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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)

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

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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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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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News Review September 2017

Americas

Canada

Research

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, Sexuality and Mental Illness in Comics, edited by Nancy Pedri and Irene Velentzas. 300-word abstracts are due by the 15th January 2018. Link (English, WG)

United States

Job

There is a job listing for Assistant Professor of English in Comics Studies at the University of Oregon. The deadline for applications is the 15th November. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Middle Spaces has published a call for guest writers. Link (English, WG)

The table of contents for International Journal of Comic Art 19.1 has been published online. Link (26/09/2017, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Fourth Annual Dartmouth Illustration, Comics and Animation Conference, which takes place at Dartmouth College between the 26th and 27th May 2018. Proposals are due by the 1st December 2017. Link (14/09/2017, English, WG)

The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel, edited by Stephen E. Tabachnick, has been published by Cambridge University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Research Society of American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2016-17 Article Prize. The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between the 1st January 2016, and 31st December 2017. Details can be found via the link. Link (13/09/2017, English, WG)

There is a call for papers, Comics and Visual Culture 2018: A Conference for Student Research, which takes place on the 10th March 2018, at CSUN University Student Union. The submission deadline is 5th January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for MIND THE GAPS!: The Futures of the Field – the 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, which takes place between the 9th and 11th August 2018 at the University of Illinois. The deadline for submissions is the 1st January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for a special issue of Sequentials entitled, “Queer” as Noun, Adjective, and/or Verb. Creative submissions are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The small-press comics festival Salon Mirage held its first edition in Brussels on the 15th to the 17th September. Link (28/08/2017, French, BC)

France

Business

A revived version of Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée, which first appeared in 1972, has been crowdfunded. Link (01/10/2017, French, LT)

Culture

Riad Sattouf’s BD Les Cahiers d’Esther will be adapted into an animated series by Canal+. Link (19/09/2017, French, LT)

Research

Ridiculosa issued a call for chapters for a special issue on comics and satirical images. Papers are due by the 15th October 2017. Link (30/08/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Culture

An exhibition of Atomino and other comics from Frösi magazine is shown in Großenhain until the 15th October. Link (15/09/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “Ink & Pixels”, on comics from Kenya, is now shown in Wiedensahl until the 30th November. Link (115/09/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners has travelled on to Mettmann where it is shown until the 22nd October. Link (18/09/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

There is a Call for Papers for a conference on “Graphic Realities: Comics as Documentary, History, and Journalism” in Gießen on the 22nd and 23rd February 2018; deadline for abstracts is the 3rd November 2017. Link (04/09/2017, English, MdlI)

Hungary

Culture

Between 22 September and 20 October, kArton Gallery (Budapest) hosts an exhibition of works by Dávid Cserkuti, cartoonist, illustrator, designer. Dávid won the Hungarian comics award, called Alfabéta-prize, in 2007; and currently, he takes part in creating an animated version of the popular Hungarian comics series, Dirty Fred. Link (ES, Hungarian)

From October on, Hungarian comics can be found at the newsagents again. The first monthly comics magazine containing the works of Hungarian artists only, Epicline, withdrew from the shelves after just one year in 2014. Now a new magazine, Fantomatika, is launched in Hungary and in the Hungarian-speaking parts of Romania. It is promised to give readers sci-fi comics every month. Link (ES, Hungarian)

Romania

Culture

Sibiu hosted the fifth edition of its annual International Comics Convention. The event included work by independent cartoonists from the United States and Europe, as well as workshops, exhibitions, and live drawing. Link (22/09/2017, Romanian, MP)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 6th November, the Museum Bordalo Pinheiro, together with The Lisbon Studio, is organizing the exhibition “Filhos do Manguito”, a tribute to Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro made by several Artists. The exhibition is curated by Pedro Moura. Entrance is free. Link (22/09/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

40 years since the far-right terrorist attack against the satirical magazine El Papus. Link (18/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The 17th edition of Dolmen Critics’ Awards have been announced. Link (18/09/2017, 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)

Industry

The website Comic Spain has been created to promote the comics industry in the country. Link (04/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

From Batman to The Walking Dead: An Illustrator’s Life with Charlie Adlard, is a public lecture organised by Lancaster University, and will take place on the 12th October. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium and France), William Grady (WG, Canada, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Mihaela Precup (MP, Romania), Renata Rafaella (RR, Portugal), Eszter Szép (ES, Hungary), and Lise Tannahill (LT, France).

