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Animate Europe-Competition 2015

In 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organised the International Comics Competition “Animate Europe” for the first time. 2015 it will see a second edition, starting now.

“Europe Fast Forward”

“In the beginning, there was war. Then a project was set up to bring peace and prosperity to Europe. Today, it has grown to be an ever closer union of 28 very diverse member states. In recent years, the European project has been braving troubled waters. Though it remains a fascinating idea, it is struggling with low popularity.

Imagine you could fast-forward in time… anytime into the future, be it 2025, 2050 or 2500. What do you think Europe will look like? Will the European Union stick together and master its challenges as one? What role will it play in the world? How will we live? Which scientific innovations will shape our everyday life? Look into your crystal ball!”

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Conference Hildesheim: The Translation and Adaptation of Comics

2014 10 31 - 2014 11 02

Übersetzung und Adaptionen von Comics

“Up to the present day translation studies have paid little attention to Comics. There are many possible reasons for this. Research within the discipline has for a long time almost exclusively focused on verbal texts. On one hand, since the 1990s it had devoted more attention to audio-visual texts, but a clear emphasis has been with those inter- and intra-lingual forms of translation which are required by films. On the other hand it is much harder to differentiate comics clearly from other text types, regardless of whether comics are seen as a genre, a distinct communication medium or as a hybrid collection of signs. Finally, comics have been regarded – especially in Germany – as unserious, and this undoubtedly has meant that they have been discussed in peripheral areas of literary criticism, media science and translation studies.

We intend in this conference to work with a broad concept of translation: one which embraces both inter-lingual and inter-semiotic aspects of translation. To translate comics from one language and culture into another almost invariably involves the adaptation of non-verbal and para-verbal elements. This is particularly evident both in the increasingly common practice of adapting comics across medium and across genre – as film, video game, radio play, stage play – and in the corresponding practice of adapting literary sources as comics, usually with the label Graphic Novel. In these processes, inter-lingual and inter-semiotic translation goes hand in hand with those adaptation processes which are a necessary part of changing medium or genre.”

Attendance at the conference is free. Please register though via email!
The Conference Program is now available in English
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MONITOR 10: New Publications 2014

The French Comics Theory Reader

The French Comics Theory Reader

Ann Miller und Bart Beaty (Hg.) Leuven University Press 334 Seiten ISBN: 978-9-0586-7988-8 ~€ 59,- Juli 2014 Verlagsseite Key French-language theoretical texts on comics translated into English for the first time. The French Comics Theory Reader presents a collection of key theoretical texts on comics, spanning a period from the 1960s to the 2010s, written in French and never before translated into English. The publication brings a distinctive set of authors together uniting theoretical scholars, artists, journalists, and comics critics. Readers will gain access to important debates that have taken place among major French-language comics scholars, including Thierry Groensteen, Benoît Peeters, Jan Baetens, and Pierre Fresnault-Deruelle, over the past fifty years. The collection covers a broad range of approaches to the medium, including historical, formal, sociological, philosophical, and psychoanalytic. A general introduction provides an overall context, and, in addition, each of the four thematic sections is prefaced by a brief summary of each text and an explanation of how they have influenced later work. The translations are faithful to the originals while reading clearly in English, and, where necessary, cultural references are clarified. Comics & Media

Comics & Media: A Special Issue of “Critical Inquiry”

Hillary L. Chute und Patrick Jagoda (Hg.) University of Chicago Press Journals 272 Seiten ISBN: 978-0-2262-0846-6 ~$ 30,- Juli 2014 Verlagsseite The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors–creators and critics alike–to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium. Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture. Zu vier weiteren Neuerscheinungen

‘Endlich Comic!’ Max-und-Moritz-Preisträger im Wilhelm Busch-Geburtshaus

So 14.09.2014 – So 24.05.2015

Am kommenden Sonntag eröffnet im Wiedensahler Wilhelm Busch-Geburtshaus (Niedersachsen) die achtmonatige Ausstellung “Endlich Comic!”, die als Auftaktveranstaltung des 150. Max-und-Moritz-Geburtstages 2015 verstanden werden darf. In der Ausstellung werden die Arbeiten der aktuellen Gewinner des gleichnamigen Comic-Preises, der im Juni während des 16. internationalen Comic-Salons in Erlangen überreicht worden ist, präsentiert.

Ralf König, der in diesem Jahr mit dem „Sonderpreis für ein herausragendes Lebenswerk“ ausgezeichnet wurde, wird bei der Eröffnung am 14. September in Wiedensahl anwesend sein. Darüber hinaus sind in den kommenden Monaten weitere interessante Rahmenveranstaltungen zur Ausstellung angekündigt:

24.10.2014: Comic-Lesung mit Mawil
24. – 26.10.2014: Comiczeichen-Workshop mit Mawil
23.1.2015: Comic-Lesung mit Barbara Yelin
23. – 25.1.2015: Comiczeichen-Workshop mit Barbara Yelin


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Programm Workshop: Empirical Approaches to Comics

2014 09 20 - 2014 09 20

20. September 2014, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

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Research Group “Digital and Cognitive Approaches to Graphic Narrative”
Dr. Alexander Dunst (University of Paderborn)
Dr. Jochen Laubrock (University of Potsdam)

