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Call for Papers: Comics Forum 2017

The call for papers for Comics Forum 2017 is online now. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of space, and it will take place earlier in the year than previous events: the dates for this year’s conference are the 21st and 22nd of September. See below for the full call for papers – we look forward to receiving your abstracts!

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News Review April 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

Augusto Mora was awarded the Memorial 68 prize in the comics category by the Centro Cultural Universitario de Tlatelolco for his new book En busca de una voz. In this book, Mora uses the graphics employed by the student movement to tell its story and talk about the violent repression it suffered in 1968. Link (Spanish, FGG)

After a 15-year hiatus, Kaliman, the best-selling superhero comics published between the 1960s and the early 2000s, are being relaunched with stories featuring present-day Mexican problems and situations. An exhibit featuring 70 Kaliman pieces opened at the Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, and will continue until mid-July. Link (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG)

El pelón, a comic by Octavio Jiménez on an iconic and nomadic barrio character who is followed by stray dogs, competes with trash recyclers, and about whose origin nobody knows, was published in Marvin magazine. Link (24/04/2014, Spanish, FGG)

Augusto Mora, Chubasco, Rafael de Loera, and Rubén Lara illustrated regional legends live at the Serafín Hotel in Querétaro in an event organized by the Conque. Link (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG)

Education

Cintia Bolio, Jimena Sanchez, Augusto Mora, Frik, Edu Molina, Juanele, and Luis Fernando lead a comics workshop at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on the 16th April. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Karine Bernadou lead a workshop organized by the French Embassy in Mexico City. Link (French, FGG)

Obituaries

Ramon Valdiosera, former director of the comics magazine Pepín, died at age 98.His death was considered the closing event of the Golden Age of Mexican comics. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Research

The Literature Department at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City hosted its First graphic narratives international conference: “Memory and oblivion in Comics, Manga and Roman Graphique,” on the 5th and 6th April. Keynote addresses were given by Drs. José Manuel de Amo, Laurence Grove, and Paul Gravett, and there were presentations by guest artists Luis Fernando, Axur Eneas, Alejandra Gámez, Alejandra Espino, and Augusto Mora, among others. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Lucha Castro, Josefina Larragoiti, and Adam Shapiro gave a talk on Front Line Defenders and the book La Lucha. La historia de Lucha Castro y los Derechos Humanos en México as part of the 1st Graphic Novel Colloquium at Universidad Iberoamericana. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Papers on diverse examples and aspects of Mexican comics, including analyses on political cartoons, Hermelinda Linda, feminine and feminist characters and comics, and on representations of drug trafficking and the war on drugs were presented at the Congreso Internacional de Historia de las Mujeres en Latinoamérica in Bogotá, Colombia and at the Latin American Studies Association congress in Lima, Perú. Link (Spanish, FGG).

United States

Research

There is a call for papers for Mechademia 2017: Science Fictions conference, which takes place at Minneapolis College of Art and Design between the 22nd and 24th September. Abstract submissions are due by the 1st September. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar Dr Leah Misemer. Link (English, WG)

Reading Lessons in Seeing: Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Autobiographical Graphic Novel, by Michael A. Chaney, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Retcon Game: Retroactive Continuity and the Hyperlinking of America, by Andrew J. Friedenthal, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

The Lent Comic Art Classification System, by John A. Lent and Mike Rhode, has been published through Lulu Press. Link (English, WG)

The Secret Origins of Comics Studies, edited by Matthew Smith and Randy Duncan, has been published through Routledge. Link (English, WG)

The deadline for proposals for the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Conference is the 1st June. The conference will take place at the University of Massachusetts on the 27th and 28th October. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection The Ages of the Flash. Abstracts between 100-500 words should be submitted by the 15th June. Link (13/04/2017, English, WG)

The University of Oregon website reports on the feature of comics scholar Ben Saunders in the History Channel’s documentary, Superheroes Decoded. Link (English, WG)

Europe

France

Business

Égo Comme X, the independent BD publisher best known for their autobiographical publications, is closing for financial reasons. Link (10/04/2017, French, LT)

Culture

The title of the next Astérix album has been revealed: Asterix and the Race Through Italy. Link (12/04/2017, English, LT)

Germany

Culture

The festival, 1. Erfurter Comic und Mangapark, is taking place on the 6th and 7th May; guests include Martina Peters and Inga Steinmetz. Link (22/04/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition on Héctor Germán Oesterheld’s El Eternauta is now being shown in Munich until the 14th July. Link (26/04/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners is travelling on to Schwarzenbach where it will be shown from the 13th May until the 22nd October. Link (30/04/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

The annual conference of D.O.N.A.L.D. took place in Hamburg. Link (03/04/2014, German, MdlI)

Macht der Musik by Christian Bachmann, a book on music in comics, has been published. Link (05/04/2017, German, MdlI)

This year’s conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) is going to take place in Bonn from the 1st until the 3rd December. Link (06/04/2017, German, MdlI)

The proceedings of the symposium, Science Meets Comics (Berlin 2015), have been published. Link (24/04/2017, German/English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

