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Call for Nominations: Martin Schüwer Publication Prize 2023

Martin Schüwer Publication Prize for Excellence in Comics Studies

Annual award for the best article by an early-career scholar, organized by the German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) and the Committee for Comics Studies at the German Society for Media Studies (GfM)

The German Society for Comics Studies (ComFor) and the Committee for Comics Studies at the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) are announcing for the fifth time in 2023 the Martin Schüwer Publication Prize for Excellence in Comics Studies. The prize has been awarded annually since 2019. It supports scholars who, regardless of their actual age, do not yet hold a permanent academic position. By honoring outstanding publications in the field of interdisciplinary comics research, the award aims to create more visibility for comics-related research, promoting and communicating its importance to a wider public.

The prize is named after the late Martin Schüwer, a scholar of English Literature and Culture who specialized in comics studies and who, very unfortunately, died at a far too early age in 2013. His dissertation Wie Comics erzählen (2008), published 15 years ago, has opened up new ground for narratological comics research and has become a standard work in German-language comics studies. With this and his other works on comics as well as on the didactics of English literature, Martin Schüwer set valuable standards regarding the excellence, accessibility and range that publications in our fields can achieve. Both as a comics researcher and as a person, Schüwer had a distinct way of talking to people, characterized by his open-mindedness and a genuine interest in others. Talking to and with others, he aimed to advance comics studies. We dedicate the award to him and this very goal.

Submissions and Nominations

Accepted for nomination are published articles of chapter length. They may have appeared in anthologies or journals, as chapters, or within longer monographs, but also as essays and other text forms of similar length. The submitted and nominated texts may have been written by one or more authors. All authors must not hold a permanent academic position at the time of nomination.

Contributions nominated for the Martin Schüwer Prize 2023 must be published in German or English between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. Texts yet in print or only accepted for publication cannot be considered. Repeat submissions are not possible. Also excluded are complete monographs and unpublished qualifying publications. The editorship of anthologies or journal issues is not eligible for nomination, but individual contributions in these collections are.

Nominations are to include the recommended text as well as a short substantiation (300-500 words). Self-nominations are possible and welcome, the jury would also particularly like to call for third-party nominations of impressive texts. Deadline for all submissions is March 31, 2023. Please send your nominations as one complete PDF to

Prize and Award Ceremony

The official announcement of the award winner will take place during the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft GfM (German Society for Media Studies) (September 27-30, 2023, University of Bonn). The award ceremony with an invited lecture by the award winner will take place at a separate date. The laureate will also receive the prize money of 1000 €, will not have to pay the membership fee of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM) for one year and will become an honorary member of ComFor for life.

Journal Monitor 15: New Publications on Comic Books

The Journal Monitor is a subcategory of the regular Monitor. It is an irregularly published overview of issues of international journals on comics studies as well as special issues on corresponding topics. The introductory texts and/or tables of contents come from the respective websites.
Do you have suggestions or information on new releases that have been overlooked and should be introduced on our website? Please let us know via email:
See previous Monitor posts.

European Comic Art  15.2

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    • “Introduction:Counter-Narratives, Retellings and Redrawings”
    • Monalesia Earle, Joe Sutliff Sanders: “Misdirection, Displacement and the Nisse in Hilda and the Black Hound
    •  Cara Takakjian: “An Amalgam of Voices: A Prismatic Approach to Memory and History in Gipi’s Graphic Novels”
    • Benjamin Fraser: “The Poetry of Snails: The Shown, the Intervened and the Signified in Duelo de caracoles (2010) by Sonia Pulido and Pere Joan”
    • Robert Aman: “Ridiculous Empire: Satire and European Colonialism in the Comics of Olivier Schrauwen”
    • Armelle Blin-Rolland: “Towards an Ecographics: Ecological Storylines in Bande Dessinée”


Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society  6.2

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  • Alexandra Chiasson: “Zooming in on Ben Passmore”
  • Sylvain Lesage, Margaret C. Flinn: “Barbarella: Sexual Revolution or Editorial Revolution?”
  • John A. Walsh: “‘It Was as Much Ours …’: Reader Contributions to Teen Humor Fashion Comics”
  • Natsume Fusanosuke, Jon Holt, Teppei Fukuda: “From the Field: Why Is Manga So Interesting?”
  • Ritesh Babu: “Civilized Monsters: These Savage Shores and the Colonialist Cage”


Journal of Perpetrator Research  4.2

Special Issue: “Perpetrators in Comics”

online, open access

  • Laurike in ‘t Veld: “Familial Complicity in Peter Pontiac’s Kraut, Nora Krug’s Belonging, and Serena Katt’s Sunday’s Child”
  • Tatiana Konrad: “The Legacy of American Slavery: Contesting Blackness and Re-envisioning Nationhood in Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
  • Olga Michael: “Looking at the Perpetrator in Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland
  • Johannes Schmid: “Cultural Genocide in Joe Sacco’s Paying the Land
  • Mihaela Precup, Dragoș Manea: “The Perpetrator as Punch-line: Hipster Hitler and the Ambiguity of Controversial Humor”
  • Laurike in ‘t Veld, Christine Gundermann, Kees Ribbens, Ewa Stańczyk: Roundtable on “World War II and Holocaust Comics, Perpetrators, and Education”


Imago: Zeitschrift für Kunstpädagogik  14

Special Issue: “Grafisches Erzählen”

print, subscription

  • Alexander Schneider/Carolin Führer: “Grafisches Erzählen”
  • Dietrich Grünewald: “Von der Kunst des Comics zur Kunst im Comic”
  • Stefanie Granzow: “Über, mit und durch Comics reden: Bild und Narration intersubjektiv aushandeln”
  • Bastian Haase: “Vom Panel zur Seitenarchitektur:Die Sonntagsseite als didaktisch-methodischer Impulsgeber”
  • Anne Krichel: “‘Und wir staunten und wir lachten, wie wir rückwärts Zeit verbrachten’:Retrogrades Erzählen im Comic Rückwärtsland
  • Nadia Bader: “Charakterdesign in Comics zwischen Einfachheit und Differenziertheit”
  • Jeanette Hoffmann, Caroline R. Wittig: “Zur Zeit- und Raumrezeption in szenischen Lesungen zu grafischen Geschichten”


Sane: Sequential Art Narrative in Education  2.7

online, open access

  • David Lucas Jr: “The Textual Gutter: How Gene Luen Yang Redefines the Gutter in Boxers & Saints to Tell a Transnational Tale”
  • Maribeth Nottingham, Barbara J. McClanahan, Howard Atkinson: “Evaluating a Suite of Strategies for Reading Graphic Novels: A Confirmatory Case Study”
  • James O. Barbre III, Justin Carroll, Joshua Tolbert: “Comic Literature and Graphic Novel Uses in History, Literature, Math, and Science”