CfP: Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics (ComFor 2018, Cologne)

The conference topic Spaces Between – Gender, Diversity and Identity in Comics will draw our attention to the nexus between the medium of comics and categories of difference and identity such as gender, dis/ability, age, and ethnicity, in order to open and deepen an interdisciplinary conversation between comics studies and intersectional identity studies within the international comics studies community. In this respect, the 13th annual conference of the German Society for Comics Studies will not only contribute to the disclosure of exclusions, power structures and (hetero)normative allocations in comics, but will also critically analyse their socio‐political and communicative forms of (re)production.

Potential topics for contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • constructions of gender in comics

  • the interplay of gender and genre in comics
  • conceptions of identity and their (de)construction in comics
  • intersectionality and comics
  • the (re)production and constitution of difference and power structures in comics
  • manifestations of heteronormative structures and allocations in comics
  • mechanisms of hegemonic exclusion(s) in comics
  • queerness and comics
  • historic dimensions of identities in comics
  • diversity and normalisation processes in comics
  • race, class and ethnic stereotypes in comics
  • comics and postcolonial studies
  • body images in comics
  • representations of dis/ability in comics
  • the interrelation of comics, health and corporeality in the realm of graphic medicine
  • economies of difference: gender, identity and diversity on the (international) comics market
  • spaces between, centres and peripheries: transnationality and diversity in comics culture

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Posted by on 2018/03/15 in Gender, General


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News Review February 2018


United States


Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s is an exhibition currently on display at the Lawndale Art Center in Texas. It runs until the 25th March. Link (English, WG)


Rice University are currently piloting a project in which engineering students use comics creation to help communicate their data. Link (English, WG)


ImageTexT 9.3 has now been published online. Link (English, WG)

AMA Journal of Ethics 20.2 is a special themed issue on Graphic Medicine and Health Care Ethics. Link (English, WG)

The Will Eisner Week Comics Studies Symposium will take place at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on the 8th March. Link (English, WG)

Issue 48 of the quarterly journal, White House History, is a special issue focused upon Political Cartoons and the White House. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the panel “Heroes from the Gutter: Comics as Activism”, which is part of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference. The conference takes place in Birmingham, AL, in November. Abstract proposals for this panel are due by the 1st May. Link (English, WG)

There are CFPs for three panels, as part of the Comics and Graphic Narratives Forum, which will take place at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago in January 2019. Details of the panels, Comics Fandom in Transition; Making Comics, Making Meaning; and Graphic Medicine can be found via the link. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the panel, Beyond Manga: Comics in Asia, which will take place at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago in January 2019. Abstract proposals are due by the 15th March. Link (15/02/2018, English, WG)




According to a study by Livres Hebdo, the comics market rose by 2% in 2017, in comparison to 1.1% for books in general: the best selling book of all types was the latest Astérix BD, Astérix et la transitalique. Link (03/02/2018, French, LT)



A Kristina Gehrmann exhibition is shown in Hamburg until the 10th March. Link (08/02/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on “Manga – Bijinga – Shunga” is shown in Brunsbüttel until the 8th April. Link (12/02/2018, German, MdlI)

Three comic exhibitions are shown in Oldenburg on the 1st April, 2nd April and 6th May, respectively. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

A Nils Oskamp exhibition is shown in Büren-Wewelsburg until the 29th April. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

This year’s Animagic convention is going to take place in Mannheim from the 3rd until the 5th August; guests include Maybe. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)


The Call for Papers for this year’s ComFor (German Society for Comics Studies) conference, which is going to take place from the 17th-19th September in Cologne, has been published; the deadline for abstracts is the 1st April. Link (01/02/2018, English, MdlI)

A symposium in honour of Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff was held in Frankfurt on the 27th January. Link (15/02/2018, German, MdlI)

A comics symposium is going to take place in Karlsruhe from the 23rd – 25th March. Link (19/02/2018, German, MdlI)

An international summer school on “topographies of comics and visual narration” is going to take place in Cologne from the 27th August until the 7th September; the deadline for applications is the 15th March. Link (22/02/2018, German, MdlI)



From the 2nd of March until the 29th, the Promotional Week of Comics will take place in the D. Dinis Library in Odivelas. Entrance is free. Link (24/02/2018, Portuguese, RR)



The first edition of Heroes Comic Con València took place in Valencia from the 22 to the 24th February 2019 with more than 23.000 visitors. Link (26/02/2018, Spanish, EdRC)

A new edition of the independent and self-published comics festival GRAF will take place in Madrid from the 2nd to the 3rd March in Barcelona. Link (15/01/2018, Spanish/English, EdRC)


Antonio Fraguas de Pablo (more known as Forges), one of the most famous Spanish graphic humorists, passed away. Link (22/02/2018, Spanish, EdRC)



The University of Dundee will host of a live drawing session with the comics artist Cam Kennedy on the 6th March. Link (English, WG)


The Graphic Social Science Research Network blog has published a series of posts relating to the subject of graphic social science. Link (English, WG)

The symposium, The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore, takes place in Senate House, University of London, on the 17th March. Link (English, WG)

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for February 2018

By Lukas R. A. Wilde

It might be a little late to open the 2018 installments of our column with a “happy new year”… but nevertheless: happy new year! As usual, ComFor‘s 2018 started off with our edited lists of international comic book reading recommendations from some of our members. This time around, the participation was exceptionally high, with more than a dozen seasoned scholars, junior researchers and prolific journalists involved.

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[SIC!] 2018 – Call for Participation

[SIC!] invites graduate and postgraduate students from Art History, Classics, Comics Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Dance, English, Film, German, Japanese Literature, History, Literary Studies, Media, Music, Performance, Sound, Theatre, and related fields to apply for this international interdisciplinary program. (All sessions will be conducted in English.) Participants and faculty of [sic!] 2018 will explore perspectives on the topic Construction Sites through three themed seminars:

  • Comics & Visual Narration
  • Sound
  • Theatre Historiography


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Posted by on 2018/02/23 in General


Death to Bandes Dessinées! Long Live Hypergraphy

(Geste hypergraphique by Roberto Altmann, 1967)

by Antoine Sausverd

Translated by Annick Pellegrin

Edited by Lise Tannahill

Original publication: Sausverd, Antoine. “« À mort les bandes dessinées ! Vive l’hypergraphie ! » (Geste hypergraphique de Roberto Altmann, 1967)” TONIQUE avril 2017. Print.

For bande dessinée, the year 1967 seemed to favour formal and aesthetic experiments. After Les Aventures de Jodelle (1966), Pravda la survireuse appeared in the pages of the monthly Hara-Kiri from January to December, before being published in album format in 1968. The stylisation of shapes and the uniform solid colours were openly inspired from the pop art aesthetic. Similar to the exquisite corpse,[1] Saga de Xam by Nicolas Devil was an epic work that bore the marks of the counter cultures of its time: from chapter to chapter, the work alternated between various graphic styles, challenging established page layout norms.[2] The texts were written in three alphabets, two of which were invented and undecipherable, unless one consulted a correspondence table at the end of the work. Finally, the same year saw the release of the first situationist comics: posters and tracts reproduced bandes dessinées and replaced the content of the speech bubbles with excerpts of revolutionary political theories advocated by the Situationist International, that would play a significant role in triggering May 1968. It was also in 1967 that Geste hypergraphique, a strange album just as original as the previous ones, was published in Liechtenstein. Completely unnoticed at the time and still largely unknown to date, this “hypergraphique narration en 15 chants” [hypergraphic narration in 15 songs] was the work of a young Cuban aged 25, Roberto Altmann, who was at that point part of the lettrist group.

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