International Journal of Comic Art blog
News about the premier academic journal devoted to all aspects of cartooning and comics -- the International Journal of Comic Art (ISSN 1531-6793) published and edited by John Lent.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, September 12, 2016
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
Mali & Werner's Mike: Underground Sensibility in a German Advertising Comic
Paul M. Malone
The Meanings of Comics
Founding a Dynasty and an Art-Form: John Doyle (1797-1868)
Tactility Meets Visuality: Race, Sexuality, and Texture in Howard Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby
Forbidden Readings: The British Parliamentary Debate on "American-Style" Comic Books
Ignacio Fernandez Sarasola
Corruption Among the Cats: Hypocrisy Exposed by Liao Bingxiong
Linn A. Christiansen
Eye/I: Rodolphe Topffer's Style and the Concept of Graphiation
Art and Science in Pere Joan's Nocilla Experience (2011)
Comics as Borderlands: The Asymmetrical Relations of Power in La Perdida, by Jessica Abel
An Independent Production: Comics in Paraiba (1963-1991) Regina Maria Rodrigues Behar
Traces of Mauritian Origins and National Identity in Two Mauritian Comics
Aurelie Meilin Pottier
Syntax of Sound Symbolic Words: A Study of the Hindi Comic Books in India
Subir Dey and Prasad Bokil
Migration of Comics Onomatopoeia to Other Supports
Thiago de Almeida Castor do Amaral
An exclusive report by The Surreal McCoy
Grim Reapers and Shinigami: Personifications of Death in Comics and Manga
Economy of the Comic Book Author's Soul
Nathaniel Goldberg and Chris Gavaler
Si Jin Kwi's Comic by Otto Suastika (Siauw Tik Kwie)
Toni Masdiono and lwan Zahar
Revenge, Roads, and Ronin: Finding the Weird West in Contemporary Japanese Anime
Joseph Christopher Schaub
Kenya's Kham and His Multi-Faceted Career
Msanii Kimani wa Wanjiru
Caricaturing lmran Khan during His Anti-Electoral-Rigging Campaign in Pakistan - Naveed Iqbal Chaudhry
Hong Kong Comics after the Mid-1990s
Matthew M. Chew, Boris L. Pun, and Kofi P. Chan
It Started With A Kiss: Reframing Superheroines' Visual Narratives
Chadwick L. Roberts and Anita K. McDaniel
The "Not So Dark" World of the Dark Knight
History and Philosophy of Manga Translation in North America
Cultural Revolutions and Stylistic Evolutions or, Reboots and Remakes: A Conversation with Derf
Character Consumption and Character Industries in Japan
Zhiyu Zhang, Feng Su, Chang Fengxia
The Next Generation of Comics Scholarship
Huang Yao's Roar of the Nation I (1938): Multi-media Approach to Wartime Cartooning
Two Frameworks for the Interpretation of Metaphoric and Literal Size Depictions in Comic Books
Christopher Crawford and Igor Juricevic
Exploring Wakanda: Black Superheroes, Comic Books, and Persistent Tropes
A Preliminary Study
Feminine Representation in Misty: Brazilian and American Editions
It's a MAD World After All: Confessions of a MAD Collector
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
John A. Lent
Lim Cheng Tju
Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Mike Rhode
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.
*Thompson, Richard and Mike Rhode (editor). The Incompleat Art of Why Things Are (preview edition). Arlington, VA: Comics DC, 2015. 179pp.
|Thompson's original art for IJOCA|
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 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
"NY 101" New York City According to Brian Wood
Desert (E)Scapes: Cinematic Visions in Road Story
GANTZ Interpreted from Two Critical Perspectives
"The Good Duck Artist": How Carl Barks Changed Comics
A la recherche du chien perdu: Watch Dogs, Memory, and Mourning in Recuerdos de perrito de mierda (Shitty Little Dog Memories)
The Foundations of the Anglo-American Tradition of Political Satire and Comic Art: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
An Alternative History of Canadian Cartoonists
Alberto Breccia: Memoirs of Resistance and the Ethos of Reading
Fatal Attractions: AIDS and American Superhero Comics, 1988-1994
Sean A. Guynes
Conceptualizing the Freedom of the Press in Chinese Political Cartoons
James Yi Guo
Little Princess and the Mayor: Evaluating Cartoons on a Sex Scandal
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
Chasing the American Dream: Gender, Race, and Identity in American Born Chinese and Shortcomings
Revenant Landscapes in The Walking Dead
"We are the walking dead": Zombified Spaces, Mobility, and the Potential for Security in Post-9/11 Zombie Comics
Jessika 0. Griffin
The Glimmering Glow of Comic Art Amidst the Blinding Glitter of the United Arab Emirates
John A. Lent
Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
A Comics Studies Pioneer In Portugal: Antonio Dias de Deus
'Pioneers in Comic Art Scholarship
"Struggling Independently to Understand the World": My Career in Comics Scholarship and Creation
The Comic Book Film Adaptation --A Panel Discussion with Torn Brevoort, Joe Kelly, Michael E. Uslan, and Mark Waid
Talibanization in Pakistan -- An Uneasy Subject for Editorial Cartoonists
Naveed Iqbal Chaudhry
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
A Brief Introduction to Some Iranian Women Cartoonists and Their Works
John A. Lent
Surface Race Resolution: Race Commodification in Marvel Premiere's Series Featuring Black Panther
Images of African Americans in the Golden Age of Comics (1939-1965)
William H. Foster Ill
Batul: The Great Disciplinarian
The Translation Practices of Manga Scanlators
Manga and Silent Film: Building a Bridge Between Modern Gitaigo, Giongo, and the Benshi
Kay K. Clopton
There's Life in Other Systems: The Comic Character Outside Narratives
Joiio Batista Freitas Cardoso
Roberto Elisio dos Santos
Sequential Images, the Page, and Narrative Structures
Jakob F. Dittmar
Visual Character and Context of Put On (1931-1965): The First Indonesian Comics
Toni Masdiono and Iwan Zahar
Sinann Cheah Interview
An Interview with Canadian Webcornic Creator Becka Kinzie
I Don't Know, Give It a Try, See What Happens
Digital Comic Adaptation and Adjustment: Conceptual Boundaries in Comic Book Recognition
John A. Lent
The Printed Word
John A. Lent
Exhibition and Media Reviews
Edited by Mike Rhode
A. David Lewis
Dromkeen -A New Australian Cartoon Museum