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Comics Forum 2019: Call for Contributions

Download a PDF of this Call for Contributions here.

Leeds Central Library (UK), 7-8 November 2019

Comics Forum 2019 will explore new approaches to comics scholarship, both in terms of examining comics from art and design perspectives, and experimenting with new ways to design the conference format itself, through a range of different events running in two parallel streams.

Stream A will comprise conference papers of 25 minutes.

Stream B will comprise a selection of alternative formats.

We are now seeking contributors for both streams, as detailed below.

‘Available spaces’ indicates the number of speakers/session leads we are seeking, not overall number of attendees. Joint submissions are welcome (e.g. two speakers can give one paper). You may submit for multiple formats, but please submit a separate proposal for each. Comics Forum welcomes speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ranging from students to senior academics, practitioners and beyond. No particular academic disciplines are preferred.

Proposals of up to 250 words in length are now being accepted at the following link: https://bit.ly/2wYNqYM. The deadline for submissions is the 16th of August 2019 and you will be notified of acceptance by or before the 30th of August 2019. Please include a short (100 word) biography with your proposal.

STREAM A: Art and Design in Comics

Conference Paper (25 mins)
Available Spaces: 21
While literary approaches and methodologies have tended to dominate the study of comics and related forms, in recent years art and design perspectives have been of growing interest to scholars, with research on narrative drawing, visual metaphor, book design, graphic design and materiality becoming increasingly prominent. Comics Forum 2019 will develop and extend these themes, through panels that consider visual, material and multisensory art and design as they relate to comics.
Subjects for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • Artistic canons of comics as distinct from literary canons
  • Art historical approaches to comics (e.g. periodisation, style,)
  • Typography and graphic design in comics
  • Artistic and/or technical production and practices (e.g. drawing, lettering, colouring,)
  • Labour in the creative industries
  • Non-linguistic aspects of comics
  • Comics and book design
  • Comics and moving image
  • Comics and curation
  • Comics as/against art
  • Interaction
  • Visual abstraction
  • Comics and participatory design/social design/community arts
  • The relationships between comics and other art forms

STREAM B: Redesigning the Comics Conference

Mini presentations – Teaching and Learning/Knowledge Exchange
Available Spaces: 10
For this session we are seeking 5 presentations on teaching and learning with comics, and 5 presentations on knowledge exchange practices (interpreted broadly) involving comics. Presentations in this session will be in the 20×20 format: this requires you to have 20 slides that run for 20 seconds each. Talks should ideally focus on case studies that can be used to develop good practice in these areas more generally.

Research Methods Demonstration
Available Spaces: 6
We are seeking up to 6 speakers for this session, which will apply different research methods to the same comic. Each speaker should propose one research method or approach they would like to take and give a brief (10-15 minute) overview of how it works or what it is concerned with. The comic to be analysed will be negotiated by the speakers once they have been confirmed, in advance of the event.

Live Practice Demonstration
Available Spaces: Negotiable
This 90-minute session aims to give an insight into one or a range of image making practices to explore how production can be foregrounded and explored in comics scholarship, and how we might develop better understandings of technical processes in the field. We are therefore open to submissions from one or more creative practitioners who are able to demonstrate and narrate a creation and production workflow/process to an audience. This could mean a digital workflow, or an analogue pencilling, inking, colouring and lettering sequence, or something completely different! If you are submitting to this session, please indicate which practices you would be prepared to demonstrate, any equipment you would require (beyond a standard data projector/screen) and the approach you would take. This session could accommodate multiple practitioners, so you may submit a programme for the full 90 minutes or a shorter demonstration that could be grouped with other practitioners.

Debate
Available Spaces: 4
We are seeking 4 speakers to debate the motion “Comics are middle class”. This will be a chaired formal debate with 2 speakers for the motion, and 2 against. Please indicate in your proposal whether you wish to speak for or against the motion or would be prepared to debate either side.
The debate will proceed as follows (timings indicated below will be observed strictly):

  • 10 mins: First speaker for the motion (to put the case for)
  • 10 mins: First speaker against the motion (to put the case against)
  • 10 mins: Second speaker for the motion (to respond to arguments against)
  • 10 mins Second speaker against the motion (to respond to arguments for)
  • 5 mins: Final summary for
  • 5 mins: Final summary against
  • 5 mins: Audience vote on the motion

Reading Group (Leads)
Available Spaces: 3
We are seeking 3 speakers to lead 3 x 30-minute reading group discussions of individual texts (to be circulated and read prior to the event). Although led by named speakers, these sessions are intended to be interactive and discursive, so the role is more one of a host or chair – this is not a conference paper. Speakers should propose the text they wish to discuss, along with a short rationale for that choice. Please note that priority will be given to texts that represent current and diverse approaches to comics scholarship.

