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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 March 2018

Americas

United States

Research

International Journal of Comic Art 19.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Comics and Culture Volume 2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

University of Mississippi Press has published Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, by Brian Cremins. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance has announced a call for papers for its annual conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, to be held October 20, 2018. Abstracts are due by the 10th July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for comics for Sequentials 3, which seeks creative submissions around the theme Comics And/As/Against Fine Art. Submissions are due by the 1st June. Link (English, WG)

The State of Our Satirical Union is a two-day symposium that takes place at the University of Minnesota between the 20th and 21st April. Link (English, WG)

Panel discussions from last year’s The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo are available to view online. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, “Witnessing Made Easy! Reading Chick tracts in Context”. Abstracts and a short CV are required by the 1st May. Link (English, WG)

The Middle Spaces hosts a round table of nine different scholars discussing Image Comics’ Bitch Planet series. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Research

The University of Ghent is opening two PhD positions in Comics Studies relative to an ERC project on Children in Comics led by Maaheen Ahmed, applications are expected by May 11, 2018. Link (26/03/2018, English, BC)

France

Business

2 men have been arrested for the theft of 4000 albums of bande dessinées from bookshops in the Lyon area, over the period of a year. Link (23/03/2018, French, LT)

Culture

BD author and teacher at the École Européenne Supérieur de l’Image (EESI,,Angoulême), has died aged 60. Link (10/03/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners is now shown in Bremen until the 21st April. Link (01/03/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

A Call for Papers for a conference on comics and games (Hanover, 5th – 7th November) has been published; the deadline for abstracts is the 30th April. Link (02/03/2018, English, MdlI)

An edited volume on the philosophy of Calvin and Hobbes was published. Link (26/03/2018, German, MdlI)

Poland

Culture

The exhibition, Comics Now!, focused upon Polish comics, runs until the 22nd July at the National Museum in Krakow. Link (English, WG)

Portugal

Culture

In Oporto, in the Palace Viscondes de Balsemão, an exhibition of 27 collages dedicated to comics heroes like Corto Maltese, Dick Tracy, Tintin and Asterix and Obelix will take place until the 15th April. Link (21/03/2018, Portuguese, RR)

During March and April,  a set of workshops and courses related with comics in AR.CO. Link (27/03/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The 36th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair will take place at the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc from the 12th to the 15th April. Some of the guests include Carlos Pacheco, David Lloyd, Dave McKean, Paco Roca, David Rubín and Vittorio Giardino. For the first time, their annual awards to Best Spanish work and Best breakout author have parity of representation. Link (12/03/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)

Heroes Manga Madrid will took place at Ifema from the 7th to the 8th April. Link (10/03/2018, Spanish/English, RR)

UK

Culture

The House of Illustration in London hosts an exhibition devoted to North Korean comics. Link (English, WG)

Jobs

There is a job listing for a Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Digital Culture at Swansea University. The advert specifies interest in candidates with a specialism in graphic novels (amongst other things). The deadline to apply is 16th April. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Leeds Beckett University will host the Tintin Conference between the 13th and 14th June. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforumnews@hotmail.co.uk)

Correspondents: Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium) Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, Poland, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renata Rafaella (RR, Portugal), and Lise Tannahill (LT, France)

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News Review February 2018

Americas

United States

Culture

Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s is an exhibition currently on display at the Lawndale Art Center in Texas. It runs until the 25th March. Link (English, WG)

Education

Rice University are currently piloting a project in which engineering students use comics creation to help communicate their data. Link (English, WG)

Research

ImageTexT 9.3 has now been published online. Link (English, WG)

AMA Journal of Ethics 20.2 is a special themed issue on Graphic Medicine and Health Care Ethics. Link (English, WG)

The Will Eisner Week Comics Studies Symposium will take place at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on the 8th March. Link (English, WG)

Issue 48 of the quarterly journal, White House History, is a special issue focused upon Political Cartoons and the White House. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the panel “Heroes from the Gutter: Comics as Activism”, which is part of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference. The conference takes place in Birmingham, AL, in November. Abstract proposals for this panel are due by the 1st May. Link (English, WG)

There are CFPs for three panels, as part of the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum, which will take place at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago in January 2019. Details of the panels, Comics Fandom in Transition; Making Comics, Making Meaning; and Graphic Medicine can be found via the link. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the panel, Beyond Manga: Comics in Asia, which will take place at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago in January 2019. Abstract proposals are due by the 15th March. Link (15/02/2018, English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

According to a study by Livres Hebdo, the comics market rose by 2% in 2017, in comparison to 1.1% for books in general: the best selling book of all types was the latest Astérix BD, Astérix et la transitalique. Link (03/02/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

