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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

IJOCA 18-2 correction in Richard Thompson article

Richard Thompson actually passed away on July 27, 2016 and not July 28 as was incorrectly stated in "Remembering Richard Thompson (1957-2016)." The author regrets the error and apologizes to IJOCA's readers.

Mike Rhode
the author

International Journal of Comic Art 18-2 Fall / Winter 2016 is out

See http://www.ijoca.com for ordering details. On a personal note, I have a remembrance of my friend Richard Thompson in it.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART
Vol. 18, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2016

Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
My Drifting Manga Life
Frederik L. Schodt
1
Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
I Am Just a Comic Book Reader Who Became Curious ...
Waldomiro Vergueiro
20
Heroism Reversed: Graphic Novels About the Great War
Sylvain Rheault
33
A Collaborative Journey: Malcolm Whyte, Troubador Press, and the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
Kim Munson
61
How the French Kickstarted the Acceptance of Comics as an Art Form in the US: the Books and Exhibitions of Maurice Horn
Kim Munson
111
A Brief History of the Translation of American Comic Strips in Pre-World War II Japan and the Origins of Contemporary Narrative Manga
Eike Exner
156
Gene Luen Yang's Graphic Bi-Bye to China/town
Sheng-Mei Ma
175
From Phylacteries to Balloons: Consequences of Epistemological Evolution in Pictorial  Representation of Discourse Support
Fabio Mourilhe
196
Food in Post-Soviet Russian Comics
Jose Alaniz
216
The Influence of Cartoon and Animation for the Elaboration of Visual Art in the Electronic Dance Music Genre
Citlaly Aguilar Campos
234
Hippies, Rogues, and Urban Losers: Subjects of the Indian Graphic Novel
Preeti Singh
258
Graphic Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice: Pastiche, Parody, and Intertextuality
Kirsten Mollegaard
280
Comics Journalism: An Interview with Josh Neufeld
Dominic Davies
299
Poetics of Sound and Death: The Function of Nature and Effects in Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
Kay K. Clopton
318
I Will Not Bow: Analysis of the Feminine Refusal of Hegel's Master-Slave Dialectic in Jnuyasha
Robyn Johnson
337
An Interview with English Comic Book Artist Arthur Ranson
Jeffery KJaehn
354
Remembering Her 50 Years in Japanese Girls' and Ladies' Comics: An Interview with Chikae Ide
Kinko Ito
367
The Neurotic Gaze: Jules Feiffer Seen Through a Feminist Lens
Amadeo Gandolfo
384
Violence Representation in Horror Comic Books
Edilaine Correa
403
Remembering Richard Thompson (1957-2016)
Mike Rhode
417
How Realism is Shaping Korean Webtoons
Alyssa Kim
421
"YES SIR!" 50 Years of Nationalism and the lndo-Pak War in Narayan Debnath's Bnatul the Great
Sourav Chatterjee
434
Fiction, Transmedia Storytelling, and Cartoons: The Life and Death of Re Bordosa
Luiza Lusvarghi
453
How a Shojo (a Japanese Girl) Transcends National Borders Through an Incestuous Body: Shojo Manga from the 1970s to the 2000s
Fusami Ogi
463
An Interview with Comic Book Artist Paul Gulacy
Jeffery KJaehn
479
Writing the Picture: Ramayana Narrative in a Graphic Novel Form
Varsha Jha (Singh)
488
The Next Generation of Comics Researchers
The Visual Ideograph: The Advent and Departure of the Abu Ghraib "Hooded Specter"
Joseph Hancuch
504
(YA)ru, (O)kasu, (I)kaseru: Do Him, Rape Him, Make Him Cum: Rape, Loss, and the Silence of Queer Identity in Boys Love Manga
Zac Clifton
516
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
531
Book Reviews
Jose Alaniz
John A. Lent
534
Portfolio
540



Monday, September 12, 2016

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART 18-1 Table of Contents

The current issue is shipping now and subscribers should receive it soon.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART
Vol. 18, No. 1 Spring/Summer 2016

