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News Review January 2019

Americas

United States

Education

There is a call for applicants for the 2019 Project Narrative Summer Institute: Serial and Visual Narrative, which takes place at Ohio State University between the 7th and 19th July. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Comics and Culture Volume 3 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Scare Returns: The Contemporary Resurgence of Horror Comics, by Terrence Wandtke, has been published. Link (English, WG)

The 2019 John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies was awarded to Francesca Lyn (Virginia Commonwealth University). Link (English, WG)

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

Europe

Austria

Research

Anke Feuchtenberger gave a lecture at University of Vienna on the 21st January. Link (14/01/2019, German, MdlI)

France

Culture

Rumiko Takahashi (Mermaid Saga, Ranma 1/2)  has been award the 2019 Grand Prix at the Angoulême Festival. She is the second woman to win in the festival’s history. Link (23/01/2019, French, LT)

Emil Ferris has been awarded the Angoulême festival’s Fauve d’Or (best album of the year award) for My Favourite Thing is Monsters. Link (27/01/2019, English, LT)

Noted bande dessinée artist and painter Alex Barbier has died aged 68, according to his publisher Frémok. Link (31/01/2019, French, LT)

Riad Sattouf, author of Arab of The Future among many other works, is the ambassador for the 2019 edition of the  Semaine de la langue française et de la Francophonie (Week of French language and Cultures), a French governmental initiative. Link (29/01/2019, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

A Line Hoven exhibition is shown in Bamberg until the 3rd February. Link (11/01/2019, German, MdlI)

Manga-Comic-Con 2019 is going to take place in Leipzig from the 21st-24th March; guests include Erubo Hijihara. Link (17/01/2019, German, MdLI)

An exhibition of Czech comics is shown in Munich until the 7th March. Link (18/01/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

An edited volume on “Autobiografie Intermedial”, containing several chapters on comics, has been published. Link (24/01/2019, German, MdlI)

A workshop on “Comics/Fandom” is going to take place in Cologne on the 28th and 19th March. Link (28/01/2019, English, MdlI)

UK

Research

There is a CFP for our international conference, Comics & Travel, which takes place at the University of Oxford on the 5th July. Proposals are being admitted until the 8th March. Link (English, WG)

“Superheroes Comics and the Seeing of Law” is a talk that takes place at the University of Dundee on the 13th February. Link (English, WG)

European Comic Art 11.2: Spanish Comics, Part II, has been published. Link (English, WG)

Laurike in ‘t Veld’s book, The Representation of Genocide in Graphic Novels: Considering the Role of Kitsch, is now available from Palgrave. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents: William Grady (WG, UK and United States) and Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Lise Tannahill (France).

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News Review December 2018

Americas

United States

Research

The deadline for abstracts for the conference, ImageText in Motion: Animation and Comics – UF GCO Conference, which takes place at University of Florida, has been extended until the 15th January. Link (English, WG)

Comics Research Bibliography 2018 Print Edition, by Michael Rhode, has been published by Lulu. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con International, which takes place between the 18th and 21st July. Abstracts are due by the 1st February. Link (13/12/2018, English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Obituary

Abrafaxe creator Lona Rietschel died on the 18th December. Link (19/12/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

The 2019 issue of Comic! Jahrbuch was published amidst allegations of sexism. Link (03/12/2018, German, MdlI)

The 5th issue of the journal Closure has been published. Link (06/12/2018, German, MdlI)

A workshop on „(Self-)Documentation, (Self-)Performance and (Self-)Constitution of Gendered Cultural Identities in Comics and Literature“ is going to take place in Bochum on the 24th January. Link (13/12/2018, English, MdlI)

The new edition of Friedrich Schiller’s Avanturen des neuen Telemachs, originally announced for Winter 2017/18, has now been published by Bachmann. Link (17/12/2018, German, MdlI)

The Roland Faelske award for comics and animation 2018 goes to Alexandra Novacov and Lukas Wilde. Link (20/12/2018, German, MdlI)

Hungary

Culture

Hungary’s first community Comics Library opened on 13 December. The library aims at making comics available to the general public and thereby raise awareness of the little known medium in Hungary. All comics and graphic novels are donations. The library is located in Nem Adom Fel Café (literally: I Don’t Give Up Café”). Link (Hungarian, ES)

The contemporary section of the successful Comics as Narrative exhibition, which was on display in the National Széchényi Library during the summer, is exhibited at the University of Pécs in the re:public project space between 2 December 2018 and 25 January 2019.(ES)

Portugal

Culture

The Portuguese company ‘Chili com Carne’ published the book Sírio, by the Peruvian comic author Martin López Lam. The book was published during Raia, the third edition of an event focused on small editors and graphic artists, was held in Anjos70. Link (14/12/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The exhibition Creadores valencianos por los derechos humanos. 70 años de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos can be visited at the University of Valencia until the 24th February 2019. Link (24/11/2018, English, EdRC)

Research

The University of Valencia has announced the creation of the first Chair of Comic Studies in Spain. Álvaro Pons is to take up that post. Link (14/12/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The British Museum will host the exhibition, Manga, from the 23rd May until the 26th August 2019. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for the Graphic Medicine conference, Que(e)rying Graphic Medicine: Paradigms, Power, and Practices, which takes place in Brighton between the 11th and 13th July. Proposals due by the 31st January 2019. Link (English, WG)

Glasgow University Comic Reading Group continues to update with interviews with various comics scholars. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for 2019’s joint International BD Society and International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference, “Storyworlds and Transmedia Universes in Comics & Graphic Novels”. The conference takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University between the 24th and 28th June, and proposals are due by the 1st February. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.5, a special themed issue entitled “Reflections on Yaoi Space and Yaoi Time: East and West, Yesterday and Tomorrow”, has now been published. 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), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Eszter Szép (Hungary).