A Kristina Gehrmann exhibition is shown in Hamburg until the 10th March. Link (08/02/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on “Manga – Bijinga – Shunga” is shown in Brunsbüttel until the 8th April. Link (12/02/2018, German, MdlI)

Three comic exhibitions are shown in Oldenburg on the 1st April, 2nd April and 6th May, respectively. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

A Nils Oskamp exhibition is shown in Büren-Wewelsburg until the 29th April. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

This year’s Animagic convention is going to take place in Mannheim from the 3rd until the 5th August; guests include Maybe. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

The Call for Papers for this year’s ComFor (German Society for Comics Studies) conference, which is going to take place from the 17th-19th September in Cologne, has been published; the deadline for abstracts is the 1st April. Link (01/02/2018, English, MdlI)

A symposium in honour of Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff was held in Frankfurt on the 27th January. Link (15/02/2018, German, MdlI)

A comics symposium is going to take place in Karlsruhe from the 23rd – 25th March. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

An international summer school on “topographies of comics and visual narration” is going to take place in Cologne from the 27th August until the 7th September; the deadline for applications is the 15th March. Link (22/02/2018, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 2nd of March until the 29th, the Promotional Week of Comics will take place in the D. Dinis Library in Odivelas. Entrance is free. Link (24/02/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The first edition of Heroes Comic Con València took place in Valencia from the 22 to the 24th February 2019 with more than 23.000 visitors. Link (26/02/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

A new edition of the independent and self-published comics festival GRAF will take place in Madrid from the 2nd to the 3rd March in Barcelona. Link (15/01/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)

Obituaries

Antonio Fraguas de Pablo (more known as Forges), one of the most famous Spanish graphic humorists, passed away. Link (22/02/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The University of Dundee will host of a live drawing session with the comics artist Cam Kennedy on the 6th March. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Graphic Social Science Research Network blog has published a series of posts relating to the subject of graphic social science. Link (English, WG)

The symposium, The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore, takes place in Senate House, University of London, on the 17th March. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforumnews@hotmail.co.uk)

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

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News Review November 2017

Americas

United States

Research

ImageTexT is accepting paper submissions for a special forum on the topic of “Comics and Fine Art.” The deadline for submissions is the 1st April 2018. Link (04/11/2017, English, WG)

Superman in Myth and Folklore, by Daniel Peretti, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for paper for the edited collection The Other 1980s: Reframing Comics’ Crucial Decade. Abstract proposals are due by the 31st January. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola reports on the International Comics Art Form conference (ICAF), which took place at the University of Washington between the 2nd and 4th November. Link (English, WG)

There is an open call for submissions for the journal SANE: Sequential Art Narratives in Education (Spring 2018). The deadline for submissions is the 1st February. Link (English, WG)

Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics, by Kate Polak, has been published through the Ohio State University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for a special themed issue of the The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics entitled “Comics and/as Multimodal Rhetoric.” Full-length submissions are due by the 1st August 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special collection entitled The Punisher: Judge, Jury, and Executioner. The deadline for 200-300 word abstract proposals is the 31st January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the 15th University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageTech: Comics and Materiality.” The conference will be held from between the 6th and 8th April 2018. The deadline for submissions is the 15th December. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Business

Spirou has a new editor: Florence Mixhel is the first female editor of a Belgian bande dessinée magazine since 1938. Link (06/11/2017, French, LT)

Research

A special issue of Image [&] Narrative has a call for papers on Lewis Trondheim. Link (05/11/2017, French, ST)

France

Business

Maurice Forest, the founder of renowned Paris bande dessinée bookshop Rackham, is putting 283 items from his personal collection up for auction, including many first editions of famous BD works. Link (20/11/17, French, LT)

Culture

FIBD director Stéphane Beaujean announces a paradigm change for the Angoulême festival. Link (18/11/2017, French, BC)

Research

The Musée de la bande dessinée has appointed Anne Hélène Hoog as its new director. Link 1(07/11/2017, French, BC) Link 2 (08/11/2017, French, LT)

The University of Lorraine hosted an international conference on “autobiographical experience and genre comics” from the 9th to 10th November. Link (09/11/2017, French, BC)

The online peer-reviewed journal Comicalités has appointed a new editorial board to relaunch its publications. Link (21/11/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Culture

Manga-Comic-Con 2018 is going to take place in Leipzig from the 15th – 18th March; guests include Mika Yamamori. Link (20/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

A lecture series on migration and war in comics is taking place in Düsseldorf until the 22nd January 2018. Link (02/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Joachim Kalka has published a book on Peanuts. Link (German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for an issue of the journal Diegesis on “Narrating Reality in Comics”; the deadline for abstracts is the 8th January 2018. Link (English, MdlI)

