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Comics Forum 2019 Registration Open

Registration for Comics Forum 2019 is now open.

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.

Programme

Click here to download the Comics Forum 2019 programme (draft; subject to changes).

Registration

Click here to register for Comics Forum 2019.

Tickets are priced as follows:

1 day (7th or 8th): £12

2 days (7th and 8th): £24

4 days (7th-10th, includes Thought Bubble convention pass): £48 (save £4 overall)

 
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Posted by on 2019/10/23 in Comics Forum 2019, News

 

News Review September 2019

Americas

United States

Research

There is a call for applicants to participate in The Experience at Comic-Con. The program centres on going to San for a week (21-27 July 2020), and engage as participant-observers of Comic-Con International, studying popular culture and other intersecting areas through ethnographic methods. The deadline for applications is the 31st October 2019. Link (English, WG)

Sequentials issue 3, a themed issue, “Comics And/As/Against Fine Art”, is now available. Link (English, WG)

More Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods, edited by Randy Duncan, Matthew J. Smith, and Matthew J. Brown, has just been published by Routledge. Link (English, WG)

The International Comic Arts Forum invites proposals for scholarly presentations for its twenty-first meeting, to be held at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland from 12-13 September 2020. Abstracts are due by the 15th February. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Finland

Research

The Comics, Migration, Minorities conference welcomes comics scholars, comics artists, educators, cultural workers, teachers, activists and other representatives of the comics field interested in the different ways in which comics, migration and minorities intermingle. Please submit an abstract of your proposed presentation in English by January 15, 2020. Link (30/09/2019, English, ST)

France

Culture

A commemorative 2-euro coin has been released to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Astérix. Link (25/09.2019, French, LT)

Obituaries

Patrick Tandiang, bande dessinée artist notably published by Delcourt and Soleil, has died aged 58. Link (30/09/2019, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

A Moebius exhibition is being shown in Brühl. Link (01/09/2019, German, MdlI)

A Simon Schwartz exhibition is being shown in Oberhausen until the 19th January 2020. Link (14/09/2019, German, MdlI)

The Czech comics exhibition, “Währenddessen an einem anderen Ort”, has travelled on to Schwarzenbach where it is being shown until the 1st March 2020. Link (16/09/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

A Call For Papers for issue #7 of the journal, Closure, has been published, with an open section and a thematic section on “eco-comics”; the deadline for abstracts is the 25th November. Link (02/09/2019, English, MdlI)

A conference on “Beyond Narrative: Literature, Culture, and the Borderlands of Narrativity” is going to take place in Leipzig from the 10th-12th October, including several papers on comics. Link (English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 24th October to 3rd November,  the International Festival Amadora BD is taking place at the Fórum Luís de Camões. The Festival includes exhibitions, autograph sessions and contests. Link (Portuguese, RR)

United Kingdom

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 10.4 has been published. Link (English, WG)

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

Correspondents: William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany), Renatta Rafaella (RR, Portugal), Lise Tannahill (LT, France) and Simon Turner (ST, Finland).

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.

 
 

News Review August 2019

Americas

United States

Obituary

Comics scholar, Derek Parker Royal, passed away on he 11th July. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a CFP for Comics and Technology – 3rd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, which takes place in August 2020 at Henderson State University, Arkansas. The deadline for all submissions is 15 January 2020. Link (English, WG)

Noah Berlatsky has collected various articles from the website, The Hooded Utilitarian, and published it as an ebook entitled, Death Panels: Comics Criticism, 2004-2019. Link (English, WG)

The World of DC Comics, by Andrew Friedenthal, has been published by Routledge. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the 2020 Michigan State University Comics Forum, which takes place at the Michigan State University between 21st-22nd February 2020. The deadline for proposals is the 30th September 2019. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

A  Donald Duck exhibition is being shown in Schwarzenbach until the 3rd November. Link (07/08/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

The program of this year’s conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) in Schwarzenbach from the 8th-10th November has been published. Link (05/08/2019, English, MdlI)

A Committee for Diversity has been founded within the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor); its constitutive meeting is going to be held at the upcoming ComFor conference. Link (15/08/2019, English, MdlI)

United Kingdom

Jobs

Teesside University is looking to hire a full time Lecturer in Comics and Concept Art. The deadline for applicants is the 17th September. Link (English, WG)

Research

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 10.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Studies in Comics 10.1, a special issue entitled, ‘Comics and Nation’, has been published. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for a special issue of Studies in Comics, which will focus upon Comics and Education. The deadline for submissions is the 1st November. Link (English, WG)

Routledge have published two themed collections edited by Ian Hague, Ian Horton, and Nina Mickwitz: Contexts of Violence in Comics, and Representing Acts of Violence in Comics. Link 1, Link 2 (English, WG)

Dr William Proctor and Dr Julia Round are curating an essay series on British comics for Henry Jenkins’ ‘Confessions of an Aca-Fan’ website. Link (English, WG)

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

Correspondents: Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany) and William Grady (UK and United States).

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.

 
 

News Review July 2019

Asia

India

Research

There is a call for papers a special issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics titled ‘Indian graphic narratives and the post-millennial moment: Reflections on the last twenty years’.  Papers should be submitted by the 30th December 2019. Link (30/07/2019, English, ST)

Europe

Germany

Research

A special issue of Closure on the occasion of Nicolas Mahler’s 50th birthday was published. Link (11/07/2019, German, MdlI)

The ‘WB Stiftungspreis Wilhelm Busch’ is going to be awarded for the first time this year by Stiftung Deutsche Sprache for Bachelor’s and Master’s Theses in German on the topic of ‘drawing and literature’. Link (15/07/2019, German, MdlI)

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

Correspondents: Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Germany) and Simon Turner (ST, India)

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.

 
 

Blind Readers and Comics: Reflecting on Comics’ Storytelling from a Different Perspective

by Jakob F. Dittmar

 

Summary

This paper discusses comics for the blind, based on the example of the tactile comic life by Philipp Meyer and Astérix par Touchtatis ! by Olivier Poncer. It looks into the potential and the restrictions of sequential pictorial storytelling that is accessible to blind readers. Special attention is given to the elements of comics narratives and the technical background of tactile text and image representation. Due to the process of giving information in tactile comics, these present an extreme challenge for readers who have been born blind, while readers who have become blind later in life seem to be able to refer the elements of spatially dispersed tactile information representing the visual appearance of environments (images) to their memory of visual information.

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