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News Review June 2017

Americas

United States

Culture

Nick Sousanis has created a comic on Columbia University’s comics librarian and curator, Karen Green. Link (English, WG)

Research

The International Comic Arts Forum has advertised the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies, and is accepting submissions from post-graduate students to be considered for this award. Link (English, WG)

Jim Shooter: Conversations, edited by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman, and Dominick Grace, has been published through the University of Mississippi Press. Link (English, WG)

Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture, by Dan Gearino, will be published through Swallow Press in October. Link (English)

There is a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Studies in American Humor entitled, Funny in the Funnies. The deadline for submissions is the 1st July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a Special Session, The New Women: Superheroes and Anti-heroes, which will take place at the Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), in Indianapolis on the 28th March 2018. Abstracts are due by the 1st October 2017. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar Brian Cremins. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for the edited collection, Bodies/Borders in Jewish Women’s Comics. Link (English, WG)

Media Res seeks proposals for posts that examine any aspect of webcomics as their subjects, and the deadline is the 28th August. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

An exhibition of regional comic artists is shown in Wiedensahl until the 27th August. Link (22/06/2017, German, MdlI)

A Marc-Antoine Mathieu exhibition is shown in Frankfurt until the 15th October. Link (29/05/2017, German, MdlI)

A Wonder Woman exhibition is shown in Cologne until the 4th November. Link (06/06/2017, German, MdlI)

Mosaik exhibition is being bshown in Pirna until the 29th October. Link (08/06/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of the Hong Kong comics collective, Ping Pong, was shown in Berlin until the 2nd July. Link (19/06/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of the comics publisher, MamiVerlag, is shown in Berlin until the 8th July. Link (19/06/2017, German, MdlI)

An Inga Steinmetz exhibition was shown in Berlin until the 2nd July in conjunction with the festival, Anime Berlin. Link (German, MdlI)

Research

A new edition of Friedrich Schiller’s Avanturen des neuen Telemachs will be published by Bachmann. Link (15/06/2017, German, MdlI)

The topic of the current newsletter issue of the Research Center for literature written in exile at Universität Hamburg, exilograph, is comics. Link (German, MdlI)

A book edited by Nina Heindl and Véronique Sina on Holocaust representations, including comics, has been published. Link (26/06/2017, German, MdlI)

A comics panel and workshop will take place at the annual GfM Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft conference in Erlangen from the 4th until the 7th October. Link (29/06/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 3rd September, the exhibition “Quadradinhos Portugueses – Olhares & Estilos” (Portuguese Comics – views and styles) is being held in Citadela Art District in Cascais. The exhibit includes works from Portuguese authors. The exhibition is free and curated by José de Matos-Cruz. Link (20/06/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The exhibition València en vinyetes, about the portrayal of the city of Valencia in comics, can be seen at MuVIM (Valencia) until the 8th September. Link (08/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition “Spirou en Madrid” can be seen at Matadero until the 11th July. Link (01/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

There is an increasing debate of whether or not there should be a Museum of Comics in Valencia. Link (16/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The Basque government has announced the allocation of new funds (105.000 euros) to help the publication of seven projects related to comics and illustration. Link (28/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

A new issue of the journal Tebeosfera, on the history of comic strips, has been published. Link (13/06/2017, Spanish EdRC)

A new issue of the free online comics journal CuCo. Cuadernos de cómic has been published. Link (30/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics, is a current exhibition running at the Barbican, London. Link (English, WG)

Education

There is a Psychology PhD Studentship Bursary available at Sheffield Hallam University, for the research project: “Is a picture worth a thousand words? The representation of meaning in comic books.” The submission date for applicants closes on the 5th July. Link (English, WG)

Research

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.3 has been published, and is a special issue focused upon sexual violence in comics. Link (English, WG)

A Theory of Narrative Drawing, by Simon Grennan, has been published through Palgrave MacMillan. Link (English, WG)

Dominick Grace reports on ‘Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory’, a symposium that took place in Oxford on the 22nd June. Link (English, WG)

Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War, by Harriet E. H. Earle has been published through the University of Mississippi Press. Link (English, WG)

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News Review May 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

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

Culture

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)

Research

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)

Europe

Austria

Research

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)

Belgium

Culture

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)

Research

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)

France

Research

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)

Germany

Culture

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)

Research

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)

Portugal

Culture

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)

Spain

Culture

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)

Research

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

UK

Jobs

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)

Research

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)

Comics and Critique: Invigorating Critical Study of the Medium, will be held on the 3rd July at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. Link (20/05/2017, English, ST)

There is a call for abstracts for the edited volume, Child-Animal Relationships in Comics: Historical and Transcultural Perspectives edited by the University Press of Liège. Abstracts are due by the 31st August 2017. Link (English, ST)

There is a call for abstracts for the edited volume, Bodies/Borders in Jewish Women’s Comics. Abstracts are due by the 30th June 2017. Link (English, ST)

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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), Lise Tannahill (LT, Belgium), and Simon Turner (ST, UK)

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News Review April 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

Augusto Mora was awarded the Memorial 68 prize in the comics category by the Centro Cultural Universitario de Tlatelolco for his new book En busca de una voz. In this book, Mora uses the graphics employed by the student movement to tell its story and talk about the violent repression it suffered in 1968. Link (Spanish, FGG)

After a 15-year hiatus, Kaliman, the best-selling superhero comics published between the 1960s and the early 2000s, are being relaunched with stories featuring present-day Mexican problems and situations. An exhibit featuring 70 Kaliman pieces opened at the Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, and will continue until mid-July. Link (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG)

El pelón, a comic by Octavio Jiménez on an iconic and nomadic barrio character who is followed by stray dogs, competes with trash recyclers, and about whose origin nobody knows, was published in Marvin magazine. Link (24/04/2014, Spanish, FGG)

Augusto Mora, Chubasco, Rafael de Loera, and Rubén Lara illustrated regional legends live at the Serafín Hotel in Querétaro in an event organized by the Conque. Link (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG)

Education

Cintia Bolio, Jimena Sanchez, Augusto Mora, Frik, Edu Molina, Juanele, and Luis Fernando lead a comics workshop at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on the 16th April. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Karine Bernadou lead a workshop organized by the French Embassy in Mexico City. Link (French, FGG)

Obituaries

Ramon Valdiosera, former director of the comics magazine Pepín, died at age 98.His death was considered the closing event of the Golden Age of Mexican comics. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Research

The Literature Department at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City hosted its First graphic narratives international conference: “Memory and oblivion in Comics, Manga and Roman Graphique,” on the 5th and 6th April. Keynote addresses were given by Drs. José Manuel de Amo, Laurence Grove, and Paul Gravett, and there were presentations by guest artists Luis Fernando, Axur Eneas, Alejandra Gámez, Alejandra Espino, and Augusto Mora, among others. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Lucha Castro, Josefina Larragoiti, and Adam Shapiro gave a talk on Front Line Defenders and the book La Lucha. La historia de Lucha Castro y los Derechos Humanos en México as part of the 1st Graphic Novel Colloquium at Universidad Iberoamericana. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Papers on diverse examples and aspects of Mexican comics, including analyses on political cartoons, Hermelinda Linda, feminine and feminist characters and comics, and on representations of drug trafficking and the war on drugs were presented at the Congreso Internacional de Historia de las Mujeres en Latinoamérica in Bogotá, Colombia and at the Latin American Studies Association congress in Lima, Perú. Link (Spanish, FGG).

