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Registration now open for Comics Forum 2018

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Click here to register for Comics Forum 2018 through Eventbrite.

Comics Forum 2018 is the tenth anniversary of the annual conference series. To celebrate this milestone, scholars are invited from around the world to join us for a two-day series of talks looking back at the subjects Comics Forum has focused on over the past decade and considering how they have changed and developed. We would love for you to join us!

At the Eventbrite link you can buy tickets for 1 Day, 2 Days or a special offer that gets you 2 days of Comics Forum followed by a 2 Day Convention Pass for Thought Bubble on the 22nd and 23rd September. This will save you £4 on the price of the convention pass (RRP £28)!

We’re also delighted to be hosting Seriously Into Comics: A Workshop for Comics Studies Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers on Wednesday 19th September. Tickets for this are £6 and can be added to your order through Eventbrite.

Seriously Into Comics will include the following events:

1230: Welcome (Hattie Kennedy)
1245: Before a PhD (Speakers TBC)
1345: Break
1400: During a PhD (Ian Horton and Ian Hague)
1500: After a PhD (Joan Ormrod and Maggie Gray)
1600: Networking & Refreshments

Each of the the three main sessions will include around 30 mins discussion by the session leads, and 30 mins opportunity for discussion and questions. Sessions will look at how you might get started in PhD research, network and develop contacts, build a publishing record, get involved with conferences and look for a job and early career researcher (ECR) opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you in Leeds!

 

News Review April 2018

Americas

United States

Culture

The list of nominees for the 2018 Eisner Awards has been published, which includes the category for Best Academic/Scholarly Work, amongst many others. Link (English, WG)

MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes is an exhibit at the Museum of Popular Culture (in Seattle), which runs until January 2019. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon, is now available in paperback from the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future, by Aaron Kashtan, has been published through Ohio State University Press. Link (English, WG)

Comic Book Movies, by Blair Davis, has been published by Rutgers University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, Unmasking Masculinity: Superheroes and Defeating the Power of Patriarchy. Short abstract proposals are due by the 7th May. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the conference, Kumoricon Anime and Manga Studies – ‘Intertextual Anime’, which takes place at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, between the 26th and 28th October. The deadline for proposals is the 15th July. Link (English, WG)

Vol. 48, no. 4 of Colloquia Germanica is a special issue on comics, collecting papers from the 2015 German Studies Association conference. Link (26/04/2018, German, MdlI)

Europe

Germany

Culture

Comic-Salon Erlangen is going to take place from the 31st May – 3rd June; the lifetime achievement Max und Moritz-Preis will be awarded to Jean-Claude Mézières. Link (14//04/2018, German, MdlI)

This year’s DoKomi convention is going to take place in Düsseldorf on the 19th and 20th May; guests include Zofia Garden and Martina Peters. Link (21/04/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

A lecture series on current perspectives of comics research is given in Cologne from the 11th April – 11th July. Link (02/04/2018, German, MdlI)

A Call For Papers has been published for a workshop (to take place in Berlin in September 2018) and an edited volume on “Dementia, Violence, and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Comics”; the deadline for abstracts is the 13th May. Link (10/04/2018, English, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) has published an overview of German and Austrian university classes on comics in this summer semester. Link (12/04/2018, German, MdlI)

The summer semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 23rd April and runs until the 25th June. Link (23/04/2018, German, MdlI)

The program for this year’s conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (Cologne, 17th-19th September) has been published. Link (30/04/2018, English, MdlI)

Spain

Culture

The 36th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair took place at the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc from the 12th to the 15th April. Their annual awards winners were announced during the festival, including Best Spanish Work (Ángel de la Calle’s Pinturas de guerra), Best Foreign Work (Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) and Great Prize (Laura Pérez Vernetti). Link (15/04/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Eisner Awards nominations were announced and included seven Spanish authors in various categories (Marcos Martín, Ricard Fernández ‘Efa’, El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias, Santiago García and Javier Olivares, David Rubín). Link (27/04/2018, English, EdRC)

Industry

Tebeosfera has published its annual report on the Spanish comics industry in 2017. Link (09/04/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The 20th edition of the international comics conference Unicómic will take place at the University of Alicante from the 27th to the 29th September. Proposals can be sent until the 1st June. Link (26/04/2018, Spanish/Valencian/English, EdRC)

UK

Culture

There is a call for contributors for “Missing Panels”, a zine funded by the University of Leicester, which will carry contributions about BME individuals’ experiences with the NHS. The submission deadline is the 23rd May. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form seminar series at the University of Oxford has a series of talks running throughout May. 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 and United States)