Calvinball: Sport, Imagination and Meaning in Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes
Jeffrey 0. Segrave and John A. Cosgrove
1
Mali & Werner's Mike: Underground Sensibility in a German Advertising Comic
Paul M. Malone
14
The Meanings of Comics
Chris Gavaler
36
Founding a Dynasty and an Art-Form: John Doyle (1797-1868)
Richard Scully
60
Tactility Meets Visuality: Race, Sexuality, and Texture in Howard Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby
Ashley Manchester
103
Forbidden Readings: The British Parliamentary Debate on "American-Style" Comic Books
Ignacio Fernandez Sarasola
118
Corruption Among the Cats: Hypocrisy Exposed by Liao Bingxiong
Linn A. Christiansen
138
Eye/I: Rodolphe Topffer's Style and the Concept of Graphiation
Charlotte Pylyser
157
Art and Science in Pere Joan's Nocilla Experience (2011)
Benjamin Fraser
169
Comics as Borderlands: The Asymmetrical Relations of Power in La Perdida, by Jessica Abel
Thayse Madella
196
An Independent Production: Comics in Paraiba (1963-1991) Regina Maria Rodrigues Behar
Waldomiro Vergueiro
211
Traces of Mauritian Origins and National Identity in Two Mauritian Comics
Aurelie Meilin Pottier
240
Syntax of Sound Symbolic Words: A Study of the Hindi Comic Books in India
Subir Dey and Prasad Bokil
260
Migration of Comics Onomatopoeia to Other Supports
Thiago de Almeida Castor do Amaral
278
Burma's Loudspeaker
An exclusive report by The Surreal McCoy
293
Grim Reapers and Shinigami: Personifications of Death in Comics and Manga
Marc Wolterbeek
297
Economy of the Comic Book Author's Soul
Nathaniel Goldberg and Chris Gavaler
331
Si Jin Kwi's Comic by Otto Suastika (Siauw Tik Kwie)
Toni Masdiono and lwan Zahar
355
Revenge, Roads, and Ronin: Finding the Weird West in Contemporary Japanese Anime
Joseph Christopher Schaub
368
Kenya's Kham and His Multi-Faceted Career
Msanii Kimani wa Wanjiru
379
Caricaturing lmran Khan during His Anti-Electoral-Rigging Campaign in Pakistan - Naveed Iqbal Chaudhry
Amna Ashraf
392
Hong Kong Comics after the Mid-1990s
Matthew M. Chew, Boris L. Pun, and Kofi P. Chan
416
It Started With A Kiss: Reframing Superheroines' Visual Narratives
Chadwick L. Roberts and Anita K. McDaniel
434
The "Not So Dark" World of the Dark Knight
Rima Bhattacharya
458
History and Philosophy of Manga Translation in North America
Katherine Lundy
477
Cultural Revolutions and Stylistic Evolutions or, Reboots and Remakes: A Conversation with Derf
Janis Breckenridge
493
Character Consumption and Character Industries in Japan
Zhiyu Zhang, Feng Su, Chang Fengxia
506
    The Next Generation of Comics Scholarship
Huang Yao's Roar of the Nation I (1938): Multi-media Approach to Wartime Cartooning
Harrison Douglass
525
Two Frameworks for the Interpretation of Metaphoric and Literal Size Depictions in Comic Books
Christopher Crawford and Igor Juricevic
561
    An Essay
Exploring Wakanda: Black Superheroes, Comic Books, and Persistent Tropes
Douglas Clarke
585
    A Preliminary Study
Feminine Representation in Misty: Brazilian and American Editions
Daniela Marino
594
It's a MAD World After All: Confessions of a MAD Collector
Jason Levine
602
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
608
Book Reviews
David Kunzle
John A. Lent
Kirsten Mollegaard
Lim Cheng Tju
613
Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Mike Rhode
Ayanna Dozier
Janis Breckenridge
627

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Scratchy sketchbook drawings, doodlings, exquisite caricatures and humorous paintings": Reviewing Richard Thompson's last books


by John A. Lent, publisher and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Comic Art. This
review will appear in print in the Spring/Summer 2016 IJOCA issue later this summer.



Apatoff, David, Nick Galifianakis, Mike Rhode, Chris Sparks, and Bill Watterson. The Art of Richard Thompson.  Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 2014. 224 pp. $35. ISBN 978-1-4494-4795-3.

*Thompson, Richard and Mike Rhode (editor). The Incompleat Art of Why Things Are (preview edition).  Arlington, VA: Comics DC, 2015. 179pp.
*Thompson, Richard, with Mike Rhode and Chris Sparks.  Compleating Cul de Sac, Asheville, NC: Team Cul de Sac & Arlington, VA: Comic DC, 2015. 146 pp.