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News Review April 2016

Asia

Japan

Culture

Musashino City Kichijoji Art Museum is holding a Hagio Moto SF Original Manga Art Exhibition until the 29th May. Link (05/03/2016, Japanese, JBS)

A book by manga artist and illustrator Rokudenashiko, who was arrested for making a reproduction of her vagina, has been translated into English. Link (English, JBS)

The exhibition, Louvre No. 9, (manga/comics as the 9th art) will be held at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo, from the 22nd July until the 25th September (the exhibition will be held in Osaka later in the year). The exhibition will feature original art by, among many others, Enki Bilal and Shin’ichi Sakamoto. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The exhibition She and Her Cat – Everything Flows will be held at the Kyoto International Manga Museum until the 19th June. Link (English, JBS)

Americas

United States

Culture

Creators for Creators is offering up a $30,000 grant to support a single cartoonist or writer/artist duo in their creation of a new and original work of a length between sixty-four and one hundred pages over the course of a single year. The recipient will be selected by committee. Link (English, WG)

Research

The inaugural issue of The Journal of Comics and Culture has been published through Pace University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for an edited collection focusing upon Disability and Superheroes. 400-word abstracts and 50-word bios are due by the 30th June. Link (01/04/2016, English, WG)

Starting in October 2016, the annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival will include an academic symposium, hosted this year at the Ohio State University campus, and the theme will be “Canon Fodder”. 250-500 word abstracts and a two-page CV (or 250 word biographical statement) are due by the 30th June. Link (09/03/2016, English, WG)

Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s, edited by Matthew J. McEniry, Robert Moses Peaslee, and Robert G. Weiner, has been published through McFarland. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the PCEA Conference, Comics and/as Rhetoric: (Anti)Static Narratives, which takes place at Indiana University of Pennsylvania between the 21st and 22nd October. Abstracts are due by the 1st June 2016. Link (18/04/2016, English, WG)

The Mythology of the Superhero, by Andrew R. Bahlmann, has been published through McFarland. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Austria

Culture

A Nadine Redlich exhibition is being shown in Vienna until the 13th July. Link (07/04/2016, German, MdlI)

Belgium

Culture

There is a call for papers for Nordic Network for Comics Research Conference hosted by Ghent University in collaboration with the University of Liège (ACME) and KU Leuven from the 20th until the 21st April in Ghent. Link (English, BC)

René Hausman, Belgian BD artist and illustrator known for his works involving animals, nature and fairytale elements, has died aged 80. Link 1 (28/04/2016, French, LTa) Link 2 (28/04/2016, English, LTa)

France

Business

Jacques Glénat, French head of the Glénat publishing company, was prominently featured in polemics around the “Panama Papers” leaks on tax evasion. Link (06/04/2016, BC, French)

Culture

The much announced Pandora magazine was published by Casterman, self-professedly announcing the (arguable) “return” of comics magazines in France. Link (13/04/02016, BC, French)

Singer and BD artist Hubert Mounier, of the band L’Affaire Louis’Trio, has died of a heart attack. He was 53. Link (05/05/2016, LTa, French)

Germany

Culture

The 5th Hamburger Graphic Novel Tage will take place from the 9th until the 12th May; guests include Steve Bell and Volker Reiche. Link (German, MdlI)

A Hamid Sulaiman exhibition was shown in Berlin from the 9th until the 18th April. Link (09/04/2016, German, MdlI)

The DoKomi anime and manga convention took place in Düsseldorf from the 30th April until the 1st May; guests included Toshio Maeda. Link (English, MdlI)

Nominations and some of the winners of this year’s Max und Moritz award have been announced. Link (25/04/2016, German, MdlI)

ComFor will host a lecture series at Comic-Salon Erlangen from the 27th until the 29th May. Link (28/04/2016, German, MdlI)

Research

The summer semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 27th April and runs until the 13th July. Link (German, MdlI)

Two talks on humour and webcomics will be given in Essen on the 13th June. Link (14/04/2016, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 27th May until the 12th June, the Historical center of Beja will host the annual International Festival of Comics (XII Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja). The festival is comprised of exhibitions, book/magazine launches, author events, workshops and concerts amongst others. Link (28/04/2016, Portuguese, RR)

The Clube Português de Banda Desenhada will be hosting the exhibition Alexandre Herculano in Comics and Eça de Queiroz in Comics. The inauguration took place on the 30th April. Entrance is free and can be visited on Saturdays, from 4pm till 7pm, until the end of May. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Romania

