Archives par mot-clé : graphic novel

Appel à contributions : Black Speculations / Black Futures

Échéance des propositions : 17 novembre 2023
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In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the blockbuster cinematic world of Wakanda, Black futures proliferate—hypervisible in sci-fi casting, in reading lists for liberal audiences, in political discourses of anti-racism and their backlash. But imagining Black futures is not, in fact, a new (pre)occupation in Black literature and expressive culture. World-building, utopic and prophetic aesthetic strategies, investments in speculative genres, and fantastic formulations of Black being abound in the history and present of African American literature. This guest-edited issue seeks to engage and trouble the contemporary boom in Black futures while also renarrating the archive of African American literary and cultural expression through its lens.

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Parution : Benoît Crucifix, Drawing from the Archives. Comics Memory in the Contemporary Graphic NovelParution :

Benoît Crucifix, Drawing from the Archives. Comics Memory in the Contemporary Graphic Novel, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, coll. “Cambridge Studies in Graphic Narratives”, 2023.

Following Art Spiegelman’s declaration that “the future of comics is in the past,” this book considers comics memory in the contemporary North American graphic novel. Cartoonists such as Chris Ware, Seth, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, and others have not only produced some of the most important graphic novels, they have also turned to the history of comics as a common visual heritage to pass on to new readers. This book is a full-length study of contemporary cartoonists when they are at work as historians: it offers a detailed description of how they draw from the archives of comics history, examining the different gestures of collecting, curating, reprinting, forging, swiping, and undrawing that give shape to their engagement with the past. In recognizing these different acts of transmission, this book argues for a material and vernacular history of how comics are remembered, shared, and recirculated over time.

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Parution : Intermediality in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels (dir. J. Baetens, H. Frey, and F. Leroy)

Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey, and Fabrice Leroy (dir.), Intermediality in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels, University of Louisiana Press, 2022. 

This collection of essays is devoted to the study of intermediality in French-language comics and graphic novels. It explores the relations or interconnections between the modalities of expression and representation used in bande dessinée and that of other media. This book provides a theoretical reflection on the notion of intermediality in comics, as well as thirteen chapters studying comics that transgress established boundaries between media, create a dialogue between their respective devices, or combine various vehicles or platforms of representation. These individual analyses discuss mixed-media uses of comic art and film, literature, reportage, painting, photography, religious iconography, history, memory studies, video games, and music. All chapters primarily focus on French-language works, although some comparative essays partially discuss graphic works in other languages.

Essays by Maaheen Ahmed, Renée Altergott, Jan Baetens, Livio Belloï, Michelle Bumatay, Erwin Dejasse, Hugo Frey, Maxence Leconte, Fabrice Leroy, Mark McKinney, Ana Oancea, Tamara Tasevska, Fred Truyen, and Charlotte F. Werbe. 

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Appel à contributions : Un/Making Graphic History: BD and Narratives of Resistance in French

“Un/Making Graphic History : BD and Narratives of Resistance in French”, New Directions in Francophone Studies: Diversity, Decolonization, Queerness. 

Échéance des propositions : 1er juin 2022

In recent years, bande dessinées and graphic novels, as both fiction and/or documentary, have become a popular medium to shed light on unknown or forgotten parts of history or to raise awareness on current socio-political realities and challenges. BDs and graphic novels in French have tackled various topics such as the environmental and socio-economic impact of urban growth (Rural!, 2001), the chlordecone pollution in the French Antilles from 1972 to 1993 (Tropiques toxiques, 2020), the infestation of sargassum seaweed on the shores of Caribbean islands (Mission Pas Possible-Opération Sargasses, 2020), the deportation of children from Réunion to rural hexagonal France (mainly Creuse) from 1964 to 1984 (Piments zoizos: les enfants oubliés de La Réunion, 2020), or the formation of the Vietnamese diaspora in French territories in the context of the Vietnam War (series Mémoires de Viet-Kieu, 2010 – 2020).

We invite chapter proposals in English for a forthcoming edited volume with New Directions in Francophone Studies: Diversity, Decolonization, Queerness (an EUP series). This collection will examine the political, aesthetic, and ethical gestures embedded in bande dessinées and graphic novels in order to bear witness to, inform, or question our past and contemporary realities. Through the combination of image and text, the medium encourages us to reconsider the possibilities and limits of documentary and/or fictional, personal, and collective accounts, examining the historical, political, aesthetic, and pedagogical relevance of the medium. This volume will explore some of the following questions: how do BDs and graphic novels examine environmental, gender, racial, religious, political, and social questions? How do the media, through the combination of text and image, engage with notions of voice, power, bias, and perspective? How are the media relevant to the exploration of individual and collective identity de/construction? How are BDs and graphic novels a valuable pedagogical tool to discuss diversity, decolonization, inclusion, and social justice issues?

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Giorgio Busi Rizzi (Université de Gand)

Giorgio Busi Rizzi est chercheur postdoctoral BOF à l’Université de Gand, avec un projet d’enquête sur la bande dessinée numérique expérimentale. Il est titulaire d’un doctorat en études littéraires et culturelles sous la direction conjointe des Universités de Bologne et de Louvain ; le projet de doctorat analysait l’esthétique et les pratiques nostalgiques liées aux romans graphiques contemporains. Il a publié dans des revues scientifiques et des volumes édités, et a fait des présentations lors de nombreuses conférences nationales et internationales. Il est membre fondateur du groupe de recherche international sur la bande dessinée italienne SNIF – Studying ‘n’ Investigating Fumetti, et membre de plusieurs groupes de recherche internationaux sur la bande dessinée (CSS, ComFor, La Brèche, ACME). Il s’intéresse aux comics studies, à la narratologie, aux humanités numériques, à la théorie et à la traduction de l’humour.

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La Fabrique de la bande dessinée. Perspectives socio-linguistiques sur la bande dessinée

22-23 juin 2021

17-21 bd du 11 novembre 1918, 69100, Villeurbanne

Organisé par Pascal Robert, ENSSIBELICO 

Entrée libre sur inscription (compte tenu du contexte sanitaire, le nombre d’inscrits est limité à 70 participants). 


Appel à propositions : Comics and Their Audiences / Audiences and Their Comics

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

Parution : Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage

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.

Appel : “Comics and graphic novels”

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).

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Colloque: Le statut culturel de la bande dessinée : ambiguïtés et évolutions

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 ».

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