            Richard Thompson, who has had exalted praise heaped upon him from the likes of Arnold Roth, Pat Oliphant, and Edward Sorel, figured as the subject or author of three books since 2014*, on all of which, IJOCA exhibitions and media reviews editor Mike Rhode was a main sparkplug.  For at least two decades, Mike has enriched comic art and its scholarship through his many bibliographies, resource aid to researchers (check out acknowledgements in books by comics researchers and you are likely to see Mike’s name), and interviews with cartoonists published in his online Comics DC, IJOCA, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere.
            Mike is a close friend of Thompson, recognized by Richard sometimes in jest, such as when he signed a copy of his book for Mike: “to my friend, chauffeur, source, & #1 stalker.”  I assume the “stalker” label has to do with Mike’s hounding him to gather together in books the abundance of strips, gag cartoons, humorous drawings, and paintings Richard has penned over the years.
            With The Art of Richard Thompson, Mike was part of a team of editors that also included David Apatoff, Nick Galifianakis, Chris Sparks, and Bill Watterson.  In the credits, Mike is listed as “Editor, Project Coordinator, and Copy Editor.”  Mike’s key role was noted with a touch of humor in Galifianakis’s “Introduction”: “…Mike was called in to focus our collective ADHD.  He took to the job, maybe too well, eventually nicknaming himself ‘The Enforcer.’  He’s been superb.  We will never speak to him after this, but he has been superb.”   Mike was sole editor and his Comics DC co-publisher of The Incompleat Art of Why Things Are and co-editor with Chris Sparks of Compleating Cul de Sac.  Comics DC also co-published Compleating Cul de Sac. 
            Now, to Richard Thompson and the books under review.
Thompson's original art for IJOCA
            Richard Thompson is best known for his “Cul de Sac” comic strip that was nationally syndicated for five years in 150 newspapers.  Starring four-year old Alice Otterloop and her eight-year-old brother Petey, the strip dealt with their relationship and the foibles of living the suburban life.  Thompson retired the strip in September 2012, three years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
            Richard Thompson’s genius has been spread over different forms and genres (magazine, book, and newspaper illustration, comic strips, caricature, humorous paintings) and shared by an assortment of audiences during his long stints with periodicals such as The New Yorker, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and National Geographic.  He is much respected by other artists for his widespread knowledge, whimsical drawings, articulate use of words, and experimentation with styles and formats.   
            The Art of Richard Thompson captures the life and career of the artist through interviews or discussions with Galifianakis, Peter de Sève, Gene Weingarten, and John Kascht, and essays by Thompson himself and Apatoff.  The book is attractively designed with hundreds of Thompson’s art works, including scratchy sketchbook drawings, doodlings, exquisite and wall-displayable caricatures and humorous paintings, parodies of other masters’ work (e.g. “Little Neuro in Slumberland”), regularly published strips (“Cul de Sac,” “Richard’s Poor Almanac(k)”), and one-shot (sometimes rhyming), multi-panel, nonsense-filled “instructive” comics.  Some cartoons could easily serve as editorial cartoons.  Acclaimed illustrator John Cuneo summed up Thompson’s art very well:

Everything in a Richard Thompson drawing is funny--each line is put down with a caricaturist’s eye and cartoonist’s vigor.  It’s a rare and daunting thing to pull off; a sofa in a room is somehow drawn ‘funny’ the same way the person sitting on it is.  And also the dog, the side table, the lamp, the vase of flowers, the teacup and the lettering--everything gets filtered through a visual sensibility that’s grounded in exquisite draftsmanship and giddy comic exaggeration.  It becomes a wholly realized world--and it’s delightful. 
           
            The prose of The Art of Richard Thompson suits the drawings: casual, to the point, and sometimes meant to be funny.  Half (9) of the sub-chapters were written by Thompson; three others were interviews with him.  Thompson’s articles recounted all types of subjects--his new favorite nib, music, caricaturing Berlioz, thinking up a funny name for his “Cul de Sac” family, and the circumstances surrounding his doing a drawing during a Deep Brain Stimulation surgical procedure performed on him. 
            The Incompleat Art of Why Things Are and Compleating Cul de Sac are part of Mike Rhode’s continuing efforts to fill out the Richard Thompson story.  “Why Things Are” was a weekly column by Joel Achenbach in The Washington Post, which Thompson illustrated with a cartoon.  In the foreword to the book, Achenbach said he would pose a question for the column and Thompson would come up with an hilarious drawing.  An example: The question--Why is time travel impossible?  The illustration-- a man in a time machine hovering over Adam and Eve and the snake and disappointedly bellowing, “Oops! Too Late.”  Or, “Why do we presume that human meat tastes worse than, say, cow meat or pig meat?”  Thompson’s image--a meat counter called “Downer Pass Gourmet” with a butcher standing next to meats called “Franks,” “Chuck,” and “Steak Diane.” 
            Compleating Cul de Sac supplements Thompson’s The Complete Cul de Sac, which Rhode and Sparks explain is not complete, because Thompson was ill while compiling the book and “accidentally left out some strips,” actually more than 100.  Compleating Cul de Sac collects the “lost” strips, as well as “the early inchoate musings about what the strip should be, the promotional material, the sketches for fans, and finally some fugitive Team Cul de Sac charity art,” the latter to benefit the fight against Parkinson’s Disease.  As with the other two books above, Compleating Cul de Sac is a rich compendium of brilliant art going back to his high school newspaper strip, “Fleabag Theater,”  Thompson interviews with Rhode and John Read, three live Post website chats Thompson participated in, and, of course, the missing “Cul de Sac” strips. 
            Together or apart, these books provide hours of enjoyment at the same time that they describe in an interesting fashion how a top-level artist got to where he is, how he generates ideas, characters, and strips, and how he copes with adversities.  Rhode and the others responsible for compiling this material have done a great service not just to Thompson’s name, but also to comic art practitioners, those waiting in the shadows to become cartoonists, and to the growing field of comics scholarship.  


