European Comic Art

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Editors: Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow
Mark McKinney, Miami University, Ohio
Ann Miller, University of Leicester

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 1, Spring 2015


Introduction: Boundary Crossing
The Editors

Articles and Artists' Statements

Local Laughter, Global Polemics: Understanding Charlie Hebdo
Jane Weston Vauclair

Over Under Sideways Down: An Interview with Karrie Fransman
Ann Miller

Vietnamese Foodways and Viet Kieu Postmemory in Clément Baloup's Graphic Narratives
Jennifer Howell

Artist's Statement
Clément Baloup

Artist's Statement
Zeina Abirached

Refiguring Modernism in European Comics: 'New Seeing' in the Works of Lorenzo Mattotti and Nicolas de Crécy
Barbara Uhlig

The Composition of Comics
Renaud Chavanne



Conference Review
Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women – Communities of Experience?One-day symposium, JW3, Jewish Community Centre for London, 12 November 2014
Ann Miller

Book Reviews
Thierry Smolderen, The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, trans. Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen
Patricia Mainardi

Julia Round, Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach
Karin Kukkonen

François-Emmanuel Boucher, Sylvain David and Maxime Prévost, eds., Mythologies du superhéros: Histoire, physiologie, géographie, intermédialités
Viviane Alary

Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner, Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present
Jaqueline Berndt

Annessa Ann Babic, ed., Comics as History, Comics as Literature: Roles of the Comic Book in Scholarship, Society, and Entertainment
Tony Venezia

Jane Tolmie, ed., Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art
Jennifer Anderson Bliss