Spring has sprung: The Comics Grid Volume 9 (2019) so far

[Comics Grid Spring 2019 Newsletter text below]

Please note our 31st March deadline has now passed.

Due to the high volume of submissions, please note that we are now closed for submissions until 1st November 2019.

Below you will find a listing of the articles published so far in Volume 9 (2019).

We will continue publishing throughout the year as part of Volume 9- keep an eye on the journal’s site (https://www.comicsgrid.com/) and our Twitter account (@ComicsGrid) for new article updates.

Volume 9 (2019) so far:

Lipenga, K.J., 2019. The New Normal: Enfreakment in Saga. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.161

Davies, P.F., 2019. New Choices of the Comics Creator. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.153

Grant, P., 2019. The Board and the Body: Material Constraints and Style in Graphic Narrative. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.145

del Rey Cabero, E., 2019. Beyond Linearity: Holistic, Multidirectional, Multilinear and Translinear Reading in Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.137

McGovern, M. and Eve, M.P., 2019. Information Labour and Shame in Farmer and Chevli’s Abortion Eve. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.158

Evans, J., 2019. Challenging Adaptation Studies: A Review of Comics and Adaptation. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.159

You can catch up with our Volume 8 (2018) here: https://www.comicsgrid.com/7/volume/8/issue/0/

 


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We will continue publishing throughout the year as part of Volume 9- keep an eye on the journal’s site (https://www.comicsgrid.com/) and our Twitter account (@ComicsGrid) for new article updates.

A decade later it’s here: The Strip Hay(na)ku Project. A collaborative experiment in sequential graphic poetics (Meritage Press & L/O/C/P, 2019)

The Strip Hay(na)ku Project book cover

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The Strip Hay(na)ku Project.  A collaborative experiment in sequential graphic poetics

Edited by Ernesto Priego

With contributions by John Bloomberg-Rissman, Sam Bloomberg-Rissman, Amy Bernier, lola bola (Jane Ogilvie), Horacio Castillo, Ira Franco, Ernesto Priego, and Ginger Stickney.

Foreword by Eileen R. Tabios

Introduction by Ernesto Priego

ISBN 978-1-934299-13-5

Release Date: April 2019

Page Count: 48 pages, full colour.

Price: US$14.00 or equivalent

Distributor: Lulu (Laughing/Ouch/Cube/Publications account)

For more information: meritagepress@gmail.com

 

 

Meritage Press and Laughing/Ouch/Cube/Publications are pleased to announce the release of The Strip Hay(na)ku Project, a collection of hay(na)ku poems in comic strip form, edited and co-created by Ernesto Priego with contributors John Bloomberg-Rissman, Sam Bloomberg-Rissman, Amy Bernier, lola bola (Jane Ogilvie), Horacio Castillo, Ira Franco, Ernesto Priego, and Ginger Stickney.

“Hay naku” is a common Filipino expression covering a variety of contexts—like the word “Oh.” The “hay(na)ku” is a 21st century poetic form invented by Eileen R. Tabios. It is a six-word tercet with the first line being one word, the second line being two words, and the third line being three words. Poets around the world have used the form and have created text and visual variations of the form, including the “chained hay(na)ku” which strings together more than one tercet as well as the reverse hay(na)ku where the word count is reversed. Ernesto Priego started co-creating “strip hay(na)ku” poems in 2008, inspired by examples of Slovenian “strip haiku”.

 

About The Strip Hay(na)ku Project:

“Hay(na)ku, a 21st century fixed verse form, has inherited haiku-sensibility (with its caesuras or paradigm shifts) and added to it a new kind of game, with 1, 2, and 3 words, perfect for the special needs of alphabetical writings. The inventive collaborators of this book successfully transplanted hay(na)ku – not only its basic form but its spirit as well – into the field of visual writing, and what we get is new and exciting. The book contains real comic strips but almost as soon as I started reading/watching the panels I had the strong impression that instead of the usual multitude of voices, speakers, actors etc. we have only two “heroes”, so to speak, inside and outside, and even they are not so different, to say the least. There is no comic strip without a story, and this time we are told and shown (but the texts and images don’t explain each other, their connection is inspiringly dissociative), how those heroes or perspectives keep changing places. It happens gently, almost invisibly…”

