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, October 17, 2012

IJOCA 14-2 Table of Contents

We're currently having a technical issue copying the text out of InDesign, but here's scans of the Table of Contents of the current issue of the International Journal of Comic Art 14:2 (Fall 2012).

Sunday, September 16, 2012

ICAF John A. Lent Student Scholarship in Comic Studies

ICAF John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies

Applications due February 1, 2013


The International Comic Arts Forum is proud to hold each year the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies competition. The Lent Scholarship, named for pioneering teacher and researcher Dr. John Lent, is offered to encourage student research into comic art. ICAF awards the Lent Scholarship to a current student who has authored, or is in the process of authoring, a substantial research-based writing project about comics. (Preference is given to master's theses and doctoral dissertations, but all students of comics are encouraged to apply.)

The Scholarship is subject to the condition that the recipient present a half-hour talk, based on her or his research, during ICAF. The award consists of up to US $500 in kind to offset the cost of travel to and/or accommodations at the conference. A commemorative letter and plaque are also awarded. No cash is awarded.

Applicants must be students (or have been students since the last ICAF was held), or show acceptance into an academic program at the time of submission.  For example, applicants for ICAF 2013 would have to prove their student status in calendar years 2012 or 2013, or provide evidence that they have been accepted into an academic program beginning in academic year 2013-2014.

The Scholarship competition is adjudicated by a three-person committee chosen from among the members of ICAF's Executive Committee. Applications should consist of the following written materials, sent electronically in PDF form:

  • A self-contained excerpt from the project in question, not to exceed twenty (20) double-spaced pages of typescript.
  • A brief cover letter, introducing the applicant and explaining the nature of the project.
  • The applicant's professional resume.

A brief letter of reference, on school letterhead, from a teacher or academic advisor (preferably thesis director), establishing the applicant's student status and speaking to her/his qualifications as a researcher and presenter.

PLEASE NOTE that applications for the Lent Scholarship are handled entirely separately from ICAF's general Call for Proposals ( Students who submit abstracts to the general CFP are welcome to apply separately for the Lent Award.

The deadline for the next Lent Scholarship is February 1, 2013. Please send application materials via email to José Alaniz ( of the ICAF Executive Committee. The next ICAF conference, run with our host institution the University of Oregon, is taking place at the White Stag Building in Portland, OR, May 23-25, 2013.   

Friday, August 3, 2012

New issue of International Journal of Comic Art out now

International Journal of Comic Art

Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2012


Comic Strips:

An International Symposium

edited by

John A. Lent

Until Death Do Them Apart:

Gender Relations in the Brazilian Comic Strip "Radicci"

Ediliane de Oliveira Boff



Funny Papers, Unfunny Wars:

A Comparison of Three Armed Conflicts

as Depicted in "Doonesbury"

Michael Freund



Sanmao and Tokai:

Popular Street Urchins of Asian Comic Strips

John A. Lent



Lessons Learned: Milton Caniff's "Dickie Dare"

Sean P. Connors



Schulz, "Peanuts," and Metafiction

Roy T Cook



Stories of an Invisible War:

Comics and the Peruvian "Internal Conflict" (1980-2000)

Pedro Pérez del Solar



Graphic Tales of Cancer

Michael Rhode and JTH Connor


Ancient Egyptian Parodic Ostraca and "Comics"

Jennifer Babcock



The Picture Story Principle

Dietrich Grünewald



"A Groovy, Different Kind of Lay":

Sex, Disability, and Amputee Love

José  Alaniz



Tibetan Mysticism and

the Development of Golden Age Superheroes

Peter Sandmark



Expanding Female Manga Market:

Shungiku Uchida and the Emergence

of the Autobiographical Essay

Kotaro Nakagaki



Strength and the Supernatural:

Navigating Liminal Zones in

the Herakles Tradition and Alan Moore's Tom Strong

Hannah Means-Shannon




John A. Lent



Saseo Ono in His Nichiyo Hochi Days

Kosei Ono



Recalling Ah Da

Xu Chang (Charles)

