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

European Comic Art is published twice a year in Spring and Autumn.

Current Issue

Volume 7, Issue 1, Spring 2014


Introduction: Comics, the Social World and Challenging Consensus
The Editors


Perspective Games: Cham’s Heritage and Legacy
Philippe Willems

Héctor Germán Oesterheld: Ethics and Aesthetics of a Humanist
Domingos Isabelinho

The New Spanish Memory Comics: The Example of Cuerda de presas
Anne Magnussen

Cute Girls, Tough Boys: Performing Gender in Algerian Manga
Alexandra Gueydan-Turek


Book Reviews

Daniel Stein and Jan-Noël Thon, eds, From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative
Ian Hague

Barbara Postema, Making Sense of Fragments: Narrative Structure in Comics
Nancy Pedri

Shane Denson, Christina Meyer and Daniel Stein, eds., Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads
José Alaniz

Mélanie Van Der Hoorn, Bricks and Balloons: Architecture in Comic Strip Form
Stefano Ascari

Thomas Hausmanninger, Verschwörung und Religion: Aspekte der Postsäkularität in den franco-belgischen Comics [Conspiracy and Religion: Aspects of Post-Secularity in Franco-Belgian Comics]
Silke Horstkotte