Programme of the Kiel Comic Conference “Beginnings and Renewals in Comics”

2016 09 09 - 2016 09 11

Organised by the editorial team of CLOSURE, Kiel University’s e-journal for comics studies, Kiel’s first comic conference will be held from the 9th to the 11th of September 2016 at the University of Kiel. The conference focuses on ›Beginnings‹ and ›Renewals‹ in comics and takes into account both formal and historical aspects of the genre. The conference explicitly seeks to approach this topic from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Panels consist of 11 papers delivered by international comics scholars, a keynote address by Silke Horstkotte, and a concluding panel discussion. On Friday night, the conference opens with a comic book reading at the art gallery in Kiel. Four comic book artists – Tanja Esch from Hamburg, Jul Gordon and Sascha Hommer (»Kontaktcenter Hamburg«) and Gregor Hinz (comic magazine »Pure Fruit«) – read from their respective works, thereby approaching the topics of Beginnings and Renewals from a performative perspective. Presentations and the comic book reading are free of charge and open to university members as well as to the general public.

Attending the conference is free of charge and open to the public. Lectures will be given partly in English and partly in German

On the conference’s topic:
“On your marks! More than any other narrative field, graphic storytelling is determined by beginnings. Case in point: 2012 saw the newest in a long line of reboots, as DC comics renumbered and restarted its series and its universe. It is not just the context of serial superhero stories, however, that is characterized by ›beginnings‹ and ›renewals‹ – any historical perspective requires both comics and comics studies to re-examine the question of beginnings.

The conference, held on September 9-11, 2016 in Kiel, Germany, will focus on the themes of ›beginning‹ and ›renewal‹ in comics, seeking a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to the question of what constitutes a new start in comics and for comics. This includes ›beginning‹ as a formal device as well as related inquiries into the narratological, stylistic and theoretical implications of beginnings within the structure of comics. Further approaches include the question of beginnings of the medium, its discourses and the study of comics. Last but not least: ›beginnings‹, ›renewals‹ and ›fresh starts‹ will also be analyzed as themes and motifs.”


Location: Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Düsternbrooker Weg 1, 24105 Kiel

Friday, 09 Sep 2016
17:30–18:15 h Registration
18:30–19:30 h Welcome and Reception
20:00–21:30 h Comic Reading at the KunsthalleDetails

Location: Kiel University, Leibnizstraße 1 (room 204), 24118 Kiel

Saturday, 10 Sep 2016
09:15–09:45 h Conference Opening and Short Introduction
Panel 1
09:45–10:30 h Joachim Jordan (Berlin, Germany):
The Sleepless Nights of Major Stefanov. Uncertain, Endless Beginnings in the Bulgarian Comic of the Eighties.
10:30–11:15 h Carmela Artime Omil (Barcelona, Spain):
Claiming Truth: Beginnings in Spanish Graphic Novels on the Civil War (2005-2015)
11:15–11:30 h Break
Panel 2
11:30–12:15 h Paul M. Malone (Waterloo, Canada):
Werbecomics at the Beginning of German Comics
12:15–13:00 h Camilla Murgia (Geneva, Switzerland):
Speech Balloons, Bubbles and Captions: the Rise of Narrative in 18th-Century British Comics
13:00–14:00 h Lunch Break
Panel 3
14:00–14:45 h Janek Scholz (Aachen, Germany):
Game Over and Reset. Serielle Neuanfänge im Comic Daytripper von Fábio Moon und Gabriel Bá
14:45–15:30 h David Turgay (Wörth, Germany):
First Page, First Issue, New Volume: Starting a Character Again and Again
15:30–16:15 h Annina Klappert (Erfurt, Germany):
Anders anfangen. Building Stories von Chris Ware
16:15–16:45 h Break
16:45–17:45 h Keynote: Silke Horstkotte (Warwick, UK):
Textanfänge, Weltanfänge. Peer Meters Serienmörder-Trilogie
17:45–18:15 h Break
18:30–open end Conference Dinner
Sunday, 11 Sep 2016
Panel 4
09:30–10:15 h Lukas R. A. Wilde (Tübingen, Germany):
On the Contemporary ›Mangaization‹ of Japanese Public Spaces: the Base-Narrativity of Manga-Pictoriality
10:15–11:00 h Jasmin Böschen (Hamburg, Germany):
Neuanfang in der Wissenschaft? Comic als Initiator für Visuelle Bildung
11:00–11:15 h Break
Panel 5
11:15–12:00 h Pascal Lefèvre (Brussels, Belgium):
Publication Format and Beginnings
12:00–12:45 h Bettina Egger (Salzburg, Austria):
Aesthetics of Polemics: L’Association and the Transformation of the Comic Book in the 1990s
12:45–13:15 h Break
13:15–14:00 h Closing Discussion
14:00 h Farewell


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