Translated by Xu Ying


Memory of the Past

Wang Yiqian

Translated by Xu Ying



Recalling My Father Bit by Bit in His Daily Life

Sheng Dalong

Translated by Xu Ying



Recalling My Father -- Zhan Tong

Zhan Yong

Translated by Xu Ying



Farewell to My Father

He Ting

Translated by Xu Ying


The Man Without Fear, a Time of Fear:

A Review of Countercultural Themes

in the First 100 Issues of Daredevil

Bill Schulte



"What Can We Ever Have to Fear From a Blind Man?!!" or Spoiled (Secret) Identities: Disability, Daredevil and Passing

Jose Alaniz



Journalistic Comic Art of Pakistan:

Coverage of the Kerry Lugar Bill 2009

Amna Ashraf and Naveed Iqbal Chaudhry



The Comic Book in Brazil:

The Consolidation of a Publishing Format

Roberto Elísio dos Santos and

Waldomiro Vergueiro



Comics in the Life of the Young Adult Reader:

Understanding the Experience

of Reading Comics in Contemporary Society

Lucia Cedeira Serantes



Tomáš Kucerovský Interview

Jose Alaniz



Lost in Translation --

The Translations of

Wilhelm Busch's Illustrated Stories in Brazil

Gerson Luís Pomari



"I Love the Mayhem More Than the Love:

Homosocial Masculinity in Sgt. Fury and

His Howling Commandos

Justin Raymond



An Auteur Theory: Pro and Con


The Auteur Theory of Comics

Arlen Schumer



Jack Kirby Makes an Auteur Detour

Barry Pearl



Quan Yingsheng and

the Blending of Traditional Chinese Painting

with Comic Books

John A. Lent and Xu Ying



Myth and the Superhero:

Personal Choice in Batman, Arkham Asylum:

A Serious House on Serious Earth

Leslie J. Anderson



A Puppet´s Life

Kawamoto Kihachiro

Translated by Hiroko Takada Amick and Linda C. Ehrlich



The Battles of Herbie, Willie and Joe:

The Depiction of the Allied Soldier in World War II

through Comic Illustration

Cord Scott



"A Man Has Risen":

Hard Bodies, Reaganism, and The Dark Knight Returns

Richard Iadonisi



An Interview with

Malaysia's Political Cartoonist Zunar

Lim Cheng Tju



The Printed Word

John A. Lent



A Review Essay

La composition de la bande dessinée.

Renaud Chavanne (PLG: Montrouge 2010)

Review and interview by Pedro Moura


Book Reviews

Murray Lee Eiland

Simon Wigzell

Pascal Lefèvre

John A. Lent



Exhibition and Media Reviews

Edited by Michael Rhode

Nick Thorkelson

Michael Dittman

José Alaniz

Nicolas Pilla



He Wei (1934-2012)

John A. Lent and Xu Ying





Saturday, May 19, 2012

CFP: Mix 2012: A Comics Symposium, Marathon and Exhibition

UPDATE: We've extended the deadline for the CFP to July 6. We've posted the revised call on this webpage:

Mix 2012: A Comics Symposium, Marathon and Exhibition
Call for Papers, and Roundtable and Workshop Proposals 

