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News Review October 2017

Americas

United States

Culture

The schedule for the MICE Expo, which takes place between the 21st and 22nd October, has been published online. Link (English, WG)

Research

ImageTexT 9.2, a special issue titled “Mixing Visual Media in Comics”, has been published online. Link (English, WG)

The Comics Arts Conference is now accepting submissions of presentations and panels for its spring 2018 meeting at WonderCon in Anaheim(23rd-25th March 2018). Proposals are due by the 15th December 2017. Link (English, WG)

The Swann Foundation for caricature and cartoon research, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship. Deadline for applications is the 15th February 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for a special issue of ImageText, “Comics Read But Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics.” Submissions are due by the 28th March 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, Comics and Critical Librarianship for Academic Libraries. Abstracts are due by the 15th December. Link (03/10/2017, English, WG)

Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin, by Brannon Costello, has been published through Louisiana State University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Comics and Popular Arts Conference invites submissions for our 11th Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, which takes place between the 31st August and 3rd September 2018. Proposals are due by the 15th December. Link (English, WG)

Matthew J. Smith seeks student participants for Experience at Comic-Con, which studies fan culture at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Link (English, WG)

Asia

India

Research

The latest edition of the Indian Journal of Gender Studies is out, with a special section on Gender in the Indian Graphic Novel, published by SAGE.  Link (English, SW)

Europe

Austria

Culture

Vienna Comic Con is going to take place on the 18th and 19th November; guests include Scott Snyder, Adi Granov and Charles Soule. Link (English, MdlI)

France

Business
Auctioneer Artcurial will hold a large auction of bande dessinée related lots this November, including many Tintin originals. Link (10/10/17, French, LT)
Culture
Patrick Jusseaume, author of the bande dessinée series Tramp, has died aged 65. Link (26/10/17, French, LT)

Germany

Culture

Frankfurt Book Fair took place on the 14th and 15th October; guests included Inga Steinmetz and Melanie Schober. Link (30/09/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of politicians’ biographies by Simon Schwartz is shown at the Reichstag in Berlin until the 30th November. Link (02/10/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on Nazi Germany in comics is shown in Osthofen until the 10th December. Link (05/10/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “SICK! Kranksein im Comic / Reclaiming illness through comics”, is shown in Berlin until the 4th March 2018. Link (16/10/2017, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on comics and migration is shown in Freiburg until the 25th November. Link (16/10/2017, German, MdlI)

This year’s Wilhelm Busch Preis is awarded to Ralf König; on this occasion, a solo exhibition is shown in Wiedensahl until the 10th April 2018. Link (19/10/2017, German, MdlI)

The festival, Manga-Tag Recklinghausen, is going to take place on the 4th November; guests include Alexandra Völker and Daniela Winkler. Link (21/10/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

The German Society for Comics Studies has published an overview of German university classes on comics in this winter semester. Link (25/09/2017, German, MdlI)

There is a Call for Papers for Closure #5; the deadline for abstracts is the 1st December. Link (English, MdlI)

The program of this year’s ComFor conference (1st-3rd December in Bonn) has been published. Link (26/10/2017, German, MdlI)

The winter semester of the lecture series, Berliner Comic-Kolloquium, has begun on the 30th October 2017 and runs until the 7th February 2018. Link (30/10/2017, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 12th November, the 28th AmadoraBD2017 is taking place in the Forum Luis de Camoes in Brandoa. Link (25/10/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Lamia, by Rayco Pulido, has received the National Comic Award, the most prestigious comics award in Spain. An article was published criticizing the fact that since the creation of the prize 10 years ago it has not been awarded to a woman. Link (9/10/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat can be visited at Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, from the 18th October 2017 to the 26th February 2018. Link (01/09/2017, English, EdRC)

The independent and self-published comics festival GRAF will take place in Madrid from the 10th to the 12th November. There will be various exhibitors and workshops given by Spanish and International authors such as Nicolai Troshinsky and Peter Bagge. Link (01/10/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The University of Alicante has opened Aula de Cómic, a space to read and celebrate events related to the world of comics. Link (27/10/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

Switzerland

Culture

An exhibition of the comic Wagner is shown in Lucerne until the 30th November. Link (German, MdlI)

