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News Review September 2018

North America

Canada

Research

There is a CFP for COMICS/POLITICS – 2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, which takes place between the 25th and 27th July 2019 at Ryerson University, Toronto. The deadline for proposals is the 15th January 2019. Link (English, WG)

United States

Culture

The Comics Studies Society has teamed up with Matt Madden to sell prints of his single most popular one-page comic in order to support CSS Conference Travel funds and other CSS prizes. Link (English, WG)

Research

Gender and the Superhero Narrative, edited by Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, and Philip Smith, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing, and Creating Comics, by Rachelle Cruz, has been published through Cognella. Link (English, WG)

Sequentials 2 has been published, a themed issue focused on “‘Queer’ as Noun, Adjective, and/or Verb”. Link (English, WG)

The third annual Brandeis Novel Symposium, which takes place at Brandeis University on the 12th April 2019, will address the Graphic Novel.  The deadline for abstract proposals is the 15th October. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the Comics Arts Conference, which is part of WonderCon (Anaheim, CA, 29th-31st March 2019). 100 to 200 word abstracts are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the edited collection LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader, to be published through University of Mississippi Press. The deadline for 250 word abstract proposals is the 1st November. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for Black Panther: Taking Stock of the First African Super Hero at 50. The conference takes place between the 19th and 20th April 2019 at Shawnee State University, and abstract proposals are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the special themed issue of ImageTexT, ImageTech: Comics and Materiality. The deadline for submissions is the 15th October. Link (English, WG)

Pace University Press will present Comics and Culture: Those Who Can, Teach, a panel and discussion on the 3rd October 3 at the Pace University downtown NYC campus. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Culture

The bande dessinée artist René Pétillon, best known for L’Enquête Corse and his work at Le Canard enchaîné, has died aged 72. Link (30/9/2018, French, LT)

Culture

The new bande dessinée by Bastien Vivès, Petit Paul, has been removed from sale by at least 2 French bookstore chains after being accused of depicting paedophilia and sexual abuse of children. Link (24/9/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

An exhibition of comics published by Adverse is going to be shown in Bremen from the 20th October until the 24th November. Link (28/09/2018, German, MdlI)

MAG convention is going to take place in Erfurt from the 5th – 7th October; guests include Sana Takeda and Schlogger. Link (German, MdlI)

Portugal

Until the 11th November, the “Parabéns Garcês “ Exhibition is being held as a tribute to José Garcês that recently celebrated his 90th anniversary. The exhibition can be visited in Bedeteca of Amadora and is free of charge. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Switzerland

Culture

An exhibition of comics made for Médecins Sans Frontières was shown in Winterthur from the 24th August until the 21st September. Link (06/09/2018, German, MdlI)

UK

Culture

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! is an exhibition of Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons, and takes place at Somerset House between the 25th October 2018 and the 3rd March 2019. Link (English, WG)

There are plans to develop a comics museum in Dundee. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.4 has been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels and Comics and 20th Anniversary of the International Bande dessinée Society, which takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University between the 24th-28th June 2019. The conference theme will be “Storyworlds and Transmedia Universes” and proposals are due by the 1st February 2019. Link (English, WG)

News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents: William Grady (WG, Canada, UK and United States) and Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal), Lise Tannahill (France) and Simon Turner (United States).

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News Review August 2018

Americas

Canada

Job

The Department of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor in media studies. The advert states that the department is specifically interested in candidates with research interests in comics (amongst other things). Applications are due by the 7th September. Link (English, WG)

Research

CROSSING THE LINES: TRANSNATIONAL/TRANSCULTURAL COMICS STUDIES is a new book series from Wilfrid Laurier University Press (Waterloo, Canada). Link (English, WG)

United States

Culture

Comics in Circuit is an exhibition currently on display at the Rare Book School, University of Virginia. It will run until the 1st May 2019. Link (English, WG)

The exhibit, “Racism, Representation, and Resistance in Children’s Literature”, takes place inside Smathers Library, at the University of Florida, and will run until the 5th October. Link (English, WG)

The exhibition, Graphic Scenes: (Re)Visionary Comic Book Art, is currently on show at Komechak Gallery at Benedictine University.  It features art from Mister X by Dean Motter, from Hellboy by Mike Mignola, and from Criminal by Sean Phillips. Link (English, WG)

