Comics and Their Audiences / Audiences and Their Comics
The 2021 Joint Conference of the International Graphic Novel & Comics and the International Bande Dessinée Society
21-25 June 2021
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Comics enthusiasts have long considered comics a uniquely participatory medium. As readers breathe life into static images, convert page space into narrative time, and transform splatters of ink into emotion, they engage with comics in languages that audiences and artists have developed in tandem, negotiating over generations.
Comics 21 | Themes
The theme of this conference explores the idea of audiences in all its meanings. We consider, for example, comics audiences as physical people, individuals, and groups who engage with comics in different situations. Thus, the relationship of readers accessing comics in different languages allows inquiry into questions of translation and adaptation. Readers inhabiting different periods or surviving traumatic public and private moments allow historical and biographical readings. Attention to how audiences identify themselves—according to different or multiple racial, sexual, religious, ethnic, gender, or national identities, physical ability, or migration status—offers to validate marginalised perspectives and fracture traditional understandings. Thinking about comics as texts for or forbidden to children, ideal or inappropriate for adults connects to fields across the curriculum. Continuer la lecture de Appel à propositions : Comics and Their Audiences / Audiences and Their Comics
Dominic Davies, Candida Rifkinf (eds.), Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
Why are so many contemporary comics and graphic narratives written as memoirs or documentaries of traumatic events? Is there a specific relationship between the comics form and the documentation and reportage of trauma? How do the interpretive demands made on comics readers shape their relationships with traumatic events? And how does comics’ documentation of traumatic pasts operate across national borders and in different cultural, political, and politicised contexts?
The sixteen chapters and three comics included in Documenting Trauma in Comics set out to answer exactly these questions. Drawing on a range of historically and geographically expansive examples, the contributors bring their different perspectives to bear on the tangled and often fraught intersections between trauma studies, comics studies, and theories of documentary practices and processes. The result is a collection that shows how comics is not simply related to trauma, but a generative force that has become central to its remembrance, documentation, and study.
Vittorio Frigerio dirigera un numéro thématique de la revue américaine Paradoxa sur la BD et le roman graphique. Les propositions sont à soumettre en anglais pour le 1er septembre 2019.
American histories of comics have traditionally highlighted what they deem the indisputable U.S. birthplace of this mass-culture phenomenon, pointing to Richard F. Outcault’s Yellow Kid (1895) as the first comic ever produced. Alternately, the European view tends to favor the creation of this ever-popular medium by Swiss author Rodolphe Töppfer, with his Les Amours de monsieur Vieux Bois (1827 – first published in 1837) and highlights the importance of early works such as German author Wilhelm Bush’s Max und Moritz (1865).
A similar, apparently irreducible dichotomy has appeared concerning the origin of the “graphic novel.” American critics consider Will Eisner’s A Contract with God (1978) as the first graphic novel ever produced, while European historians point to Hugo Pratt’s La Ballata del mare salato (1967 – although its influence is said to be felt primarily after its translation into French in 1975). And it is not unusual to see credit for the origin of the graphic novel given to the Argentinian El Eternauta, by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López (1957).
Continuer la lecture de Appel : « Comics and graphic novels »
Le colloque international : « Le statut culturel de la bande dessinée : ambiguïtés et évolutions – The Cultural Standing of Comics : Ambiguities and Changes », jeudi 2 et vendredi 3 mai à Louvain-la-Neuve (Collège Erasme – Salle du Conseil).
L’événement est organisé par le Groupe de Recherches sur l’Image et le Texte / GRIT (UCL), avec l’aide du Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique / FNRS, de l’Institut des Civilisations, Arts et Lettres / INCAL (UCL), du Service culturel de l’Ambassade de Pologne en Belgique et de l’ASBL « Lire, apprendre, étudier avec l’image et le texte ».
Continuer la lecture de Colloque: Le statut culturel de la bande dessinée : ambiguïtés et évolutions