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News Review May 2018

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United States

Research

There is a call for paper for a special edited collection entitled Mixed-Race/Superheroes. 500 word abstracts are due by the 1st July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for paper for a special edited collection on the DC Universe. 200-500 word are due by the 31st July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for paper for a special edited collection on the Marvel Universe. 200-500 word are due by the 31st July. Link (English, WG)

The special themed issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies, ‘“Suffering Sappho!”: Lesbian content and queer female characters in comics’, has been published. Link (English, WG)

The University Press of Mississippi has published Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics, edited by Marc DiPaolo. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance (GJRA) invites submissions for its 2018 annual conference, to be held on the 20th October in Brooklyn, NY. The deadline for submissions is the 10th July. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Germany

Culture

A Walt Disney exhibition is shown in Mainz until the 29th July. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on coal mining in comics is shown in Oberhausen until the 9th September. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “Mangamania”, at Schloss Augustuburg has been extended until the 28th October. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on Marvel’s Avengers is shown in Cologne until the 28th October. Link (04/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on gender in comics is shown in Mainz until the 20th July. Link (German, MdlI)

Several comic exhibitions are shown in Erlangen in conjunction with Comic-Salon. Link (23/05/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of comics by Claire Bretécher and Franziska Becker is shown in Renchen until the 5th August. Link (26/05/2018, German, MdlI)

A Simon Schwartz exhibition is shown in Erfurt until the 9th September. Link (26/05/2018, German, MdlI)

A Fix & Foxi exhibition is going to be shown in Oberhausen from the 10th June until the 9th September. Link (27/05/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

Several talks by members of the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) were given at Comic-Salon Erlangen from the 1st – 3rd June. Link (03/05/2018, German, MdlI)

A workshop on comics annotation is going to take place in Potsdam on the 18th and 19th June. Link (07/05/2018, English, MdlI)

Proceedings of the 2017 Workshop of the AG Comicforschung der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM) have been published as issue 4.5 of Closure. Link (German, MdlI).

Three talks on manga were given at this year’s Japan-Tag in Düsseldorf on the 25th May. Link (09/05/2018, German, MdlI)

Lukas R. A. Wilde’s PhD thesis has been published as a book titled “Im Reich der Figuren: Meta-narrative Kommunikationsfiguren und die ‚Mangaisierung‘ des japanischen Alltags“. Link (17/05/2018, German, MdlI)

The Roland Faelske award for comics and animation studies is accepting nominations until the 1st July. Link (28/05/2018, German, MdlI)

Spain

Industry

A crowdfunding campaign has obtained 34000 euros to publish a graphic novel about Blas de Lezo. Link (30/05/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Obituary

The artist Julio Ribera (author of Le Vagabond des Limbes and Dracurella) passed away. Link (29/04/2018, English, EdRC)

Research

A new edition of the summer course Imágenes y migraciones del comic will take place at the University of Alcalá (Madrid) on the 27th and 28th June. Link (23/05/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

The exhibition, Astérix in Britain: The Life and Work of René Goscinny, takes place between the 10th May and 30th September at the Jewish Museum, London. Link (English, WG)

Research

There is a call for papers for the conference, Graphic Brighton 2018: Music and Comics. This free event will be held at the University of Sussex on Friday July 20th. Link (English, WG)

 

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News Review April 2018

Americas

United States

Culture

The list of nominees for the 2018 Eisner Awards has been published, which includes the category for Best Academic/Scholarly Work, amongst many others. Link (English, WG)

MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes is an exhibit at the Museum of Popular Culture (in Seattle), which runs until January 2019. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon, is now available in paperback from the University Press of Mississippi. Link (English, WG)

Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future, by Aaron Kashtan, has been published through Ohio State University Press. Link (English, WG)

