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European Comic Art

Aims & Scope

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Spanish Comics (Spring 2018)

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 2, Autumn 2016

Special Issue: Comics and Fine Art
Guest edited by Hugo Frey and Laurike in 't Veld

Hugo Frey and Laurike in 't Veld


Narrative Markers in Pablo Picasso’s Tragicomic Strip The Dream and Lie of Franco
Michael Schuldiner

Pogo, Pop and Politics: Robert Benayoun on Comics and Roy Lichtenstein
Gavin Parkinson

The Mining of History, Cognitive Disorder and Spiritualism in Olivia Plender’s A Stellar Key to the Summerland
Dan Smith

Psychogeography’s Legacy in From Hell and Watchmen
Alex Link


Exhibition Review

Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece, Somerset House, London, 12 November 2015 to 31 January 2016.
Matthew Screech

Book Reviews

Jennifer Howell, The Algerian War in French-Language Comics
Susan Slyomovics

Benoît Mitaine, David Roche and Isabelle Schmitt-Pitiot, eds., Bande dessinée et adaptation (littérature, cinéma, tv)
Armelle Blin-Rolland

Mel Gibson, Remembered Reading: Memory, Comics and Post-War Construction of British Girlhood
Ana Merino

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