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Comics Forum Online: Year Two Review and Comics Forum 2013 Call for Papers

The Comics Forum website is two years old today! Following on from last year’s round up of articles, in this post I’ll be providing a review of all the pieces we’ve published this year, and launching the Comics Forum 2013 call for papers.

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New MP3 Download: Charlie Adlard in conversation with Hugo Frey

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Today sees the launch of another downloadable resource from Comics Forum: Charlie Adlard and Hugo Frey’s keynote conversation from Comics Forum 2012. Running to more than an hour in length, this interview covers a wide range of subjects from Charlie’s history in comics and his career, including Playing the Game (written by Doris Lessing), White Death (written by Robbie Morrison) and, of course, The Walking Dead (written by Robert Kirkman), among others. A huge thanks to Charlie and Hugo for giving up their time to take part in CF2012.

You can download the MP3 below, or from the Comics Forum 2012 archive (where you can also download the conference programme and abstracts and see reviews of the event). All downloads are free.

Charlie Adlard and Hugo Frey in Conversation (introduction by Ian Hague)

Direct download as an MP3 here (1:05:36, 60.1MB (right click and ‘Save Target As…’)).

Online streaming and alternative download formats are available here.

In the mood for more Comics Forum audio? Why not have a look at the Comics Forum 2011 archive, which includes a range of talks by top academics and artists on two of the conference themes: Graphic Medicine and Materiality & Virtuality, all available to download as MP3s for free!



Comics Forum 2012

Running on the 15th and 16th of November, Comics Forum 2012 brought together nearly eighty academics, comics readers and creators to discuss the medium in depth at Leeds Central Library. Speakers came from around the world to deliver a range of fascinating presentations, and we featured Simone Lia in conversation with Ann Miller, and Charlie Adlard in conversation with Hugo Frey, as our keynote speakers. A huge thank you to all our participants, volunteers and supporters for helping to make the event such a success!

The Comics Forum 2012 page has now been updated and moved into the Comics Forum Archives section on the website. There you can download the full conference programme and speakers’ abstracts and biographies, as well as other conference documents like the poster and the call for papers.

Congratulations to John G. Swogger and William H. Foster III, who won our ‘Pick of the Papers’ prizes at this year’s event. John presented a paper entitled ‘Palauan Storyboard: Comics and narrative context in archaeological fieldwork’ and won Simone Lia’s Fluffy and Please God, Find Me a Husband! after being voted the paper of the day by the audience on Thursday. William talked on Friday about ‘The Changing Image of African American Women in Comics’ and won a copy of The Walking Dead Compendium Volume One. John has also reviewed Comics Forum 2012 here (if you were at Comics Forum 2012 and have reviewed the event, let us know and we’ll put a link in the archive!).

Comics Forum also appeared at this year’s Thought Bubble convention, to talk to people about studying comics in universities and schools. The Comics Forum table was manned by Comics Forum director Ian Hague, and consultant Dr Mel Gibson, and we were absolutely delighted with the response we got from the lovely Thought Bubble crowd! Thanks to everyone who came over for a chat! If we didn’t see you this year, come over and say hello next time…

We ran a raffle at the Comics Forum table, and we can now announce that the winners were:

Top Prizes: One issue of European Comic Art (courtesy of Berghahn), three issues of Studies in Comics and a copy of Ann Miller’s Reading Bande Dessinée (courtesy of Intellect).

Won by Pete Hindle and Darren Moffatt.

Runners Up: One issue of European Comic Art (courtesy of Berghahn).

Won by: Lou Crosby, Lily Glover, Nathalie Henry, Wade Simpson and John H. Thomson.

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Comics Forum 2012 was supported by Thought Bubble, Arts Council England, the University of Chichester, Dr Mel Gibson and Molakoe Graphic Design. Prizes for the Pick of the Papers competition were provided by Travelling Man.


This week: Comics Forum 2012

Comics Forum 2012 is coming up at Leeds Central Library this Thursday and Friday (15th and 16th).

This year’s conference features a fantastic line-up of top speakers from around the world, and tickets start from just £10!

