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Prof. Sergio Brancato’s lecture on comics (11/23/2021)- This is a lecture which was originally intended for the graduate and postgraduate students attending the AIPI Summer School 2021 Ricerca a fumetti. We warmly thank Prof. Sergio Brancato for his enganging talk. Prof. Sergio Brancato (University of Naples, Italy)… Read more
Comics Strike Back — Call for Papers (11/22/2021)- Our colleague Giorgio Busi Rizzi organizes a conference on digital comics which will take place in Ghent next summer, 11 to 13 July 2022: Comics Strike Back: Digital Comics, Digital Audiences, Digital Practices: Digital comics encompass a variety of works,… Read more
SnIF: Italian research group with 2 COMICS members (11/12/2021)- SnIF unites early career researchers interested in studying and investigating Italian comics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Its members are Dr. Dario Boemia (IULM Milano), Dr. Lorenzo Di Paola (Università di Salerno, Universita di Messina), Dr. Nicoletta Mandolini (Universidade do Minho),… Read more
The Jaume Rumeu Collection (11/9/2021)- Dona Pursall has contributed an essay to this recent collection of Jaume Rumeu's work in Misty. A brand new showcase from the Treasury of British Comics brings the stunning work of a Spanish master artist back into print after more than forty… Read more
Drawing Back, Revealing and Subverting Belgian Colonial Legacy in Comics (11/4/2021)- 30 Nov. 2021, 9:30-11:00 — Blandijn, first floor, Faculteitszaal Talk by Alicia Lambert, Université catholique de Louvain   The last two decades have been marked by a revival of (de)colonial issues in Belgian public, political, and artistic debates, including in… Read more
How to Frame World War II in Comics: Issues of Representation and Formats (11/4/2021)- 17 Nov. 2021, 9:00-12:00 — Blandijn, third floor, Camelot meeting room Talk and discussion by Prof Kees Ribbens (NIOD/Erasmus University Rotterdam)   Bio Kees Ribbens is a senior researcher at NIOD, where he has worked since 2006. He is also… Read more
Unpacking Norbert Moutier’s Juvenilia (10/21/2021)- 19 Nov. 2021, 15:00 — Faculteitsbibliotheek Letteren en Wijsgebeerte, Library Lab Magnel Déballage des bandes dessinées d'enfance de Norbert Moutier Xavier Girard, coordinateur pédagogique à l'ESAD Orléans, a réuni un impressionnant corpus d'archives des bandes dessinées d'enfance de Norbert Moutier.… Read more
Call for Papers — Children’s Drawings in Comics (10/15/2021)- We are launching a call for papers for a special issue of Comicalités, edited by Maaheen Ahmed and Benoît Crucifix, on children's drawings in comics. This special issue examines different ways of looking at and thinking about children's drawings in… Read more
Dibujando historias (10/5/2021)- Dona Pursall and Eva Van de Wiele have each contributed a chapter to the collective volume Dibujando historias. El cómic más allá de la imagen, recently published by the University Press of Zaragoza. Eva writes on metamorphosis in the Spanish… Read more
Time in children’s comics magazines (9/28/2021)- Dona Pursall, Maaheen Ahmed and Eva Van de Wiele join brains and pens in an article for 9de kunst that cuts across British, Italian, French and Belgian comics to inquire into the intertwined notions of childhood and time: about what children… Read more
Summer school workshop for children (8/25/2021)- For the ZomerWijs in de Wijk intiative of the Onderwijscentrum Gent we organized a small workshop comics reading and making for children between 8 and 12. After a short reading of Matthew Forsythe's Pokko heeft een trommel adapted for Kamishibai-format… Read more
Children scribbling comics (8/2/2021)- New article by Benoît Crucifix in the latest issue of Studies in Comics, about two Jojo & Jimmy albums scribbled over by children readers. The article considers material uses and reading practices in Belgian comics culture. As doodles and marks… Read more
Workshops on Italian fumetti at Sint-Lievenscollege Ghent (7/8/2021)- October 2020 PhD student Eva Van de Wiele introduced fifteen-year-old pupils of Sint-Lievenscollege to the wonders of (Italian) comics. Watch this video for a brief recap of the three workshops. This folder gives an overview of the three workshops, the… Read more
Picturing Girlhood: Keynote by Julia Round (7/1/2021)- Julia Round's Keynote explored possession through the prism of complex identities which young teenage girls negotiate. Round argued that possession moves beyond indoctrination and is rather a negotiation of trauma. Through a study of Misty and Spellbound, Round related possession… Read more
Picturing Girlhood · Keynote by Mel Gibson (6/24/2021)- Our digital symposium Sugar and Spice, and the Not So Nice: Comics Picturing Girlhood  was launched on 22 April 2021 with a profound and personal keynote by Mel Gibson. Using herself as a case study she reflected on being a… Read more
Comics on the Outside (5/27/2021)- Bandes dessinées hors-champs / Comics on the Outside Université libre de Bruxelles | 2-4 June 2021   This international conference aims at seizing this complex and hard-to-translate notion of the corpus hors-champ (Menu 2011), locating an ‘outside’ of comics. This notion can facilitate… Read more
Loving Comics in Neil the Horse (5/27/2021)- New article by Maaheen Ahmed, in the Comicalités issue "Histoire et influence des pratiques bédéphiliques" edited by Jean-Paul Gabilliet and Nicolas Labarre, about Neil the Horse. Abstract: This article examines the love of comics or bedephilia discernible in Katherine Collins’s Neil… Read more
Reading children in comics (4/30/2021)- New article by Maaheen Ahmed published in the trend-setting journal Children's Geographies, articulating a sociohistorical mapping of children in comics: "This article seeks to map a social history through examining children and ‘childish’ or child-like drawing styles, and hence the… Read more
