Category Archives: Affiliated Conferences

Affiliated Conferences Archives: Updates

Today sees the launch of five new conference archives in our affiliated conferences section. Joining our existing pages on Comics and Conflicts (2011) and Comics & Medicine (2011), we are proud to present archive material including calls for papers, posters, programmes and other documents from the following five conferences:

Dundee Comics Day (2009-present)

First International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels: Sites of Visual and Textual Innovation (2011)

Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (2006-present)

The International Comics Conference (2010-present; 2012 archived currently)

Transitions: New Directions in Comics Studies (2010-present)

We’re absolutely delighted to be able to make available such a wealth of material in our archive; a huge thank you to all the conference directors who were willing to pull their documentation together and allow us to host it.

If you have directed a conference on comics and would like to include materials from the event in our affiliate conferences section please get in touch! Email: and include ‘Affiliate Conferences’ in your subject line.

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Affiliated Conferences: Comics & Medicine: The Sequential Art of Illness (2011)

Today sees the launch of our second affiliated conference page in the scholarly resources section.

Comics and Medicine: The Sequential Art of Illness took place at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago from the 9th to the 11th of June last year, and you can now download the conference’s call for papers, poster, programme and abstracts here. Many thanks to MK Czerwiec and the conference team for providing this material for our archives.

We are actively seeking to expand the affiliated conference programme and develop it as a useful ongoing resource for scholars, readers and creators of comics. If you are involved in organising a conference or similar event and would like to feature the conference papers and other materials for open access download via the Comics Forum website, please email us at and let us know!



Comics Forum Online: Year One Review and Comics Forum 2012 Call for Papers

One year ago today, launched with this introductory post. Today I’m pleased to present a look back at the past year of articles by major comics scholars from around the world, and a look ahead to what’s coming next for Comics Forum, including our annual conference.

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Comics & Conflicts 2011: New Paper

Isabelle Delorme’s paper ‘The first Afghanistan war through the glare of the Photographer and Emmanuel Guibert’ is now available to download from the Comics & Conflicts (2011) page here on the Comics Forum website. Here is the abstract for the paper:

The Afghanistan war (1979-1989) is not the subject of the graphic novel : The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders but it is the thread of this comic, which was published in France between 2003 and 2006, then in United States in 2009, and which has received many prizes, especially the Will Eisner Awards in 2010. Didier Lefèvre, the photographer, has been send in 1986 to follow a three months mission of Doctors Without Borders, in North Afghanistan, including two months of a dangerous trip in moutains. The story is told with photographs comic-book style, with the texts and the illustrations of Emmanuel Guibert. In this graphic novel, halfway between comics and photojournalism, by juxtaposing vignettes and hundred of photographs, with various shapes (contact sheet, full page photography, retouched photos etc…), is it an original approach to History and War or is it a standard treatment in comics ? How does Emmanuel Guibert represent Man coming to terms with war in this graphic novel ? Is it possible to distinguish between individuals behaviour (the photographer, members of mission like medical personnel, guide or interpreter, Afghans) and collective behaviour (mission of Doctors Without Borders, civil population, mujaheddin)? How can the fact that two of his major works The Photographer and Alan’s War, The Memories of GI Alan Cope, take place in war-torn countries, unless war be the topic of the graphic novel? Paradoxically, is Emmanuel Guibert interested in War?

Click here to be taken directly to the paper.


Also, a couple of links we were too busy to mark up in the run up to Comics Forum 2011:

Firstly we have this article by Fredrik Strömberg, which provides an overview of the first NNCORE meeting in Odense, Denmark. This is a very exciting new initiative that promises to produce a wide range of outcomes for scholarship and is definitely one to watch!

Secondly, a radio interview with Roger Sabin and Charles Hatfield is now available for streaming here. The interview was recorded at the recent highly successful conference in Alcalá de Henares (Spain), which was organised by Esther Claudio Moreno (who wrote this article for us back in June this year), co-founder of the Comics Grid and a team of others.



Scholarly Resources

Today sees a slight reorganisation of the Comics Forum website, and the launch of a new set of downloadable resources for scholars.

The Affiliated Conferences page has now been moved into the new Scholarly Resources section (accessible from the top of all pages on the website). This section also includes our newly launched Digital Texts archive, which offers freely downloadable texts of relevance to comics scholars.

The digital text archive is currently in its launch phase and as such contains a small number of texts, but we hope to be able to expand this collection as time goes on in order to provide a useful centralised hub for freely available, open access comics scholarship. We are particularly keen to feature previously unpublished material, or texts that have gone out of print, in order to help develop the breadth, longevity and sustainability of comics scholarship, and contribute to overcoming the sense of ‘reinventing the wheel’ that was alluded to in a post on this site by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith in July of this year, and by Charles Hatfield in a post on the Thought Balloonists blog in September 2009. We are also interested in publishing new material where it is available, with the hope that featuring such material on this website can help it to find a wider audience. If you are an author and you would be interesting in making your articles, books, dissertations, essays, fanzines, theses etc. available via this archive please contact Ian Hague at

Already available in the Digital Texts archive we have Ian Gordon’s book Comic Strips and Consumer Culture 1890-1945, Dan Raeburn’s series of critical essays published as The Imp (four issues), and the UK Children and Young Person’s (Harmful Publications) Act, 1955, the genesis of which was discussed at length in Martin Barker’s A Haunt of Fears: The Strange History of the British Horror Comics Campaign. Click here to be taken directly to the digital texts archive.

Comics and Conflicts (2011) Update

Also available online today is a new article in the Comics and Conflicts conference archive. This piece is by Ofer Berenstein, and is entitled ‘Redrawing the lines of “Best Practice” – Adapting documentary comics to war correspondence practices – two opposite case studies’. Here is the abstract:

One of the oldest notions in modern journalism is that there should be a separation between News and Views. The news are in essence “the facts of the matter” while the views are the commentating, analyzing and pondering over the original facts. Although this generalization is overall synonymous for the coverage of all the traditional journalistic content (i.e. politics, foreign affairs, sports and even gardening), variables such as New-Journalism, imbedded journalism and the web 2.0 user generated content, makes this distinction a little blur. To make things even more complicated, there is no such thing as a definitive guide to journalism’s “Best Practice Approach” and journalists often mix different coverage traditions and trends in their work. It is therefore no surprise that there is no consensus on the “Best Practice Approaches” to war correspondence coverage in particular.

True to that notion, this presentation argues that the same separation of News and Views exists in documentary comics dealing with real-world current events as well. Furthermore, this presenter wishes to draw lines between different journalistic coverage approaches and the art-form best suited to it. Strips or short form stories complement news coverage and traditional correspondence while long form stories and Graphic novels complement in depth analysis of data, and complex conflicts. Graphic Novels would also fit well with new-Journalism. A series of questions arises following this argument: is there a combined “best practice” of creating illustrated war correspondence leaning on both the journalistic aspects and the artistic ones? What elements – artistic, literary and journalistic, should it include and what are its limitations? The last point to be dealt at this presentation would be presenting the findings of a research which compared audience acceptance of messages in one short-form comics project (the strips in “To Afghanistan and Back” by Ted Rall) and one long form graphic novel (“Combat Zone” by Karl Zinsmeister (W) and Dan Jurgens (A)). The findings of this research answers some of the questions mentioned earlier. Combining both qualitative analyses of the different forms of documentary comics with a quantitative survey of the readers’ responses to the content also helps to understand the potential effect of the publication with the audience.

Click here to be taken to the Comics & Conflicts (2011) archive, where you can download the full paper and PowerPoint presentation.

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