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European Comic Art

Aims & Scope

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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

Forthcoming Issue

Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2017

Editorial: European Comic Art Reaches Its Tenth Year
Armelle Blin-Rolland, Guillaume Lecomte and Marc Ripley

Special Issue: Comics and Adaptation
Guest edited by Armelle Blin-Rolland, Guillaume Lecomte and Marc Ripley

Armelle Blin-Rolland, Guillaume Lecomte and Marc Ripley


Perspectives on Cinema and Comics: Adapting Feature Films into French-Language Comics Serials during the Post-war Years
Alain Boillat

Blue Is the Warmest Color
Marion Krauthaker and Roy Connolly

Adapting the Rhetoric of Authentication of Riad Sattouf’s La Vie secrète des jeunes
Guillaume Lecomte

Adapting Brittany: The Ker-Is Legend in Bande Dessinée
Armelle Blin-Rolland

‘. . . But Is It Literature?’ Graphic Adaptation in Germany in the Context of High and Popular Culture
Juliane Blank

Divine Comics
Ronald de Rooy

‘Are We Coming to Make a Documentary or a Surrealist Film?’ Demythifying Luis Buñuel’s Tierra sin pan in Fermín Solís’s Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas
Marc Ripley


Books Reviews

Hillary L. Chute, Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form
Harriet Kennedy

Reginald Rosenfeldt, Comic-Pioniere: Die deutschen Comic-Künstler der 1950er
Elizabeth (Bij) Nijdam

Stephen E. Tabachnick and Esther Bendit Satlzman, eds, Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works
Logan Labrune

David Vauclair and Jane Weston Vauclair, De ‘Charlie Hebdo’ à #Charlie: Enjeux, histoire, et perspectives
Chris Reyns-Chikuma

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