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Monitor 72: Neue Publikationen

Im Monitor werden in unregelmäßigen Abständen aktuelle Publikationen aus den letzten 6 Monaten vorgestellt, die für die Comicforschung relevant sein könnten. Die kurzen Ankündigungstexte dazu stammen von den jeweiligen Verlagsseiten. Haben Sie Anregungen oder Hinweise auf Neuerscheinungen, die übersehen worden sind und hier erwähnt werden sollten? Das Team freut sich über eine Mail an redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
Zu früheren Monitoren.

Jewish Comics and Graphic Narratives: A Critical Guide

Matt Reingold
Bloomsbury Academic
Dezember 2022

„The most up-to-date critical guide mapping the history, impact, key critical issues, and seminal texts of the genre, Jewish Comics and Graphic Narratives interrogates what makes a work a „Jewish graphic narrative“, and explores the form’s diverse facets to orient readers to the richness and complexity of Jewish graphic storytelling.
Accessible but comprehensive and in an easy-to-navigate format, the book covers such topics as:

  • The history of the genre in the US and Israel – and its relationship to superheroes, Underground Comix, and Jewish literature
  • Social and cultural discussions surrounding the legitimization of graphic representation as sites of trauma, understandings of gender, mixed-media in Jewish graphic novels, and the study of these works in the classroom
  • Critical explorations of graphic narratives about the Holocaust, Israel, the diasporic experience, Judaism, and autobiography and memoir
  • The works of Will Eisner, Ilana Zeffren, James Sturm, Joann Sfar, JT Waldman, Michel Kichka, Sarah Glidden, Rutu Modan, and Art Spiegelman and such narratives as X Men, Anne Frank’s Diary, and Maus

Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels includes an appendix of relevant works sorted by genre, a glossary of crucial critical terms, and close readings of key texts to help students and readers develop their understanding of the genre and pursue independent study.“


Perfect Copies: Reproduction and the Contemporary Comic

Shiamin Kwa
Rutger’s University Press
Januar 2023

„Analyzing the way that recent works of graphic narrative use the comics form to engage with the “problem” of reproduction, Shiamin Kwa’s Perfect Copies reminds us that the mode of production and the manner in which we perceive comics are often quite similar to the stories they tell. Perfect Copies considers the dual notions of reproduction, mechanical as well as biological, and explores how comics are works of reproduction that embed questions about the nature of reproduction itself. Through close readings of the comics My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris, The Black Project by Gareth Brookes, The Generous Bosom series by Conor Stechschulte, Sabrina by Nick Drnaso, and Panther by Brecht Evens, Perfect Copies shows how these comics makers push the limits of different ideas of “reproduction” in strikingly different ways. Kwa suggests that reading and thinking about books like these, that push us to engage with these complicated questions, teaches us how to become better readers.“


Asian Political Cartoons

John A. Lent
Rutger’s University Press
Januar 2023

„In Asian Political Cartoons, scholar John A. Lent explores the history and contemporary status of political cartooning in Asia, including East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, North and South Korea, Mongolia, and Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), and South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
Incorporating hundreds of interviews, as well as textual analysis of cartoons; observation of workplaces, companies, and cartoonists at work; and historical research, Lent offers not only the first such survey in English, but the most complete and detailed in any language. Richly illustrated, this volume brings much-needed attention to the political cartoons of a region that has accelerated faster and more expansively economically, culturally, and in other ways than perhaps any other part of the world.
Emphasizing the “freedom to cartoon,“ the author examines political cartoons that attempt to expose, bring attention to, blame or condemn, satirically mock, and caricaturize problems and their perpetrators. Lent presents readers a pioneering survey of such political cartooning in twenty-two countries and territories, studying aspects of professionalism, cartoonists’ work environments, philosophies and influences, the state of newspaper and magazine industries, the state’s roles in political cartooning, modern technology, and other issues facing political cartoonists.
Asian Political Cartoons encompasses topics such as political and social satire in Asia during ancient times, humor/cartoon magazines established by Western colonists, and propaganda cartoons employed in independence campaigns. The volume also explores stumbling blocks contemporary cartoonists must hurdle, including new or beefed-up restrictions and regulations, a dwindling number of publishing venues, protected vested interests of conglomerate-owned media, and political correctness gone awry. In these pages, cartoonists recount intriguing ways they cope with restrictions—through layered hidden messages, by using other platforms, and finding unique means to use cartooning to make a living.“