A Lorenzo Mattotti exhibition is going to be shown in Basel from the 11th November 2017 until the 11th March 2018. Link (30/10/2017, German, MdlI)

United Kingdom

Culture

Inks issue 19 is a special issue focused upon comics scholarship. Link (English, WG)

The 2017 Dundee Comics Prize, in association with the University of Dundee, seeks creative submissions inspired by Jonathan Swift (satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and A Modest Proposal). The prize is £300, and the submission deadline is the 19th November. Link (23/10/2017, English, WG)

Comics scholars Dr Simon Grennan (University of Chester) Dr Ernesto Priego (City, University of London) and Dr Peter Wilkins (Douglas College) have put together the open access comic Parables of Care: Creative Responses to Dementia Care, as Told by Carers. Link (English, WG)

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Spotlight on Indian Comics and Folklore

This post is guest written by Subir Dey, a Research Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.

Teenta’ means ‘Three’ in Nagamese language. All the three stories in this book are adapted from ‘the book of Naga folktales’ published by Department of Art and Culture, Nagaland. Folktales are the hidden treasure of our culture and transforming the folktales in comics format was an attempt to unearth the hidden treasure and make it more interesting. The comics presented hereby are work of hard labour, brainstorming and numerous pencil strokes, which are completed over a period of 3 Days, as part of ‘Comics-Comics! A Comics Making Workshop’ conducted by Subir Dey. The main objective of the workshop was to understand the persistence, patience and commitment required for making comics. The art styles are raw and bear certain honesty towards the stories which is rarely seen in today’s polished and flamboyant world of superheroes. The essence of the stories lies in their grounded nature. They tell the stories of spirits, tigers, stepmothers, jealousy, foolishness and so many other emotions and expressions that are part of ‘modern life’ too.

The representation of characters and environment in this book is completely imagined by the artists and may or may not bear resemblance to the Naga culture. This is due to the simple reason that giving out the message of the Naga folktales was given more priority than the exact representation of Naga culture (which would not have been possible in 3 days!).

So, enjoy some of the gems from Naga folktales.
Happy Reading!

To view these comics, please click the link below:

‘Teenta’ Naga Folktales

 
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A Space of One’s Own

How and Where Comics Cultures Flourish

by Amy Louise Maynard

 

In a Twitter thread composed in mid-June this year, creator Darryl Ayo (Little Garden) decried what he considered to be the lack of cultural spaces for independent and/or small press comics, both online and offline. According to Ayo, the demise of Google Reader and the decline of Tumblr meant that it was harder for independent creators to have a virtual ‘hub’ where their work could be found, shared and discussed:

Indie comics has a culture problem: specifically, that indie comics attaches itself to other cultures to survive. Whether it’s being driven out of the direct market shops or hitching its collective wagon too tightly to 2000-2008 era internet websites [sic]. Indie comics has the following culture problem: it attempts to survive as a symbiotic subculture but doesn’t insist on its own boundaries (Ayo, 2017).

In regards to physical spaces, Ayo pointed out that serial comics produced through the direct market system still had hubs for consumers; the comics store:

One thing that is appealing about “mainstream” comics, i.e. the North American direct market, is that there remain dedicated cultural spaces. There is a self-sustaining cultural space to go to and to be and to experience that culture. Yes, it’s a commerce space. But it fits (Ayo, 2017).

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for October 2017

by Laura Oehme

 

After a short holiday break, the ComFor editorial team is back on track and it is my pleasure to fill you in on what happened since Lukas’ last update in July. Although, three months have passed, this update is rather brief as comics studies events were expectedly scarce over the summer. The new semester, however, promises to be packed with stimulating conferences, exhibitions, publications and festivals. As ComFor editorial team, we decided to kick off the season with a post that compiles all university classes in Germany that relate to comics in the upcoming winter semester 2017/18.

