Comics of the New Europe – Leuven University Press

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June, 2021: HONORABLE MENTION BY COMICS STUDIES SOCIETY PRIZE FOR EDITED BOOK COLLECTION: Martha Kuhlman and Jose Alaniz!

New volume in the ‘Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels’ series: ‘Comics of the New Europe. Reflections and Intersections’! A new generation of European cartoonists!

LINK: Comics of the New Europe

“In the 21th century the scene has taken great strides onto the internet, with platforms as Komikaze showcasing hundreds of classic and contemporary works and artists (Komikaze from Zagreb founded in 2002 by Ivana Armanini & co). As Armanini notes:

On the internet, free comics freely in all directions, they are accessible to anyone at any time, they are interactive; at the same time, they attract new authors from all over the world, so the network of interesting people is constantly expanding and intensifying. Paper editions are a fetish, a thing of the past, an homage to all paper that have flipped through from our childhood to the present day. When fresh, it smells good, but it also gathers dust on the shelves. If I could bet on the future, i would place all the money on the digital, its virtual ease and fluidity. It is publishing greed alone that hinders the progress and bright future of comics.
/ Reference: Bojan Albahari: ” Ivana Armanini: Technology to the people! Stripburger, 15 April 2015

A new generation of European cartoonists
Bringing together the work of an array of North American and European scholars, this collection highlights a previously unexamined area within global comics studies. It analyses comics from countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain like East Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Ukraine, given their shared history of WWII and communism. In addition to situating these graphic narratives in their national and subnational contexts, Comics of the New Europe pays particular attention to transnational connections along the common themes of nostalgia, memoir, and life under communism. The essays offer insights into a new generation of European cartoonists that looks forward, inspired and informed by traditions from Franco-Belgian and American comics, and back, as they use the medium of comics to reexamine and reevaluate not only their national pasts and respective comics traditions but also their own post-1989 identities and experiences.

Contributors: Max Bledstein (University of Winnipeg), Dragana Obradović (University of Toronto), Aleksandra Sekulić (University of Arts in Belgrade), Pavel Kořínek (Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague), Martin Foret (Palacký University), Michael Scholz (Uppsala University), Sean Eedy (Carleton University), Elizabeth Nijdam (University of British Columbia), Ewa Stańczyk (University of Amsterdam), Eszter Szép (Eötvös Loránd University)

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

New collection was edited by Martha Kuhlman and Jose Alaniz, focusing on the often less-studied comics cultures of: the former Yugoslav states, Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic (guests at this October’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2020 all being well), Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Hungary.
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Press: https://lup.be/…/series-studies-in-european…/products/119595

MORE FROM GOOGLE BOOKS ABOUT KOMIKAZE:

“The Aesthetics and Politics of Linguistic Borders“, 2019

LINK: The Aesthetics and Politics of Linguistic Borders: Heidi Grönstrand, ‎Markus Huss, ‎Ralf Kauranen – 2019 

“Comics with translations in subtitles have been published at least in Croatia (the Komikaze anthology), Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.”