European Comic Art

Provides articles on European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 1, 2011

A Creative Culture Where It Is Hard to Make a Living: The Socio-Economic Situation of Comics Authors and Illustrators in Belgium
AbstractOn the initiative of the research office of the non-profit SMartBe Professional Association for Creative Professions, an exploratory survey into the current socio-economic circumstances of comics authors and illustrators in Belgium has been undertaken...
Angoulême, 2011
The 2011 Festival International de la Bande Dessinée (FIBD) in Angoulême saw the return of enormous crowds to the medieval town in south-western France, and for the first time in many years the event felt uncomfortably crowded and difficult to navigate....
Comic Art and Commitment: An Interview with Morvandiau
AbstractThis interview with political cartoonist and comics artist Morvandiau focuses mainly on his 2007 comic book D'Algérie. After the murder in 1994 of his Uncle Jean, a père blanc ['white father'] in Tizi Ouzou, along with three of his fellow priests,...
'Corsican Speak' in Two French Bandes Dessinées, or How to Manipulate Communication Rules: A Pragmatic Analysis*
AbstractThe analysis of language in French comics has usually been carried out on questions such as variation (especially diastratic and diatopic), focusing on lexical and syntactical elements, but seldom has the question of communication rules been...
Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic
Joel E. Vessels, Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2010). 304 pp. ISBN: 978-1-60473-444-7 (printed case binding $50.00); 978-1-60473-445-4 (ebook $50.00)'The best and most telling cartoons are...
Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s
Simone Castaldi, Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2010). 150 pp. ISBN: 978-1-60473- 749-3 (printed case binding, $40.00); 978-1-60473-777-6 (ebook $40.00)Drawn and Dangerous recounts...
Interview with Farid Boudjellal
AbstractFarid Boudjellal (b. 1953), a French cartoonist of Algerian and Armenian heritage, outlines his approach to comics. He discusses important inspirations and influences, including cartoonists from France (Gébé), Italy (Hugo Pratt) and the United...
Introduction: Diversity and New Directions
Future directions are often shaped by quirks of necessity or chance: the groundbreaking iconoclast that is Moebius's Garage hermétique, with its rejection of conventional narrative or character coherence, came as a result of the author having forgotten...
Joann Sfar Conjures Marc Chagall: The Politics of Visual Representation in the Rabbi's Cat
AbstractThe five episodes of Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat (2002-2006), recently published in English translation in two volumes (2007-2008), and particularly the latest instalment of the series, Africa's Jerusalem, are rich in meta-narrative and meta-iconic...
The OP War, Libertarian Communication and Graphic Reportage in Georgian London
AbstractOn 18 September 1809, Covent Garden Theatre reopened, lavishly decorated after the devastating fire of the previous year. Far from being an occasion of celebration, an increase in prices and the architectural redistribution raised the ire of...
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