Кибик °2 — Jommeke in Griekenland (4/30/2021)- Michel De Dobbeleer has a new blog post about Jommeke in Greece, over at the Balkanknipsels blog, reflecting on the reading out loud of comics to children and the educational potential of the comics series to learn about other cultures.… Read more
Doctoral Schools Course on Text, Image, Sound (4/27/2021)- COMICS members are involved in the 20cc Doctoral Schools course on Text, Image Sound: Intermedial Crossings starting this Wednesday! Interested in individual lectures or reading groups? Please contact maaheen.ahmed@ugent.be Read more
Interview about Iberian comics (scholars) network (4/18/2021)- Conferences are fertile ground for networking. The European Research Council supports COST actions to promote fruitful, professional bonds and networking. iCOn-MICS is one such action (CA19119). It aims at bringing together all who are involved in comics and graphic novels… Read more
Kids’ comics in the 1970s: Nicole Claveloux’s insufferable characters (3/24/2021)- New outreach article on 9e kunst by Benoît Crucifix about the French illustrator and cartoonist Nicole Claveloux's comics in the children's magazine Okapi in the 1970s. The article considers the interplay between comics and picture books, and the playful self-reflexivity… Read more
Summer school “Ricerca a Fumetti” (3/16/2021)- Our colleagues Giorgio Busi Rizzi and Eva Van de Wiele are hosting at Ghent University an Italian-language summer school Ricerca a fumetti: generi, forme, declinazioni from July 12 to 15, 2021. The call is open until May 1st. Read more
Comics Picturing Girlhood Symposium (2/16/2021)- Comics have long relied on reinforcing reader identity formation whether through interest, age group or hobbies. Constructed and largely mythical notions of gendered readership consequently became key aspects of many of these comics. As gendered products, comics have constructed feminine… Read more
Interview with Valentine Gallardo & Mathilde Van Gheluwe (2/16/2021)-       As part of the Comics Picturing Gilrhood international symposium, Eva Van de Wiele and Benoît Crucifix interviewed two cartoonists trained in Ghent and based in Belgium, Mathilde Van Gheluwe and Valentine Gallardo (who drew the poster for… Read more
Кибик °1 — Jommeke in Romania (2/10/2021)- Michel De Dobbeleer has a new blog post about Jommeke and Houdini in Romania, over at the Balkanknipsels blog. Questions about what makes a fitting decor for a comics for children, in changing political times, and mixing up various records… Read more
Strong Bonds (12/11/2020)- Click here to download book: ACME_6_Strong Bonds Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Calvin and Hobbes, Tintin and Snowy… comics are home to many memorable child and animal figures. Many cultural productions, especially children’s literature and cartoons, stress the similarities between children and… Read more
Advertising and Children’s Comics (12/11/2020)- The latest issue of H-ermes features an article in Italian by Eva Van de Wiele, "Sedurre a tavola: confini mutati tra pubblicità e fumetti per bambini," about the long history of comics and advertising relationships, as a brief archeology of… Read more
Eco-citizenship within contemporary comics for children (12/7/2020)- New article published by Dona Pursall in the latest issue of Closure, about eco-citizenship in contemporary comics for children, looking at Acquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill and Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson. "Drawing from the premise that… Read more
Call for Papers — Comics On the Outside (12/3/2020)- / Bandes dessinées hors-champs 3-4 juin 2021, Université libre de Bruxelles   In his doctoral dissertation La Bande dessinée et son double, Jean-Christophe Menu puts forward the notion of a “corpus hors-champ de la bande dessinée” to describe “an entire corpus of… Read more
Graphic Attractions in TBO (11/23/2020)- The Spanish comics studies magazine Cuadernos de Comics has published Eva van de Wiele’s detailed study “Las atracciones gráficas de Méndez Álvarez en la phase foraine de TBO (1917-1928)" (English title "Méndez Álvarez’ graphic attractions during TBO’s phase foraine"), which… Read more
Comics and Novelizations for the Youth (10/5/2020)- Benoît Glaude and Laurent Déom have just released a collective volume on novelizations for the youth, looking at various literary adaptations of comics, films, manga, animation, and other media. They look at a specific and vibrant editorial sector, in which… Read more
Children in Graphic Novels (7/15/2020)- Maaheen Ahmed's article "Children in Graphic Novels: Intermedial Encounters and Mnemonic Layers" has been published in the latest issue of the open-access journal Etudes francophones. The article fleshes out the notion of media memory (building on previous work) in connection… Read more
Petit Poilu : les grandes questions ne sont pas réservées aux grands lecteurs (7/13/2020)- We publish here the French version of an article by Benoît Glaude published in Dutch as part of our series "Kinderen en strips cultuur-historisch in kaart gebracht" at 9eKunst   Un auteur peut-il s’engager artistiquement et politiquement dans une bande… Read more
Children and Comics: A Cultural Historical Mapping — @9eKunst (7/10/2020)- As part of our public outreach activities, we are publishing a series of articles on the popular comics website 9eKunst, available in Dutch here. We will be making available the original versions of our articles, when written in English or French.… Read more
Call for Papers — Comics Picturing Girlhood (7/9/2020)- Sugar and Spice and the Not So Nice: Comics Picturing Girlhood International Symposium 22- 23 April 2021   Download the call for papers. Comics have long relied on reinforcing reader identity formation whether through interest, age group or hobbies. Constructed and… Read more
COMICS Lectures at De Krook (11/1/2019)- It's finally time to think more about, and with, comics! The Comics Lectures series is a thematically open set of talks by renowned comics scholars. It offers a platform for international researchers to introduce their latest research activities to a… Read more