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


See the PDF for more information.

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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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News Review January 2018


United States


Osvaldo Oyola interviews comics scholar Brannon Costello. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for papers for the Comics Arts Conference that take place at Comic-Con International in San Diego between the 19th and 22nd July. Link (English, WG)

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance has announced a call for papers for its annual conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to be held October 20, 2018. The theme for this year’s Graphic Justice Discussions is ‘Law, Comics, Justice’. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for the 2018 CXC Symposium, In the Gutter: The Public Work of Comics, which will take place between the 26th and 28th September in Columbus Ohio. Proposals are due by the 18th March. Link (English, WG)




The latest Astérix album, Astérix et la transitalique, is France’s best-selling book of 2017, selling 1.6 million copies. Link (18/01/2018, French, LT)


Richard Corben has been awarded the 2018 Grand Prix at the Angouleme comics festival. Link (24/01/2018, French, LT)

BD artist Cosey has been appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French ministry of culture. Link (25/01/2018, French, LT)



The exhibition of the latest Max-und-Moritz-Preis winners had travelled on to Cologne where it was shown until the 31st January. Link (German, MdlI)

A permanent exhibition on Mosaik is shown at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition on the history of broadsheets, flyers and comic strips is shown in Berlin until the 8th April. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Robert Gernhardt exhibition is shown in Frankfurt until the 15th April. Link (09/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Birgit Weyhe exhibition opened in Leipzig on the 12th January. Link (11/01/2018, German, MdlI)

A Rudolph Dirks exhibition is going to be shown in Heide (Holstein) from the 18th February until the 22nd April. Link (18/01/2018, German, MdlI)

An exhibition of literary adaptations by high school students is shown in Kitzingen until the 15th February. Link (19/01/2018, German, MdlI)



Marc Bernabé has published his annual overview of the manga market in Spain. Link (01/01/2018, Spanish, EdRC)


The new series of the exhibition La ciudad en viñetas will show the work of Víctor Puchalski at Centro Centro, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid, from the 26th January 2018 to the 22nd April 2018. Link (10/01/2018, 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)



The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies has published a special issue about Holocaust comics, entitled “Beyond Maus: Comic Books, Graphic Novels and the Holocaust”. Link (English, WG)

The University of Glasgow has announced the Stirling Maxwell Centre seminars for spring 2018. Link (English, WG)

The TORCH Comics network at Oxford University has announced a series of comics seminars that will take place across February and March. Link (English, WG)

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Natacha: Flying Bellhop

by  Philippe Capart

Translated by Annick Pellegrin

Edited by Lise Tannahill

Original publication: Capart, Philippe. “Natacha : Groom de l’air.” La Crypte tonique nov/déc 2012: 28-34. Print.[1]

Peyo’s Gang

Peyo, Franquin, Will, Tillieux and Roba, the creative nucleus of the magazine Spirou, were buddies. Stuck at their drawing tables for long days, they occasionally needed to get together and often went out as a gang. However, Gos specifies: “But it was their… they were friends amongst themselves, as for us, we were a generation below, hey!”. There were drinking parties that sometimes made Mondays a difficult day for the team. According to Gos,

François [Walthéry] understood psychology better than I did, he had said to me “For God’s sake! Don’t come and show your drawings on Mondays, he may have partied hard on the Saturday and still be headachy, it’s not the right time to show him what we’ve done! I never show him anything on Mondays, I show him on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.” François, he’s a “clever peasant” as Peyo used to say.
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