Culture

Sibiu hosted the fourth International Sibiu Comic Con from the 15th to the 17th April. The convention showcased the work of independent Romanian cartoonists, as well as comic book artists from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and France. Link (15/04/2016, Romanian, MP)

The Cervantes Institute of Bucharest launched an exhibition of comics and illustration related to the life and work of Spanish author Miguel Cervantes, 400 years after his death. The exhibition consists of works by Spanish artists David Rubin and Miguelanxo Prado and runs until the 30th June. Link 1 (Romanian, MP) Link 2 (Spanish, MP)

Spain

Business

Cuadernos de Cómic, a free Spanish research journal about comics, has started a crowdfunding campaign through Verkami in order to maintain its publication rhythm and free-of-charge philosophy. Link (27/04/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Culture

The 34th edition of the Barcelona Comic Fair will take place from the 5th to the 8th April. Among its confirmed international guests are Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Cyril Pedrosa and Zerocalcare. There will also be various exhibitions on topics such as females superheroes, social graphic novels and a retrospective of the work of Ibáñez. Link (15/04/2016, English, EdRC)

The AACE (Spanish Association of Comics Authors) has announced the winners of its annual prizes. Link (15/04/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

El guión de cómic, a book coordinated by Gerardo Vilches that includes interviews with five Spanish comic scriptwriters, will be published in May by Diminuta Ediciones. Link (12/03/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

The winners of the 2016 Fumetto competition have been announced. Link (18/04/2016, German, MdlI)

UK

Culture

The exhibition, Comic Invention, takes place at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, between the 18th March and 17th July. Link (English, WG)

The Great British Graphic Novel, an exhibition looking at the rise of the British Graphic novel, takes place at the Cartoon Museum, London, between the 20th April and 24th July. Link 1 (English, WG), Link 2 (21/04/2016, English, WG)

Education

There are funded places available for the MLitt Comic and Graphic Novels, and MDes Comic and Graphic Novels, at the University of Dundee. Link (11/04/2016, English, WG)

Jobs

The publisher 2000 AD is seeking a Junior Designer. Link (English, WG)

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Correspondents: Jessica Bauwens-Sugimoto (JBS, Japan), Enrique del Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Benoît Crucifix (BC, Belgium and France), William Grady (WG, United States and UK), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria, Germany and Switzerland), Michaela Precup (MP, Romania), Renatta Rafaella (RR, Portugal), and Lise Tannahill (LTa, Belgium and France).

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News Review January 2016

Americas

Canada

Research

There is a call for papers for the conference “Transmédialité, Bande dessinée, Adaptation”, which will take place as part of the ACFAS convention in Montreal, from the 11th to the 13th May 2016. Abstracts are due by the 5th February. Link (31/12/2015, French, BC)

United States

Research

The new issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly (9.4) is a special issue focused upon “Comics as Scholarship”. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a collection entitled Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies. Abstracts are due by the 15th March for possible inclusion into this edited collection which seeks to explore the world of animal rights and liberation against the backdrop of superheroes in film, television, and comics. Link (24/01/2015, English, WG)

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) invites submissions for its ninth annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, taking place between the 2nd and 5th September. The submission deadline for abstracts is the 15th February. Link (English, WG)

The Visual Narrative Reader, edited by Neil Cohn, has been published through Bloomsbury. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the conference, Deaf-initely Ironic…? “Cripping” the Comic Con 2016, which takes place at Syracuse University on the 1st April. The deadline for proposals is the 8th February. Link (English, WG)

“How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs, by Tahneer Oksman, has been published through Columbia University Press. Link (English, WG)

The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, by Ramzi Fawaz, has been published through New York University Press. Link (English, WG)

Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form, by Hillary Chute, has been published through Harvard University Press. Link (English, WG)

Asia

Japan

Culture

The exhibition of works by Urasawa Naoki (Author of the best-selling manga series Monster, 20th Century Boys, and Pluto) at Setagaya Literary Museum is open until the 31st March. Related events will be held on the 28th February and the 12th March. Link (Japanese, JBS)

The Graduation Works exhibition of the students graduating Kyoto Seika University’s Faculty of Manga, will be exhibited at Kyoto International Manga Museum from the 17th to the 21st February. During this period, access to the museum is free. Link (English, JBS)

The award-winning works of the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival will be exhibited from the 3rd until the 14th February at the National Art Center in Tokyo (as well as a number of affiliated venues). There are four categories (Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga), and the awarded works were chosen from among 4417 from 87 countries. Link (English, JBS)

