th March 2017. Link (MdlI, German)


A summer school on Transnational Graphic Narratives is going to take place in Siegen from the 31st July – 5th August 2017; the deadline for applications is the 20th February 2017. Link (27/11/2016, MdlI, German)



Between the 8th and 11th December, Comic Con will take place in Portugal at the Exponor in Matoshinos. Link (RR, Portuguese)



The legacy of legendary cartoonist Chummy Chúmez has been donated to the Spanish National Library by his son. Link (08/11/2016, MdRC, Spanish)

The exhibition BDG70: a revolta do cómic galego, an exhibition about Galician comics of the 70s, can be visited at NORMAL Espazo de intervención cultural (A Coruña) until the 31st December 2016. Link (01/11/2016, MdRC, Galician)


Valencian comic artist Juan Enrique Bosch Quevedo (Micharmut) has passed away. Link (29/11/2016, MdRC, Spanish)


There is a CFP for the International Congress of Comic Interdisciplinary Studies, which will be celebrated at the University of Zaragoza on the 5th and 6th April 2017. Proposals are admitted (both in Spanish and English) until the 9th January 2017. Link (29/11/2016, MdRC, English)



Christophe Badoux died on the 28th October aged 52. Link (MdlI, German)



The exhibition, Marie Duval: Laughter in the First Age of Leisure, runs from 9th December to 17th March 2017 at Guildhall Library. Link (English, WG)


There is a call for PhD applications in American Visual Culture at the University of East Anglia (the School of Art, Media and American Studies is supportive of comics research). The deadline for applications is 11th January 2017. Link (English, WG)

The University of Dundee is accepting applications for funded PhD opportunities in Comics Studies. The deadline for applications is 12th January 2017. Link (English, WG)


Titan Comics is seeking a Comics Editor. The closing date for applications is the 16th December. Link (English, WG)

University of Worcester seeks sessional Lecturers in Illustration. They are specifically interested in applicants with a specialism in comics. The deadline for applicants is the 8th January 2017. Link (English, WG)


European Comic Art 9.2 has been published recently – a special issue focusing upon Comics and Fine Art. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique del Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Felipe Gomez Gutierrez (FGG, Mexico), William Grady (WG, United States and UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austira, Germany and Switzerland), Renatta Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Lise Tannahill (LT, Belgium).

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