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News Review September 2017

Americas

Canada

Research

There is a call for papers for the edited collection, Sexuality and Mental Illness in Comics, edited by Nancy Pedri and Irene Velentzas. 300-word abstracts are due by the 15th January 2018. Link (English, WG)

United States

Job

There is a job listing for Assistant Professor of English in Comics Studies at the University of Oregon. The deadline for applications is the 15th November. Link (English, WG)

Research

The Middle Spaces has published a call for guest writers. Link (English, WG)

The table of contents for International Journal of Comic Art 19.1 has been published online. Link (26/09/2017, English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Fourth Annual Dartmouth Illustration, Comics and Animation Conference, which takes place at Dartmouth College between the 26th and 27th May 2018. Proposals are due by the 1st December 2017. Link (14/09/2017, English, WG)

The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel, edited by Stephen E. Tabachnick, has been published by Cambridge University Press. Link (English, WG)

The Research Society of American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2016-17 Article Prize. The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between the 1st January 2016, and 31st December 2017. Details can be found via the link. Link (13/09/2017, English, WG)

There is a call for papers, Comics and Visual Culture 2018: A Conference for Student Research, which takes place on the 10th March 2018, at CSUN University Student Union. The submission deadline is 5th January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for MIND THE GAPS!: The Futures of the Field – the 1st Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society, which takes place between the 9th and 11th August 2018 at the University of Illinois. The deadline for submissions is the 1st January 2018. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for submissions for a special issue of Sequentials entitled, “Queer” as Noun, Adjective, and/or Verb. Creative submissions are due by the 1st December. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Belgium

Culture

The small-press comics festival Salon Mirage held its first edition in Brussels on the 15th to the 17th September. Link (28/08/2017, French, BC)

France

Business

A revived version of Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée, which first appeared in 1972, has been crowdfunded. Link (01/10/2017, French, LT)

Culture

Riad Sattouf’s BD Les Cahiers d’Esther will be adapted into an animated series by Canal+. Link (19/09/2017, French, LT)

Research

Ridiculosa issued a call for chapters for a special issue on comics and satirical images. Papers are due by the 15th October 2017. Link (30/08/2017, French, BC)

Germany

Culture

An exhibition of Atomino and other comics from Frösi magazine is shown in Großenhain until the 15th October. Link (15/09/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition, “Ink & Pixels”, on comics from Kenya, is now shown in Wiedensahl until the 30th November. Link (115/09/2017, German, MdlI)

The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners has travelled on to Mettmann where it is shown until the 22nd October. Link (18/09/2017, German, MdlI)

Research

There is a Call for Papers for a conference on “Graphic Realities: Comics as Documentary, History, and Journalism” in Gießen on the 22nd and 23rd February 2018; deadline for abstracts is the 3rd November 2017. Link (04/09/2017, English, MdlI)

Hungary

Culture

Between 22 September and 20 October, kArton Gallery (Budapest) hosts an exhibition of works by Dávid Cserkuti, cartoonist, illustrator, designer. Dávid won the Hungarian comics award, called Alfabéta-prize, in 2007; and currently, he takes part in creating an animated version of the popular Hungarian comics series, Dirty Fred. Link (ES, Hungarian)

From October on, Hungarian comics can be found at the newsagents again. The first monthly comics magazine containing the works of Hungarian artists only, Epicline, withdrew from the shelves after just one year in 2014. Now a new magazine, Fantomatika, is launched in Hungary and in the Hungarian-speaking parts of Romania. It is promised to give readers sci-fi comics every month. Link (ES, Hungarian)

Romania

Culture

Sibiu hosted the fifth edition of its annual International Comics Convention. The event included work by independent cartoonists from the United States and Europe, as well as workshops, exhibitions, and live drawing. Link (22/09/2017, Romanian, MP)

Portugal

Culture

Until the 6th November, the Museum Bordalo Pinheiro, together with The Lisbon Studio, is organizing the exhibition “Filhos do Manguito”, a tribute to Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro made by several Artists. The exhibition is curated by Pedro Moura. Entrance is free. Link (22/09/2017, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

40 years since the far-right terrorist attack against the satirical magazine El Papus. Link (18/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The 17th edition of Dolmen Critics’ Awards have been announced. Link (18/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

The exhibition Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat is Krazy Kat can be visited at Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, from the 18th October 2017 to the 26th February 2018. Link (01/09/2017, English, EdRC)

Industry

The website Comic Spain has been created to promote the comics industry in the country. Link (04/09/2017, Spanish, EdRC)

UK

Culture

From Batman to The Walking Dead: An Illustrator’s Life with Charlie Adlard, is a public lecture organised by Lancaster University, and will take place on the 12th October. Link (English, WG)

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