On the 6th May the Clube Português de Banda Desenhada will host the second half of a lecture by Domingos Isabelinho about Raúl Correia’s book, A Lei da Selva [The Jungle Law]. The first half of the Lecture took place on the 22nd April. Entrance is free. Link (07/04/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

An exhibition  of La ciudad en viñetas, by Roberto Massó, can be seen at Centro Centro (Madrid) until the 2nd July. Link (07/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The prizes of the 35th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair have been announced. Best Spanish work: Jamás tendré 20 años (Jaime Martín). Best foreign work: The Vision (Gabriel Hernández Walta and Tom King). Great Prize: Josep María Martín Saurí. Link (01/04/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Industry

Tebeosfera has published its annual report about the Spanish comics industry. Link (01/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Penguin Random House has bought Spanish comics publishing house Ediciones B. Link (06/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The exhibition, ¿Qué es una biblioteca para ti? (What is a library for you?), the vision of 20 graphic humourists about libraries, may be visited until the 28th May at the National Library in Madrid. Link (17/04/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

A Hannes Nüsseler exhibition is shown in Basel until the 20th May. Link (06/04/2017, German, MdlI)

UK

Culture

The Inking Woman, the new exhibition at the Cartoon Museum (London), will run from the 26th April until the 23rd July. Link (English, WG)

Bradford Literature Festival Comic Con will take place at the University of Bradford. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich is hosting a workshop discussing legal issues related to international manga consumption on the 19th May. Attendance is free but booking is essential. Link (29/04/2017, English, ST)

Obituary

The BBC reports that comics artist Leo Baxendale has passed away. Link (27/04/2017, English, WG)

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Workshop Report: “Formen der Selbstreflexivität im Medium Comic”

[Forms of Self-Reflexivity in Comics]

by Laura Schlichting and Markus Streb[1]

 

The workshop “Formen der Selbstreflexivität im Medium Comic” [Forms of Self-Reflexivity in Comics] organized by the German Society for Media Studies’ committee on Comics Studies, brought scholars from various disciplines together to discuss the relationship between comics and self-reflexivity as well as self-referentiality. The organisers, Nina Heindl (University of Cologne, Faculty of Art History) and Véronique Sina (Ruhr-University Bochum, Faculty of Media Science) carefully selected papers, each 15 minutes long, with regard to a five-part workshop structure comprised of aesthetic self-reflexivity; self-critical (fan) discourses; mechanisms of self-referentiality; factual and fictional (self) representations in comics; and meta-reflections on comics.

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CFP: Comics and their Popularity

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) invites abstracts for their 12th annual research conference, to be held at Bonn University, Dec 1st-3rd, 2017. Deadline: April 30th.

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News Review March 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

Cartoonist Cintia Bolio was awarded an International Human Rights Tlaltecutli Prize. An exhibit on the 15th anniversary of the publication of Bolios’s Puras Evas opened at Museo de la Mujer in Downtown Mexico City. Her work is also currently featured in the exhibit “De ellas” at the Torre-Pacheco Public Library in Murcia (Spain). Link (FGG, Spanish)

The International La Mole Comic-con took place on the 17th to the 19th March at the Mexico City World Trade Center, featuring local artists Motzaqui, Bef, and Ric Velasco, and with the participation of Kevin Eastman, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, Greg Capullo, Erik Larsen, Spencer Wilding, and Rickey Purdin, among many others.  Link (19/03/17, FGG, Spanish)

Cartoonist Angel Boligán has been elected for the catalogue of the 21st Euro-kartoenale Kruishoutem, “The Soul.” Link (FGG, English)

The exhibit “Iconos del Humorismo Mexicano” opened on the 30th anniversary of the Museo de la Caricatura, in downtown Mexico City, with a special tribute to Jesús Martínez Rentería “Palillo” (1913-1994), and works by Pedro Sol, “Frik”, Eduardo Gómez, Paco Vaca, and other 40 artists. Cartoons by Christian Garduño, aka Rocko, are also on view at the museum through May. Link (30/03/17, FGG, Spanish)

“Los Supersabios. Plaza de la Caricatura” was inaugurated in the Historic Center of Mexico City in the midst of the 2nd edition of FILO, a meeting of comics artists open to the general public. The event included addresses by El Fisgón, Bef, and Luis Gantus, among others. The space is meant to be a celebration of comics and political cartoon in Mexico, and will be used as a site for graphic novel workshops directed by Edgar Clement, Logan Wayne, Criss Layla Dysaster, Ricardo Peláez, and others during April and May. Link (30/03/17, FGG, Spanish)

Education

The Casa Universitaria del Libro UNAM is hosting courses and workshops on Cartooning and Political Illustration, Graphic Narrative, and Comic and Gender. Link (FGG, Spanish)

Research

Bernardo Fernández (Bef) and Adrián Mora Bautista gave the keynote addresses at the interdisciplinary comics colloquium hosted by The Humanities Program at FES Acatlán on March 29th and 30th. Link (FGG, Spanish)