-Márton Koppány

 

Bios

Ernesto Priego is a lecturer at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, City, University of London. He is the founder and editor in chief of The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. He co-curated, with Ivy Alvarez, John Bloomberg-Rissman and Eileen R. Tabios, The Chained Hay(na)ku Project (Meritage Press and xPress(ed) 2010). He is also the author of Not Even Dogs. Hay(na)ku Poems (Meritage Press, 2006); the amazing adventures of Gravity & Grace (Otoliths 2008); The Present Day. The Mañana Poems (Leafe Press 2010); Ahí donde no estás. De nombres propios y otros fantasmas (Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura 2013); and, with Simon Grennan and Peter Wilkins, the non-fiction comic Parables of Care. Creative Responses to Dementia Care (City, University of London, University of Chester and Douglas College, 2017). He posts things online whenever he is able to on his blog, epriego.blog, and on Twitter @ernestopriego.

Eileen R. Tabios has released over 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Her books include a form-based “Selected Poems” series: The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019; THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL: Selected Visual Poetry (2001-2009); INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & new 1996-2015, and THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems and New 1998-2010. Recent poetry collections include HIRAETH: Tercets From the Last Archipelago, MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION: A Poetry Generator, TANKA: Vol. 1, and ONE TWO THREE: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems which is a bilingual English-Spanish edition with translator Rebeka Lembo. Forthcoming is WITNESS IN A CONVEX MIRROR which will inaugurate Tinfish Press’s ”Pacific response to John Ashbery.” She also invented the poetry form “hay(na)ku” whose 15-year anniversary in 2018 is celebrated at the San Francisco and Saint Helena Public Libraries. More information about her works is available at http://eileenrtabios.com.

 

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PhD studentship-Understanding UK digital comics information and publishing practices: From creation to consumption

The advert for the UK Digital Comics information and publishing practices: from creation to consumption PhD studentship opportunity is now available:

APPLY! [Click here]

Application deadline:  31 May 2019. 

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED TO 14TH JUNE 2019

[Direct link]

University Supervisors: Dr Ernesto Priego (Lecturer, Centre for Human Computer-Interaction Design) <— that’s me! and Dr Stephann Makri (Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction)

British Library Supervisors: Ian Cooke (Head of Contemporary British Publications) and Stella Wisdom (Digital curator)

[Direct link]

For more information on this and other opportunities see my previous blog post here or go to the British Library announcement at https://www.bl.uk/news/2019/february/ahrc-cdp-2019.

 

 

MakeWrite: Supporting Writing with Constrained Creativity

MakeWrite screenshot

I am pleased to announce that the INCA project has now launched MakeWrite, an iPad app that was co-designed by and for people with aphasia (a language difficulty following brain injury).

The app offers an accessible way for anyone to create and share texts in English. However, you don’t need to live with aphasia to try it out. Users can use existing text to make their own new piece of creative writing in four simple stages: choose, erase, arrange and share.

It was launched yesterday as part of UNESCO’s World Poetry Day.
This is its first release- it is a worldwide release for all iPad models, but if you are not in the UK and you experience difficulties downloading please do let us know- there should be no problems though.

Needless to say I’d personally love to see a multilingual MakeWrite, and of course one with a wider variety of source texts and an Android version too.

Link to the release on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/makewrite/id1456271313?mt=8 

Find out more about the INCA Project at https://blogs.city.ac.uk/inca/

Addressing Sylvia: A Comic about Sylvia Plath’s Last Address

Panel 5 from Priego, Ernesto (2019): Adressing Sylvia. figshare. Poster. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7803530
Panel 5 from Priego, Ernesto (2019): Adressing Sylvia. figshare. Poster. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7803530
In early January 2019 I took a walk.
I made a comic about it and shared it on Figshare. (I subsequently did a a new version with a minor revision, and updated the description in the record; the link should take you to the latest version).
Priego, Ernesto (2019): Addressing Sylvia. figshare. Poster. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7803530