 Contact Alexander Dunst at:
Due to limited space at the venue, we ask guests to reserve seats by emailing us in advance!
9.30 – 10.15am Neil Cohn (University of California, San Diego): The Neurocognition of Comics: What Brain Science Tells Us About Comprehending Comics
10.15 – 11.00am Alexander Dunst and Rita Hartel (University of Paderborn): Towards a Digital Analysis of Graphic Narrative
11.00 – 11.15am Coffee Break
11.15 – 12.00am Ernesto Prieto (City University London): Encouraging Open Access to Comics Scholarship: Challenges and Opportunities
12.00am – 12:45pm Karin Kukkonen (University of Turku): Between Armchair and Laboratory: The Cognitive Study of Comics
12.45 – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45 – 2.30pm John Walsh (Indiana University): FOOM, Fan Mail and Fast Selling American Seeds: Building an Archive of American Comic Book Readership
2.30 – 3.15pm Jochen Laubrock and Sven Hohenstein (University of Potsdam): The Effects of Panel Transitions on the Perception of Time and the Allocation of Attention in Comics: First Results
3.15 – 3.30pm Coffee Break
3.30 – 4.15pm Tim Smith (University College London): Transmedia Continuity: The Cognitive Foundations of Visual Storytelling in Comics and Film
4.15-5 pm Final Discussion: Future Directions
chaired by Martin Fischer, University of Potsdam

Deadline for the Comfor 2014 expires soon

Dear colleagues,

we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 9th annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor), which will take place from 25th to 28th September 2014 at Humboldt-University Berlin. This year’s topic is “Drawing Borders, Crossing Boundaries”; programme highlights include a keynote lecture by Roger Sabin (Central Saint Martins, UK) as well as the exhibition “Black Kirby” curated by John Jennings (Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, US).

We’d like to kindly remind you to register for the conference not later than September 19th. Details on the programme can be found at .
The registration you’ll find here:

Conference site:
Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft (Hörsaal 207)
Dorotheenstr. 26
D-10117 Berlin

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Best wishes,
the organizers

Graphic Novel Day auf dem 14. internationalen Literaturfestival Berlin

2014 09 14 - 2014 09 14

lib201414. September 2014:

Im September findet das 14. internationale Literaturfestival (10.-20.9.) in Berlin statt. Im Rahmen des ilb wird am Sonntag, dem 14. September der vierte Graphic Novel Day im Haus der Berliner Festspiele präsentiert. Spätestens mit der Verkündung des Comic-Manifests im vergangenen Jahr ist das lib aus der deutschen Comickultur(-Politik) nicht mehr wegzudenken. Diesmal werden in vier Veranstaltungen, die alle von Lars von Törne (Tagesspiegel) moderiert werden, unterschiedliche Comic-Aspekte mit einigen der wichtigsten Vertreter der deutschen und europäischen Comicszene beleuchtet;


11.00 Uhr:  “Vom Leben gezeichnet – soziale und politische Themen als Comic-Inspiration.” Mit Katharina Greve [D], Vishwajyoti Ghosh [Indien] und Andreas Gefe [CH]

Einwanderungspolitik, wissenschaftsethische Kontroversen und Demokratiedefizite – das sind einige der aktuellen Themen, die die drei Künstler/innen in ihren Graphic Novels aufgreifen. In der Diskussion wird herausgearbeitet, worin die besonderen Möglichkeiten des Comics für die Analyse und Kommentierung der Realität liegen und welche länderübergreifenden Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede es gibt.

12.30 Uhr“Das Leben der anderen – Comic-Biografien.” Mit Reinhard Kleist [D], David Vandermeulen [Belgien] und Alfonso Zapico [Spanien]

Wie verarbeitet man die Biografie anderer Menschen zu einer Graphic Novel? Welche Bilder passen zu welcher Lebensgeschichte, wie viel Fiktion erlaubt man sich – und was kann eine Comicbiografie, das andere Formen der Biografie nicht können? Dies sind einige der Fragen, die die drei Comicautoren am Beispiel ihrer Bücher über Johnny Cash, James Joyce, Fritz Haber und andere Prominente diskutieren.

14.30 Uhr“Mein öffentliches Leben – autobiografische und semiautobiografische Comics.”Mit Judith Vanistendael [Belgien], Sarnath Banerjee [Indien/D] und Cyril Pedrosa

Viele der besten und erfolgreichsten Graphic Novels basieren auf dem Leben ihrer Autoren, von Maus bis Persepolis. Was aber bedeutet es für die Autoren, ihr Leben auf diese Weise offenzulegen? Wie viele künstlerische Freiheiten sind erlaubt? Und welche Rückwirkungen haben autobiografische Arbeiten auf das Leben des Autors?[F]

16.00 Uhr“Wir Grenzüberschreiter – Comic-Künstler im Wechselspiel zwischen Illustration, sequentieller Erzählung und bildender Kunst.” Mit Stefano Ricci [Italien] und Ileana Surducan [Rumänien]

Die Kunstform Comic ist ein Hybrid, der sich u. a. aus Literatur, Illustration, Malerei, Film und Theater speist. Welche Bedeutung hat der Comic im Schaffen der Künstler Stefano Ricci und Ileana Surducan, die neben sequentiellen Bilderzählungen immer wieder auch Gemälde, Skulpturen, Filme oder Illustrationskunst schaffen? Die Diskussion wird durch eine Live-Zeichenperformance ergänzt.

Gesamtkarte Graphic Novel Day 12/8/4 €, Einzelkarten 8/6/4 €

Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 254 89 100