European Comic Art

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Editors: Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow
Mark McKinney, Miami University, Ohio
Ann Miller, University of Leicester

European Comic Art is the first English-language scholarly publication devoted to the study of European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature. Published in association with the American Bande Dessinée Society and the International Bande Dessinée Society, European Comic Art builds on existing scholarship in French-language comic art and is able to draw on the scholarly activities undertaken by both organisations. However, our editorial board and consultative committee bring expertise on a wider European area of comic art production and the journal will emphasise coverage of work from across Europe, including Eastern Europe.

European Comic Art aims to address a broad range of topics in the field of comic art, including but by no means limited to:

  • The current "manga-isation" of the European comics scene by Asian comics
  • Mutual influences of European  and American comics
  • Feminist comic art and women cartoonists
  • Comics without words
  • Hergé and the clear-line school of cartooning
  • Cartoonist collectives and independent publishers since 1990
  • Genre and the industry
  • Comics and digital media
  • The cartoonist as reporter
  • Comics in their historical context
  • Comics as medium for autobiography and autofiction
  • Postcolonial comics
  • Comics and national/transnational identity
  • Time and space in comics
  • Comics and architecture
  • Comics and the avant-garde
  • Advances and debates in comics theory


Current Issue

Volume 7, Issue 2, Autumn 2014


Editorial: Perspectives on Authors, Perspectives from Authors
The Editors

Articles and Artists' Credos

Drawing Dispossession: A New Graphic Adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s John Caldigate
Simon Grennan

Drawing the Written Woman: Philippe Druillet’s Adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Salammbô
Sonia Lagerwall

Imagine Reality: Negotiating Comics with David B.’s Epileptic
Jörn Ahrens

Interview with Guy Delisle
Conducted in English by Kenan Kocak



Book Reviews
Thierry Groensteen, M. Töpffer invente la bande dessinée
David Kunzle

Ole Frahm, Die Sprache des Comics [The Language of the Comic]
Paul M. Malone

Daniela Petrini, ed., Die Sprache(n) der Comics: Kollokium in Heidelberg, 16.–17. Juni 2009 [The Language(s) of Comics: A Symposium Held in Heidelberg, 16–17 June 2009]
Marco Pellitteri

Hannah Miodrag, Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form
Anne Cirella-Urrutia

Ian Hague, Comics and the Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels
Maaheen Ahmed

Exhibition Review
Albums: Bande dessinée et immigration, 1913–2013, Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris, 16 October 2013 to 27 April 2014
Catriona MacLeod

Conference Review
Graphisches Erzählen: Neue Perspektiven auf Literaturcomics [Graphic Storytelling: New Perspectives on Literature and Comics], University of Düsseldorf, Germany, 5–7 March 2014
Carolin Kirchhoff