Digital Comics AHRC Collaborative PhD Opportunities with the British Library

I am delighted to announce that The British Library (British Library) and City, University of London (City) will be offering a fully-funded PhD studentship (including fees and living allowance) on the research theme of ‘Understanding UK digital comics information and publishing practices: From creation to consumption.’ The supervision team for this particular collaborative PhD will be:

  • City, University of London Supervisors: Dr Ernesto Priego (Lecturer, Centre for Human Computer-Interaction Design) and Dr Stephann Makri (Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction)
  • British Library Supervisors: Ian Cooke (Head of Contemporary British Publications) and Stella Wisdom (Digital curator)

We are super excited that another collaborative studentship on UK Digital Comics, between the British Library and the University of the Arts London (co-supervised by Dr Ian Hague and Professor Roger Sabin) will soon be advertised too.

This means that two of four fully-funded AHRC British Library Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships will focus on UK digital comics. These are incredible news for UK comics scholarship, and a testament of the growth of the field in recent years.

The projects have been developed for the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships scheme. The successful candidates will be able to work with the project supervisors to further develop and refine the agreed focus of the research.

Initial announcement on the British Library website at https://www.bl.uk/news/2019/february/ahrc-cdp-2019

Application deadline and further details coming soon… watch this space!

HCID Open Day 2019: Design for Good: Call for Expressions of Interest #HCID2019

 

The HCID Open Day is a free mini conference hosted by our centre attracting an audience of 200+ UX / design / digital professionals. The theme for this year will be ‘Design for Good’ and will focus on how design can be used to positively impact society, designing for inclusion and the moral implications of design.

The Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design (HCID) at City, University of London have chosen this topic as we believe it reflects the kind of work we are currently doing and that all designers have the power to enact positive change. The day will close with us presenting our vision for HCIDs future.

Every year we invite in guest speakers from industry and academia to talk about UX / HCI / Interaction Design and related fields. The day will be been made up of 21 concurrent talks / workshops with opening and closing keynotes, past keynotes have included Google, eBay, Ideo and Modern Human. You can get a feel for the event through our recap video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b7HsPUJfjQ&t=2s.

This year’s HCID Open Day will be on Tuesday 18th June 2019 starting at 10:30am, and running until 6:30pm.

Personally, I’d be keen to see ideas from colleagues who would like to do presentations on designing of comics and animation for good, or, if you will, on practice-based uses of comics and animation in scholarly communications, education, health care, social justice and international development as ‘design for good’.

Needless to say, I’d also like to encourage colleagues doing HCI/UCD work in the areas of open access academic publishing, open education,  open data and ITC4D to consider submitting ideas too. 

If you are interested in taking part please contact the event’s organiser Stuart Scott on stuart.scott.2@city.ac.uk with an idea for your talk and mentioning it was me who sent you. If you aren’t able to talk at the event it would still be great to see you there!

El extraño caso de los archivos reaparecidos / The Strange Case of the Reappeared Archives: Carta Abierta/Open Letter: Periódico de Poesía 2007-2018

[Leer y firmar carta aquí / read sign the letter here]

 

[English version below]

[He compartido aquí esta carta abierta para que quede registro de su existencia. Cuando recibí noticia de esta carta, iniciada por Jorge Fondebrider, el 29 de enero, el archivo de los números 2007-2018 del Periódico de Poesía no estaba disponible de manera clara y visible al visitar https://periodicodepoesia.unam.mx/.  Para mayor contexto sobre la genealogía de este misterioso caso de archivos desaparecidos y reaparecidos, ver el post de Jorge en https://buenosairespoetry.com/2019/01/30/carta-abierta-las-razones-de-un-texto-y-muchas-firmas-jorge-fondebrider/.

Es mi opinión que este es un caso que deja claro que cuestiones de infraestructura académica y humanística, que son casos de arquitectura de la información, son casos políticos. El diseño es político. Lo es porque este es un caso de mal diseño de la interface y del archivo, dejando 10 años (y probablemente más años) de trabajo humanísitico a la intemperie, en riesgo constante de accidente y desaparición. Por eso la carta sigue siendo relevante, pues la reaparición de los archivos desaparecidos no soluciona el problema: es hora de llamar a un experto en ciencias de la información (¡un bibliotecario y archivista!) para que ponga en orden las cosas en el sitio del Periódico de Poesía. Su futuro depende de que eso pase.

