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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Comics scholarship issue of the French web journal Transatlantica online now

Transatlantica 1 | 2010American Shakespeare / Comic BooksThere's an article I wrote a couple of years ago on the state of comics bibliography, but there's other good stuff in this French look at American culture.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Independent nature of IJOCA clarification

John Lent would like to note that IJoCA isn't affiliated with any institution, but is an independent journal founded and funded by him and the subscribers. Recently, he seen an erroneous institutional affiliation appear in print so would like to take this opportunity to correct the misapprehension.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

IJOCA 12-2 Review deadline fast approaching

If you were planning on doing an exhibit or media review for the Fall 2010 issue, try to get it in to Mike Rhode in the next few days, or at least let him know where you stand. He needs to turn them in to John Lent by the end of the month.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives book received

This came in mail yesterday, and I'll have a review of it in 12:2.

Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives
Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging
Edited by Robert G. Weiner
Forewords by Elizabeth Figa and Derek Parker Royal; Afterword by Stephen Weiner
ISBN 978-0-7864-4302-4
12 illustrations, 16 charts, notes, bibliographies, index
288pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

PR: April Fool's Day comedy concert to benefit the ToonSeum.

Comics For Comics: A comedy concert to benefit the ToonSeum.

Pittsburgh, PA,-"Comics For Comics II"

April 1st 2010

The ToonSeum is hosting its second Comics for Comics: A Concert to Benefit the ToonSeum. Join Pittsburghs cartooning elite for an evening of laughs with performances by Sean Collier, Gab Bonesso and featuring Gene Collier. The event will take place on April 1st at 9pm at Little Es in Downtown Pittsburgh. The evening will also feature a pre-party from 7:30-8:30 at the ToonSeum.

"Comics for Comics was inspired by a similar event for The Museum of Cartoon Art in San Francisco", said Joe Wos, the founder and Executive Director of the ToonSeum. "We had such a great response to Gene Collier we felt we had to do it again. Were also happy to be supported by Downtown businesses such as our hosts and neighbors at Little Es."

Comics for Comics will feature headliner Gene Collier. Gene has written sports, politics, and media criticism in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for over 30 years and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, losing spectacularly both times. A popular guest on area radio stations (including the WDVE Radio's Morning Show), Genes quips about Pittsburgh and its sports teams over the years have earned him a wide audience and a couple of anonymous threats.

The event is produced by Gerry Collier.
Join us the ToonSeum Thursday April 1st (April Fools Day) with a reception at the ToonSeum from 7:30-8:30, followed by the comedy concert at 9pm.
Tickets are $25 dollars and may be purchased online at

Reception at the ToonSeum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Comics 4 Comics at Little Es
949 Liberty Avenue, Second Floor

ICAF postponed until 2011

30 March 2010

Announcement from The International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF)

The International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF), the foremost gathering for international comics studies and scholarship, has decided to postpone its annual conference for 2010 until 2011.  

The 2011 conference will observe the 15th Anniversary of ICAF, and the Executive Committee has concluded that postponing for the 2010 calendar year will allow the organization to plan for a large and special 2011 event.

Please stay tuned for more details soon.  For interested students and scholars, the CFP will be released later this year, as will more details on the 15th Anniversary Themes, Guests, and Special Events.

Please bookmark our website:
ICAF website:

Any inquiries may be directed to Professor Cecile Danehy, Executive Committee Co-Chair, at