News Review October 2018

05 Nov




The Canadian Society for the Study of Comics invites proposals for their annual conference, which takes place at the University of British Columbia, on the 4th and 5th June 2019. 200–300 word abstracts are due by the 31st December 2018. Link (English, WG)

United States


Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies, by Marc Singer, will be published by University of Texas Press in 2019. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for Black Panther: Taking Stock of the First African Super Hero at 50, a conference that takes place between the 19th and 20th April at Shawnee State University. Abstracts are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the conference, “Telling & Retelling Stories: (Re)imagining Popular Culture”, which takes place at Wayne State University on the 1st and 2nd March 2019. The deadline for submissions is the 30th November 2018. Link (English, WG)

Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire, and Culture, edited by Peter Limb and Tejumola Olaniyan, has been published by Michigan State University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Deadline for applications is the 15th February 2019. Link (English, WG)

The International Journal of Comic Art 20.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)




The former head of the Edgar Jacobs foundation has been charged in relation to hundreds of missing Blake and Mortimer originals. Link (10/10/2018, French, LT)



Jens Harder and Anke Feuchtenberger participate in a lecture series at Dresden Academy of Fine Arts on the 6th and 7th November, respectively. Link (31/10/2018, German, MdlI)


The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) has published an overview of German and Austrian university classes on comics in this winter semester. Link (01/10/2018, German, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) together with the Committee for Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) are going to award the Martin Schüwer-Publikationspreis for the first time in 2019. Eligible nominations are articles and chapters published in 2017 or 2018 in German or English by authors who do not hold a permanent academic position. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for nominations is the 1st March 2019. Link (04/10/2018, German, MdlI)

There is a CFP for a workshop organised by the Committee for Comics Studies (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) on “Comics/Fandom” in Cologne on the 28th and 29th March 2019; deadline for abstracts is the 30th November 2018. Link (06/10/2018, English, MdlI)

There is a CFP for an issue of Closure with a thematic section on “A.I.”; the deadline for abstracts is the 15th December. Link (09/10/2018, English, MdlI)

The program of the conference “Comics|Games” (Hanover, 5th-7th November) has been published. Link (08/10/2018, English, MdlI)

The proceedings of the 2016 conference on animation and comics “Ästhetik des Gemachten” in Hanover have been published. Link (11/10/2018, German, MdlI)

A workshop on the Holocaust in comics took place in Berlin on the 24th October. Link (15/10/2018, German, MdlI)

The winter semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 25th October 2018 and runs until the 13th February 2019. Link (22/10/2018, German, MdlI)

A report of this year’s German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) conference has been posted on the ComFor weblog. Link (29/10/2018, English, MdlI)



The Amadora BD Festival is taking place until the 11th November.  This festival is composed by multiple events such as book launches, exhibition and round table sessions. Link (Portuguese, RR)

The Bedeteca of Beja is hosting the comic exhibitions “Banda Desenhada Portuguesa – 22 Autores Contemporâneos” [Portuguese Comics – 22 Contemporary authors], “Nas Trincheiras – Histórias da Primeira Guerra” [On the trenches – Stories of the first war] and “Tarzan dos Macacos” [Tarzan of the monkeys] until the 31st December. Link (30/10/2018, Portuguese, RR)



Ana Penya’s Estamos todas bien has been awarded the National Comic Prize. She is the first woman to win it. Link (16/10/2018, English, EdRC)

The exhibition Del tebeo al Mecachís. 100 años de tebeos en la BNE can be visited at the National Library of Spain from 27 September 2018 to 13 January 2019.  Link (03/10/2018, Spanish, EdRC)


A new issue of the journal Tebeosfera has been published. It focuses on Chilean comics. Link (23/09/2018, Spanish, EdRC)



The launch event for Missing Panels, a zine which collects comics about BME communities in the UK and their experiences with the NHS, will take place on the 10th November 10th at the Attenborough Arts Centre. Link (English, WG)


Registration is now open for Transitions 8: New Directions in Comics Studies, which takes place at Birkbeck, University of London on the 10th November. Link (English, WG)

A new book series entitled “Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies” has been announced. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Research Hub, which brings together world-leading comics scholars from across the six colleges that make up the University of the Arts London, has been launched. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, Canada, UK and United States) and Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Lise Tannahill (Belgium).

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