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CFP: Translation, Localisation, Imitation, and Adaptation: Comparative Aspects in Comics Studies

The 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) is dedicated to the idea of comparative comics studies: relations and transformations within the art form that cross and bridge cultural, lingual, economic, juridical, political, and media divisions. These include referential and derivative formats such as citation, parody, pastiche, travesty, imitation, and emulation of genres, characters, and motifs, in which one comic recalls another comic, or any other medium. In all of these cases, a relation is established that connects one or more comics to others. But the scope of comparative comics studies also includes translations, transfers, adaptations, and many other kinds of metamorphosis. These take place not merely from one language to another, but also take into account changes in audience orientation, in technical and economic conditions, in legal and conventional rules, and any other co-determining circumstance that leaves its traces: on the new comic’s text, sometimes on its pictures as well, and always on the mechanisms of production, marketing, media practices, and interpretations to which comics are subjected.

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Posted by on 2019/04/15 in General

 

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News Review March 2019

Americas

United States

Research

The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and the Comics Art of Mike Mignola, edited by S.G. Hammond, has been published by SEQUART. Link (English, WG)

There is a new book series published through University of Nebraska Press – Panel by Panel: Critical Comics Studies. Link (English, WG)

There is a call for contributions to Sequentials 4 – Materiality: Drawing (on) Technologies. Creative submissions are due by the 1st June. Link (English, WG)

And Justice for All…? “Cripping” the Comic Con 2019, is a conference that takes place on the 13th April at Syracuse University. Link (English, WG)

The Middle Spaces interviews comics scholar Marcus Singer. Link (English, WG)

Europe

Austria

Research

A workshop on “Manga – Comic – visuelle Kultur. Auto|Biographische Narrative” took place in Vienna on the 5th April. Link (11/03/2019, German, MdlI)

Germany

Culture

The 7th Comic- und Mangaconvention Hamburg took place on the 16th March; guests included Kristina Gehrmann. Link (09/03/2019, German, MdlI)

This year’s Animagic convention is going to take place in Mannheim from the 2nd-4th August; guests include Kousuke Kurose. Link (22/03/2019, German, MdlI)

Anke Feuchtenberger was interviewed by Marina Rauchenbacher and Katharina Serles in Münster on the 2nd April. Link (21/03/2019, German, MdlI)

An Al Taliaferro exhibition is shown in Schwarzenbach until the 14th July. Link (22/03/2019, German, MdlI)

A Carl Barks exhibition is shown in Dortmund from the 7th April – 22nd September. Link (28/03/2019, German, MdlI)

A Simon Schwartz exhibition is shown in Berlin until the 31st August. Link (29/03/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

Summer Institute Cologne “[sic!]” on “Comics, Caricatures, and Cartoons in Comparative Perspectives” is going to take place from the 26th August – 6th September. The deadline for applications was the 22nd March. Link (04/03/2019, English, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

An exhibition of José Pires “A Portuguesa: História de um Hino” (A Portuguesa: The story of a national anthem) is taking place in Moura. The exhibition will include pages of his new comic work. Link (21/03/2019, Portuguese, RR)

In the Bedeteca of Amadora, a new space dedicated to the fanzines, collected by the comics connoisseur Geraldes Lino, has been inaugurated and is titled “Fanzineteca Geraldes Lino”. Link (27/03/2019, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Paco Roca’s exhibition El dibujado (The Drawn One) can be visited at the IVAM (Valencia) until the 30th June. The installation has been specifically designed for the walls of the museum. Link (07/03/2019, English, EdRC)

Law

Valencia Football Club has been targeted by DC comics over the use of the club’s logo for its centennial celebrations. Link (23/03/2019, English, EdRC)

Sweden

Research

A call papers has been announced for “Transnational perspectives on comic art and feminism in the Nordic countries and the Baltic Sea region”. The proposed anthology, Transnational perspectives on comic art and feminism in the Nordic countries and the Baltic Sea region, aims to explore how the relationship between comic art and feminism has been shaped by global, transnational, and local trends. Deadline for abstract submission is 15 August, 2019.. Link (30/03/2019, English, ST)

Switzerland

Culture

A Joann Sfar exhibition is going to be shown in Basel from the 6th April – 11th August. Link (25/03/2019, German, MdlI)

UK

Education

The British Library is collaborating with university partners to award PhD funding for 2 new doctoral research projects on comics starting in October 2019: “UK Digital Comics information and publishing practices: from creation to consumption”, and “Collecting UK Digital Comics: Society, Culture and Technology”. The application deadline is the 31st May. Link (English, WG)

A Master of Arts program in Comics Studies at the University of East Anglia will commence in September 2020. Link (English, WG)

