News Review October 2019

12 Nov


United States


The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship, one of the few in the field, for the 2020-2021 academic year. Deadline for applications is 14th February, 2020. Link (English, WG)

The Middle Spaces invites submissions for, “Reading Comics at the Threshold: A Roundtable on Letter Columns & Other Comics Paratexts”, an academic roundtable on the subject of letter columns and other comics book paratexts to be co-edited by Osvaldo Oyola and Leah Misemer and published in early 2020. Proposals are due by the 18th November. Link (English, WG)

There is a Call for Papers for the edited collection, The Comics of Karen Berger: Portrait of the Editor as an Artist. The deadline for proposals is the 28th February 2020. Link (English, WG)




The Österreichische Gesellschaft für Comic-Forschung und -Vermittlung (OeGeC, Austrian Society for Comics Research and Mediation) has been founded. Link (03/10/2019, German, MdlI)



An exhibition on World War II in comics is being shown in Dortmund until the 15th March 2020. Link (09/10/2019, German, MdlI)

‘COZI’ festival took place in Frankfurt on the 19th and 20th October; guests included Sascha Hommer and Anna Haifisch. Link (17/10/2019, German, MdlI)

A documentary film about Rudolph and Gus Dirks had its world premiere in Lübeck. Link (25/10/2019, German, MdlI)


A new series of monographs and collected volumes in German and English, “Comicforschung transdisziplinär”, is going to be published by de Gruyter and edited by Stephan Packard and Véronique Sina. Link (10/10/2019, German, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) has published an overview of German university classes on comics in this winter semester. Link (14/10/2019, German, MdlI)

Julian Auringer has launched, a German proto-comics research website. Link (21/10/2019, German, MdlI)

The proceedings of the 2013 ComFor conference „Comics und Naturwissenschaften“ have been published. Link (28/10/2019, German, MdlI)



Sole Otero has been awarded the 13th edition of the FNAC-Salamandra Graphic Award. Link (01/10/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition “Osamu Tezuka, the God of manga” can be visited at National Art Museum of Catalunya at Barcelona from the 31st October 2019 to the 6th January 2020. Link (12/10/2019, English, EdRC)

The exhibition “Los tebeos de la posguerra” (Postwar comics in Spain) can be visited at Centro Cultural Conde Duque at Madrid from the 30th October 1st December. Link (30/10/2019, Spanish, EdRC)


A new issue of the on-line journal Tebeosfera has been published. Link (27/10/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

United Kingdom


There is a launch event for the Cardiff Comics Storytelling Network (CCSN), which has been co-organised  by Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. Their launch event took place on the 21st October. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for an edited collection entitled, Against Translation: Global Comics History and Memory. The deadline for abstracts is the 20th December 2019. Link (English, WG)

There is a Call for Papers for the conference, Fluid Images — Fluid Text: Comics’ Mobility Across Time, Space and Artistic Media, which takes place on the 23rd and 24th January 2020, at Cardiff University. The deadline for abstracts is the 30th November. Link (English, WG)

Billy Proctor and Julia Round have been editing a series focused on UK comics for Henry Jenkins’ website, ‘Confessions of an Aca-Fan’. Part 1 of the series can be found via the link. Link (English, WG)

Comics at University is a symposium that takes place on the 20th November at Newcastle University. Link (English, WG)

There is a Call for Papers for a special themed issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics – Indian Graphic Narratives. The submission date is the 1st March 2020. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, UK and United States) and Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany).

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