United States

Research

There is a call for papers for Mechademia 2017: Science Fictions conference, which takes place at Minneapolis College of Art and Design between the 22nd and 24th September. Abstract submissions are due by the 1st September. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar Dr Leah Misemer. Link (English, WG)

Reading Lessons in Seeing: Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Autobiographical Graphic Novel, by Michael A. Chaney, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America, by Andrew J. Friedenthal, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

The Lent Comic Art Classification System, by John A. Lent and Mike Rhode, has been published through Lulu Press. Link (English, WG)

The Secret Origins of Comics Studies, edited by Matthew Smith and Randy Duncan, has been published through Routledge. Link (English, WG)

The deadline for proposals for the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Conference is the 1st June. The conference will take place at the University of Massachusetts on the 27th and 28th October. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection The Ages of the Flash. Abstracts between 100-500 words should be submitted by the 15th June. Link (13/04/2017, English, WG)

The University of Oregon website reports on the feature of comics scholar Ben Saunders in the History Channel’s documentary, Superheroes Decoded. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

Égo Comme X, the independent BD publisher best known for their autobiographical publications, is closing for financial reasons. Link (10/04/2017, French, LT)

Culture

The title of the next Astérix album has been revealed: Asterix and the Race Through Italy. Link (12/04/2017, English, LT)

Germany

Culture

The festival, 1. Erfurter Comic und Mangapark, is taking place on the 6th and 7th May; guests include Martina Peters and Inga Steinmetz. Link (22/04/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition on Héctor Germán Oesterheld’s El Eternauta is now being shown in Munich until the 14th July. Link (26/04/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners is travelling on to Schwarzenbach where it will be shown from the 13th May until the 22nd October. Link (30/04/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

The annual conference of D.O.N.A.L.D. took place in Hamburg. Link (03/04/2014, German, MdlI)

Macht der Musik by Christian Bachmann, a book on music in comics, has been published. Link (05/04/2017, German, MdlI)

This year’s conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) is going to take place in Bonn from the 1st until the 3rd December. Link (06/04/2017, German, MdlI)

The proceedings of the symposium, Science Meets Comics (Berlin 2015), have been published. Link (24/04/2017, German/English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

On the 6th May the Clube Português de Banda Desenhada will host the second half of a lecture by Domingos Isabelinho about Raúl Correia’s book, A Lei da Selva [The Jungle Law]. The first half of the Lecture took place on the 22nd April. Entrance is free. Link (07/04/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

An exhibition  of La ciudad en viñetas, by Roberto Massó, can be seen at Centro Centro (Madrid) until the 2nd July. Link (07/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The prizes of the 35th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair have been announced. Best Spanish work: Jamás tendré 20 años (Jaime Martín). Best foreign work: The Vision (Gabriel Hernández Walta and Tom King). Great Prize: Josep María Martín Saurí. Link (01/04/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Industry

Tebeosfera has published its annual report about the Spanish comics industry. Link (01/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Penguin Random House has bought Spanish comics publishing house Ediciones B. Link (06/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The exhibition, ¿Qué es una biblioteca para ti? (What is a library for you?), the vision of 20 graphic humourists about libraries, may be visited until the 28th May at the National Library in Madrid. Link (17/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

A Hannes Nüsseler exhibition is shown in Basel until the 20th May. Link (06/04/2017, German, MdlI)

UK

Culture

The Inking Woman, the new exhibition at the Cartoon Museum (London), will run from the 26th April until the 23rd July. Link (English, WG)

Bradford Literature Festival Comic Con will take place at the University of Bradford. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich is hosting a workshop discussing legal issues related to international manga consumption on the 19th May. Attendance is free but booking is essential. Link (29/04/2017, English, ST)

Obituary

The BBC reports that comics artist Leo Baxendale has passed away. Link (27/04/2017, English, WG)

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News Review March 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

Cartoonist Cintia Bolio was awarded an International Human Rights Tlaltecutli Prize. An exhibit on the 15th anniversary of the publication of Bolios’s Puras Evas opened at Museo de la Mujer in Downtown Mexico City. Her work is also currently featured in the exhibit “De ellas” at the Torre-Pacheco Public Library in Murcia (Spain). Link (FGG, Spanish)

The International La Mole Comic-con took place on the 17th to the 19th March at the Mexico City World Trade Center, featuring local artists Motzaqui, Bef, and Ric Velasco, and with the participation of Kevin Eastman, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, Greg Capullo, Erik Larsen, Spencer Wilding, and Rickey Purdin, among many others.  Link (19/03/17, FGG, Spanish)

