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CfP: Graphic Realities: Comics as Documentary, History, and Journalism

Graphic Realities: Comics as Documentary, History, and Journalism

International Conference

22.-23.02.2018, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen/GCSC

While comics have traditionally been associated with fictional, especially funny and/or fantastic stories, they have in recent decades become a major vehicle for nonfiction, as well. This development coincides with a time that has been described as ‘post-truth’, in which established news media face a crisis of confidence. The turn towards comics is a turn towards a medium, which inherently promotes simplification and exaggeration. Cartoon imagery thus immediately exhibits the subjectivity of the artist and her or his interpretation – but what could be considered a hindrance towards factual reporting has become an important resource. The overt display of subjectivity and medial limitations as a show of honesty has been described as an authentication strategy of graphic nonfiction. In contrast to formats based on camera-recorded images like photography and film nonfiction comics cannot lay claim to indexing premedial reality. Rather, individual graphic styles index their own creator who as witness becomes the main authenticator. Thus, comics shift the weight of authentication from medial prerequisites towards their authors and artists and thus the textual properties referencing them. One of the questions that will be discussed at the conference is thus the relation of inherent medial properties of comics as vehicle for nonfiction. While among graphic nonfiction life

While among graphic nonfiction life writing in particular has received widespread scholarly attention, this conference will focus on recent approaches to comics as documentary, history, and journalism. As opposed to graphic memoirs in which authors reflect upon their own lives and experiences, these works focus on the lives and experiences of others. Thus, authors and artists need to do justice towards their subjects, as well as to their own experience and negotiate their own voices within their stories. This becomes especially relevant as a majority of graphic reportages centers around highly traumatizing crises and catastrophes, such as war, displacement, natural disasters, and oppression. The conference is intended to explore how authors and artists utilize the medium of comics for nonfiction and address these ‘graphic realities’.

Invited Speakers:
 Prof. Dr. Jörn Ahrens (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
 Dr. Nina Mickwitz (University of the Arts London)
 Prof. Dr. Dirk Vanderbeke (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
 Prof. Dr. Wibke Weber (Züricher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Winterthur)

Submission for talks should address one or more of the following questions:
 How is the medium of comics employed for reportage, history writing, and to report
on war, crises, and trauma?
 Which narrative and aesthetic strategies do authors and artists employ to present and
authenticate their comics as nonfiction?
 How do the genres of ‘documentary’, ‘history’, and ‘journalism’ in comics relate to
each other and how do they relate to other genres of graphic nonfiction such as ‘lifewriting’ or educational formats?
 Does the medium of comics inherently support nonfictionality, or does it depend on con- and paratexual framing practices?
 How do different ‘transfer media’ such as comic books or webcomics affect the
potential of comics for factual reporting?
 How and to what extent is nonfictionality created through intermediality, especially
with regard to more conventionally ‘factual’ media such as photography and film?
 In how far do different comics traditions differ transnationally and -culturally with
regard to their status as nonfiction?

Please submit your proposals (no longer than 300 words) for talks (20 min) and a short CV including your affiliation to graphicrealities@gcsc.uni-giessen.de until November 3rd, 2017.

The conference is organized as collaboration between the International Centre for the Study of Culture Giessen (GCSC) and the Comics Studies Working Group (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) by Laura Schlichting (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen) and Johannes C. P. Schmid (University of Hamburg).

A membership in the Comics Studies Working Group is not mandatory for participation.

 
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News Review July 2017

Americas

United States

Culture

The Eisner Awards 2017 winners have been announced, including Best Academic/Scholarly Work being awarded to Carolyn Cocca, for her book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation (Bloomsbury). Link (English, WG)

Nicholas Yanes has edited a collection of comics scholars responses to the new Wonder Woman film. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for the Michigan State University Comics Forum, which takes place on the 23rd and 24th February 2018 at the Michigan State University. Proposals are due by the 10th December 2017. Link (English, WG)

Comics Art in China, by John A. Lent and Xu Ying, has been published through the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Sequentials 1.1, a journal for comics-as-scholarship, has been published. Link (English, WG)

The publisher Bloomsbury has announced the Bloomsbury Comics Studies series, edited by Derek Parker Royal. Forthcoming titles in this series include the volumes Superhero Comics and Autobiographical Comics. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Austria

Culture

This year’s AniNite convention is going to take place in Vienna from the 18th-20th August; guests include Martina Peters and Zofia Garden. Link (22/07/2017, German, MdlI)

Belgium

Research

The call for papers for the special issue of Authorship on “Comics and Authorship” has been extended to the 31st August. Link (19/07/2017, French, BC)

France

Culture

Barbarella, created by Jean-Claude Forest in 1962, will return in a new album. Link (17/07/2017, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