Our keynote speakers are:

Simone Lia (Fluffy; Please God, Find Me a Husband) in conversation with Ann Miller (Reading Bande Dessinée)

Charlie Adlard (2000AD; The Walking Dead) in conversation with Hugo Frey (The Cambridge Introduction to the Graphic Novel (2014))

Also featuring at Comics Forum 2012 are:

Maaheen Ahmed: The mutability of the line and its tendency towards monstrosity: Otherness of and within comics Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru: Narrative Exploration against Mentality Issues: Indirect Education for Multiculturalism in Tintin Jacob Birken: Set Pieces. Is eclectic imagery in Manga “Othering” or practised Polyculturalism? Frank Bramlett: The role of culture in comics of the quotidian Corey K. Creekmur: Multiculturalism Meets the Counterculture: Racial Difference in Underground Comix Umar Ditta: Controversial representations of cultures and relations between cultures Harriet E. H. Earle: Multiculturalism Vs Melting Pot in 9/11 Charity Comics Cameron Fletcher: Spiderman: Manhattan to Mumbai; Crossing more than timelines to make a Global Icon a Glocal Hero William H. Foster III: The Changing Image of African American Women in Comics Mel Gibson: ‘We don’t need no steenkin’ badgers!’ Talbot’s Grandville, anthropomorphism and multiculturalism Lily Glasner: Have you no manners? A Little Girl’s Gift to Her Majesty Simon Grennan: Empowerment requires power: absence, equilibrium and the capacity to influence in comics representations of cultural difference Brenna Clarke Gray & Peter Wilkins: An Innocent at Home: Scott Pilgrim and its Canadian Multicultural Context Sarah D. Harris: The Monster Within and Without: Spanish Comics, Monstrosity, Religion, and Alterity Paul Harrison: Land of Denial – Egypt in Comics Ian Horton: Colonialist Heroes and Monstrous Others: Stereotype and Narrative Form in British Adventure Comic Books Harriet Kennedy: The confused nationalisms of Bojoual: le huron-kébékois Alex Link: Negotiating Multicultural Transnationalism and Assimilative Globalization in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Taiyo Matsumoto’s Tekkonkinkreet Anna Madill: Caucasian, Japanese, or What? Visual Representation of Race in Boys’ Love Manga Paul M. Malone: Multikulti Manga in Germany; or, Why Frau Merkel Should Read More Comics Andy Mason: The Presidential Penis and Other Scandalous South African Satires: Race, ethnicity and representation in South African comics and political cartooning, from the early 20th century to the present Ana Merino: The Impact of the Latino Identities on the Alternative Landscape of Comics: Thirty Years of Love and Rockets Dana Mihăilescu: Oy, Gevalt, Meydele! The Lower East Side as Mishmash of Jewish Women’s Multicultural Images in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn Joseph North: Volti nascosti: cultural diversity in the Italian fumetto Hannah O’Connor: Sapphic Supervillains and Dynamic Dykes: Lesbian Heroism and (In)Visibility in Mainstream Graphic Literature Pre- and Post-9/11 Emma Oki: Representations of Asian Americans in Selected Works by Adrian Tomine Mihaela Precup: The Image of the Foreigner in Communist Romanian Comics Ethan Rubin: Robots are People Too: Webcomics and the Social Standing of “Everyday AI” Rebecca Scherr: Framing Subjects: the politics of representation in Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza Mary L. Tabakow: Representations of Asian Guest Workers, European/Regional Expatriates, and Male/Female Omani Nationals in Publicly-Funded Omani Comic Strips John G. Swogger: Palauan Storyboard: Comics and narrative context in archaeological fieldwork Asta Vrečko: ‘No one thinks of winter when the grass is green’ Keina Yoshida: Graphic fiction, visual narratives and international criminal justice

For the running order and timetable click here.

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day pass (15th or 16th): £10

2 day pass (15th and 16th): £20

4 day pass (Comics Forum 2012 & a two day Thought Bubble convention pass): £30 (save £10 on the cost if bought separately)

To register, email and let us know how many tickets you want. Payment will be taken in cash on the day. Ticket prices include light refreshments but not lunch.

