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.

Friday, December 3, 2010

New issue - IJOCA 12:2/3 is out

The latest issue of the International Journal of Comic Art #12:2/3 is out. 712 pages in this issue. It's time to renew for 2012 at $45 / year.

Table of Contents:
John A. Lent 1 Editor’s Note

Fabrice Leroy 2 Yves Chaland and Lue Cornillon’s Rewriting of Classical Belgian Comics in Captivant: From Graphic Homage to Implicit Criticism

Giancarla Unser-Schutz 25 Exploring the Role of Language in Manga: Text Types, Their Usages, and Their Distributions

Rick Marschall 44 Nurturing the Butterfly: My Life in Comic Art Studies

Derik A. Badman 91 Talking, Thinking, and Seeing in Pictures: Narration, Focalization, and Ocularization in Comics Narratives

Enrique Garcia 112 Coon Imagery in Will Eisner’s The Spirit and Yolanda Vargas Dulché’s Memín Pinguín and Its Legacy in the Contemporary United States and Mexican Comic Book Industries

Kerry Soper 125 From Jive Crows in “Dumbo” to Bumbazine and “Pogo”: Walt Kelly and the Conflicted Politics Reracinating African American Types in Mid-20th Century Comics

Robert Furlong and Christophe Cassiau-Haurie 150 Comic Books, Politics, and Manipulation: The Case of Repiblik Zanimo, the First Comic Strip and Book in Creole

Grazyna Gajewsk 159 Between History and Memory – Marzi: Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard Marzena Sowa and Sylvain Savoia

Matthew M. Chew and Lu Chen 171 Media Institutional Contexts of the Emergence and Development of Xinmanhua in China

Jörn Ahrens 192 The Father’s Art of Crime: Igort’s 5 Is the Perfect Number

Marco Pellitteri 209 Comics Reading and Attitudes of Openness toward the Other: The Italian-Speaking Teenagers’ Case in South Tyrol

Iren Ozgur 248 Have You Heard the One about the Islamist Humor Magazine?

Weidan Cao 251 The Mountains and the Moon, the Willows and the Swallows: A Hybrid Semiotic Analysis of Feng Zikai’s “New Paintings for Old Poems”

Candida Rifkind 268 A Stranger in an Strange Land? Guy Delisle Redraws the Travelogue

Daniel Stein 291 The Long Shadow of Wilhelm Busch: “Max & Moritz” and German Comics

Hannah Miodrag 309 Fragmented Text: The Spatial Arrangement of Words in Comics

Christopher Eklund 328 Toward an Ethicoaesthetics of Comics: A Critical Manifesto

Muliyadi Mahamood 336 The Malaysian Humor Magazine Gila-Gila: An Appreciation

Roy Bearden-White 354 Inheriting Trauma in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

Philippe Gauthier 367 On “Institutionalization”: From Cinema to Comics

Marc A. Londo 376 Mr. Tap and His African-American Cartoons of the 1940s/1950s

Marcia R. Ristaino 395 Two Linked by Another, Ding Cong: Interviews with Betty McIntosh and Shen Jun

Shelley Drake Hawks 402 Ding Cong’s “True Story of Ah Q” in Art and Life

John A. Lent and Xu Ying 425 Fengjing – The Town That Claimed Ding Cong

Phillip Troutman 432 The Discourse of Comics Scholarship: A Rhetorical Analysis of Research Article Introductions

Ross Murray 445 Referencing Comics: A Comprehensive Citation Guide

Sylvain Rheault 459 Curvy Alterations in “Gaston” by Franquin

Miriam Peña-Pimentel 469 Baroque Features in Japanese Hentai

Yuko Nakamura 487 What Does the “Sky” Say? – Distinctive Characteristics of Manga and What the Sky Represents in It

B.S. Jamuna 509 Strategic Positioning and Re-presentations of Women in Indian Comics

Meena Ahmed 525 Exploring the Dimensions of Political Cartoons: A Case Study of Pakistan

Camila Figueiredo 543 Tunes Across Media: The Intermedial Transposition of Music in Watchmen

Rania M. R. Saleh 552 Making History Come Alive Through Political Cartoons

Bill Kartalopoulos 565 Taking and Making Liberties: Narratives of Comics History

Toni Masdiono 577 An Indonesian Bid for the First Graphic Novel

John A. Lent 581 In Remembrance of Five Major Comic Art Personalities

Perucho Mejia Garcia 588 Ismael Roldan Torres (1964-2009) of Colombia: A Memorial Tribute

Zheng Huagai 598 Tributes to Two Famous, Anti-Japanese War Cartoonists: Zhang Ding and Te Wei

John A. Lent 614 The Printed Word

620 Book Reviews

644 Exhibition and Media Reviews

696 Correction

697 Portfolio

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