I have shared here this open letter for the record. At the time we began collecting the initial signatures, the 2007-2018 issues of Periódico de Poesía were not clearly and visibly available when visiting https://periodicodepoesia.unam.mx/. A day later, once the word had spread, they suddenly reappeared on its home page. For more context on the genealogy of this strange case of disappeared and reappeared archives, please read Jorge’s post at https://buenosairespoetry.com/2019/01/30/carta-abierta-las-razones-de-un-texto-y-muchas-firmas-jorge-fondebrider/.

In my opinion this is a case that proves that issues of academic infrastructure, which are issues of information architecture, are political issues. In other words, information architecture is political. Design is political. It is political because bad interface and archive design are endangering cultural heritage (particularly, but not only, in the Global South). The open letter below is still relevant because the sudden reappearance of the missing archives does not solve the main issue: it is time to call an information professional (a librarian and archivist!) to put things in order at the Periódico de Poesía site. Its future depends on it.]

Los abajo firmantes solicitamos a la UNAM volver a poner a disposición del público el archivo completo del Periódico de Poesía abierta y formalmente en línea, incluyendo todos los números publicados entre 2007 y 2018, los cuales hasta hace poco no aparecían en su archivo en línea, o aparecen/aparecían en locaciones confusas o poco adecuadas del sitio.

The undersigned request UNAM makes the complete archive of Periódico de Poesía (including all the issues published between 2007 and 2018, which until very recently were missing or misplaced) openly available to the public again in an appropriate location within the whole archive.

Para mayor contexto / more context at: https://buenosairespoetry.com/2019/01/30/carta-abierta-las-razones-de-un-texto-y-muchas-firmas-jorge-fondebrider/

[Firmar carta aquí / sign the letter here]

 

Periódico de Poesía: https://periodicodepoesia.unam.mx/

Texto completo de la carta abierta y firmantes iniciales / Full Open Letter in Spanish and initial signataries:

 

Carta Abierta

Periódico de Poesía 2007-2018: Solicitamos volver a poner a disposición del público el archivo completo del Periódico de Poesía en línea de manera formal, segura, sustentable y permanente.

Los abajo firmantes, colaboradores y lectores del Periódico de Poesía de la UNAM entre 2007 y 2018, solicitamos encarecidamente que se vuelva a poner a disposición del público, en formato PDF así como en HTML (ya que el Periódico también publicaba material interactivo) la totalidad de los números publicados en ese periodo, que actualmente no se encuentran donde corresponde, que es en el “Archivo de épocas anteriores de Periódico de Poesía” (http://www.archivopdp.unam.mx/index.php/del-papel-a-pdf).

Habiéndolos publicado ad honorem, los colaboradores entendemos que la única compensación posible por nuestros trabajos es permitir que los lectores, pasados, presentes y futuros, puedan acceder libremente al fruto de nuestros esfuerzos. Así mismo, dada la actual fragilidad del archivo, solicitamos que la UNAM resguarde todos los números del Periódico de Poesía de manera formal en su repositorio institucional, para así asegurar que el contenido esté disponible de manera segura, sustentable y permanente.

Nos sentimos orgullosos de haber colaborado en el Periódico de Poesía y de que nuestra labor sea parte de su patrimonio. Pedimos entonces que la UNAM atienda nuestro reclamo y corrija esta situación.

Atentamente,

[Firmar carta aquí / sign the letter here]

Firmantes iniciales:

ADOLFO CASTAÑÓN (México)
ALEJANDRO SANDOVAL ÁVILA (México)
ALEXIS GÓMEZ ROSA (Rep. Dominicana)
ALFONSO ALEGRE (España)
ALFONSO OREJEL SORIA (México)
ALICIA GARCÍA BERGUA (México)
ÁLVARO VALVERDE (España)
ANA FRANCO (México)
ANDRÉS EHRENHAUS (Argentina)
ANNA CROWE (Escocia)
ANTONIO MARTÍN ALBALATE (España)
ARGEL CORPUS (México)
ARMANDO ROA VIAL (Chile)
AURELIO MAJOR (España/México/Canadá)
BÁRBARA BELLOC (Argentina)
BERNARDO RUÍZ (México)
BLANCA STREPPONI (Argentina / Venezuela)
BRENDA RÍOS (México)
CARLA FAESLER (México)
CARLOS LÓPEZ (México)
CARLOS LÓPEZ BELTRÁN (México)
CARLOS MAPES (México)
CARLOS VITALE (Argentina)
CARMEN SÁNCHEZ (México)
CITLALI GUERRERO (México)
CLAUDIA LUNA FUENTES (México)
CLAUDIA MELNIK (Argentina)
CORAL BRACHO (México)
DANA GELINAS (México)
DANIEL GOLDIN HALFON (México)
DARÍO JARAMILLO (Colombia)
DIANA BELLESSI (Argentina)
EDUARDO ESPINA (Uruguay)
EDUARDO GARCÍA AGUILAR (Colombia)
EDUARDO HURTADO (México)
EDUARDO MILÁN (Uruguay/México)
EDUARDO MOGA (España)
EDWARD HIRSCH (Estados Unidos)
ELIOT WEINBERGER (Estados Unidos)
ENRIQUE JUNCOSA (España)
ENRIQUE WINTER (Chile)
ERNESTO PRIEGO (México/Reino Unido)
FABIO JURADO VALENCIA (Colombia)
FABIO MORÁBITO (México)
FERNANDO HERRERA GÓMEZ (Colombia)
FRANCISCO JOSÉ CRUZ (España)
FRANCISCO SEGOVIA (México)
GASTÓN ALEJANDRO MARTÍNEZ SALDIERNA (México)
GERARDO PINA (México)
GOYA GUTIÉRREZ (España)
GUSTAVO GUERRERO (Venezuela)
GWEN KIRKPATRICK (Estados Unidos)
HARRYETTE MULLEN (Estados Unidos)
HÉCTOR CARRETO (México)
HÉLÈNE CARDONA (Estados Unidos/España)
HERMANN BELLINGHAUSEN (México)
HUGH HAZELTON (Estados Unidos)
IGNACIO DI TULIO (Argentina)
INÉS GARLAND (Argentina)
JAN DE JAGER (Argentina)
JOHN BURNSIDE (Escocia)
JORGE AGUILAR MORA (México)
JORGE AULICINO (Argentina – Premio Nacional de Poesía)
JORGE FONDEBRIDER (Argentina)
JORGE VALDÉZ DÍAZ-VÉLEZ (México)
JOSÉ CARLOS CATAÑO (Canarias-Cataluña)
JOSÉ LUIS BOBADILLA (México)
JOSÉ MARÍA ESPINASA (México)
JOSÉ RAMÓN RIPOLL (España)
JUAN ANTONIO MASOLIVER (España)
JUAN ANTONIO MONTIEL (México/España)
JUAN ARABIA (Argentina)
JUAN CARLOS ABRIL (España)
JUAN CARLOS MARSET (España)
JUAN ESMERIO NAVARRO (México)
JULIA PIERA (España)
JULIÁN HERBERT (México)
JULIO ORTEGA (Perú)
KATHERINE SILVER (Estados Unidos)
LOREA CANALES (México)
LUCRECIA ORENSANZ (México)
LUIS ARMENTA MALPICA (México)
LUIS BRAVO (Uruguay)
LUIS CORTES BARGALLÓ (México)
LUIS MIGUEL AGUILAR (México)
MAGNUS WILLIAM-OLSSON (Suecia)
MARCOS RICARDO BARNATÁN (España)
MARÍA RIVERA (México)
MARINA SERRANO (Argentina)
MARIO CAMPAÑA (Ecuador)
MARIO MONTALBETTI (Perú)
MARK SCHAFER (Estados Unidos)
MARTÍN ESPADA (Estados Unidos)
MATT BROGAN (Estados Unidos)
MERCEDES ÁLVAREZ (Argentina)
MICAELA CHIRIF (Perú)
MICHAEL O’LOUGHLIN (Irlanda)
MIGUEL ÁNGEL PETRECCA (Argentina)
MIGUEL ÁNGEL ZAPATA (Perú)
MIGUEL CASADO (España)
PEDRO POITEVIN (Estados Unidos)
RAFAEL JOSÉ DÍAZ (España)
RICHARD GWYN (Gales)
RODICA GRIGORE (Rumania)
RODOLFO MATA (México)
SAMUEL BOSSINI (Argentina)
SERGIO GASPAR (España)
SILVANA FRANZETTI (Argentina)
SILVIA CAMEROTTO (Argentina)
SILVIA EUGENIA CASTILLERO (México)
SONIA HERNÁNDEZ (España)
SUSANA CABUCHI (Argentina)
SUSANNA RAFART (España)
TANYA HUNTINGTON (Estados Unidos)
TERESA ARIJÓN (Argentina)
TOM POW (Escocia)
VERÓNICA GROSSI (México)
VERÓNICA ZONDEK (Chile)
VÍCTOR RODRÍGUEZ NÚÑEZ (Cuba)
W. H. HERBERT (Escocia)
XANATH CARAZA (México)
XIMENA ATRISTAIN LÓPEZ (México)
VICTOR SOTO FERREL (Tijuana, México)
YOLANDA PANTIN (Venezuela)
ZAZIL COLLINS (México)