New issues of the yearbooks Deutsche Comicforschung and Comic-Jahrbuch have been published. Link (16/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Proceedings of the 1. Kieler Comic Konferenz 2016 have been published in the latest issue of Closure. Link (23/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Two public lectures on comics are going to be given by Joachim Trinkwitz and Rolf Lohse in Bonn on the 6th December. Link (30/11/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 2nd until the 31st December the gallerz Mundo Fantasma in Port will hold an exhibition by Finnish author, Tommi Musturi. Link (21/11/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Obituaries

The Portuguese Comics Author Fernando Relvas (1954 – 2017) has passed away. He collaborated as a comic author in several Portuguese and international magazines and newspapers. Link (21/11/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

María Luque’s Casas transparantes has been awarded the first prize graphic novel prize Ciudades Iberoamericanas. Link (26/11/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition about the history of Spanish comics Historietas del tebeo, 1917-1977 can be visited at Museo ABC, Madrid, until the 25th February 2018. Link (01/11/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

Two new books have been published by the Eolas and the University of León as part of the of the collection Grafikalismos, which focuses on comics and graphic narrative: Ana Merino’s Diez ensayos para pensar el cómic [Ten essays to understand comics], and Inés González Cabeza’s Imágenes de la enfermedad en el cómic actual [Images of illness in contemporary comics]. Link (21/1/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

There is a call for submissions to the Laydeez do Comics Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novels in Progress–a women-only award to honour a graphic novel work in progress by a UK-based creator. Link (English, WG)

Research

Alan Moore, Out from the Underground: Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent, by Maggie Gray, has been published through Palgrave Macmillan. Link (English, WG)

Visuality and Identity in Post-millennial Indian Graphic Narratives, by E. Dawson Varughese, has been published through Palgrave Macmillan. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 2018. The conference theme is Retro!: Time, Memory, Nostalgia, and will take place at Bournemouth University between the 27th and 29th June. The deadline for submissions is the 1st February. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforumnews@hotmail.co.uk)

Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Benoît Crucifix (BC, France), William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renata Rafaella (RR, Portugal), Lise Tannahill (LT, Belgium and France), and Simon Turner (ST Belgium).

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News Review August 2017

Americas

United States

Education

CSUN Today reports on Charles Hatfield’s new Studies in Popular Culture class developed for the English department at California State University, Northridge. Link (07/08/2017, English, WG)

Research

Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 1.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The schedule for the ICAF conference, which takes place at University of Washington in Seattle (2nd – 4th November), has been published online. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar, Andréa Gilroy. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The poet and bande dessinée author Vladimir Grigorieff. born in Brussels, has died aged 85. Link (16/08/2017, French, LT)

France

Culture

Bande dessinée artist Michel Plessix has died, aged 57.He was known for the Julien Boisvert series and his adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows. Link (22/08/2017, French, LT)

A conference on autobiographical experience and genre comics will take place at the University of Lorraine between the 9th and 10th of November. Link (30/08/2017, English, ST)

Germany

Culture

This year’s MMC Berlin convention is going to take place from the 27th-29th October; guests include Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto. Link (19/08/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of Nils Oskamp’s comic Drei Steine is shown in Oberhausen until the 5th November. Link (21/08/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

The proceedings of the 2015 ComFor conference on “history in comics” have been published. Link (26/08/2017, German, MdlI)

Spain

Obituary

Comic artist and illustrator Alfonso Azpiri has passed away. Link (21/08/2017, English, EdRC)

Portugal

Culture

From the 27th August until the 17th September, the São Mateus Fair is taking place in Viseu. There will be an exhibition of comics dedicated to the first king of Portugal, D. Anfonso Henriques. The inauguration launched a book dedicated to the history of the king and is created by the Portuguese Comic Author Eduardo Teixeira Coelho. Link (Portuguese, RR)

The Festival of Comics AmadoraBD is promoting its contest to which works may be submitted until the 18th September. The subject of the contest is “Reporter for one day”. Link (04/08/2017, Portuguese, RR)

On the 2nd and 3rd September, the Galeria Wagner in Ericeira will take place. It will be the second session of the 2nd edition of  “GOMA: Festival de BD & Comics”. Link (24/08/2017, Portuguese, RR)

UK

Culture

The University of Dundee is currently running the exhibition Girls in Print: Female Figures in British Comics. It runs until the 21st October. Link (English, WG)

Job

There is a job listing for Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art, at Leeds Arts University. Applications are due by the 10th September. Link (11/08/2017, English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics 8.5 has been published, a themed issue on Freaked & Othered bodies in comics. Link (English, WG)

The new issue of the journal, SubStance, is a special issue focused on the intersection of comics and anarchism, edited by Ole Birk Laursen and Frederik Byrn Køhlert. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforumnews@hotmail.co.uk)

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

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