Beowulf in Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Richard Scott Nokes
Februar 2023

„The legendary story of Beowulf comes to us in only one medieval manuscript with no illustrations. Modern comic book and graphic novel artists have created visual interpretations of Beowulf for decades, both illustrating and altering the classic story to pull out new themes.
This book examines the growing canon of Beowulf comic books and graphic novels since the 1940s, and shows the remarkable emergence of new traditions—from re-envisioning the medieval look, to creating new plotlines, and even to transforming his identity. While placing Beowulf in a fantastical medieval setting, a techno-dystopia of the future, or modern-day America, artists have appropriated the tale to comment on social issues such as war, environmental issues, masculinity, and consumerism. Whether Beowulf is fighting new monsters or allying with popular comic book superheroes, these artists are creating a new canon of illustration that redefines Beowulf’s place in our culture.“



Publikationshinweis: Comics in Gedenkstätten

Mit dem heutigen Post möchten wir auf die aktuelle Ausgabe 5/6 der Zeitschrift GWU – Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht aufmerksam machen, die sich dem Themenschwerpunkt „Comics in Gedenkstätten“ widmet. Unter Herausgeberschaft von Dennis Bock und ComFor-Mitglied Christine Gundermann beschäftigen sich in dieser Ausgabe nationale und internationale Comicforscher_innen (darunter auch weitere ComFor Mitglieder) mit dem Einsatz von Comics in der Gedenkstätten- und Erinnerungsarbeit und der grafischen Aufarbeitung des Holocausts.

GWU – Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 5/6 (2023),
Friedrich Verlag


Dennis Bock, Christine Gundermann: „Über das Arbeiten mit Comics in Gedenkstätten“

Sylvia Kesper-Biermann, Christel Trouvé: „‚Es beginnt mit der Quelle‘: Multiperspektivität im Medium Comic und in der Gedenkstättenarbeit am Beispiel des Bunkers ‚Valentin‘ in Bremen-Farge“

Kalina Kupczyńska: „Comics in polnischen Gedenkstätten: Chleb wolnościowy von Paweł Piechnik (2019) im Kontext der polnischen Holocaust-Comics“

Wiebke Siemsglüß, Markus Streb: „Der Workshop ‚Comic Memories. Das Konzentrationslager Dachau im Comic‘ an der KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau: Ein Beispiel für die Arbeit mit gezeichneter Erinnerung in KZ-Gedenkstätten“

Dennis Bock, Jeff Hemmer, Karen Meyer-Rebentisch: „Werkstattbericht Geschichtscomic am Beispiel der Geschichte der ‚Lübecker Märtyrer'“

Christine Gundermann, Patrick Hoffmann: „Comics zur DDR-Geschichte in der Gedenkstättenarbeit“

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Veranstaltungsankündigung: International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 2023

03.07.2023 - 07.07.2023

Vom 03. bis 07. Juli 2023 findet vor Ort an der University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, sowie online die International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference (IGNCC) statt. Hierbei handelt es sich um eine Kollaboration der International Bande Dessinée Society und der International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. Unter dem Thema „Better Living Through Comics“ widmet sich diese Konferenz der Frage, welche Rolle Comics eigentlich in unserem Wohlergehen spielen.

Aus dem Ankündigungstext:

„Do comics have a role to play in wellbeing?

We find ourselves reeling from a prolonged global period of illness and nervous about a future threatened by climate change. In this moment, we find ourselves prioritizing that which makes us happy, healthy, strong, and connected to one another—and reflecting on those phenomena that can impede these goals.