            *Both Compleating Cul de Sac and The Incompleat Art of “Why Things Are” are no longer available from Lulu.com.  Instead, Lost Art Books under Joseph Procopio has undertaken The Richard Thompson Library project and will be publishing editions of them this fall.  Compleating Cul de Sac will be published in a second, substantially expanded edition with additional interviews and recently-unearthed artwork. After these two volumes, other books are projected in the series -- one on caricature by Thompson, pulled together by Scott Stewart, another collecting the best of his comic strip “Richard's Poor Almanac” compiled by Rhode, and likely a Thompson sketchbook.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IJOCA Spring/Summer issue delayed

The Spring/Summer 2016 (Vol. 18, No. 1) issue of IJOCA has been delayed in production.

We expect to ship it at the beginning of September 2016.

We are very sorry and thank you sincerely for your patience.

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for 18:2 (Fall/Winter 2016) has been extended until August 31, 2016.

We expect the Fall/Winter 2016 issue to ship in December.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Superhero Identities Symposium CFP with Henry Jenkins, Paul Dini, and Hope Larson ­ 8-9 December 2016 Melbourne (ACMI)



Just Announced Keynote Speakers and Industry Guests (more details below):

 

Professor Henry Jenkins – Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at University of Southern California and the author of landmark fan and transmedia research including Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

 

Paul Dini – Writer of the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, best-selling video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the Eisner Award-winning comic Mad Love

 

Hope Larson – Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist (A Wrinkle in Time), co-creator of Boom! Comics' Goldie Vance, and writer of DC Comics new reimagining of Batgirl

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Superhero Identities Symposium

 

Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) – Melbourne, Australia – 8-9 December 2016

 

It is hard to imagine a time when superheroes have been more pervasive in popular culture. As one of our most beloved folkloric traditions these costume-clad adventurers have become a means to negotiate and articulate identities in response to fictional heroes. Superhero identities range from those that symbolise a nation, to web communities that use cosplay to challenge gender roles, and the people of a city coming together under the banner of a caped crusader. This symposium will examine the many intersections between superheroes and identity. From big screen heroes to lesser-known comic book vigilantes and real-life costumed heroes, the symposium will include papers that consider superheroes across all eras and media platforms

 

We are inviting submissions for individual research papers of 20 minutes as well as pre-formed panels. Proposal topics might include, but are not limited to, the following areas: 

 

Super-Activism

One of the central tenets of the superhero story is the transition of unassuming civilians into costume-clad heroes. This narrative is not confined to the comic book page as the people of San Francisco demonstrated when they came together to realise the adventures of Batkid. Proposals are invited that consider how superheroes have become icons of activism and community engagement.

 

National and Regional Identities

Comic books are often considered an American form, and the medium's most popular character, the superhero, did much to affirm that link with dozens of star-spangled heroes created during the industry's Golden Age. However, the superhero has been reimagined in a range of contexts to respond to local cultures, politics, and traditions. Papers that consider how superheroes engage with national and regional identities are welcome.

 

Secret Identities

The masquerade and imaginative possibilities of superheroes, coupled with their high concept settings, have allowed these characters to engage with issues and interests that were often difficult to tackle in more "grounded" stories. Papers that consider how superheroes address topics such as gender, sexuality, and ethnicity are invited.

 

Audiences, Fans, and Superheroes

Whether it is t-shirts adorned with a familiar logo or convention cosplay and fan fiction, superheroes compel participation. We encourage papers that examine the range of this engagement from casual movie audiences to avid consumers.

 

Supervillains

The supervillain is often understood as the hero's dark double. This symposium welcomes papers that consider the identities of the supervillains, and their relationship to the above topics.

 

The Superhero Identities symposium is organised by the Superheroes & Me research team – Angela Ndalianis (University of Melbourne), Liam Burke (Swinburne University of Technology), Elizabeth MacFarlane (University of Melbourne), Wendy Haslem (University of Melbourne), and Ian Gordon (National University of Singapore)  – and supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

 

Proposals of 250-300 words for individual presentations or full panels, as well as any queries, should be sent to wburke@swin.edu.au by June 24, 2016, along with a 150-word bio.

