News Review May 2019

09 Jun


United States


The annual Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival takes place between the 14th and 16th June. Link (English, WG)


Graphic Memories of the Civil Rights Movement: Reframing History in Comics, by Jorge J. Santos, Jr., has been published through University of Texas Press. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics 3.1 is a special themed issue about Comics and/as Rhetoric. Link (English, WG)

Lessons Drawn: Essays on the Pedagogy of Comics and Graphic Novels, edited by David Seelow, has been published by McFarland. Link (English, WG)

Sequentials is extending the deadline for Issue 4 – “Materiality: Drawing on Technologies” – to the 15th July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special collection entitled, Adapting Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in a Transmedia Context. The deadline for submissions is the 1st August. Link (English, WG)

The International Comic Arts Forum is now accepting applications for two slots on the Executive Committee, the planning team for the conference and other initiatives related to the forum. The deadline to apply is the 3rd June. Link (English, WG)




A conference titled “Beyond Maus – The Legacy of Holocaust Comics” took place in Graz from the 26th-29th May.  Link (20/05/2019, German, MdlI)



The head of the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée (CBBD), the first bande dessinée museum in the world, is stepping down after almost 11 years. Link (08/05/2019, French, LT)



Riad Sattouf (Arab of the Future) has designed the cover for the new edition of the Petit Robert French dictionary. Link (13/05/2019, French, LT)

Wilfrid Lupano, bande dessinée writer known for the series The Old Geezers, has turned down a Knighthood in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, citing his disagreement with the actions of the current French government. Link (21/05/2019, French, LT)



Anime Messe Berlin took place from the 17th-19th May; guests included Satoshi Shiki. Link (07/05/2019, German, MdlI)

The festival, Comic Invasion Berlin, took place on the 11th and 12th May; speakers included Linda Heyden and Matthias Harbeck. Link (06/05/2019, German, MdlI)


Jörn Ahrens’s book Überzeichnete Spektakel. Inszenierungen von Gewalt im Comic has been published by Nomos. Link (02/05/2019, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for a themed section in the journal Participations on “Comics/Fandom: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Intersection of Fan Studies and Comics Studies” edited by Sophie G. Einwächter, Vanessa Ossa, Véronique Sina and Sven Stollfuß; the deadline for abstract submissions is the 31st October. Link (05/05/2019, English, MdlI)



Until the 16th June, the International Comics Festival is being held in Beja. Link (30/05/2019, Portuguese, RR)



The Spanish National Library has created a bibliographic guide to comics. Link (25/05/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Germán Sánchez Ruipérez has published a report on comics in Spain. Link (23/05/2019, Spanish, EdRC)


The summer course Imágenes y Migraciones del Cómic will take place on the 25th and 26th June 2019 at the University of Alcalá, with comics scholars, critics and artists such as Mark Buckingham. Link (12/05/2019, Spanish, EdRC)



The Youth Libraries Group North East’s annual training day took place at Newcastle City Library on the 18th May, and focused on comics: “Comic Book Corner: Using Graphic Novels to Engage Young People ”. Link (English, WG)


The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.6 has been published. The issue is a special themed collection which focuses upon Wonder Woman. Link (English, WG)

Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels, by Golnar Nabizadeh, has been published by Routledge. Link (English, WG)

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

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