What role do comics play in literacy, science education, joy, community building, sexual discovery, hobbies, entrepreneurship, religion, citizenship, self-expression, and all the other aspects of good living around the world? What role do they play in the prevention of these same vital aspects of living well?“

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Zeitschriftenmonitor 16: Neue Ausgaben

Der Zeitschriftenmonitor ist eine Unterkategorie des Monitors. Hier werden in unregelmäßigen Abständen kürzlich erschienene Ausgaben und Artikel internationaler Zeitschriften zur Comicforschung sowie Sonderhefte mit einschlägigem Themenschwerpunkt vorgestellt. Die Ankündigungstexte und/oder Inhaltsverzeichnisse stammen von den jeweiligen Websites.
Haben Sie Anregungen oder Hinweise auf Neuerscheinungen, die übersehen worden sind und hier erwähnt werden sollten? Das Team freut sich über eine Mail an redaktion@comicgesellschaft.de.
Zu früheren Monitoren

European Comic Art  16.1

online im Abonnement

  • Tilmann Altenberg: “Don Quixote Unbound: Intertextuality, Interpictoriality, and Transculturality in Flix’s German Graphic Novel Adaptation (2012)”
  • Jörn Ahrens: “The Graphical Epistemology of Comics via Jeff Lemire’s Gideon Falls
  • Alicia Lambert: “(Mis)Leading the Reader: Decolonising Adventure Comics in Baruti and Cassiau-Haurie’s Le Singe jaune
  • Ylva Lindberg: “The Agency of the Periphery: Changes in Local Comics through Flows of Francophone Bandes dessinées to Sweden, 1950–2020”

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 14.1 & 2

online im Abonnement

  • Wajeehah Aayeshah: “Hockey sticks, purple smoke bombs, and empathy: female character representation in Pakistani comics”
  • Parnika Agarwal: “Calvin and Hobbes: satirising work, leisure, imagination and agency within the context of the pervasive forces of capitalism”
  • Jackson Ayres: ‘“A very, very bad mood”: the turn to horror in Alan Moore’s late comics’
  • Jerzy Szyłak, Sebastian Jakub Konefał: “The influence of local and national press on the comic publishing industry in the Polish People’s Republic between 1956 and 1989”
  • Prateek: “Emergency’s children: satire in the hindi comics of Hawaldar Bahadur”
  • Michael Cop, David Large: “‘Words, Words, Words’: Making Comics and Sense of the Three Texts of Hamlet
  • Hanae Kim: “‘I read webtoon every day!’: young adult k-pop fans’ language learning and literacies with korean webcomics”
  • Jonathan M. Bullinger: “Marvel tells / sells its own history: figureheads, promotion, curation, and application, 1982-1987”
  • Janina Wildfeuer, Ielka van der Sluis, Gisela Redeker, Nina van der Velden: “No laughing matter!? Analyzing the Page Layout of Instruction Comics”
  • Robert Aman: “Semi-naked revolutionary: native Americans, colourblind anti-racism and the Pillaging of Latin America in Tumac
  • Sathyaraj Venkatesan, Arya Suresh: “Critique of DSM, medicalisation and graphic medicine”
  • Thomas Hamlyn-Harris: “Double take: ephemera and viewpoint construction in graphic memoir”
  • Sohini Bera, Rajni Singh: “Graphic narratives as history: the emergency period (1975– 1977) in Vishwajyoti Ghosh’s Delhi Calm
  • Shriya Raina: “Corpse geographies in Munnu: a boy from Kashmir: sites of resistance and post-mortem agency”