 

 

Keynote Speakers and Industry Guests

 

Professor Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins joined USC from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Peter de Florez Professor in the Humanities. He directed MIT's Comparative Media Studies graduate degree program from 1993-2009, setting an innovative research agenda during a time of fundamental change in communication, journalism and entertainment.

 

As one of the first media scholars to chart the changing role of the audience in an environment of increasingly pervasive digital content, Jenkins has been at the forefront of understanding the effects of participatory media on society, politics and culture. His research gives key insights to the success of social-networking websites, networked computer games, online fan communities and other advocacy organizations, and emerging news media outlets.

 

Paul Dini

Paul Dini is the Emmy, Eisner, and Annie Award-winning writer of some of the most popular superhero stories ever across animation, film, comics, and games. He is co-creator of the Batman: The Animated Series and related shows and films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond. While working on Batman, Dini co-created fan favourite character Harley Quinn who makes her film debut in August's Suicide Squad. Moving to games, Dini is the writer of the best-selling Batman: Arkham Asylum game.

 

His 2016 graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story is a harrowing and eloquent autobiographical tale of Dini's courageous struggle to overcome a desperate situation.

 

Other credits include ABC's Lost, Star Wars spin-offs Ewoks and Clone Wars, Tiny Toons Adventures, Animaniacs, Freakzoid!, Ultimate Spider-Man, DC Comics Harley Quinn, Superman: Peace on Earth, and Mad Love.

 

Hope Larson

Hope Larson is the New York Times bestselling author of six graphic novels, notably her graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and co-creator of Boom! Comics' Goldie Vance. Forthcoming projects include two graphic novels, Compass South and Knife's Edge (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and, starting in July 2016, a reimagining of DC Comics' Batgirl. Her short comics have been published by the New York Times, Vertigo, and in several anthologies, including Flight and DC Comics' Gotham Academy Yearbook.

 

In addition to her comics work, Larson has explored filmmaking. She is the writer and director of two short projects. Bitter Orange, starring Brie Larson, James Urbaniak and Brendan Hines, is a tale of crime in 1920s Hollywood. Did We Live Too Fast is a Twilight Zone-inspired music video created for Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan the Automator's band, Got A Girl; it was used as the centerpiece of their 2015 tour.

 

Larson has been nominated for cartooning awards in the US, Canada and Europe, and is the recipient of a two Eisner Awards and an Ignatz. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Los Angeles.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART Vol. 17, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2015 table of contents

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART Vol. 17, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2015

"NY 101" New York City According to Brian Wood
Martin Lund
1
Desert (E)Scapes: Cinematic Visions in Road Story
Janis Breckenridge
John Gardner
34
GANTZ Interpreted from Two Critical Perspectives
Motoko Tanaka
49
"The Good Duck Artist": How Carl Barks Changed Comics
Tom Speelman
67
A la recherche du chien perdu: Watch Dogs, Memory, and Mourning in Recuerdos de perrito de mierda (Shitty Little Dog Memories)
Ryan Prout
82
The Foundations of the Anglo-American Tradition of Political Satire and Comic Art: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Richard Scully
98
An Alternative History of Canadian Cartoonists
Dominick Grace
133
Alberto Breccia: Memoirs of Resistance and the Ethos of Reading
Aarnoud Rommens
162
Fatal Attractions: AIDS and American Superhero Comics, 1988-1994
Sean A. Guynes
177
Conceptualizing the Freedom of the Press in Chinese Political Cartoons
James Yi Guo
217
Little Princess and the Mayor: Evaluating Cartoons on a Sex Scandal
Mike Lloyd
238
A Comment on the Impact of Cartoon Art on Social and Political Events with a Special Reference to the Case of Turkey
Levent Gonenc and Levent Cantck
256
Chasing the American Dream: Gender, Race, and Identity in American Born Chinese and Shortcomings
Kirsten Mollegaard
275
Revenant Landscapes in The Walking Dead
Julia Round
295
"We are the walking dead": Zombified Spaces, Mobility, and the Potential for Security in Post-9/11 Zombie Comics
Jessika 0. Griffin
309
The Glimmering Glow of Comic Art Amidst the Blinding Glitter of the United Arab Emirates
John A. Lent
329
Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
A Comics Studies Pioneer In Portugal: Antonio Dias de Deus
Domingos lsabelinho
346
'Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
"Struggling Independently to Understand the World": My Career in Comics Scholarship and Creation
Leonard Rifas
362
The Comic Book Film Adaptation --A Panel Discussion with Torn Brevoort, Joe Kelly, Michael E. Uslan, and Mark Waid
Liam Burke
375
Talibanization in Pakistan -- An Uneasy Subject for Editorial Cartoonists
Naveed Iqbal Chaudhry
Amoa Ashraf
395
The Next Generation of Comics Scholars
The System ls in The System: Researching the Visualization of Abstract Systems in Peter Kuper's Graphic Novel The System
Luka Hamacher
421
A Brief Introduction to Some Iranian Women Cartoonists and Their Works
John A. Lent
441
Surface Race Resolution: Race Commodification in Marvel Premiere's Series Featuring Black Panther
Danielle Cochran
457
Images of African Americans in the Golden Age of Comics (1939-1965)
William H. Foster Ill
478
Batul: The Great Disciplinarian
Sourav Chatterjee
492
The Translation Practices of Manga Scanlators
Matteo Fabbretti
509
Manga and Silent Film: Building a Bridge Between Modern Gitaigo, Giongo, and the Benshi
Kay K. Clopton
530
There's Life in Other Systems: The Comic Character Outside Narratives
Joiio Batista Freitas Cardoso
Roberto Elisio dos Santos
547
Sequential Images, the Page, and Narrative Structures
Jakob F. Dittmar
561
Visual Character and Context of Put On (1931-1965): The First Indonesian Comics
Toni Masdiono and Iwan Zahar
572
Sinann Cheah Interview
Philip Smith
586
An Interview with Canadian Webcornic Creator Becka Kinzie
Jeffery Klaehn
591
I Don't Know, Give It a Try, See What Happens
Mark Anderson
600
Digital Comic Adaptation and Adjustment: Conceptual Boundaries in Comic Book Recognition
Damien Tomaselli

