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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 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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