Random records through the 2017 ComFor conference

Regular readers of the blog might have wondered why, after 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, there clearly was no blogpost in the 2016 ComFor (German Society for Comics Studies) seminar. There is certainly a easy reason behind that: I experiencedn’t attended year’s conference that is last. A couple of weeks ago, nevertheless, the trip was taken by me to Bonn where this year’s seminar (subject: “Comics and their Popularity”) happened. Take note that the next records aren’t meant to acceptably summarise the particular seminar paper; alternatively they’re rather subjective and random – ergo the name for this blogpost.

The meeting started on Friday, December 1 utilizing the “Open Workshops”, i.e. Documents not in the seminar theme of “Comics and their Popularity”.

  • The very first presentation had been by Zita Husing (Bonn) on “Being and Nature: the importance for the Southern Space regarding the Swamp in Alan Moore’s The Saga regarding the Swamp Thing” in which she submit connections between tropes regarding the United states South and Swamp Thing, e.g. That both are difficult to kill – no matter what defectively they truly are maimed or burned down, they constantly keep coming back through the dead. Like was remarked into the conversation afterward, but, it is interesting how article writers after Moore, such as for example Jeff Lemire, have actually expanded Swamp Thing’s backstory in to a cosmology that shifts the main focus through the neighborhood to your international.
  • Into the 2nd paper, “Batwing, Batflugel oder Flugel-Bat. Die onimischen Einheiten im Comic” (“onimic units in comics” – all translations mine), Rafal Jakiel (Wroclaw) looked over the names (poetonyms) of figures in superhero comics and identified traits such as for instance their simple iconicity: for example, Killer Croc is actually a murderous guy whom appears like a crocodile. 继续阅读Random records through the 2017 ComFor conference