Keynote Speaker:
Symposium Dates:
Proposal Deadline:
Chris Ware
Epic Narratives
October 4 – 6, 2012
June 4, 2012
Columbus College of Art & Design's Mix 2012 is comprised of three events: a symposium, a comics marathon (a student competition), and a comics exhibition. 
This call invites proposals for papers, workshops and roundtables for the Comics Symposium, a celebration of and investigation into the art of the comic book, the graphic novel, and other book-length forms of sequential art narrative, featuring keynote guest Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Consistent with the work of its keynote speaker, the Comics Symposium will be a two-day event for papers, workshops and roundtables, built around the theme "Epic Narratives".  Details on the panel topics are below.  Some of these panels will also connect to the hands-on workshops and discussion roundtables that follow them.
Designed to bring together a variety of perspectives in an open and welcoming environment, the College encourages submissions from artists, writers, educators, publishers, students, curators, and critics.  As a proposal for a paper, workshop or roundtable is being reviewed, consideration will be given to this diverse population.  Note that special consideration is also given to proposals which emphasize cross-disciplinary approaches and/or formats, and to roundtables or workshop proposals that connect the symposium theme and its panels to hands-on practice.
Proposals for papers for the following panels are welcome:
  • The Epic Ordinary: Contemporary Life and the Epic Narrative in Comics
Contemporary comics regularly feature mundane subjects, characters, and plots that tend to emphasize routines of work, domesticity and leisure, and the dissatisfaction, boredom, and anxiety that come with contemporary life. However, through the art form's unique language of image and word, these same comics sometimes reach for and achieve an epic scope and/or tone. Works as diverse as Harvey Pekar's series American Splendor and Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth challenge our understanding of what "epic" means. This panel will consider the dialogue between form and content, and examine how comics find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Panel Chair: Robert Loss
  • Extraordinary Epics: Reshaping History and Myth in Contemporary Comics
Modern visions of heroism and adventure remain important elements of mainstream and small-press comics, frequently drawing on history and myth for inspiration and reconsideration. At times these works explicitly and implicitly use the characters and structures handed down from the epic poem. This panel will examine the literary tradition of epic forms and its non-traditional uses by contemporary comic artists. In what ways do comics encourage us to reconsider the past? How influential is the serial publication format of many, if not most, comics? Is heroism an outdated idea? Panel Chair: Craig Fischer
  • Dimensions of Gender: Depictions of Sex, Sexuality and Gender in Comics
This interdisciplinary panel explores the various ways that sex, sexuality and gender are depicted in graphic narrative and design. Comics and graphic novels do not shy from sex, but what of its depictions of "typical" body type, gender identity and sexuality? The comic art form is in a unique position to shape a generation's ideals and often mark inter-generational changes in these ideas within our society. From words and deeds, to lines and colors, this panel explores the multiple dimensions that create the gender and the sexual identities of comic figures. This panel offers many roads of inquiry. Panel Chair: Jon Racster
  • Sustainability or Apocalypse? Imagining the Future Through Comics
The future is a frequent topic in comics, be it the dystopian visions of Frank Miller's Give Me Liberty, Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo; or the science-fiction of Flash Gordon, Moebius' The Airtight Garage and Alan Moore's Tomorrow Stories, among many others. Ideas, hopes, and fears about the future are traditions of the comic book genre dating to its earliest incarnations. What can comics tell us about the way we perceive the future today? This session will explore the explicit and implicit arguments about the possibility of a sustainable future, and why comics—like much popular art—so often depict a grim Earth ravaged by ecological disaster. Is this simply a matter of the need for conflict in narrative, or does it reflect uncertainty, pessimism, and even naiveté about the power of science and technology? What are the alternatives? Panel Chair: Kim Landsbergen
Proposals for workshops that are linked to the panels listed above are welcome. Proposal topics for additional panels and roundtables could include:
  • Historical, Cultural and Ethnic Perspectives and Subjects in Comics
  • Form and Style Considerations in Comics
  • Images of Violence: Realism, Morality, Exploitation
  • Digital Comics and the Technology of Making and Distributing Comics
  • Depictions of 'Other' in Comics
  • Curating Challenges
  • Gender & Sexuality Representations
  • Manga and Anime
  • Comics and Memoir

