News Review February 2017

04 Mar




“Caricaturas y grabados: 100 años de la Constitución Mexicana,” an exhibit including cartoons related to the 100th anniversary of the Mexican political constitution, was inaugurated February 3rd with a talk featuring cartoonist Rafael Barajas “El Fisgón.” Link (Spanish, FGG)

“Kalimanías,” an exhibit organized by Comikaze magazine featuring 44 illustrations celebrating popular superhero Kalimán has opened to the public at the Hidalgo metro station in downtown Mexico City and will remain on view until April 23rd. The exhibit comes on the one-year anniversary of the death of René del Valle, who illustrated Kaliman comics for 25 years. Link (2/24/17, Spanish, FGG)

Juanele, author of Moquito (2011), Patote (2013), and Mascotas Chenchas (2016), was a panelist at the San Diego Comics Fest. Link (English, FGG)

An exhibit curated by Rafael Barajas “El Fisgón,” featuring works by comic artists Rogelio Naranjo, Rius, and Gabriel Vargas, is on view through March 20th, 2017 at the Museo del Estanquillo in downtown Mexico City. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Luis Gantus, Augusto Mora, Luis Fernando, BEF, Helio Flores, and José Hernández, among others, participated in round tables as part of the “Jornadas de Cómics” at the XXXVIII Feria Internacional del Libro del Palacio de Minería. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Celebrating the 10th year anniversary of its comics collection, Editorial Resistencia presented a new edition of Comixtlán, by Luis Fernando, at the international book fair at Palacio de Minería. Comixtlán is included in Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (2011). Ernesto Priego has called the publication of the new edition “the most important event in Mexican comics history.” Link (Spanish, FGG)

“Feria de la Historieta Independiente Universitaria”, a book fair featuring independent comics made by college students, will take place at UAM Azcapotzalco, on the 1st until the 3rd March. Link (Spanish, FGG)

La sombra justiciera· Episodios completos de super aventuras policiacas, a weekly comic book inspired by Walter B. Gibson’s The Shadow, and published in Mexico in 1965 by Ediciones Hecky, has been catalogued in the specialized Spanish website Tebeosfera. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Edgar Camacho’s Piel de cebolla (Onion Skin), winner of the 2016 Young Graphic Novel National Prize, was published by Tierraadentro. Link (Spanish, FGG)

El amor y otras mentiras, an anthology of cartoons by Boligán, was published by Almadía. Link (2/15/17, Spanish, FGG)


The courses “Cómic y género: Creando un cómic para la prevención de la violencia de género” and “Diplomado en Novela Gráfica,” are currently ongoing at the Casa Universitaria del Libro and the Antigua Academia de San Carlos, respectively. Link 1 (Spanish, FGG, Spanish) Link 2 (Spanish, FGG)

United States


Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition, by Jason Helms, has been published through the University of Michigan Press. Link (English, WG)

International Journal of Comic Art 18.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola has published a conversation with comics scholar Qiana Whitted. Link (21/02/2017, English, WG)

A news outlet reports on a recent study from the University of Oklahoma, which shows that graphic novels may improve memory and be more effective in teaching students than a traditional textbook. Link (English, WG)

The call for papers for the International Comic Arts Forum 2017, which will be held at University of Washington between the 2nd and 4th November. The deadline for proposals is the 3rd April. Link (English, WG)

Comics and Graphic Narratives, the MLA Discussion Group, has published CFPs for its three panels at MLA 2018: “Teaching Global Arab Comics in the US”, “Connecting the Dots: Museums and Comics”, and “Comics and the Culture Wars”. Details for each individual panel can be found via the link. Link (English, WG)

The “In Focus” feature from Cinema Journal 56.2 is on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. Link (English, WG)




Nextcomic festival is going to take place in Linz and vicinity from the 16th-24th March; guests include Olivier Schrauwen and Anna Haifisch. Link (05/02/2017, German, MdlI)



A bande dessinée drawn by Rimbaud at the age of 10 has been sold at auction for 118,750 euros. Link (10/02/2017, French, LT)



A new comics publisher, Dantes, has published a collection of Usagi Yojimbo as its first title. Link (10/02/2017, German, MdlI)


Comicfestival Köln took place on the 10th and 11th February; guests included Andreas Platthaus and Sascha Hommer. Link (02/02/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of Kenyan comics is shown in Hildesheim until the 1st April. Link (06/02/2017, German, MdlI)

An Inga Steinmetz exhibition is shown in Berlin from the 4th March. Link (14/02/2017, German, MdlI)

A series of artist talks takes place in Frankfurt; artists include Sarah Glidden (24th February) and Guy Delisle (21st March). Link (16/02/2017, German, MdlI)


A symposium on “Sound in Animation, Comics and Illustration” is going to take place in Stuttgart on the 3rd May; the deadline for abstracts is the 13th March. Link (10/02/2017, English, MdlI)

The proceedings of the 2014 ComFor conference have been published. Link (06/02/2017, German, MdlI)



Until the 29th April  an exhibition of comic works, cartoons, caricatures and other creative ravings of Phermad (aka Fernando Madeira) is taking place in Galeria LAR. The exhibition is titled “UM PLANETA RESILIENTE – Fragmentos com humor de um planeta não muito distante” (A resilient planet –humourous fragments of a planet not very distant.) and is not adviced for the public under 12 years old. Link (08/02/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Until the 8th July, the Library of Viana do Castelo is hosting an exhibition named “Miguel Rocha: Liberdade com Legendas” (Miguel Rocha : Freedom with Captions). Link (19/01/2017, Portuguese, RR)

The Casa Antero in Caldas da Rainha is hosting an exhibition of the comic works of Joana Mosi. The exhibition has works extracted from her trilogy “Altemente” and can be visited until the 9th March. Link (18/02/2017, Portuguese, RR)



The complete series of Spanish classic comic El Capitán Trueno will be published in 60 volumes. Link (24/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

An exhibition about the history of Catalan satirical press can be visited at the Biblioteca de Catalunya from the 28th February to the 28th April. Link (23/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The nominees for the prizes of the 35th edition of the Barcelona International Comics Convention have been announced. Link (22/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)


The University of León and the publishing house Eolas have announced a new collection of monographs on comics. The first one will be Bernie Wrightson, la expresión del horror. Link (27/02/2017, Spanish, EdRC)



Fumetto festival is going to take place in Lucerne from the 1st-9th April; guests include Julie Doucet whose first retrospective exhibition worldwide will be shown. Link (English, MdlI)


Lectures on “The ‘Invention’ of Comics” are going to be given in Zurich on the 3rd March.Link (09/02/2017, German, MdlI)



The Dundee Comics Creative Space, linked with the University of Dundee, has announced the launch of, Speech Bubble, a comics book club for over 18’s. Link (English, WG)

The BEYOND 2000AD exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics has been reviewed by downthetubes. Link (23/02/2017, English, WG)

To celebrate 40 years of 2000AD, the Guardian newspaper seeks contributors to share their experiences with the title. Link (27/02/2017, English, WG)


There is a job listing for a Lecturer in Creative Writing and English at the University of Dundee. The listing specifies a candidate who can teach comics scriptwriting (amongst other things). Applications are due by the 29th March. Link (English, WG)


Studies in Comics 7.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.1 has now been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for Graphic Reading: A One Day Symposium, which takes place at the University of Birmingham on the 19th May. The deadline for abstracts is 31st March. Link (English, WG)

A student requires participants to complete a survey for the project: User-Centred Design of an Online Educational Tool using the Marvel Comics API. Link (English, WG)

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

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