A Tom Bunk exhibition is shown in Hamburg until the 13th August. Link (03/07/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of international comics published in Germany after 1945 is shown in Heilbronn until the 17th September. Link (03/07/2017, German, MdlI)

The 7th Graphic Novel Day is going to take place as part of the 17th international literature festival berlin on the 10th September; guests include Nicolas Mahler, Inga Steinmetz and Ulli Lust. Link (20/07/2017, German, MdlI)

A Walt Disney comics exhibition is shown in Hallenberg until the 20th August. Link (20/07/2017, German, MdlI)

An Anna Haifisch exhibition is shown in Chemnitz until the 8th October. Link (20/07/2017, German, MdlI)

This year’s Connichi convention is going to take place in Kassel from the 22nd-24th September; guests include David Füleki and Nana Yaa. Link (31/07/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

A workshop on “Framing Comics 1900/2000” is going to take place in Hamburg on the 27th and 28th October. Link (27/07/2017, German, MdlI)

Spain

Culture

The last issue of the weekly cultural supplement of El País included a special issue on Spanish comics. 42 authors and experts have chosen the best 25 Spanish comics of the 21st century.  Link (31/07/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The Ibero-American graphic novel prize Narrar la ciudad. Premio de novela gráfica Ciudades Iberoamericanas has been created. Proposals are admitted in Spanish and Portuguese until the 31st August. Link (17/07/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The Comics Festival Viñetas desde O Atlántico will take place in A Coruña from the 7th to the 13th August. Some of the invited authors include Pablo Auladell, Natacha Bustos and Dave McKean. Link (30/07/2017, Spanish/Galician, EdRC)

Industry

The artist Rayco Pulido offers in his blog an interesting insight of the Spanish comics industry and its problems. Link (21/07/2016, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Research

The International Association for Word and Image Studies (IAWIS) held its triennial conference in Lausanne from July 10-14, featuring several panels on comics. Link (10/07/2017, French, BC)

UK

Culture

The Graphic Short Story Prize 2017 is open for creative submissions for a chance to win £1000 and your comic in print. The deadline for entries is the 29th September. Link (English, WG)

Comics and Cartoon Art from the Arabic World is an exhibition running at the British Library until the 29th October. Link (English, WG)

Research

Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America, by Edward King and Joanna Page, has been published through UCL Press. Link (English, WG)

European Comic Art 10.1, a special issue on Comics and Adaptation, has been published. Link (English, WG)

Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories is the new exhibition taking place at The National Centre for Children’s Books. Link (English, WG)

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will host the LICAF Academic Sessions on the 13th October. Link (English, WG)

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The Bi-monthly ComFor update for July 2017

By Lukas R.A. Wilde

We are back with some more accounts of what was going on in German comic studies recently… After the following update, the ComFor editorial team will take some time off for a short holiday break. The weeks and months since Julia’s last update in May, however, have been nothing short of a rollercoaster. In some of our columns it has been challenging to not just recount the ‘German corner’ of Simon Turner’s international News Reviews (Martin de la Iglesia deserves all our credit for his excellent coverage of German events); this time, on the contrary, I have to remind myself not to let this get out of hand.

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News Review June 2017

Americas

United States

Culture

Nick Sousanis has created a comic on Columbia University’s comics librarian and curator, Karen Green. Link (English, WG)

Research

The International Comic Arts Forum has advertised the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies, and is accepting submissions from post-graduate students to be considered for this award. Link (English, WG)

Jim Shooter: Conversations, edited by Jason Sacks, Eric Hoffman, and Dominick Grace, has been published through the University of Mississippi Press. Link (English, WG)

Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture, by Dan Gearino, will be published through Swallow Press in October. Link (English)

There is a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Studies in American Humor entitled, Funny in the Funnies. The deadline for submissions is the 1st July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a Special Session, The New Women: Superheroes and Anti-heroes, which will take place at the Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), in Indianapolis on the 28th March 2018. Abstracts are due by the 1st October 2017. Link (English, WG)

Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar Brian Cremins. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for the edited collection, Bodies/Borders in Jewish Women’s Comics. Link (English, WG)

Media Res seeks proposals for posts that examine any aspect of webcomics as their subjects, and the deadline is the 28th August. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

An exhibition of regional comic artists is shown in Wiedensahl until the 27th August. Link (22/06/2017, German, MdlI)

A Marc-Antoine Mathieu exhibition is shown in Frankfurt until the 15th October. Link (29/05/2017, German, MdlI)

A Wonder Woman exhibition is shown in Cologne until the 4th November. Link (06/06/2017, German, MdlI)

Mosaik exhibition is being bshown in Pirna until the 29th October. Link (08/06/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of the Hong Kong comics collective, Ping Pong, was shown in Berlin until the 2nd July. Link (19/06/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of the comics publisher, MamiVerlag, is shown in Berlin until the 8th July. Link (19/06/2017, German, MdlI)

