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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

Current Issue

Volume 11, Issue 1, Summer 2018

Special Issue: Spanish Comics

Anne Magnussen


Historicising the Emergence of Comics Art Scholarship in Spain, 1965–1975
Antonio Lázaro-Reboll

Dissenting Voices? Controlling Children’s Comics under Franco
Rhiannon McGlade

'For He Bestirred Himself to Protect the Land from the Moors': Depicting the Medieval Reconquista in Modern Spanish Graphic Novels
Iain A. MacInnes

From Pioneer of Comics to Cultural Myth: Castelao in Galician Graphic Biography
David Miranda-Barreiro

Paco Roca’s Graphic Novel La Casa (2015) as Architectural Elegy
Benjamin Fraser

Social Criticism through Humour in the Digital Age: Multimodal Extension in the Works of Aleix Saló
Javier Muñoz-Basols and Marina Massaguer Comes


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