The inaugural issue of VÉRITÉ, a 240-page comics anthology from Comix India and Studio Ekonte in Mumbai, has been published. Positioning itself as an Indian gekiga magazine, VÉRITÉ is distinguished by its mixed content of new comics mainly from India and classic short-form literary manga from Japan. The Japanese contributors include Tsuge Tadao, Katsumata Susumu, Yamamatsu Yukichi, and Tsuneyama Yoji. Link (07/09/2018, ST)

Research

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART 20.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola has published an overview of his experiences at the first annual Comics Studies Society Conference, Mind the Gaps, which took place in Urbana-Champaign in August. Link (English, WG)

There is a called for papers for Comics on the Couch, a special themed issue of the journal, American Imago. 300 word abstracts are due by the 15th December. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for proposals for ICAF 2019, which takes place between the 4th and 6th April 2019 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Abstracts are due by the 15th October 2018. Link (English, WG)

The first ICAF bibliography of recent comics scholarship is now available on the ICAF website in PDF format. This inaugural list covers roughly the period from January 2017 to June 2018. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Research

An interview with Véronique Sina and Nina Heindl on the occasion of the upcoming ComFor conference was published in Comixene; it is also freely available online. Link (20/08/2018, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

On the 1st September, the inauguration of Barreiro Ilustra Bd opened. The event takes place in Barreiro, and consists of an exhibition that can be visited until 14th October. Free entrance. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The exhibition La ciudad en viñetas shows the work of María Medem at CentroCentro, Madrid, until the 21st October. Link (27/07/2018, Spanish, 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 (05/08/2018)

Research

The 20th edition of the conference Unicómic will take place in Alicante from the 27 to 29 September. Among many other guests, there will be meetings with Nick Sousanis, Sento, Antonio Altarriba, Jaime Martín and David Lloyd. Link (29/08/2018)

UK

Research

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.3 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Comics Uncovered: The International Comic Industry Conference will take place in Birmingham on the 15th and 16th September. Link (English, WG)

Registration is now open for Comics Forum 2018. Link (English, WG)

The latest issue of Studies in Comics has been published. Link (English, WG)

News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

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 Simon Turner (United States).

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News Review July 2018

Americas

United States

Research

Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism, by Louie Dean Valencia-García, has been published through Bloomsbury. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the panel The Stage and the Comics Page: Graphic Adaptations of Plays, Theatrical Adaptations of Comics. The panel is part of NeMLA 2019, which will be in Washington DC, 21-24 March 2019. Abstract proposals for this panel are due by the 30th September 2018. Link (English, WG)

Feminist Media Histories 4.3, a special issue on Comics, has now been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for a special edited collection Theology and the Marvel Universe. Abstract proposals are due by the 15th September. Link (English, WG)

The conference programme for MIND THE GAPS! The 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society (taking place 9-11 August) has been published online. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for the 2019 Michigan State University Comics Forum, which takes place 22-23 March 2019. Abstract submissions are due by the 24th September. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

Netflix is to internationally broadcast a TV adaptation of Snowpiercer, adapted from the science fiction bande dessinée series Transperceneige. Link (25/07/2018, English, LT)

Culture

Bande dessinée writer Frank Giroud, whose works include Le Décalogue (Glénât, 2001-2003) has died aged 62. Link (16/07/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

An exhibition on queer superheroes is shown in Cologne until the 20th September. Link (02/07/2018, German, MdlI)

The Nils Oskamp exhibition is now shown in Schwarzenbach until the 4th November. Link (09/07/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

An English-language book on Empirical Comics Research edited by Alexander Dunst, Jochen Laubrock and Janina Wildfeuer has been published by Routledge. Link (05/07/2018, German, MdlI)

A volume edited by Theresia Heimerl and Christian Wessely titled Weltentwürfe im Comic/Film: Mensch, Gesellschaft, Religion has been published by Schüren. Link (09/07/2018, German, MdlI)

An Open Access volume on Charlie Hebdo edited by Lukas R. A. Wilde and Stephan Packard has been published by ComFor. Link (30/07/2018, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