Cartoonist Angel Boligán has been elected for the catalogue of the 21st Euro-kartoenale Kruishoutem, “The Soul.” Link (FGG, English)

The exhibit “Iconos del Humorismo Mexicano” opened on the 30th anniversary of the Museo de la Caricatura, in downtown Mexico City, with a special tribute to Jesús Martínez Rentería “Palillo” (1913-1994), and works by Pedro Sol, “Frik”, Eduardo Gómez, Paco Vaca, and other 40 artists. Cartoons by Christian Garduño, aka Rocko, are also on view at the museum through May. Link (30/03/17, FGG, Spanish)

“Los Supersabios. Plaza de la Caricatura” was inaugurated in the Historic Center of Mexico City in the midst of the 2nd edition of FILO, a meeting of comics artists open to the general public. The event included addresses by El Fisgón, Bef, and Luis Gantus, among others. The space is meant to be a celebration of comics and political cartoon in Mexico, and will be used as a site for graphic novel workshops directed by Edgar Clement, Logan Wayne, Criss Layla Dysaster, Ricardo Peláez, and others during April and May. Link (30/03/17, FGG, Spanish)

Education

The Casa Universitaria del Libro UNAM is hosting courses and workshops on Cartooning and Political Illustration, Graphic Narrative, and Comic and Gender. Link (FGG, Spanish)

Research

Bernardo Fernández (Bef) and Adrián Mora Bautista gave the keynote addresses at the interdisciplinary comics colloquium hosted by The Humanities Program at FES Acatlán on March 29th and 30th. Link (FGG, Spanish)

The Literature Department at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City will host its First graphic narratives international conference: “Memory and oblivion in Comics, Manga and Roman Graphique,” on April 5 and 6, 2017, with keynote addresses by Drs. José Manuel de Amo, Laurence Grove, and Paul Gravett, and guest artists Luis Fernando, Axur Eneas, Alejandra Gámez, Alejandra Espino, and Augusto Mora, among others. Link (FGG, Spanish)

United States

Research

Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 1.1 is now published online. Link (English, WG) 

Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman, edited by Joseph M. Sommers, has now been published through Salem Press. Link (English, WG)

The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America’s Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times, edited by Joseph J. Darowski, has been published by McFarland. Link (English, WG)

Registration is now open for the Graphic Medicine conference, which takes place in Seattle Public Library in June. Link (English, WG)

The book, Drawing the Line: Comics Studies and INKS, 1994–1997, edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner, has been published through the Ohio State University Press. Link (English, WG)

Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal has a call for papers for a special issue on comics. The deadline for proposals is the 15th April. Link (English, WG)

Tracking The Surprising Rise of the British Superhero by Chris Murray has been published by the University Press of Mississippi. Link (04/03/2017, English, ST)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The museum of La Boverie in Liège organizes a large exhibition on French comics magazines Métal Hurlant and (A suivre), on view from the 17th March to the 11th June, 2017. Link (17/03/2017, French, BC)

Research

The program for the NNCORE conference “Comics and Memory,” which will take place at the University of Ghent from the 19th to the 21st April 2017, is now available. Link (08/03/2017, English, BC)

A call for papers for an international conference on novelizations has been released: it welcomes papers on novelizations from comics. “Les novellisations pour la jeunesse” will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve on the 10th until the 11th May, 2018. Abstracts are due by the 1st June, 2017. Link (14/03/2017, French, BC)

France

Research

Nicolas Labarre’s monograph Heavy Metal, l’autre Métal Hurlant has been published through the Presses universitaires de Bordeaux. Link (16/03/2017, BC, French)

Mutual Images Journal: Japanese pop culture in Europe today: economic challenges, mediated notions, future opportunities has been published. Link (03/03/2017, ST, English)

Germany

Culture

A radio feature on Will Eisner has been broadcast on the 6th March. Link (06/03/2017, MdlI, German)

Comicfestival München is going to take place from the 25th to the 28th May; guests include Terry Moore, Denis Kitchen and Hermann. Link (MdlI, German)

