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Comics & Conflicts (2011): Updates

The Comics & Conflicts (2011) page of the Comics Forum website has now been updated with additional resources from the conference, which took place at the Imperial War Museum on the 19th and 20th of August this year.

First up, we have Nina Mickwitz’s paper ‘Displacing the Heroic Soldier in Emmanuel Guibert’s Alan’s War’. Here is the abstract:

Emmanuel Guibert’s Alan’s War (FirstSecond, 2008) renders the account of one man’s remembered experiences during WW2 in Europe. Arriving in France on the 19th of February 1945, the young G.I.’s experience of war is one dominated not by fierce battle but auxiliary deployments, the strategic importance and aims of which often remain hazy to the men in the platoon. Instead interpersonal relationships, chance encounters and incidents form the thread of the narrative. The small scale and mundane turns and events are recollected with clarity and brought to the fore, undermining the mythology of heroic warfare as a dramatic event. In addition, several incidents foreground the disparity between experience on the ground and administrative agendas, whether strategic or in the construction of authoritative versions of events.

This paper aims to highlight the double displacement performed through Alan’s story; war through the eyes of a young soldier whose deployments take him through foreign countries while often only partially aware of the exact whys and wherefores, and the discrepancy between official versions of history and the lived experiences which are subsumed by such accounts.

We also have the following six podcasts available for download, courtesy of Alex Fitch:

Panel Borders: War (comic), what is it good for?

Panel Borders: Garth Ennis’ Battlefields

Panel Borders: Exploring War in popular comics

Panel Borders: Children of the Atom

Panel Borders: War – The Human Cost

Laydeez do podcasts: Female Publishers and their work

To access these resources or for more information, click here.

Further papers and podcasts will be added to the page as they come in.


Affiliated Conferences

Today I’m delighted to announce the latest initiative in Comics Forum’s ongoing efforts to promote and develop comics scholarship in the UK and around the world: our new affiliated conferences programme.

Under this programme, the Comics Forum website will host documentation, promotional materials and papers from other conferences and events on comics, thereby providing an online archive of scholarship available to download for free.

To launch the programme, we’ve teamed up with Ariel Khan, Paul Gravett and Alex Fitch of the Comics & Conflicts conference taking place at the Imperial War Museum on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th of August. You can find out more about the conference in this article by Paul Gravett. Full details and ticket prices are available here. Once the events have been wrapped up, we’ll be providing an online archive of the conference papers for download from our new Comics & Conflicts page, accessible here and through the links at the top and side of the site. The conference poster is already available to download, and the programme will be up shortly. Be sure to head along to the conference if you can, and keep an eye on the blog for updates regarding the availability of new papers!

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!

Similarly, if you were a speaker at a previous Comics Forum and would like your paper to be made available in our digital archives, do get in touch.

[UPDATE 19/08/2011: The Comics & Conflicts programme is now available from the conference page.]

Ian Hague

Director of Comics Forum

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