Please read these instructions and additional guidelines before submitting:
  • Submit one proposal as one electronic document containing the following information:
    • a 200-word maximum abstract or description of the paper, workshop or roundtable to be presented
    • a copy of the presenter's CV or resume
Important Notes:
Applicants may submit only one (1) proposal
Applicants must not include additional media files
Group proposals must include CV/resume information for all participants
  • All sessions will have access to a projection screen and digital projector which can be run from an available desktop computer or a personal laptop. Any other audio-visual needs must be noted in the proposal and are subject to CCAD approval.
  • If individual participation in the symposium must be limited to a certain time or day, it should be indicated in the proposal.  CCAD cannot guarantee that the symposium schedule will be able to accommodate individual scheduling limitations. 
  • Those selected to contribute to a panel or other symposium event will have their registration fees waived; however, no additional funding will be provided. Papers must be presented in person.
  • Applicants will be notified by July 2, 2012 of their proposal's status.
  • The schedule will be finalized in August 2012.
If you have read the above and agree to these terms, submit your proposal to:
Questions should be directed to: Robert Loss, Programming Chair,
Mission Statement: 
Columbus College of Art & Design prepares tomorrow's creative leaders for professional careers. With a history of commitment to fundamentals and quality, CCAD advances a distinct, challenging, and inclusive learning culture that supports individual development in art, design, and the humanities.
About the College and the City:
Columbus College of Art & Design is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio in a thriving, up-tempo environment. Numerous hotels are within close proximity by cab, rental car or public transportation. Specific parking lots on the CCAD campus will be reserved for symposium participants. Columbus is served by Port Columbus International Airport, roughly 15 minutes from campus and the downtown area. Nearby attractions include the Columbus Museum of Art (across the street from CCAD), the Thurber House, the Ohio Statehouse, the Short North gallery district, and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at The Ohio State University.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

International Journal of Comic Art 13: 2 table of contents

The current issue has shipped and subscribers should have received it by now.
International Journal of Comic Art contents

Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2011


Women's Manga beyond Japan

Contemporary Comics as Cultural Crossroads in Asia

edited by

Fusami Ogi, Cheng Tju Lim, Jaqueline Berndt

"Women's Manga Beyond Japan:

Contemporary Comics as Cultural Crossroads in Asia"

Fusami Ogi



Yes, There Are Women Cartoonists:

Snippets from Those I Have Interviewed

John A. Lent



Inspiring Women: 40 Years' Transformation

of Shôjo Manga and Women's Voices

Fusami Ogi



Envisioning Alternative Communities

through a Popular Medium:

Speculative Imagination in Hagio Moto's Girls' Comics

CJ (Shige) Suzuki



"Silent Music": Desiring-machine and Femininity

in Some Music-themed Comics

Ming Hung Alex Tu



Historical Shojo Manga: On Women's Alleged Dislike

Fujimoto Yukari

Translated by Jaqueline Berndt


Functions and Possibilities of Female "Essay Manga":

Resistance, Negotiation, and Pleasure

Akiko Sugawa-Shimada



Crossing Double Borders:

Korean Female Amateur Comics Artists

in the Globalization of Japanese Dojin Culture

Kim Hyojin



So, How Was Your Day?

The Emergence of Graphic Diary

and Female Artists in Indonesia

Dwinita Larasati



Why Thai Girls' Manga Are Not "Shojo Manga":

Japanese Discourse and the Reality of Globalization

Mashima Tojirakarn



Manga in Malaysia:

An Approach to Its Current Hybridity

through the Career of the Shojo Mangaka Kaoru

Gan Sheuo Hui



Women "Using Manga to Tell Local Stories":

A Workshop on the "Glocality"

of Manga in Southeast Asia

Angela Moreno Acosta




Lim Cheng Tju


My Life in Cartoons

Richard Samuel West



The Contested Frontier:

Western Comics and Australian Identity, 1945-1960

Kevin Patrick



Ryan Walker, American Radical:

A Date with History from the Bottom Up

David Spencer



The State of Comics Scholarship:

Comics Studies and Disciplinarity

Gregory Steirer



"Where the Joke Comes From": Comical Potential

of Comics in the Works of Tadeusz Baranowski

Hubert Kowalewski



Transnationalism and Hegemony

amid a Very Uneven Modernity:

On Arandú, El Principe de la Selva, and the Dynamics

of the Mexican Comics Industry

Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste



Fetuses in the Sewer:

A Comparative Study of Classic 1960s Manga

by Tatsumi Yoshihiro and Tsuge Yoshiharu

Tom Gill



The Colonial Beginnings of Autobiography

in French Comics

Mark McKinney


Censorship and Super Bodies:

