Regular readers with this blog might have wondered why, after 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, there is no blogpost in the 2016 ComFor (German Society for Comics Studies) meeting. There clearly was an easy cause for that: I experiencedn’t attended year’s conference that is last. A couple of weeks ago, but, we took the journey to Bonn where this year’s meeting (subject: “Comics and their Popularity”) happened. Please be aware that listed here records aren’t designed to acceptably summarise the conference that is respective; alternatively they’re rather subjective and random – thus the name with this blogpost.
The meeting began on Friday, December 1 with all the “Open Workshops”, i.e. Documents not in the meeting theme of “Comics and their Popularity”.
- The very first presentation had been by Zita Husing (Bonn) on “Being and Nature: the value regarding the Southern Space for the Swamp in Alan Moore’s The Saga of this Swamp Thing” in which she submit connections between tropes associated with United states South and Swamp Thing, e.g. That both are difficult to kill – no matter just how defectively these are generally maimed or burned down, they constantly keep coming back through the dead. Like was remarked into the conversation a short while later, but, it is interesting how authors after Moore, such as for example Jeff Lemire, have actually expanded Swamp Thing’s backstory into a cosmology that shifts the main focus through the neighborhood into the worldwide.
- Within the 2nd paper, “Batwing, Batflugel oder Flugel-Bat. Die onimischen Einheiten im Comic” (“onimic devices in comics” – all translations mine), Rafal Jakiel (Wroclaw) looked over the names (poetonyms) of characters in superhero comics and identified traits such as for instance their simple iconicity: for example, Killer Croc is just a murderous guy whom appears like a crocodile. [Read more…]