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News Review January 2018

Americas

United States

Research

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar Brannon Costello. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Comics Arts Conference that take place at Comic-Con International in San Diego between the 19th and 22nd July. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance has announced a call for papers for its annual conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to be held October 20, 2018. The theme for this year’s Graphic Justice Discussions is ‘Law, Comics, Justice’. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the 2018 CXC Symposium, In the Gutter: The Public Work of Comics, which will take place between the 26th and 28th September in Columbus Ohio. Proposals are due by the 18th March. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

The latest Astérix album, Astérix et la transitalique, is France’s best-selling book of 2017, selling 1.6 million copies. Link (18/01/2018, French, LT)

Culture

Richard Corben has been awarded the 2018 Grand Prix at the Angouleme comics festival. Link (24/01/2018, French, LT)

BD artist Cosey has been appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French ministry of culture. Link (25/01/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners had travelled on to Cologne where it was shown until the 31st January. Link (German, MdlI)

A permanent exhibition on Mosaik is shown at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on the history of broadsheets, flyers and comic strips is shown in Berlin until the 8th April. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Robert Gernhardt exhibition is shown in Frankfurt until the 15th April. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Birgit Weyhe exhibition opened in Leipzig on the 12th January. Link (11/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Rudolph Dirks exhibition is going to be shown in Heide (Holstein) from the 18th February until the 22nd April. Link (18/01/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of literary adaptations by high school students is shown in Kitzingen until the 15th February. Link (19/01/2018, German, MdlI)

Spain

Business

Marc Bernabé has published his annual overview of the manga market in Spain. Link (01/01/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Culture

The new series of the exhibition La ciudad en viñetas will show the work of Víctor Puchalski at Centro Centro, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid, from the 26th January 2018 to the 22nd April 2018. Link (10/01/2018, 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)

UK

Research

The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies has published a special issue about Holocaust comics, entitled “Beyond Maus: Comic Books, Graphic Novels and the Holocaust”. Link (English, WG)

The University of Glasgow has announced the Stirling Maxwell Centre seminars for spring 2018. Link (English, WG)

The TORCH Comics network at Oxford University has announced a series of comics seminars that will take place across February and 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), and Lise Tannahill (LT, France)

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News Review December 2017

Americas

United States

Research

The Comics Studies Society has announced four prizes to be awarded in relation to comics scholarship from 2017. Nominations are due by the 2nd February. Link (English, WG)

Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies: The Heroic Beasts of Total Liberation, edited by J.L. Schatz and Sean Parson, has now been published through Rowman and Littlefield. Link (English, WG)

Graphic Novels as Philosophy, edited by Jeff McLaughlin, has now been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Forging the Past: Seth and the Art of Memory, by Daniel Marrone, has now been published in paperback by University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum. A 250-500 word abstract is due by the 15th January. Link (English, WG)

The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The deadline for applications is 15th February. Link (English, WG)

The Comics@CSUN Group is putting on its second “Comics and Visual Culture” conference, to be held on the CSU Northridge campus in Los Angeles on March 10, 2018. Deadlines for submission is the 12th January 2018. Link (English, ST)

Europe

Belgium

Research

A special issue on “Comics and Authorship” has been published through the Ghent-based journal Authorship. Link (23/12/2017, English, BC)

France

Culture

The shortlist for the Fauves awards of the Angoulême international comics festival has been published. Link (01/12/2017, French, BC)

The Prix Papier Nickelés, rewarding the best comics criticism of the year during the SoBD festival, has been awarded to the collective volume Case, strip, action! Link (10/12/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Business

Former head of Tokyopop Germany, Joachim Kaps, has started a new manga publishing house, Altraverse. Link (08/12/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

A symposium on “Japan Pop Goes Global?” is going to take place in Cologne on the 19th January. Link (German, MdlI)

Obituary

“Abrafaxe” creator Lona Rietschel died on the 19th December aged 84. Link (19/12/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

The Portuguese Association “Chilli com Carne” is organizing the contest “Toma lá 500 paus e faz uma antologia de BD” [Take 500 bucks and create a comics anthology]. The contest awards 500 Euros for the best comic story submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is the 4th February, 2018. Link (Portuguese, RR)

UK

Culture

S.M.A.S.H. at Artizan Street Library & Community Centre takes place on the 20th January, and hosts an array of talks on comics. Link (English, WG)

Research

European Comic Art 10.2 has recently been published. Link (English, WG)

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

Correspondents: Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium and France), William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renata Rafaella (RR, Portugal), and Simon Turner (ST, United States).

