2017: A Very Good Year

We know you are busy. It’s been quite a year for everyone. For us at The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship it’s been a very busy year with submissions all year round.

We’d like to thank you all for your readership and engagement. We are infinitely grateful to all our editors, reviewers and authors: thank you! We would also like to thank the Open Library of Humanities for their ongoing support: without their funding we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Here’s a listing of the articles we have published so far in 2017 (our 7th volume!), until the 22nd of December:

Research

Ursini, F.-A., (2017). David Bowie’s Influence on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.95

Ursini, F.-A., (2017). Themes, Focalization and the Flow of Information: The Case of Shingeki no Kyojin. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.83

Juricevic, I., (2017). Aladdin Sane and Close-Up Eye Asymmetry: David Bowie’s Contribution to Comic Book Visual Language. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.94

Humphrey, A., (2017). The Cult of Krazy Kat: Memory and Recollection in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.97

Earle, H., (2017). Framing Violence and Serial Murder in My Friend Dahmer and Green River Killer. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.99

Chung, M.-Y., (2017). The Humanity of the Zombie: A Case Study of a Korean Zombie Comic. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.81

Humphrey, A., (2017). The Cult of Krazy Kat: Memory and Recollection in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.97

Curtis, N., (2017). Doom’s Law: Spaces of Sovereignty in Marvel’s Secret Wars. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.90

Nurse, A., (2017). See No Evil, Print No Evil: The Criminalization of Free Speech in DMZ. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.88

Lee, J., (2017). Black Bleeds and the Sites of a Trauma in GB Tran’s Vietnamerica. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.104

Martin, C., (2017). With, Against or Beyond Print? Digital Comics in Search of a Specific Status. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.106

Botes, M., (2017). Using Comics to Communicate Legal Contract Cancellation. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.100

Fontaine, J., (2017). Illusion, Kayfabe, and Identity Performance in Box Brown and Brandon Easton’s Andre the Giant Graphic Biographies. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.96

Review

Labarre, N., (2017). Coming to Life: A Review of Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.105

Davies, D., (2017). A Review of Threadbare: Clothes, Sex and Trafficking. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.110

Godfrey, A.P., (2017). The Ethical Zombie: A Review of The Walking Med: Zombies and The Medical Image. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.112

Bussone, A., (2017). Experiencing the History of HIV/AIDS: A Review of Taking Turns. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.116

Clarke Gray, B., (2017). Cap the Chameleon: A Review of Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.120

Interview

Davies, D., (2017). Comics Activism: An Interview with Comics Artist and Activist Kate Evans. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 7, p.18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.114

Prize-winning Open Access Scholarship!

We were delighted to that Aleisha Ward’s article, “New Zealand Jazz Concerts, the Use and Abuse of Grand Pianos, and One Cartoonist’s Response”  won the prestigious Rebecca Coyle Prize this year. Read more about the prize here: https://www.openlibhums.org/news/266/

We also celebrated that Benoît Crucifix’s article, “Witnessing Fukushima Secondhand: Collage, Archive and Travelling Memory in Jacques Ristorcelli’s Les Écrans” won honorary mention at the inaugural Best Online Comics Studies Scholarship Award (BOCSS), announced at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) 2017 at the Lesley University campus.

Many congratulations to both Aleisha and Benoît!

If you submitted work during 2017 and your submission is still under review please accept our gratitude for your patience and understanding. Believe us: we know how frustrating scholarly publishing can be. After 7 years we remain a relatively small operation, and the volume of submissions this year increased significantly, which has meant longer waiting times for authors. This is far from ideal, but we keep working hard to find ways to continue engaging in faster and more efficient and rigorous editorial processes. Thank you once again for bearing with us.

If you are interested in submitting work for review or you just want to find out more about the journal, or catch up with all our previous volumes, please do click on https://www.comicsgrid.com/!

We are also in constant need for academic reviewers. If you would like to become a peer reviewer, please register, including your areas of expertise, at https://www.comicsgrid.com/author/register/reviewer/.

Special thanks to Peter Wilkins, Nicolas Labarre, Benoît Crucifix , Thom Giddens, Lise Tannahill, Enrique del Rey, Ana Cristina de Lion, Sam Moore, Peter Ford, Abhijit Pathre, Andy Byers, Martin Eve, and Caroline Edwards, who made this such a good year for The Grid.

Here’s looking forward to a 2018 full of open access comics scholarship!