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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 9, Issue 1, Spring 2016



Articles and Interview

(Un)natural Temporalities in Comics
Raphaël Baroni

The Medium Is the Message: Olivier Schrauwen’s Arsène Schrauwen beyond Expectations of Autobiography, Colonial History and the Graphic Novel
Benoît Crucifix and Gert Meesters

The Crown and the Crowd: Sublimations of Monarchy in Georgian Satirical Prints
David Morgan

The Art of Braiding: A Clarification
Thierry Groensteen

An Interview with Kaveri Gopalakrishnan
Ann Miller


Exhibition Review

Marc-Antoine Mathieu, S.E.N.S., Galerie Huberty-Breyne, Brussels, Belgium, 28 November 2014 to 4 January 2015, and Lieu international des Formes Émergentes (LiFE), Saint-Nazaire, France, 21 May 2015 to 11 October 2015.
Nick Nguyen

Book Reviews

Gustave Doré: Twelve Comic Strips, introduced and translated by David Kunzle
Philippe Kaenel

Benoît Berthou, ed., La Bande dessinée: Quelle lecture, quelle culture?
Michael Kelly

Fabrice Leroy, Sfar So Far: Identity, History, Fantasy and Mimesis in Joann Sfar’s Graphic Novels  
Charles Forsdick

Jason Dittmer, ed., Comic Book Geographies
Rikke Platz Cortsen

Casey Brienza, ed., Global Manga: ‘Japanese’ Comics without Japan?
Sylvain Rheault

Karin Kukkonen, Contemporary Comics Storytelling
Hugo Frey

Sarah Lightman, ed., Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews
Mark Nixon

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