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News Review October 2017

Americas

United States

Culture

The schedule for the MICE Expo, which takes place between the 21st and 22nd October, has been published online. Link (English, WG)

Research

ImageTexT 9.2, a special issue titled “Mixing Visual Media in Comics”, has been published online. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting submissions of presentations and panels for its spring 2018 meeting at WonderCon in Anaheim(23rd-25th March 2018). Proposals are due by the 15th December 2017. Link (English, WG)

The Swann Foundation for caricature and cartoon research, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship. Deadline for applications is the 15th February 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special issue of ImageText, “Comics Read But Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics.” Submissions are due by the 28th March 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, Comics and Critical Librarianship for Academic Libraries. Abstracts are due by the 15th December. Link (03/10/2017, English, WG)

Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin, by Brannon Costello, has been published through Louisiana State University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference invites submissions for our 11th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, which takes place between the 31st August and 3rd September 2018. Proposals are due by the 15th December. Link (English, WG)

Matthew J. Smith seeks student participants for Experience at Comic-Con, which studies fan culture at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Link (English, WG)

Asia

India

Research

The latest edition of the Indian Journal of Gender Studies is out, with a special section on Gender in the Indian Graphic Novel, published by SAGE.  Link (English, SW)

Europe

Austria

Culture

Vienna Comic Con is going to take place on the 18th and 19th November; guests include Scott Snyder, Adi Granov and Charles Soule. Link (English, MdlI)

France

Business
Auctioneer Artcurial will hold a large auction of bande dessinée related lots this November, including many Tintin originals. Link (10/10/17, French, LT)
Culture
Patrick Jusseaume, author of the bande dessinée series Tramp, has died aged 65. Link (26/10/17, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

Frankfurt Book Fair took place on the 14th and 15th October; guests included Inga Steinmetz and Melanie Schober. Link (30/09/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of politicians’ biographies by Simon Schwartz is shown at the Reichstag in Berlin until the 30th November. Link (02/10/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on Nazi Germany in comics is shown in Osthofen until the 10th December. Link (05/10/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “SICK! Kranksein im Comic / Reclaiming illness through comics”, is shown in Berlin until the 4th March 2018. Link (16/10/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on comics and migration is shown in Freiburg until the 25th November. Link (16/10/2017, German, MdlI)

This year’s Wilhelm Busch Preis is awarded to Ralf König; on this occasion, a solo exhibition is shown in Wiedensahl until the 10th April 2018. Link (19/10/2017, German, MdlI)

The festival, Manga-Tag Recklinghausen, is going to take place on the 4th November; guests include Alexandra Völker and Daniela Winkler. Link (21/10/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

The German Society for Comics Studies has published an overview of German university classes on comics in this winter semester. Link (25/09/2017, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for Closure #5; the deadline for abstracts is the 1st December. Link (English, MdlI)

The program of this year’s ComFor conference (1st-3rd December in Bonn) has been published. Link (26/10/2017, German, MdlI)

The winter semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 30th October 2017 and runs until the 7th February 2018. Link (30/10/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 12th November, the 28th AmadoraBD2017 is taking place in the Forum Luis de Camoes in Brandoa. Link (25/10/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Lamia, by Rayco Pulido, has received the National Comic Award, the most prestigious comics award in Spain. An article was published criticizing the fact that since the creation of the prize 10 years ago it has not been awarded to a woman. Link (9/10/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat can be visited at Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, from the 18th October 2017 to the 26th February 2018. Link (01/09/2017, English, EdRC)

The independent and self-published comics festival GRAF will take place in Madrid from the 10th to the 12th November. There will be various exhibitors and workshops given by Spanish and International authors such as Nicolai Troshinsky and Peter Bagge. Link (01/10/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The University of Alicante has opened Aula de Cómic, a space to read and celebrate events related to the world of comics. Link (27/10/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

An exhibition of the comic Wagner is shown in Lucerne until the 30th November. Link (German, MdlI)

A Lorenzo Mattotti exhibition is going to be shown in Basel from the 11th November 2017 until the 11th March 2018. Link (30/10/2017, German, MdlI)

United Kingdom

Culture

Inks issue 19 is a special issue focused upon comics scholarship. Link (English, WG)

The 2017 Dundee Comics Prize, in association with the University of Dundee, seeks creative submissions inspired by Jonathan Swift (satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and A Modest Proposal). The prize is £300, and the submission deadline is the 19th November. Link (23/10/2017, English, WG)

Comics scholars Dr Simon Grennan (University of Chester) Dr Ernesto Priego (City, University of London) and Dr Peter Wilkins (Douglas College) have put together the open access comic Parables of Care: Creative Responses to Dementia Care, as Told by Carers. 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 and Switzerland), Renata Rafaella (RR, Portugal), Lise Tannahill (LT, France), and Sakshi Wason (SW, India).

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Suggestions for articles to be included in the News Review can be sent to Simon Turner at the email address above.

 
 
 
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