The Literature Department at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City will host its First graphic narratives international conference: “Memory and oblivion in Comics, Manga and Roman Graphique,” on April 5 and 6, 2017, with keynote addresses by Drs. José Manuel de Amo, Laurence Grove, and Paul Gravett, and guest artists Luis Fernando, Axur Eneas, Alejandra Gámez, Alejandra Espino, and Augusto Mora, among others. Link (FGG, Spanish)

United States

Research

Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 1.1 is now published online. Link (English, WG) 

Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman, edited by Joseph M. Sommers, has now been published through Salem Press. Link (English, WG)

The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America’s Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times, edited by Joseph J. Darowski, has been published by McFarland. Link (English, WG)

Registration is now open for the Graphic Medicine conference, which takes place in Seattle Public Library in June. Link (English, WG)

The book, Drawing the Line: Comics Studies and INKS, 1994–1997, edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner, has been published through the Ohio State University Press. Link (English, WG)

Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal has a call for papers for a special issue on comics. The deadline for proposals is the 15th April. Link (English, WG)

Tracking The Surprising Rise of the British Superhero by Chris Murray has been published by the University Press of Mississippi. Link (04/03/2017, English, ST)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The museum of La Boverie in Liège organizes a large exhibition on French comics magazines Métal Hurlant and (A suivre), on view from the 17th March to the 11th June, 2017. Link (17/03/2017, French, BC)

Research

The program for the NNCORE conference “Comics and Memory,” which will take place at the University of Ghent from the 19th to the 21st April 2017, is now available. Link (08/03/2017, English, BC)

A call for papers for an international conference on novelizations has been released: it welcomes papers on novelizations from comics. “Les novellisations pour la jeunesse” will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve on the 10th until the 11th May, 2018. Abstracts are due by the 1st June, 2017. Link (14/03/2017, French, BC)

France

Research

Nicolas Labarre’s monograph Heavy Metal, l’autre Métal Hurlant has been published through the Presses universitaires de Bordeaux. Link (16/03/2017, BC, French)

Mutual Images Journal: Japanese pop culture in Europe today: economic challenges, mediated notions, future opportunities has been published. Link (03/03/2017, ST, English)

Germany

Culture

A radio feature on Will Eisner has been broadcast on the 6th March. Link (06/03/2017, MdlI, German)

Comicfestival München is going to take place from the 25th to the 28th May; guests include Terry Moore, Denis Kitchen and Hermann. Link (MdlI, German)

A manga exhibition is going to be shown at Schloss Augustusburg from the 14th April to the 10th December. Link (29/03/2017, MdlI, German)

This year’s Animagic convention is going to take place in Mannheim from the 4th to the 6th August; guests include Lynn Okamoto. Link (29/03/2017, MdlI, German)

Research

A symposium on “Drawing Illness. Graphic Memoir and the Art of Getting Better” is going to take place in Hamburg on the 20th April. Link (23/03/2017, MdlI, German)

A conference on “Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics” is going to take place in Berlin on the 27th and 28th October; the deadline for abstracts is the 31st May. Link (25/03/2017, MdlI, English)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 29th April, the Gallery of Bedeteca da Amadora is hosting the exhibition “Banda Escrita” (written strip) by the Comic author David Soares. Entrance is free. Link (RR, Portuguese).

Spain

Culture

The Colectivo de Autoras de Cómic (Spanish Female Authors Collective) has launched a documentary (available free on-line) which focuses on the role of 52 female authors. Link (09/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

An exhibition with original work of Daniel Torres’s La casa can be visited at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), Valencia, until the 4th June. Link (09/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

The 35th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair will take place from the 30th March to the 2nd April. It will host, among many international authors, Bryan Talbot, Dave Gibbons, Jill Thompson and José Muñoz. Link (01/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

Research

The program of the International Congress of Comic Interdisciplinary Studies, which will be celebrated at the University of Zaragoza on the 5th and 6th April 2017, is already available. Link (01/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

A new issue of the journal Tebeosfera has been published. It focuses on the 100th anniversary of the comics magazine TBO, which gave the name to comics in Spain (tebeos).  Link (11/03/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

UK

Culture

The exhibition, Beyond Dredd & Watchmen: The Art of John Higgins, runs until October 2017 at the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery. Link (English, WG)

Education

Times Higher Education interviews Professor Chris Murray from the University of Dundee about Comics Studies. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for the conference, Steampunk: Then, Now, and Then Again, which takes place at Bishop Grossteste University, Lincoln, between the 25th and 27th August. Proposals are due by the 14th April. Link (27/02/2017, English, WG) 

Comics Grid has a called for graphic submissions for a special issue on Graphic Science. The deadline for proposals is the 31st October. Link (English, WG)

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.2 has now been published. Link (English, WG)

A student needs contributors for a survey for research into Graphic Medicine. Link (English, WG)

Graphic Justice HQ is compiling a list of critical and enlightening resources for the study of law, comics, and justice. Link (07/03/2017, English, ST)

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