Resources
612
Remembrances
John A. Lent
632
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
634
Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Mike Rhode
A. David Lewis
David Hyman
Leslie Gailloud
641
Dromkeen -A New Australian Cartoon Museum
Rolf Heimann
650
<Portfolio>
655

Monday, February 15, 2016

16th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition (Theme and Regulations)




Here are the rules and regulations:

1. The theme for the 16th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: 

The "right" to be forgotten

In a 2014 decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, a Spanish lawyer was granted the right to have a previous brush with justice deleted from Google search on his name. 
While protection of one's privacy is an essential right, erasing public records could have untold consequences.
Could this decision jeopardize the reliability of the Internet and make research by journalists and historians impossible?
Could this precedent lead to the breakdown of the Internet and the creation of national networks vulnerable to state censorship?


2. Prizes: three prizes will be given: a first prize of $1000 plus a Certificate from Canadian UNESCO, second and third prizes of $500. All sums are in Canadian dollars. Ten additional cartoons will receive an 'Award of Excellence,' Regrettably no financial remuneration accompanies the Awards of Excellence.

3. Only one cartoon will be accepted from each cartoonist. It may be either in color or black and white and must not have won an award.

4. The size of the cartoon should not exceed A4; 21 by 29.2 cm; or 8.50 by 11 inches.

5. The name, address, telephone number and a short biography of the cartoonist must be included in the submission.

6. The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom shall have the rights to use any of the cartoons entered in the Competition for promotion of our Editorial Cartoon Competition and World Press Freedom Day. 

7. The winners of the Cartoon Competition will be announced at the World Press Freedom Day Luncheon held at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday May 3, 2016 as well as being advised by e-mail. The winner's names and their cartoons will be posted on the CCWFP web site.

8. The winning cartoons will be exhibited at the luncheon.

The deadline for receipt of cartoons is 5 p.m. GMT, Friday, April 1, 2016.
Send submissions by e-mail to : info@ccwpf-cclpm.ca
Cartoons should be in jpeg format at 300 dpi 


Saturday, February 13, 2016

IJOCA 17-2 is out

I received my copy of IJOCA 17-2 today. It's got 663 pages. Article topics include Carl Barks, African-American images in comics, Antonio Dias de Deus, comics movies, Indonesia, AIDS, China, GANTZ, British prints, Canadian cartoonists, Brian Wood, the UAE, zombies, scanlation and a bunch of other stuff. Mark Anderson of Andertoons also reprises his how to make money with cartoons talk from the 2015 National Cartoonist Society meeting.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Library of Congress' Swann Foundation is accepting fellowship applications


The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship, one of the few in the field, for the 2016-2017 academic year. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2016. For criteria, guidelines, and application forms, please see:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/swann-fellow.html

 

Please email swann@loc.gov or call (202) 707-9115 if you have questions.