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for January 2019

by Julia Ingold

The first month of the new year always starts smoothly with a prolonged holiday period. German universities resume their daily activities only in the second week of January and so does ComFor’s editorial staff—as usual with our established retrospect about several ComFor members’ favorite comics of 2018. Shortly after Stephan Packard’s substantial bi-monthly update two months ago, ComFor’s editorial team posted a retrospect on the panel “Comics 4.0” that the Committee for Comics Studies contributed to the German Society for Media Studies’ (GfM) annual conference that took place in Siegen under the headline “Industry” in September 2018. ComFor Member Lukas R. A. Wilde gave a talk on “Von Remediation zum Intermedium: Formen, Formate und mediale Rahmungen digitaler Comics” (From Remediation to Indermedia: Forms, Formats and Medial Framings of Digital Comics). Tim Glaser shared his views on “Comics, Communities & Crowdfunding: Plattformen und deren Einfluss auf die Rezeption und Distribution von Webcomics” (Comics, Communities, and Crowdfunding: Platforms and their Influence on Reception and Distribution of Webcomics). Peter Vignold, for his part, presented on “From A(yn) to Z(ack): Objektivismus im zeitgenössischen Comicfilm” (From A(yn) to Z(ack): Objectivism in the Contemporary Film Adaptation of Comics). The first two presentations both took their cues from the concept of the infinite canvas that Scott McCloud introduced in his 2000 book Reinventing Comics. The panel expounded the question to what extent webcomics’ many new possibilities might collide with the fact that they still only receive widespread attention once they are transferred into traditional print media and thus lose aspects of their inherent mediality.

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News Review November 2018

Americas

United States

Research

The collection, The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell: A Place inside Yourself, edited by Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O’Malley, will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2019. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the edited collection, Invisible Made Visible: Comics and Mental Illness. The deadline for submissions is the 28th January 2019. Link (English, WG)

The Graduate Caucus of the Comics Studies Society has a new website. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the 2019 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageTexT in Motion: Animation and Comics”. The conference takes place at the University of Florida between the 12th and 14th April 2019, and abstracts are due by the 15th December 2018. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

A museum dedicated to Philippe Geluck’s character Le Chat is planned to open in Brussels in 2023. Link (23/11/18, French, LT)

The special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Image [&] Narrative on the French comics artist Lewis Trondheim, co-edited by David Pinho Barros and Chris-Reyns Chikuma from the University of Alberta, has been released. It has articles by Chantal Cointot, Côme Martin, Fabrice Leroy, Ann Miller, and Jérôme Dutel. Link (6/11/2018, English, ST)

Germany

Culture

The award, “Comicbuchpreis 2019 der Berthold Leibinger Stiftung”, goes to Anke Kuhl for her comic, Manno!. Link (12/11/2018, German, MdlI)

Anime Festival Freiburg took place on the 16th and 17th November; guests included Hiroji Mishima. Link (14/11/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

A workshop on the history of Hamburg in comics is going to take place at the University of Hamburg on the 6th December. Link (15/11/2018, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for a workshop on medieval comics and the Middle Ages in comics in Tübingen on the 26th and 27th April 2019; the deadline for abstracts is the 15th December 2018. Link (20/11/2018, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for a conference on fear and anger in comics in Berlin on the 9th February 2019; the deadline for abstracts is the 12th December 2018. Link (20/11/2018, German, MdlI)

The 2019 edition of the yearbook Deutsche Comicforschung has been published. Link (30/11/2018, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Obituary

On the 15th November, the Portuguese comics historian and researcher António Dias de Deus (1936-2018) passed away. Link (18.11.2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Orue has been allegedly forced to leave the satirical magazine TMEO due to ideological differences. Link (9/11/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

The film Superlópez, based on Jan’s comic, has been the most successful Spanish film release of 2018. Link (22/11/018, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition Exposición 20 años de cómic Injuve can be visited at the Sala Amadís from 22nd November 2018 to 18th January 2019. Link (22/11/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

United Kingdom

Research

The 10th Graphic Medicine conference will be held in Brighton from the 11th to 13th July 2019. Link (English, WG)

Crossing Borders, Boundaries, and Cultures: Studies in Transnational Comics is a conference that takes place at London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) on the 6th March 2019. Link (English, WG)

Nina Mickwitz reports on the Comics Research Hub’s (CoRH) launch event, which took place at London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) on the 10th October. 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), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal), Lise Tannahill (Belgium) and Simon Turner (Belgium).

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for November 2018

by Stephan Packard

After the traditional summer break, the winter semester has begun at German, Swiss and Austrian universities. A few weeks in, at least 15 courses and lecture series in those regions have begun work related to comics studies: the ComFor website’s staff has edited a useful and fascinating list. In addition to all of these courses, the Comic-Kolloquium in Berlin has started up again as well, boasting no less than ten announced talks from guests and regulars throughout the season. Topics range from Art Spiegelman to Preacher, from Eastern German history to 19th century sequential art, and from literary criticism to quantitative and network analysis. Back in June, the Comic-Kolloquium had contributed a dense series of talks packed with presentations that opened up comics studies for a popular audience at the Comic Invasion Berlin. The Kolloquium is organized by Matthias Harbeck, Linda-Rabea Heyden and Marie Schröer.

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