An Inga Steinmetz exhibition was shown in Berlin until the 2nd July in conjunction with the festival, Anime Berlin. Link (German, MdlI)

Research

A new edition of Friedrich Schiller’s Avanturen des neuen Telemachs will be published by Bachmann. Link (15/06/2017, German, MdlI)

The topic of the current newsletter issue of the Research Center for literature written in exile at Universität Hamburg, exilograph, is comics. Link (German, MdlI)

A book edited by Nina Heindl and Véronique Sina on Holocaust representations, including comics, has been published. Link (26/06/2017, German, MdlI)

A comics panel and workshop will take place at the annual GfM Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft conference in Erlangen from the 4th until the 7th October. Link (29/06/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 3rd September, the exhibition “Quadradinhos Portugueses – Olhares & Estilos” (Portuguese Comics – views and styles) is being held in Citadela Art District in Cascais. The exhibit includes works from Portuguese authors. The exhibition is free and curated by José de Matos-Cruz. Link (20/06/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The exhibition València en vinyetes, about the portrayal of the city of Valencia in comics, can be seen at MuVIM (Valencia) until the 8th September. Link (08/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition “Spirou en Madrid” can be seen at Matadero until the 11th July. Link (01/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

There is an increasing debate of whether or not there should be a Museum of Comics in Valencia. Link (16/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The Basque government has announced the allocation of new funds (105.000 euros) to help the publication of seven projects related to comics and illustration. Link (28/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

A new issue of the journal Tebeosfera, on the history of comic strips, has been published. Link (13/06/2017, Spanish EdRC)

A new issue of the free online comics journal CuCo. Cuadernos de cómic has been published. Link (30/06/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics, is a current exhibition running at the Barbican, London. Link (English, WG)

Education

There is a Psychology PhD Studentship Bursary available at Sheffield Hallam University, for the research project: “Is a picture worth a thousand words? The representation of meaning in comic books.” The submission date for applicants closes on the 5th July. Link (English, WG)

Research

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 8.3 has been published, and is a special issue focused upon sexual violence in comics. Link (English, WG)

A Theory of Narrative Drawing, by Simon Grennan, has been published through Palgrave MacMillan. Link (English, WG)

Dominick Davies reports on ‘Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory’, a symposium that took place in Oxford on the 22nd June. Link (English, WG)

Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War, by Harriet E. H. Earle has been published through the University of Mississippi Press. Link (English, WG)

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News Review May 2017

Americas

Mexico

Culture

The Conque comics convention took place in Querétaro between the 5th and 7th May, with Stan Lee and Sergio Aragonés leading a list of guest artists that also included the Mexicans Bachan, Tony Sandoval, Edgar Clément, Bernardo Fernández “Bef”, Jis y Trino, and Luis Fernando, among many others. An estimated 20,000 people attended the event. Link (07/05/2017, Spanish, FGG)

Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre (Kim&Kim, Black Mask Studios) and Mauricio Caballero (Helm) were nominated for the Eisner Awards 2017. Link. (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG).

The documentary ‘Materiales para resistir la realidad’, which tells the story of legendary Mexican comics magazine El Gallito Inglés, was screened as part of the 2nd International Forum on Film and Comics (CINECOM) on the 27th and 28th  in Mexico City. Link (Spanish, FGG)

Comikaze featured an article on the history of legendary magazine El Gallito Inglés (aka Gallito Comics) on the 25th anniversary of its first issue. Link (FGG, Spanish, 5/5/17)

Bernardo Fernández Bef’s new graphic novel, El instante amarillo (Océano Historias Gráficas), a reissue of Juanele’s comic Banquete Familiar (Editorial Resistencia), and Tony Sandoval’s Entre Brujas y Vientos (Editorial Resistencia) were among the new publications presented at the Conque comics convention in Querétaro. Link. (08/05/2017, English, FGG)

Augusto Mora’s new documentary/graphic novel Grito de Victoria will be published by La Cifra Editorial. Mora’s new comic La Caída, is about the encounter between a vigilante and a migrant in the Mexico-US border. Presentations of both works are planned for June. Link (Spanish, FGG)

An exhibit on the 15th anniversary of Cintia Bolio’s Puras Evas held at the Museo de la Mujer will conclude next month. Link. (23/04/2017, Spanish, FGG).