Comic Book Movies, by Blair Davis, has been published by Rutgers University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, Unmasking Masculinity: Superheroes and Defeating the Power of Patriarchy. Short abstract proposals are due by the 7th May. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the conference, Kumoricon Anime and Manga Studies – ‘Intertextual Anime’, which takes place at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, between the 26th and 28th October. The deadline for proposals is the 15th July. Link (English, WG)

Vol. 48, no. 4 of Colloquia Germanica is a special issue on comics, collecting papers from the 2015 German Studies Association conference. Link (26/04/2018, German, MdlI)

Europe

Germany

Culture

Comic-Salon Erlangen is going to take place from the 31st May – 3rd June; the lifetime achievement Max und Moritz-Preis will be awarded to Jean-Claude Mézières. Link (14//04/2018, German, MdlI)

This year’s DoKomi convention is going to take place in Düsseldorf on the 19th and 20th May; guests include Zofia Garden and Martina Peters. Link (21/04/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

A lecture series on current perspectives of comics research is given in Cologne from the 11th April – 11th July. Link (02/04/2018, German, MdlI)

A Call For Papers has been published for a workshop (to take place in Berlin in September 2018) and an edited volume on “Dementia, Violence, and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Literature, Film, and Comics”; the deadline for abstracts is the 13th May. Link (10/04/2018, English, MdlI)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) has published an overview of German and Austrian university classes on comics in this summer semester. Link (12/04/2018, German, MdlI)

The summer semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 23rd April and runs until the 25th June. Link (23/04/2018, German, MdlI)

The program for this year’s conference of the German Society for Comics Studies (Cologne, 17th-19th September) has been published. Link (30/04/2018, English, MdlI)

Spain

Culture

The 36th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair took place at the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc from the 12th to the 15th April. Their annual awards winners were announced during the festival, including Best Spanish Work (Ángel de la Calle’s Pinturas de guerra), Best Foreign Work (Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) and Great Prize (Laura Pérez Vernetti). Link (15/04/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Eisner Awards nominations were announced and included seven Spanish authors in various categories (Marcos Martín, Ricard Fernández ‘Efa’, El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias, Santiago García and Javier Olivares, David Rubín). Link (27/04/2018, English, EdRC)

Industry

Tebeosfera has published its annual report on the Spanish comics industry in 2017. Link (09/04/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The 20th edition of the international comics conference Unicómic will take place at the University of Alicante from the 27th to the 29th September. Proposals can be sent until the 1st June. Link (26/04/2018, Spanish/Valencian/English, EdRC)

UK

Culture

There is a call for contributors for “Missing Panels”, a zine funded by the University of Leicester, which will carry contributions about BME individuals’ experiences with the NHS. The submission deadline is the 23rd May. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form seminar series at the University of Oxford has a series of talks running throughout May. Link (English, WG)

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for April 2018

By Julia Ingold

Finally, spring has arrived in most parts of Germany, and with it some exciting events. The summer term has just started and on our website we have again put together a list of most classes related to comics studies taught at German-speaking universities in various fields like history, literature or didactics. ComFor’s President Stephan Packard and the Comic Studies Working Group’s speaker Véronique Sina, for instance, are organizing a series of lectures at Cologne University under the title “Aktuelle Perspektiven der Comicforschung” (“Recent Perspectives in Comics Studies”). They compiled a broad program to shed some more light on the ever-expanding diversity of the field as an interdisciplinary practice. The speakers are from all different realms of the humanities (and even beyond), such as semiotics, media studies, linguistics, childhood studies, digital humanities, fan studies, sociology, narratology, political science, intersectionality studies, postcolonial studies and Japanese studies. The program intends to give students insights into the flourishing domain of comics studies and to teach them about methodology in media studies in general. For more information on this promising project visit our website.