Research

Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives, by Elisabeth El Refaie, has been published by Oxford University Press. Link (English, WG)

There is a new Routledge book series edited by Harriet Earle: Global Perspectives in Comics Studies. Link (English, WG)

There is a CFP for Creating Comics, Creative Comics 2019, which takes place at the University of South Wales across the 31st May and 1st June 2019. Abstracts are due by the 24th April. Link (English, WG)

The symposium, Performing and Picturing Patienthood: Exploring Graphic Illness Narratives, will take place at London College of Communication on the 4th and 5th April. Link (English, WG)

Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics, by Frederik Byrn Køhlert, has been published by Rutgers University Press. Link (English, WG)

Studies in Comics 9.2 has been published. Link (English, WG)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents: Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), William Grady (WG, UK and United States), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria, Germany and Switzerland), Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal) and Simon Turner (ST, Sweden).

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The Bi-Monthly ComFor Update for March 2019

By Natalie Veith

In March, German universities are on term break, but it is rapidly coming to a close, so we are all busy getting ready for the summer semester that starts in April, preparing for our research and teaching duties, compiling reading lists and shuffling around seminar schedules. But that is not the only thing keeping us busy these days. In the field of comics studies as well as in the general German-language comics scene, this month in particular has been eventful.

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News Review February 2019

Europe

Austria

Culture

Nextcomic Festival is going to take place in Linz, Steyr, Traun and Steyrermühl from the 14th-23rd March; speakers include Bettina Egger. Link (27/02/2019, German, MdlI)

Germany

Culture

The 8th “Hamburger Graphic Novel Tage” are going to take place from the 11th-14th March; guests include Nora Krug, Jason Lutes and Catherine Meurisse. Link (25/02/2019, German, MdlI)

Research

Essays from the Tübingen Winter School “De/Recontextualizing Characters” have been published as a special issue of the journal, Image. Link (07/02/2019, German, MdlI)

Portugal

Culture

From the 7th to the 10th March, the Coimbra BD – international exhibition of comics will take place. Authors such as Etienne Schréder, Fabio Celoni and Joana Afonso will be in attendance. Link (21/02/2019, Portuguese, RR)

Obituary

Geraldes Lino, author of the well know blog ‘Divulgando BD’ (Promoting Comics) and also one of the most passionated comics connoisseur, passed away on the 19th February, at 83 years old. Link (21/02/2019, Portuguese, RR)

Spain

Culture

Netflix has announced a tv series based on Pepe Pérez and Santiago García’s comic El Vecino. Link (06/02/2019, English, EdRC)

The Basque Government has announced a total financial aid of 105 000 euros for Basque comics and album authors, including specific sections for young women artists. Link (29/01/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

The Spanish Association of Comics Critics has published their biannual list of best comics (July-December 2018). Link (25/02/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

Research

The Aula de Cómic at the University of Valencia (with the creation of the first Chair of Comic Studies in Spain) has started its activities. Link (21/02/2019, Spanish, EdRC)

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News Editor: Simon Turner (comicsforum.newsreview@gmail.com)

Correspondents:  Enrique de Rey Cabero (EdRC, Spain), Martin de la Iglesia (MdlI, Austria and Germany) and Renata Rafaela (RR, Portugal).

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Amar Bari Tomar Bari Naxalbari: A Socio-Political Indian “Comic”

By Antarleena Basu

 

In 2015, while Paul Gravett was affirming that “the Indian graphic novel is here to stay” (Gravett), a 162-page comic/graphic novel that raised many an eyebrow for its dauntless representation of the Naxalite movement and the rise of the communist ideology across India was published in book form somewhere in Bhilai, a bustling industrial city in the state of Chattisgarh in India. The Naxalite movement, also known as the “peasant uprising”, refers to the armed struggle of the peasants against wealthy and exploitative land-owners and it was initiated by a small fraction of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led by Charu Mazumdar in a small village of West Bengal in India called “Naxalbari”; hence the name “Naxal uprising”. Titled Amar Bari Tomar Bari Naxalbari (which roughly translates from Bengali as “my house and your house is Naxalbari” and echo the popular Bengali slogan of the Naxals), Sumit Kumar’s comic was the first of its kind—it not only dares to portray the serious topic of the Naxal and communist uprising through the verbal and visual interaction of the comic mode but also experiments with a wide array of styles and techniques in the text, thereby injecting the necessary dosage of plurality that could go into the making of an Indian comic. By amalgamating the present political events with those of the past, by invoking classics as well as pop-culture and its icons, by mixing colourful pages with stark blacks and whites, among his many binaries, Kumar creates a scathing, tragic-comic narrative that almost borders on the absurd.

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Posted by on 2019/02/27 in Guest Writers

 

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