On the 4th and 5th August, in Faro,  the “7th Manga and comic event” will take place in  Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Algarve and will  have table and video games, exhibitions, cosplay, workshops and other activities. Tickets can be purchased until 3rd August in Fórum Algarve and have a cost of 4 and 5 euro, for the participation during one day or two day respectively.  Link (29/07/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Until the 14th September, the exhibition “a três vintêns – 100 anos de fascículos de aventuras em Portugal”, which consists of an exhibition of the comic issues published during 100 years in Portugal, takes place in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal [National Library] in Lisbon. Entrance is free. Link (04/06/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Norma Cómics (Barcelona) has been awarded the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Link (21/07/2018, English, EdRC)

Research

A new issue of the journal Cuadernos de Cómic (CuCo) has been published and is available for free to download.  Link (07/07/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Research

Comics Grid have published a CFP for a special edited collection entitled, Creating Comics, Creative Comics. Submissions are due by the 1st October. Link (English, WG)

European Comics Art 11.1, a special themed issue on Spanish comics, has been published. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

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

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News Review June 2018

Americas

United States

Culture 

The Sequart documentary, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, is available to view online. Link (English, WG)

Research

Cultures of War in Graphic Novels: Violence, Trauma, and Memory, edited by Tatiana Prorokova and Nimrod Tal, has been published through Rutgers University Press. Link (English, WG)

American Literature 90.2 is a special themed issue entitled Queer about Comics. Link (English, WG)

There is a cfp for the conference ComiqueCon: Celebrating Women in Comics, which will take place as part of ComiqueCon in Dearborn, MI, on the 13th October. The deadline for submissions is the 31st July. Link (English, WG)

The 2018 issue of SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education has been published. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund the relaunch of venerable children’s magazine Pif (Gadget), aiming to launch this year.  Link (21/06/2018, LT, French)

Culture

A trailer for the upcoming adaptation of bande dessinée series Les vieux fourneaux has been released. The film will be released in August.  Link (25/06/2018, LT, French)

Germany

Culture

This year’s Max und Moritz Award winners include Reinhard Kleist, Ulli Lust and Riad Sattouf. Link (German, MdlI)

Research

A series of talks was given in conjunction with this year’s ComicInvasionBerlin festival on the 23rd June. Link (21/06/2018, German, MdlI)

Reader Superhelden, an edited volume on superheroes, has been published by Transcript. Link (25/06/2018, German, MdlI)

Hungary

Culture

The 14th International Comics Festival at Budapest took place on 13 May 2018. This one day event offered a comics award ceremony, artist talks, roundtables, workshops, and a comics fair. Our guests this year were Jacques Ferrandez (FR), Kati Kovács (FIN), Alexandru Ciubotariu (Ro), Thomas Kriebaum (A), and Fabrizio de Tommaso (I). Link (01/07/2018, English, ES)

Comics as Narrative – The Ninth Art and Its Icons in Hungary is a major comics exhibition at the National Széchényi Library at Budapest. The exhibition focuses on two influential perceptions of comics in Hungary, namely adaptations of literary works in the 1950s-70s and contemporary comics understood as self-expression and as an autonomous narrative medium. The exhibition opened on 14 May and is on display until 26 July 2018. Link (01/07/2018, English, ES)

The Third Conference on Tendencies in Contemporary Hungarian Comics and Comics Studies was organized by the Babes-Bolyai University at Cluj (Romania), the University of Szeged (Hungary) and the Centre for Comics Studies at the University of Pécs (Hungary). The two-day event took place at Cluj between 18-19 May 2018. Link (01/07/2018, English, ES)

Portugal

Culture

From the 29th June until the 27th July  the second part of the sequential art course for beginner will tae place in Casa da Quinta do Pátio d’Água in Montijo. The course is taught by Susana Resende. Admission is free. Link (28/07/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Research

A new issue of the journal Tebeoesfera (on comics translation) has been published. Link (29/06/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

The journal Neuróptica, one of the pioneers of comics studies in Spain (1982-1987), will be published again, open access and on a yearly basis. First editorial deadline is 1 January 2019. Articles can be submitted in Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese. Link (13/06/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)

