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European Comic Art

Aims & Scope

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 8, Issue 2, Autumn 2015



The Great War in Comics: Workings and Imagery
Maaheen Ahmed


Contextualising the Offenstadt Brothers’ Wartime Comics and Their Reception: From Barrack-Room Comedy to ‘Amazing’ Propaganda
Benoît Glaude

The First World War and the German Revolution of 1918-1919 in East German Comics 
Michael Scholz

A War Like Any Other...Or Nobler? The Great War in the EC Comics
Jean-Matthieu Méon

The Past and Present War: Political Cartoons and the Memory of the First World War in Britain
Ross J. Wilson



Book Reviews

Christophe Dony, Tanguy Habrand and Gert Meesters, La Bande dessinée en dissidence/Comics in Dissent
Bart Beaty

Hillary Chute and Patrick Jagoda, eds., ‘Comics & Media’: Special issue of Critical Inquiry 40(3) (Spring 2014)
Marc Singer

Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey, The Graphic Novel: An Introduction
Erin McGlothlin

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