This year, Comics Forum will also be appearing at the Thought Bubble convention so if you’re about do come and say hello! We’ll also be offering up the chance to win some great prizes at the Comics Forum stall, so be sure to fill in an entry form on the day!

See you there!

Ian Hague & Carolene Ayaka

Comics Forum 2012 Directors

Comics Forum 2012 is supported by Thought Bubble, Arts Council England, the University of Chichester, Dr Mel Gibson and Molakoe Graphic Design.


Comics Forum News Review: An Introduction by Will Grady

Those of you who attended The Third International Comics Conference: Comics Rock in Bournemouth this past June may have been present at Ian Hague’s talk, ‘Comics Forum: The Plan.’ In it he outlined his future plans for the development of Comics Forum. Amongst other ambitious ideas, he talked of his plan to house a news service on the Comics Forum website. A service that would provide a monthly review of relevant news links for the comic scholar community. Ian wanted the news service to have international appeal, with an array of international correspondents feeding into the service to offer a better picture of the global situation. In the abstract for his talk, Ian hinted at the possibility of recruiting a few audience members to assist in the ongoing development of Comics Forum. Having been present at his talk, I would suggest he was successful in his aim – as I offered to take on the role of news editor, won over by this ambitious project. And so the Comics Forum News Review was born! Since June, we have been busy fine-tuning the logistics of this service, so allow me to divulge in how this idea is close to becoming a functioning service, and hopefully illustrate how this service may benefit the comic scholar community.

Having come up with the idea to create this international news service, it was time to sit down with Ian and sort through the logistics of how this service will work – what content we thought would be most important to appear in the News Review, and also the simplest format to present the monthly report. Link style reportage seems like the most feasible way of presenting a news story (a short summary sentence with the link to the news story). News will be organised into regions (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania), and then into countries within each region. Under each country we will present articles under a range of section headings (Business, Culture, Education, Jobs, Law & Politics, Obituaries, Research, and Technology). With this format we hope to provide an easy to use service that anyone in the scholar community can access, flicking through the entire month’s report to look at things most relevant to them, be it country or category of news.

The next course of action was soliciting our global correspondence team – of course this service would be nothing without a solid line up of correspondents with their finger on the pulse of all things comics scholarship. Our line up currently includes Andy Mason (contributing for South Africa); Bart Beaty (Canada); Hannah Means-Shannon (USA); Greice Schneider (Brazil); Cheng Tju (Singapore); Jessica Bauwens-Sugimoto (Japan); Lisa Tannahill (France); Lida Tsene (Greece); Shelley Culbertson (Ireland); Pedro Moura (Portugal); Mihaela Precup (Romania); Rikke Platz Cortsen (Scandinavia) and Asta Vrečko (Slovenia). (Be sure to check out the Comics Forum Who’s Who section for full correspondent bios!) As you can see, we still have gaps in our team, and we are looking to recruit more correspondents from around the globe. If you feel you are up for the job in your region/country of specialty, or know someone who might be, be sure you get in touch!

The News Review will be published on the 4th day of every month. We are almost ready to launch, and the inaugural Comics Forum News Review will be published on 4th November. This report will cover the month of October, so be sure to pen that date into your calendar, and check back with us!

This service is a work in progress, and the assistance from our community is crucial. All comments, constructive criticisms, and suggestions are welcome in improving our service. Likewise, while we have a solid starting line up of correspondents, we are missing some key countries, and would be really pleased to hear from you with your suggestions. If you would be interested in getting involved with the News Review, please contact me at the Comics Forum News Review email address: We hope you will get involved, and check back with us on the 4th November! I will be present at Comics Forum’s fourth installment this year at Leeds (15th and 16th of November), and hope to see some of you there, so come and say hello.

William Grady is about to begin his PhD in the faculty of Humanities at the University of Dundee, focusing on women in American West comic books of the Cold War era. He has articles on American West comic books both printed and forthcoming in the anthologies Comic Books and American Cultural History, and Undead in the West II, alongside forthcoming pieces in the journals Studies in Comics, and the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He is currently a teaching assistant in the department of Film and Media at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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