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News Review March 2018

Americas

United States

Research

International Journal of Comic Art 19.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

The Journal of Comics and Culture Volume 2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

University of Mississippi Press has published Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, by Brian Cremins. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance has announced a call for papers for its annual conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, to be held October 20, 2018. Abstracts are due by the 10th July. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for comics for Sequentials 3, which seeks creative submissions around the theme Comics And/As/Against Fine Art. Submissions are due by the 1st June. Link (English, WG)

The State of Our Satirical Union is a two-day symposium that takes place at the University of Minnesota between the 20th and 21st April. Link (English, WG)

Panel discussions from last year’s The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo are available to view online. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, “Witnessing Made Easy! Reading Chick tracts in Context”. Abstracts and a short CV are required by the 1st May. Link (English, WG)

The Middle Spaces hosts a round table of nine different scholars discussing Image Comics’ Bitch Planet series. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Research

The University of Ghent is opening two PhD positions in Comics Studies relative to an ERC project on Children in Comics led by Maaheen Ahmed, applications are expected by May 11, 2018. Link (26/03/2018, English, BC)

France

Business

2 men have been arrested for the theft of 4000 albums of bande dessinées from bookshops in the Lyon area, over the period of a year. Link (23/03/2018, French, LT)

Culture

BD author and teacher at the École Européenne Supérieur de l’Image (EESI,,Angoulême), has died aged 60. Link (10/03/2018, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners is now shown in Bremen until the 21st April. Link (01/03/2018, German, MdlI)

Research

A Call for Papers for a conference on comics and games (Hanover, 5th – 7th November) has been published; the deadline for abstracts is the 30th April. Link (02/03/2018, English, MdlI)

An edited volume on the philosophy of Calvin and Hobbes was published. Link (26/03/2018, German, MdlI)

Poland

Culture

The exhibition, Comics Now!, focused upon Polish comics, runs until the 22nd July at the National Museum in Krakow. Link (English, WG)

Portugal

Culture

In Oporto, in the Palace Viscondes de Balsemão, an exhibition of 27 collages dedicated to comics heroes like Corto Maltese, Dick Tracy, Tintin and Asterix and Obelix will take place until the 15th April. Link (21/03/2018, Portuguese, RR)

During March and April,  a set of workshops and courses related with comics in AR.CO. Link (27/03/2018, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

The 36th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair will take place at the Fira Barcelona Montjuïc from the 12th to the 15th April. Some of the guests include Carlos Pacheco, David Lloyd, Dave McKean, Paco Roca, David Rubín and Vittorio Giardino. For the first time, their annual awards to Best Spanish work and Best breakout author have parity of representation. Link (12/03/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)

Heroes Manga Madrid will took place at Ifema from the 7th to the 8th April. Link (10/03/2018, Spanish/English, RR)

UK

Culture

The House of Illustration in London hosts an exhibition devoted to North Korean comics. Link (English, WG)

Jobs

There is a job listing for a Lecturer in Contemporary Writing and Digital Culture at Swansea University. The advert specifies interest in candidates with a specialism in graphic novels (amongst other things). The deadline to apply is 16th April. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 9.1 has been published. Link (English, WG)

Leeds Beckett University will host the Tintin Conference between the 13th and 14th June. Link (English, WG)

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FRAME:WORKS Symposium 2017 – An Illustrated Report

Authors: Mark Hibbett, Guy Lawley, Tobias J. Yu-Kiener

Images: John Miers.

FRAME:WORKS was a one-day symposium on comics held at Central St Martins (CSM) on Friday, June 16th 2017, funded by University of the Arts London (UAL) Communities of Practice as a UAL Comics Studies Network event. It was organised by Mark Hibbett, Guy Lawley and Tobias J. Yu-Kiener, with sketch-noting by John Miers.

The symposium was devised to bring together a mix of comics academics, practitioners and professionals. Grouped into four thematic sessions, the speakers discussed the nature of working within frameworks, whether artistic, conceptual, professional or legal. The organisers envisioned that the term ‘framework’ could be perceived both negatively, as limitation and restriction, and positively, as a guiding and framing structure to a project. This idea was picked up by the speakers and carried on into the chaired discussions that concluded each panel.

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