 



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CFP: Comics of Roberto Fontanarrosa

(posted at the request of the editors)


Call for book chapter proposals: Todo Fontanarrosa: la obra de un completo humorista / All Fontanarrosa: The Work of a Complete Humourist

Editors: Dr Celina Bortolotto (Massey University, New Zealand) and Dr Annick Pellegrin (University of Mauritius)

Contact email: fontanarrosaproject@gmail.com

 

When the Argentine Roberto Fontanarrosa passed away in 2007, a national day of mourning was declared and his funeral was attended by thousands. Although Fontanarrosa was much loved and both the man and his works have received public recognition time and again, there are very few published academic works on his œuvre to this day. This proposed anthology seeks to fill this gap by paying attention to Fontanarrosa's work as a whole.

 

We therefore invite papers in English, Spanish or Portuguese that consider any aspect of Fontanarrosa's œuvre, including but not limited to:

 

-          short stories and novels

-          comics

-          cinema and theatre

-          interviews and public addresses (such as his famous speech on "Las malas palabras")

 

Abstracts of 1000 words and a short CV should be sent to fontanarrosaproject@gmail.com by 31 December 2015 for consideration. Please write your family name(s) and "Fontanarrosa project" in the subject line. If accepted, full papers will be due on 31 May 2016.

 

 

 

 

Llamado a propuestas de contribuciones para edición académica: Todo Fontanarrosa: la obra de un completo humorista / All Fontanarrosa: The Work of a Complete Humourist

Editores: Dra. Celina Bortolotto (Massey University, Nueva Zelanda) y Dra. Annick Pellegrin (Universidad de Mauricio)

Contacto: fontanarrosaproject@gmail.com

 

Cuando el argentino Roberto Fontanarrosa falleció en el año 2007, el país declaró duelo nacional y miles de admiradores asistieron a su funeral. Si bien este humorista es muy querido y recordado y su trabajo ha recibido múltiples reconocimientos, a la fecha existen muy pocas publicaciones académicas sobre su obra. La propuesta de esta antología es suplir esta falta al considerar en profundidad la producción de Fontanarrosa en su conjunto.

 

Por ello invitamos artículos académicos en español, inglés o portugués que consideren cualquier aspecto de la obra de Fontanarrosa, incluyendo pero no limitándose a:

 

-          narrativa (cuentos y novelas)

-          historietas

-          cine y teatro

-          entrevistas y presentaciones (como la tan conocida sobre "Las malas palabras")

 

Las propuestas de hasta 1.000 palabras deberán enviarse a: fontanarrosaproject@gmail.com antes del 31 de diciembre de 2015, incluyendo una breve biografía del/a autor/a. Favor de escribir su(s) apellido(s) y "Proyecto Fontanarrosa" en el asunto de su correo electrónico. De ser aceptados, los capítulos deberán presentarse en versión final antes del 31 de mayo de 2016.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ICAF CFP and Lent Scholarship




CALL FOR PAPERS:

ICAF: International Comic Arts Forum, 14-16 April 2016

<http://www.internationalcomicartsforum.org>

 

14-16 April 2016

University of South Carolina, Columbia

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites proposals for scholarly papers for its eighteenth annual meeting, to be held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, from Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, 2016. Confirmed guests include comics artists Howard Cruse, Keith Knight, Cece Bell, and Prof. Michael Chaney of Dartmouth College.

The deadline to submit proposals is November 6, 2015.

ICAF welcomes original proposals from diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives on any aspect of comics or cartooning, particularly studies that reflect an international perspective. Studies of aesthetics, production, distribution, reception, and social, ideological, and historical significance are equally welcome, as are studies that address larger theoretical issues linked to comics or cartooning, for example in image/text studies or new media theory.

Among the thematic panels we hope to offer are Comics and the American South, Digital and Online Comics, and Superheroes; proposals are especially welcome in these areas.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES: ICAF prefers argumentative, thesis-driven papers that are clearly linked to larger critical, artistic, or cultural issues; we avoid presentations that are summative or survey-like in character. We only accept original 20-minute papers that have not been presented or accepted for publication elsewhere. Presenters should assume an audience versed in comics and the fundamentals of comics studies. Where possible, papers should be illustrated by relevant images on PowerPoint. Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

REVIEW PROCESS: All proposals will be subject to blind review. Due to high interest in the conference, in recent years ICAF has typically been able to accept only about half of the proposals received.

SEND ABSTRACTS (with contact information, including state, province, or country of residence in the body of the email) by 6 November 2015, to C.W. Marshall, ICAF Academic Program Director, via email at <toph.marshall@ubc.ca>.

Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged. Applicants should expect to receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by December 14, 2015.

ICAF also sponsors the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies. This scholarship is awarded to a current student who has authored, or is in the process of authoring, a substantial research-based writing project about comics. Applications for this scholarship are due by 8 January 2016. For more information and details of the application process, please visit our website. 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Michigan State University's Comic Book Collection featured on podcast


Michigan State University's Comic Book Collection.