An exhibition, The Exhibition of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, will be held at Roppongi Hills from the 16th April until the 19th June, with original art from manga artist Takeuchi Naoko. Link (Japanese, JBS)

Europe

Austria

Culture

A Barbara Yelin exhibition is being shown in Krems until the 14th February. Link (28/01/2016, German, MdlI)

France

Business

The most recent Astérix album, Asterix And The Missing Scroll, is France’s highest-selling book of 2015. Link (27/01/2016, French, LTa)

Culture

Belgian author Hermann wins this year’s Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival; Here, by Richard McGuire wins best album with Best Series going to Ms. Marvel by G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. Link 1 (27/11/2016, English, LTa) Link 2 (20/01/2016, English, LTa)

A ‘fake awards ceremony’, preceding the genuine Angoulême International Comics Festival prize giving, has caused more controversy at this year’s festival. Link 1 (1/02/2016, English, LTa) Link 2 (31/01/2016, English, LTa)

A global controversy ensued after the Angoulême International Comics Festival released the long list for its Grand Prix award, which included no women cartoonists. The debate was initiated by the Collectif des Créatrices de Bande Dessinée Contre le Sexisme and fuelled by several nominees backing out of the list. Link 1 (05/01/2016, French, BC) Link 2 (06/01/2016, English, BC)

Research

Neuvième Art 2.0 published a new online issue devoted to Jacques Tardi. Link (11/01/2016, French, BC)

There is a call for papers for the bilingual workshop “Les femmes et la bande dessinée: autorialités et représentations/ Women and comics, authorships and representations,” which will take place on the 2nd June. Abstracts are due by the 31st March. Link (18/01/2016, French/English, BC)

Germany

Culture

The LUCHS children’s book award goes to Der Traum von Olympia by Reinhard Kleist. Link (18/01/2016, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on contemporary LGBT superhero comics is shown in Berlin until the 26th June. Link (21/01/2016, German, MdlI)

A radio feature on Erika Fuchs was broadcast. Link (22/01/2016, German, MdlI)

A Richard McGuire exhibition opens in Frankfurt on the 30th January. Link (25/01/2016, German, MdlI)

An MCM Comic Con is going to take place in Hanover on the 4th and 5th June. Link (26/01/2016, German, MdlI)

Obituary

Hansrudi Wäscher died aged 87 on the 7th January. Link (08/01/2016, German, MdlI)

Research

The January issue of literaturkritik.de focuses on comics. Link (German, MdlI)

Hungary

Culture

The Hungarian Comics Association in co-operation with kArton Gallery has started a series of workshops to promote interaction and creativity in the Hungarian Comics World. The monthly event series will feature talks by artists, discussions of various techniques, and common improvisations. The first workshop was held on the 12th January. Link (Hungarian, ES)

Portugal

Culture

BDteca2016 is taking place until March at the Library of Odemira. The show includes exhibitions, workshops, and a comics contest. Participants can enter until the 12th February. Link (04/01/2016, Portuguese, RR)

The exhibition, Nos 80 Anos d’O Mosquito [In the 80 yeas of O Mosquito], dedicated to the comics magazine O Mosquito, is being hosted at the Portuguese National Library until the 29th February. Link (26/01/2016, Portuguese, RR)

The Clube Português de Banda Desenhada in Amadora is hosting an exhibition related to O Mosquito and is open until the 12th March. Link (15/01/2016, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The graphic novels publishing house, Astiberri, has celebrated its 15th anniversary. Link (26/01/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

The University of Córdoba is organising “dialectic battles” between superheroes to promote science. The next ‘battle’ will feature Batman vs. Spiderman (10th February) and Jean Grey vs. Wonder Woman (9th March). Link (10/12/2015, Spanish, EdRC)

Following this year’s Angoulême International Comics Festival’s controversial shortlist not including women, an article has been written about sexism and the role of women in Spanish comics. Link (12/01/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The exhibition, Comic Invention, will be hosted at the Hunterian Art Gallery from the 18th March until the 17th July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the 17th “Forum for Iberian Studies, which will take place at the University of Oxford between the 29th and 30th September. The conference will focus on current issues in the Iberian Peninsula and there will be a panel on comics. Abstracts between 200 and 250 words should be written in English or, additionally, in any other peninsular language and must be sent by the 1st May. Link (25/01/2016, English, EdRC)

Research

Comics Grid has an event report on the symposium, “From Hogarth to Hellboy: Transformations of the Visual Reader”, which was hosted at Senate House Library, University of London on the 16th December. Link (19/12/2015, English, WG)

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