Archives and (Special) Collections Showcase
Available Spaces: 6
We invite collectors, librarians and archivists to present their collections in a 90 minute “collector fair” format event, which will give attendees the opportunity to circulate around six tables of material and speak about that material to the collection holders or custodians. In your proposal, please indicate the range and type of material you would like to showcase, and how it might enhance our understanding of the field and/or offer opportunities for research and teaching.

Practice Based Research Demonstration
Available Spaces: 3
We are seeking up to three practice-based or practice-led researchers to give an overview of their methods and approaches in undertaking research, in talks of 20-30 minutes. Speakers should foreground the ways in which their practice informs understandings of comics and comics scholarship, and how it might be taken up more broadly in the field. Speakers may, but are not required to, present a demonstration of practice if appropriate. In your proposal, please indicate whether you would require any special equipment or materials for your talk.

 
 

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News Review May 2019

Americas

United States

Culture

The annual Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival takes place between the 14th and 16th June. Link (English, WG)

Research

Graphic Memories of the Civil Rights Movement: Reframing History in Comics, by Jorge J. Santos, Jr., has been published through University of Texas Press. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics 3.1 is a special themed issue about Comics and/as Rhetoric. Link (English, WG)

Lessons Drawn: Essays on the Pedagogy of Comics and Graphic Novels, edited by David Seelow, has been published by McFarland. Link (English, WG)

Sequentials is extending the deadline for Issue 4 – “Materiality: Drawing on Technologies” – to the 15th July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special collection entitled, Adapting Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in a Transmedia Context. The deadline for submissions is the 1st August. Link (English, WG)

The International Comic Arts Forum is now accepting applications for two slots on the Executive Committee, the planning team for the conference and other initiatives related to the forum. The deadline to apply is the 3rd June. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Austria

Research

A conference titled “Beyond Maus – The Legacy of Holocaust Comics” took place in Graz from the 26th-29th May.  Link (20/05/2019, German, MdlI)

Belgium

Culture

The head of the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée (CBBD), the first bande dessinée museum in the world, is stepping down after almost 11 years. Link (08/05/2019, French, LT)

France

Culture

Riad Sattouf (Arab of the Future) has designed the cover for the new edition of the Petit Robert French dictionary. Link (13/05/2019, French, LT)

Wilfrid Lupano, bande dessinée writer known for the series The Old Geezers, has turned down a Knighthood in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, citing his disagreement with the actions of the current French government. Link (21/05/2019, French, LT)

Research

After the publication of the special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Image [&] Narrative on the French comics artist Lewis Trondheim, David Pinho Barros, Chris Reyns-Chikuma and Laurent Gerbier are organising the first conference exclusively dedicated to his work, which will take place in Angoulême, at the Cité BD, in May 2020. Abstracts may be submitted until June 15th Link (15/05/2019, French, ST)

Germany

Culture

Anime Messe Berlin took place from the 17th-19th May; guests included Satoshi Shiki. Link (07/05/2019, German, MdlI)

The festival, Comic Invasion Berlin, took place on the 11th and 12th May; speakers included Linda Heyden and Matthias Harbeck. Link (06/05/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

Jörn Ahrens’s book Überzeichnete Spektakel. Inszenierungen von Gewalt im Comic has been published by Nomos. Link (02/05/2019, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for a themed section in the journal Participations on “Comics/Fandom: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Intersection of Fan Studies and Comics Studies” edited by Sophie G. Einwächter, Vanessa Ossa, Véronique Sina and Sven Stollfuß; the deadline for abstract submissions is the 31st October. Link (05/05/2019, English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 16th June, the International Comics Festival is being held in Beja. Link (30/05/2019, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The Spanish National Library has created a bibliographic guide to comics. Link (25/05/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Germán Sánchez Ruipérez has published a report on comics in Spain. Link (23/05/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The summer course Imágenes y Migraciones del Cómic will take place on the 25th and 26th June 2019 at the University of Alcalá, with comics scholars, critics and artists such as Mark Buckingham. Link (12/05/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The Youth Libraries Group North East’s annual training day took place at Newcastle City Library on the 18th May, and focused on comics: “Comic Book Corner: Using Graphic Novels to Engage Young People ”. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.6 has been published. The issue is a special themed collection which focuses upon Wonder Woman. Link (English, WG)

Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels, by Golnar Nabizadeh, has been published by Routledge. 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), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany), Renatta Rafaella (RR, Portugal), Lise Tannahill (LT, Belgium and France) and Simon Turner (ST, France)

Click here for News Review correspondent biographies.

Click here to see the News Review archive.