Studies in Comics  13.1-2

online im Abonnement

  • Denis Dépinoy: “‘Tu te trompes, Fantasio’: Yves Chaland’s decoding and recoding of Spirou
  • Shromona Das: “The perfect victim: Reading trauma and victimhood in rape narratives in Indian comics”
  • Nora Hickey, Amaris Feland Ketcham: “Troubling the sequential image: The poetry comics of Bianca Stone”
  • Benjamin Fraser: “The shape of European jazz: On mute, mutable and pedagogical musical representations”
  • Francesco-Alessio Ursini, Giuseppe Samo: “The purple thread: The reception of Prince as a fictional character in graphic narratives”
  • Greice Schneider, João Senna Teixeira: “Cuteness and everyday humour in Nathan W. Pyle’s Strange Planet
  • Damon Herd: “Introduction: Uncomics”


Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society  6.3

online im Abonnement

  • Rachel Miller, Daniel Worden: “Understanding Comics at 30: An Introduction”Hillary Chute: “’Weirder than That‘: Understanding Comics at Thirty”
  • Kate Polak: “Three Ideas”Moritz Fink: “’Cool‘ Media Studies: McCloud, McLuhan, and the Popification of the Humanities”
  • Marco d’Alessandro: “Unaframed: A Short Visual Essay”
  • Charles Hatfield: “The Empowered and Disempowered Reader: Understanding Comics against Itself”
  • Caitlin Cass: “Alchemy and Control”
  • Paul Fisher Davies: “What We Do in the Gutters: Or, If Not Transitions, What?”
  • Ken Parille: “Image over Text: ‚Visual Emphasis‘ and Understanding Comics”
  • Shreya Sangai, Beena Anirjitha Urumy: “Lines from the Margins: Gond Artists Engage with McCloud”
  • Misha Grifka Wander: “Someone Else’s Icon: Complicating Comics and Identification”
  • Antonija Cavcic: “Contemplating Covid through Understanding Comics: Conveying Meaning with Panel Transitions in Covid-themed Comics”
  • Chris Malone: “Reader Participation in Comics (Through Walking my Dog)”
  • Harriet Hustis: “Understanding McCloud: (En)Countering Closure in the Context of Trauma”
  • Jason DeHart: “Form and Counter-Narratives: Using Understanding Comics with Pre-Service Teachers”

ImageText  13.3

online, open access

  • Brian Olszewski: „The Joke Work of Batman: The Killing Joke“
  • Christopher Younie: „Journey to the West goes Queer“
  • Jake Zawlacki: „Searching for Legitimacy: Spawn, McFarlane, and the Homage Cover“

Tagung „HistorioGRAPHICS: Framing the Past in Comics“

Vom 15. bis zum 17. Juni 2023 wird in München die englischsprachige internationale Tagung „HistorioGRAPHICS: Framing the Past in Comics“ stattfinden. Über drei Tage hinweg wird hier in insgesamt 21 Panels das Wechselspiel grafischen Erzählens mit der Darstellung und Auseinandersetzung mit Geschichte untersucht. Die spezifischen Themen reichen von indigener Geschichte über Holocaust-Darstellungen bis hin zu Postkolonialismus und Rechtsgeschichte. Abgerundet wird das Programm durch eine Keynote von Hillary L. Chute (Northeastern University) zum Thema „Comics at the End of the World“ (die auch live auf YouTube gestreamt wird) und ein Podiumsgespräch zwischen Barbara Yelin (Comic Künstlerin, München) und Prof Dr. Charlotte Schallié (University of Victoria) zum Thema “Witnessing – Remembering – Drawing: A Conversation about But I Live and Drawing Holocaust Memories”.

Organisiert wird die Tagung von PD Dr. Charlotte Lerg (Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) und ComFor-Mitglied Dr. Johannes Schmid (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Europa-Universität Flensburg), gefördert durch die DFG, mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie, der Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor) und der Stadt München.

Die Tagung findet im Amerikahaus in Kooperation mit dem NS-Dokumentationszentrum statt. Die Teilnahme ist kostenfrei; die Anmeldung erfolgt online.

Weitere Informationen und Details zum Programm auf der Veranstaltungswebsite.