Comic Time (August 14 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLGUVf2_e-0&feature=youtu.be


A 75-minute look at the collection headed by Randy Scott.

Friday, July 17, 2015

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMIC ART 17:1 (Spring 2015) Table of Contents

The new 675-page issue is out now. Available for order at http://www.ijoca.com

Visual Language: Neil Cohn and Kent Worcester in Conversation
Neil Cohn and Kent Worcester
1
From lcono-Iinguistic Unity to Semiotic Continuity: An Alternative Description of Semiotic Repertoire of Comics
Hubert Kowalewski
24
Origins and Definitions: Arguments for a Non-Essentialist Approach
Hannah Miodrag
45
Comic Composition; or When Kierkegaard and Cartoon Art Took to the Streets
Louise C. Larsen
57
The Archive as Comic: Aleksandar Zograf's "Polovni svet" and Post-Yugoslav Serbia
Paul Morton
74
Terry Hirst: The Renowned Trailblazer Editorial Cartoonist and Comics Author in Kenya
Msanii Kimani wa Wanjiru
90
The Waking Life of Winsor McCay: Social Commentary in A Pilgrim 's Progress by Mr. Bunion
Kirsten A. McKinney
117
An Australian Comic Breakthrough:Craig San Roque's The Long Weekend in Alice Springs. Adapted and drawn by Joshua Santospirito
Richard Scully and Joshua Santospirito
131
The 19th Oddity of Yunnan: Propaganda and Memory in Li Kunwu and Philippe Otie's Graphic Novel A Chinese Life
Nick Stember
149
Into the Present, by Way of a Non-Existent Past: Breccia, Trillo, and Alvar Mayor
Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste
181
Daumier's Deadline: Expedited Expressiveness and Franco-Belgian Cartooning
David Allan Duncan
197
Avant-Garde Abirached
Mark McKinney
210
The Self-named "Fool-in-chief": Cameroon's Hard-hitting Cartoonist, Nyemb Popoli
John A. Lent
246
Landscapes of Trauma in Grenier and Austini's Rwanda 1994
Jennifer Anderson Bliss
257
Against a "Tradition of the New": Architectural Criticism in Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor's Batman: Death by Design (2012)
Gorana Tolja
272
Bob Staake: "I don't Like the term cartoonist at all ... "
Michael Rhode
287
Leading British Politicians in The Times' and The Guardian's Cartoons 2010-2013
Monika Nowicka and Janusz Kazmierczak
299
Crossing the Line: Offensive and Controversial Cartoons in the 21st-Century -- "The View from Australia"
Richard Scully
336
UNMAD and Bangladeshi Cartooning: A Socio-Cultural Journey with a Bitter Sense of Humor
Mehedi Haque
358
The Mediated Appeal of Kawaii "Cute" Mascot Characters in Japanese Consumer Culture: A Case of Kumamon
Michael L. Maynard
367
Malay Pendekar: Silat Warrior in the Malaysia Graphic Novel
Muhamad Azhar Abdullah
395
Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
Oscar Steimberg and the Origins of Comics Studies in Argentina
John A. Lent and Pablo Turnes
405
German Comics after Unification: The Politics of Anke Feuchtenberger's Feminist Aesthetics
Elizabeth Nijdam
417
Comics Exhibitions in Contemporary France: Diversity and Symbolic Ambivalence
Jean-Matthieu Meon
446
The Gradual Nationalization of Comic Strips in Brazilian Newspapers
Paulo Ramos
465
Matt Wuerker on the Cartoonists Rights Network International
Michael Rhode
478
From Corporate to Collaborative Comics in India
Jeremy Stoll
483
Comics and Journalism: Witnessing the World with Pen and Paper
Joost Pollmann
500
Bandas Orientales: Una Experiencia de Historieta Historica Digital en el Marco Del Plan Ceibal
Maria Victoria Saibene Lopez
505
Comicvoice: Theory and Application
John Baird
517
Considering the Perception of Time and Sequential Images in Digital Comics
Davey Sams
540
Teaching Graphic Novels and Manga at the University
Marc Wolterbeek
557
Measuring the Impact of Free Comic Book Day in Singapore
Philip Smith
569
The Motif of the Wound in Attack on Titan
Asuka Yamazaki
583
Personal Remembrances: Interviews with Seven Recently-Deceased Giants in Cartooning and Animation
John A. Lent
598
Vins: Chronicler of Life and Times
Mrinal Chatterjee and Triambak Sharma
631
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
634
Book Reviews
Kirsten M0llegaard
Philip Smith
Andrew Lesk
John A. Lent
639
Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Michael Rhode
David Robertson
Nick Nguyen
Michael Hill
649