The Creative Odyssey of Margaret Harrison

Kim Munson



"Those Guys Give Me the Creeps":

Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol and Satire

in the Shared-Narrative Universe

Tom Miller



The Hero and the Apocalypse

in Watchmen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8

Melissa Olson


Graphic Narrative and Global Ground:

A Symposium


edited by

Tracy Lassiter, Stefan Buchenberger, Guiherme Pereira

with assistance of

Lea Pao


Introduction: "Graphic Narrative and Global Ground"

Tracy Lassiter



Disembodiment of Our Physical Bodies

and Embodiment of Urban Space

in Oshii Mamoru's Animations

Hiroko Terai



Freeze-Frame: The Vagaries of Textual Analysis,

the Intentions of Art Spiegelman,

and the Ascendancy of Nobrow Art

Peter Swirski


Sequential Art between Language and Textuality

Angelo Piepoli



The Implicit Narrator in Comics:

Transformations of Free Indirect Discourse

in Two Graphic Adaptations of Madame Bovary

Kai Mikkonen



Metafiction: The Graphic Novel Embedded

in Laura Esquivel's Multimedia Novel The Law of Love

Tracy Lassiter



Narrating the Cities in Comics:

The Case of Bologna

Barbara Grüning



In Search of New Caledonian Comic Books:

The Image of New Caledonian Society,

the Growth of Cultural Consciousness,

and the Movement towards Citizenship

Sonja Faessler



Tex, Lone Wolf and Cub, and Preacher:

Justice Wanders through Three Countries

Guilherme Choovanski



Comic Book Super Villains and the Loss of Humanity

Stefan Buchenberger



Mr. Punch versus the Kaiser, 1892-1898:

Flashpoints of a Complex Relationship

Richard Scully



Sequential Art between Language and Textuality

Angelo Piepoli



The Implicit Narrator in Comics:

Transformations of Free Indirect Discourse

in Two Graphic Adaptations of Madame Bovary

Kai Mikkonen



Metafiction: The Graphic Novel Embedded

in Laura Esquivel's Multimedia Novel The Law of Love

Tracy Lassiter



Narrating the Cities in Comics:

The Case of Bologna

Barbara Grüning



In Search of New Caledonian Comic Books:

The Image of New Caledonian Society,

the Growth of Cultural Consciousness,

and the Movement towards Citizenship

Sonja Faessler



Tex, Lone Wolf and Cub, and Preacher:

Justice Wanders through Three Countries

Guilherme Choovanski



Comic Book Super Villains and the Loss of Humanity

Stefan Buchenberger



Mr. Punch versus the Kaiser, 1892-1898:

Flashpoints of a Complex Relationship

Richard Scully



Vinegar not Vitriol: The Picture-Politics

of Sir Francis Carruthers Gould (1844–1925)

Mark Bryant



Between Photography and Drawing:

The Documentary Comics as Translation of the City

Felipe Muanis



"A Sojourner Amongst Us":

Charles Wirgman and the Japan Punch

Todd S. Munson



Visual Transgressions and Queer Representations

in Gaiman's A Game of You

Daniel King



Sympathetic Geography:

Tropes of the Cityscape in Chris Ware's

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

John D. Schwetman




John A. Lent



It Is an Honor To Be the Wife of Francisco V. Coching

(Dean of Pilipino Illustrators)

Filomena Coching



Hugo C. Yonzon, Jr.

Hugo Yonzon III



India's Abu Abraham: A Private View

Ayisha Abraham



Osamu Tezuka:

His Life, Works, and Contributions

to the History of Modern Japanese Comics

Kinko Ito



Sailor Moon and Art Deco

Jon LaCure



The Next Generation of Comics Scholarship

Sex and Power in "Absent Friends": An Essay

Shayla Monroe



An Exploratory Study

The Effect of Age on Comic Narrative Creation

John Baird and Dana Newborn



The Printed Word

John A. Lent



Exhibition and Media Reviews

edited by Michael Rhode

Doug Singsen



A Response and an Observation

Lim Cheng Tju