News Review May 2017

04 Jun




The Conque comics convention took place in Querétaro between the 5th and 7th May, with Stan Lee and Sergio Aragonés leading a list of guest artists that also included the Mexicans Bachan, Tony Sandoval, Edgar Clément, Bernardo Fernández “Bef”, Jis y Trino, and Luis Fernando, among many others. An estimated 20,000 people attended the event. Link (07/05/2017, Spanish, FGG)

Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre (Kim&Kim, Black Mask Studios) and Mauricio Caballero (Helm) were nominated for the Eisner Awards 2017. Link. (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG).

The documentary ‘Materiales para resistir la realidad’, which tells the story of legendary Mexican comics magazine El Gallito Inglés, was screened as part of the 2nd International Forum on Film and Comics (CINECOM) on the 27th and 28th  in Mexico City. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Comikaze featured an article on the history of legendary magazine El Gallito Inglés (aka Gallito Comics) on the 25th anniversary of its first issue. Link (FGG, Spanish, 5/5/17)

Bernardo Fernández Bef’s new graphic novel, El instante amarillo (Océano Historias Gráficas), a reissue of Juanele’s comic Banquete Familiar (Editorial Resistencia), and Tony Sandoval’s Entre Brujas y Vientos (Editorial Resistencia) were among the new publications presented at the Conque comics convention in Querétaro. Link. (08/05/2017, English, FGG)

Augusto Mora’s new documentary/graphic novel Grito de Victoria will be published by La Cifra Editorial. Mora’s new comic La Caída, is about the encounter between a vigilante and a migrant in the Mexico-US border. Presentations of both works are planned for June. Link (Spanish, FGG)

An exhibit on the 15th anniversary of Cintia Bolio’s Puras Evas held at the Museo de la Mujer will conclude next month. Link. (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG).

Cuautla, a historic digital comic created by students and faculty at the Universidad de Artes digitales de Guadalajara was presented at Casa de Morelos museum in Cuautla, Morelos. Link (05/05/2017, Spanish, FGG)

Revista Marvin invited participation in the comics contest Viñetas por Mis Calles Vol. 2, co-sponsored by Transcómic and the Goethe Intitute. Four winners will have their comics translated into German and exhibited in Berlin, Germany. Link (05/05/2017, Spanish, FGG)

United States


The exhibition “Pulp Art: Out of the Gutter and on the Wall”, runs until the 8th July at the Carnegie Center for Art and History, in New Albany. Link (English, WG)

The 2017 Eisner Awards nominations have been announced, including nominees for the Best Academic/Scholarly Work category. Link (English, WG)


Noah Berlatsky’s article, which discusses the problems with fair use in Comics Studies, has been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Link (10/05/2017, English, WG)

The University Press of Mississippi now offers a paperback edition of Asian Comics, by John A. Lent. Link (English, WG)

The guest speakers have been announced for ICAF 2017, which takes place at the University of Washington between the 2nd and 4th November. Link (English, WG)




A conference on comics, comic film adaptations and religion took place in Graz from the 25th until the 27th May. Link (11/05/2017, MdlI, German)



Jidéhem, Belgian BD artist and writer, has died aged 81. As well as his own series, Ginger, Sophie, he also collaborated with Franquin on Spirou & Fantasio and Gaston Lagaffe. Link (02/05/2017, French, LT)


A conference titled ‘Tintin au XXIe siècle: territoires et temporalités’ took place in Louvain-la-Neuve between the 17th and 20th May 2017. Link (15//05/2017, French, BC)



The francophone comics studies network, ‘La Brèche’, held its constituent assembly on the 15th May 2017 and will open its membership in September. The association strives to foster the development of French-language comics scholarship. Link (19/05/2017, French, BC)



A Denis Kitchen exhibition is shown in Munich until the 1st July. Link (12/05/2017, German, MdlI)

This year’s DoKomi festival is taking place in Düsseldorf on the 3rd and 4th June; guests include Satoshi Shiki. Link (18/05/2017, German, MdlI)


A lecture by Björn Hammel on webcomics has been recorded, edited and broadcast on the radio, and made available as a podcast. Link (18/05/2017, German, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies has published an overview of German, Swedish and Swiss university classes on comics in this summer semester. Link (22/05/2017, German, MdlI)

There is going to be a panel on comics at this year’s DGAVL conference in Bochum from the 6th – 9th June. Link (22/05/2017, German, MdlI)



From the 26th May until the 11th June, the XIII Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja (13rd International Comics festival of Beja) will take place. The festival is composed mainly of national and international exhibitions, sketched concerts, book shop, book launches, conferences, and workshops. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Until 10th June, the Portuguese Comic author Xavier Almeida is holding an exhibition of Spray Works in Galeria Sol in Oporto. Link (Portuguese, RR)



The Free Comic Day was celebrated on the 13th May. 50000 comics were distributed. Link (10/05/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Seven Eisner nominations to Spanish authors, including best anthology (Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists), best American edition of a foreign work (Wrinkles, by Paco Roca) and best digital comic (Universe!, by Albert Monteys). Link (03/05/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

There is still no agreement to move forward in the creation of the Museum of Illustration, Comics and Art in Badalona (Catalonia). Link (09/05/2017, Spanish)


Cuadernos de Comic, a free on-line academic journal, has launched its annual crowdfunding campaign. Link (15/05/2017, EdRC, Spanish)



There is a job listing for a Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art course at Leeds College of Art. Link (English, WG)


The call for papers for Comics Forum 2017 is online now. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of space, and will take place in Leeds on the 21st and 22nd of September. Link (English, WG)

Details (including the conference programme and registration) are now available for The Eighth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. The conference will take place between 26th and 30th June at the University of Dundee and the University of Glasgow. Link (English, WG)

Comics and Critique: Invigorating Critical Study of the Medium, is a one day symposium featuring a range of comics scholars, taking place at St Mary’s University on the 3rd July. Link (English, WG)

Frame:Works, a one day symposium featuring a mix of comics practitioners and professionals, will take place on the 16th June in Central St Martins, London. Link (English, WG)

Details (including the conference programme and registration) are now available for the Comics and Nations Conference, which takes place between the 13th and 14th July, at Bangor University. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for an edited collection entitled, Drawing the Past: Comics and the Historical Imagination. Abstract proposals are due by the 15th July. Link (16/05/2017, English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique del Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Felipe Gomez Gutierrez (FGG, Mexico), Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium and France), William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany), Renata Rafaela (RR, Protugal) and Lise Tannahill (LT, Belgium).

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