The journal Cuadernos de Cómic has led another successful crowdfunding campaign to continue its activity. Link (30/06/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

An Ulli Lust exhibition is shown in Basel until the 28th October. Link (29/06/2018, German, MdlI)

UK

Culture

Metal Band, ‘Death Ingloria’ will perform in London at ‘Attack On Camden: Anime/Gaming/Geek Metal Bands’ on the 7th July. The band mixes sequential art with metal music at live performances. Entry is free and restricted to those over 18 years of age. More information about the band may be found at Link 2. Link 1 Link 2 (01/07/2018, Link, ST)

Research

Alex Fitch interviews comics scholars David Kunzle, Thierry Groensteen and Maggie Gray about their respective research. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, UK and United States) and Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany and Switzerland), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal), Eszter Szép (ES, Hungary) Lise Tannahill (LT, France) and Simon Turner (ST, UK).

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News Review May 2018

Americas

United States

Research

There is a call for paper for a special edited collection entitled Mixed-Race/Superheroes. 500 word abstracts are due by the 1st July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for paper for a special edited collection on the DC Universe. 200-500 word are due by the 31st July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for paper for a special edited collection on the Marvel Universe. 200-500 word are due by the 31st July. Link (English, WG)

The special themed issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies, ‘“Suffering Sappho!”: Lesbian content and queer female characters in comics’, has been published. Link (English, WG)

The University Press of Mississippi has published Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics, edited by Marc DiPaolo. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance (GJRA) invites submissions for its 2018 annual conference, to be held on the 20th October in Brooklyn, NY. The deadline for submissions is the 10th July. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

A Walt Disney exhibition is shown in Mainz until the 29th July. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on coal mining in comics is shown in Oberhausen until the 9th September. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “Mangamania”, at Schloss Augustuburg has been extended until the 28th October. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on Marvel’s Avengers is shown in Cologne until the 28th October. Link (04/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on gender in comics is shown in Mainz until the 20th July. Link (German, MdlI)

Several comic exhibitions are shown in Erlangen in conjunction with Comic-Salon. Link (23/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of comics by Claire Bretécher and Franziska Becker is shown in Renchen until the 5th August. Link (26/05/2018, German, MdlI)

A Simon Schwartz exhibition is shown in Erfurt until the 9th September. Link (26/05/2018, German, MdlI)

A Fix & Foxi exhibition is going to be shown in Oberhausen from the 10th June until the 9th September. Link (27/05/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

Several talks by members of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) were given at Comic-Salon Erlangen from the 1st – 3rd June. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

A workshop on comics annotation is going to take place in Potsdam on the 18th and 19th June. Link (07/05/2018, English, MdlI)

Proceedings of the 2017 Workshop of the AG Comicforschung der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM) have been published as issue 4.5 of Closure. Link (German, MdlI).

Three talks on manga were given at this year’s Japan-Tag in Düsseldorf on the 25th May. Link (09/05/2018, German, MdlI)

Lukas R. A. Wilde’s PhD thesis has been published as a book titled “Im Reich der Figuren: Meta-narrative Kommunikationsfiguren und die ‚Mangaisierung‘ des japanischen Alltags“. Link (17/05/2018, German, MdlI)

The Roland Faelske award for comics and animation studies is accepting nominations until the 1st July. Link (28/05/2018, German, MdlI)

Spain

Industry

A crowdfunding campaign has obtained 34000 euros to publish a graphic novel about Blas de Lezo. Link (30/05/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Obituary

The artist Julio Ribera (author of Le Vagabond des Limbes and Dracurella) passed away. Link (29/04/2018, English, EdRC)

Research

A new edition of the summer course Imágenes y migraciones del comic will take place at the University of Alcalá (Madrid) on the 27th and 28th June. Link (23/05/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The exhibition, Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny, takes place between the 10th May and 30th September at the Jewish Museum, London. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for the conference, Graphic Brighton 2018: Music and Comics. This free event will be held at the University of Sussex on Friday July 20th. Link (English, WG)

 

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

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

Click here for News Review correspondent biographies.

Click here to see the News Review archive.

Suggestions for articles to be included in the News Review can be sent to Simon Turner at the email address above.

 
 
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