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

 
 

The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for May 2019

By Lukas R. A. Wilde

It is my pleasure to fill you in on what happened since Natalie’s last update in March on comics scholarship in the German-speaking corners of the world. The summer term started around the middle of April in German universities and, as usual, ComFor’s editorial staff compiled a list of comics related classes and lectures from disciplines as varied as Literature (English, German and French), Media Studies, History, Art Teaching and even Geography. Spring break or not, our motivated team (that Laura Oehme and I have had the honor to hand over some months back) has in general been very busy, as you can see from our new website section dedicated to international comic scholarship journals. Take a look at their second installment introducing new issues and articles of the International Journal of Comic Art, Studies in Comics, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, ImageTexT and The Comics Grid in a clear arrangement. As usual, you can also find short introductions of new monographs and edited collections on comics within the regular Monitor section. Most of these books are released by international publishing houses and in English, so send a short note to redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de if you know of a publication that should be included in future installments. One notable German-language publication has been released during the last months: Überzeichnete Spektakel: Inszenierungen von Gewalt im Comic [Exaggerated Spectacle: The Staging of Violence in Comics] by ComFor member Jörn Ahrens. The author investigates the many forms, strategies and functions of ‘graphic violence’ from a formal, media-specific perspective, with case studies ranging from classics as Sin City or the works of Joe Sacco, to more contemporary series such as 100 Bullets or DMZ. The monograph’s release was accompanied by a roundtable discussion event on May 14 at the University of Gießen (with Frank Thomas Brinkmann, Ole Frahm and Kirsten von Hagen) on the relationship between comic aesthetics and violence.

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News Review April 2019

Americas

United States

Culture

The shortlist for the 2019 Eisner Awards has been announced, which includes the category for Best Academic/Scholarly Work. Link (English, WG)

Obituary

Professor Don Ault, scholar of William Blake, American comics artist Carl Barks, and founder of the comics studies journal, ImageTexT, passed away on the 13th April. The International Journal of Comic Art’s blog has republished a memoire he wrote in 2003. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a CFP for a special themed issue of the journal, Paradoxa, which will focus upon comics and graphic novels. The deadline for proposals is the 1st September. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

An e. o. plauen and Line Hoven exhibition is shown in Plauen until the 6th October. Link (04/04/2019, German, MdlI)

This year’s DoKomi festival in Düsseldorf is going to take place on the 8th and 9th June; guests include Guilt | Pleasure. Link (06/04/2019, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on feminism in comics is shown in Nuremberg until the 16th May. Link (15/04/2019, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of current Swedish comics with female characters is shown in Berlin until the 19th June. Link (German, MdlI)

An e. o. plauen exhibition is shown in Schwarzenbach until the 8th September. Link (29/04/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

A workshop on Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb took place in Cologne on the 3rd May. Link (08/04/2019, German, MdlI)

This year’s annual conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) is going to take place in Schwarzenbach from the 8th – 10th November; the deadline for abstract submissions is the 5th May. Link (09/04/2019, English, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) has published an overview of German university classes on comics in this summer semester. Link (15/04/2019, German, MdlI)

A workshop on medieval comics and the Middle Ages in comics took place in Tübingen on the 26th and 27th April. Link (18/04/2019, German, MdlI)

Spain

Business

Tebeox, the first digital comics publishers has been established. Link (12/04/2019, Spanish EdRC)

Culture

The 37th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair took place last month. Antonio Altarriba received the Grand Prize and Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters was awarded the Best Foreign Work published in Spain. Link (27/04/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The 2nd International Conference of Interdisciplinary Comics Studies will take place at the University of Zaragoza on the 15th, 16th and 17th May. Link (23/04/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

This year’s Fumetto festival in Lucerne took place from the 6th – 14th April; guests included Emil Ferris and Joann Sfar. Link (04/04/2019, German, MdlI)

UK

Job

There is a job advertisement for a Senior Lecturer to teach on the BA course, Comic & Concept Art, at Leeds Arts University. The deadline for applications is the 2nd June. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a CFP for the conference, Picturing Sound: The Static Visual Paratexts of Music, which takes place at the University of Glasgow on the 12th December. Proposals are due by the 2nd August. Link (English, WG)

The programme for the Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Comics and Bande Dessinées, “Storyworlds and Transmedia Universes”, has been published online. The conference takes place between the 24th and 28th June at Manchester Metropolitan University. 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).

Click here for News Review correspondent biographies.

Click here to see the News Review archive.

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

 
 

Report on the Superheroes Beyond Conference (December 2018)

By Vincent Tran

 

On the 6-8 of December 2018, the Superheroes Beyond Conference took place at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne. Organised by the Superheroes and Me research group of Angela Ndalianis, Liam Burke and Ian Gordon, and part of a larger project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), the conference was built on the crux of going “beyond out-dated definitions of superheroes”, stemming from the costumed heroes of the 1940s. Running alongside the conference was also the exhibition on Cleverman (2016 -), an Aboriginal superhero television show as well as the Superheroes: Realities Collide virtual reality experience, also organised by Superheroes and Me, allowing participants to explore the streets of Melbourne as a superhero in VR. Across these three days over 50 presenters expanded and enriched the dialogue on superheroes, all in a collaborative effort to hopefully shift the direction of future research to new uncharted ground. Through exploring international examples, historical antecedents, real life super-heroism, on top of a multitude of perspectives, these presentations opened up the discussion beyond the white male caped crusader.

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