A manga exhibition is going to be shown at Schloss Augustusburg from the 14th April to the 10th December. Link (29/03/2017, MdlI, German)

This year’s Animagic convention is going to take place in Mannheim from the 4th to the 6th August; guests include Lynn Okamoto. Link (29/03/2017, MdlI, German)

Research

A symposium on “Drawing Illness. Graphic Memoir and the Art of Getting Better” is going to take place in Hamburg on the 20th April. Link (23/03/2017, MdlI, German)

A conference on “Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics” is going to take place in Berlin on the 27th and 28th October; the deadline for abstracts is the 31st May. Link (25/03/2017, MdlI, English)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 29th April, the Gallery of Bedeteca da Amadora is hosting the exhibition “Banda Escrita” (written strip) by the Comic author David Soares. Entrance is free. Link (RR, Portuguese).

Spain

Culture

The Colectivo de Autoras de Cómic (Spanish Female Authors Collective) has launched a documentary (available free on-line) which focuses on the role of 52 female authors. Link (09/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

An exhibition with original work of Daniel Torres’s La casa can be visited at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, until the 4th June. Link (09/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

The 35th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair will take place from the 30th March to the 2nd April. It will host, among many international authors, Bryan Talbot, Dave Gibbons, Jill Thompson and José Muñoz. Link (01/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

Research

The program of the International Congress of Comic Interdisciplinary Studies, which will be celebrated at the University of Zaragoza on the 5th and 6th April 2017, is already available. Link (01/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

A new issue of the journal Tebeosfera has been published. It focuses on the 100th anniversary of the comics magazine TBO, which gave the name to comics in Spain (tebeos).  Link (11/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

UK

Culture

The exhibition, Beyond Dredd & Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins, runs until October 2017 at the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery. Link (English, WG)

Education

Times Higher Education interviews Professor Chris Murray from the University of Dundee about Comics Studies. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for the conference, Steampunk: Then, Now, and Then Again, which takes place at Bishop Grossteste University, Lincoln, between the 25th and 27th August. Proposals are due by the 14th April. Link (27/02/2017, English, WG) 

Comics Grid has a called for graphic submissions for a special issue on Graphic Science. The deadline for proposals is the 31st October. Link (English, WG)

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.2 has now been published. Link (English, WG)

A student needs contributors for a survey for research into Graphic Medicine. Link (English, WG)

Graphic Justice HQ is compiling a list of critical and enlightening resources for the study of law, comics, and justice. Link (07/03/2017, English, ST)

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News Review February 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

“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)

Education

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

Research

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)

There is a call for papers for an upcoming edited anthology: Good Grief(s): Historical and Culture Readings of Peanuts. Link (13/02/2017, English, ST)

Europe

Austria

Culture

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)

France

Culture

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)

Research

The Centre de Recherche sur les littératures et la sociopoétique (CELIS) de l’Université Clermont Auvergne (France) and the Asociación Cultural Tebeosfera (Spain) have created a group for scholars working on comics in Spanish. They are building a directory of scholars working on Spanish language comics. They started out at 150 scholars and they’re trying to reach anyone they may have missed. Link (28/02/2017, English, ST)

Germany

Business

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

Culture

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)

Research

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)

The University of Siegen will host the international summer school titled “Transnational Graphic Narratives” from the 31st July to the 5th August 2017. The deadline for applications is the 31st March. Link (19/02/2017, English, ST)

Portugal

Culture

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)

Spain

Culture

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)

Research

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)

Sweden

Research

Konsthistorisk tidskrift has published it’s latest issues. Link (28/02/2017, English, ST)

Switzerland

Culture

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)

Research

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

UK

Culture

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)

Jobs

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)

Research

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)

There is a call for papers for the symposium ‘Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory’ taking place at the University of Oxford on the 22nd June 2017. Link (26/02/2017, English, ST)

The British Superhero, by Chris Murray, has been published by the University Press of Mississippi. Link (28/02/2017, English, ST)

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