Cuautla, a historic digital comic created by students and faculty at the Universidad de Artes digitales de Guadalajara was presented at Casa de Morelos museum in Cuautla, Morelos. Link (05/05/2017, Spanish, FGG)

Revista Marvin invited participation in the comics contest Viñetas por Mis Calles Vol. 2, co-sponsored by Transcómic and the Goethe Intitute. Four winners will have their comics translated into German and exhibited in Berlin, Germany. Link (05/05/2017, Spanish, FGG)

United States

Culture

The exhibition “Pulp Art: Out of the Gutter and on the Wall”, runs until the 8th July at the Carnegie Center for Art and History, in New Albany. Link (English, WG)

The 2017 Eisner Awards nominations have been announced, including nominees for the Best Academic/Scholarly Work category. Link (English, WG)

Research

Noah Berlatsky’s article, which discusses the problems with fair use in Comics Studies, has been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Link (10/05/2017, English, WG)

The University Press of Mississippi now offers a paperback edition of Asian Comics, by John A. Lent. Link (English, WG)

The guest speakers have been announced for ICAF 2017, which takes place at the University of Washington between the 2nd and 4th November. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Austria

Research

A conference on comics, comic film adaptations and religion took place in Graz from the 25th until the 27th May. Link (11/05/2017, MdlI, German)

Belgium

Culture

Jidéhem, Belgian BD artist and writer, has died aged 81. As well as his own series, Ginger, Sophie, he also collaborated with Franquin on Spirou & Fantasio and Gaston Lagaffe. Link (02/05/2017, French, LT)

Research

A conference titled ‘Tintin au XXIe siècle: territoires et temporalités’ took place in Louvain-la-Neuve between the 17th and 20th May 2017. Link (15//05/2017, French, BC)

France

Research

The francophone comics studies network, ‘La Brèche’, held its constituent assembly on the 15th May 2017 and will open its membership in September. The association strives to foster the development of French-language comics scholarship. Link (19/05/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Culture

A Denis Kitchen exhibition is shown in Munich until the 1st July. Link (12/05/2017, German, MdlI)

This year’s DoKomi festival is taking place in Düsseldorf on the 3rd and 4th June; guests include Satoshi Shiki. Link (18/05/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

A lecture by Björn Hammel on webcomics has been recorded, edited and broadcast on the radio, and made available as a podcast. Link (18/05/2017, German, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies has published an overview of German, Swedish and Swiss university classes on comics in this summer semester. Link (22/05/2017, German, MdlI)

There is going to be a panel on comics at this year’s DGAVL conference in Bochum from the 6th – 9th June. Link (22/05/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 26th May until the 11th June, the XIII Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada de Beja (13rd International Comics festival of Beja) will take place. The festival is composed mainly of national and international exhibitions, sketched concerts, book shop, book launches, conferences, and workshops. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Until 10th June, the Portuguese Comic author Xavier Almeida is holding an exhibition of Spray Works in Galeria Sol in Oporto. Link (Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The Free Comic Day was celebrated on the 13th May. 50000 comics were distributed. Link (10/05/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Seven Eisner nominations to Spanish authors, including best anthology (Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists), best American edition of a foreign work (Wrinkles, by Paco Roca) and best digital comic (Universe!, by Albert Monteys). Link (03/05/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

There is still no agreement to move forward in the creation of the Museum of Illustration, Comics and Art in Badalona (Catalonia). Link (09/05/2017, Spanish)

Research

Cuadernos de Comic, a free on-line academic journal, has launched its annual crowdfunding campaign. Link (15/05/2017, EdRC, Spanish)

UK

Jobs

There is a job listing for a Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art course at Leeds College of Art. Link (English, WG)

Research

The call for papers for Comics Forum 2017 is online now. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of space, and will take place in Leeds on the 21st and 22nd of September. Link (English, WG)

Details (including the conference programme and registration) are now available for The Eighth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. The conference will take place between 26th and 30th June at the University of Dundee and the University of Glasgow. Link (English, WG)

Comics and Critique: Invigorating Critical Study of the Medium, is a one day symposium featuring a range of comics scholars, taking place at St Mary’s University on the 3rd July. Link (English, WG)

Frame:Works, a one day symposium featuring a mix of comics practitioners and professionals, will take place on the 16th June in Central St Martins, London. Link (English, WG)

Details (including the conference programme and registration) are now available for the Comics and Nations Conference, which takes place between the 13th and 14th July, at Bangor University. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for an edited collection entitled, Drawing the Past: Comics and the Historical Imagination. Abstract proposals are due by the 15th July. Link (16/05/2017, English, WG)

Comics and Critique: Invigorating Critical Study of the Medium, will be held on the 3rd July at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. Link (20/05/2017, English, ST)

There is a call for abstracts for the edited volume, Child-Animal Relationships in Comics: Historical and Transcultural Perspectives edited by the University Press of Liège. Abstracts are due by the 31st August 2017. Link (English, ST)

There is a call for abstracts for the edited volume, Bodies/Borders in Jewish Women’s Comics. Abstracts are due by the 30th June 2017. Link (English, ST)

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