 

[Firmar carta aquí / sign the letter here]

Reference

Fondebrider, Jorge; Priego, Ernesto; et al. (2019): Carta Abierta/Open Letter: Periódico de Poesía 2007-2018. figshare. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7657976.v1

 

Parabeln der Pflege: new translation of Parables of Care makes comic about dementia care available to German-speaking audiences

Cover of the German version of Parables of Care
Cover of the German version of Parables of Care

A new translation of Parables of Care makes comic about creative responses to dementia care available to German-speaking audiences

 

Download Parables of Care (original English version) from City Research Online, City, University of London: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/18245/

Download Parabeln der Pflege. Kreative Reaktionen in der Demenzpflege, von Pflegenden erzählt [Parables of Care German version] from City Research Online, City, University of London: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/21252/

This new German translation is also available to download from ChesterRep, University of Chester: https://chesterrep.openrepository.com/handle/10034/621804

Parables of Care. Creative Responses to Dementia Care, As Told by Carers is a research-based comic book originally published in English in October 2017.

Parables of Care has now been released in German translation, translated by Dr Andrea Hacker, from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

About working on the German translation, Dr Hacker said:

“I wanted to share Parables of Care not only with my family and the wonderful carers that help us but with a wider German-speaking audience: Alzheimer, dementia – these affect hundreds of thousands of families in the world regardless of language. Widely sharing our experiences of what works will give everyone a chance to make the best of the affliction – patients and families alike.”

[Read our Q&A with Andrea here].

The comic book was created by Dr Simon Grennan, from the Department of Art and Design, University of Chester, UK; Dr Ernesto Priego, from the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design, City, University of London, UK; and Dr Peter Wilkins from Douglas College, Vancouver, Canada.

The short comic book includes 14 informative and touching stories, drawn by Simon Grennan with Christopher Sperandio, which were adapted from more than 100 case studies of real-life dementia care situations described by a range of carers. These case studies are available at http://carenshare.city.ac.uk/

The small international team looked to expand the accessibility of this archive of carers’ stories and found that by creating short graphic art stories they could portray the emotional power of these situations. Each story is only four panels and just one page long.

Unlike clinical descriptions, this form enhances the affective aspects of each story, putting the reader at the centre of situations that often verge on incomprehensibility, but which are all resolved. In this respect, each story is universalised and becomes a parable.

The book is available open access to dementia carers and the general public as part of ongoing engagement, training and development programmes at City, University of London, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and The Faculty of Health Sciences at Douglas College, Vancouver, Canada.

About the Translator

Dr Andrea Hacker is an editor, translator and open science professional who lives in Switzerland where she works at the University of Bern. She has previously lived and worked in the US, Russia, Ireland and Germany. She was mentored in literary translation during her graduate studies at UCLA by Michael Henry Heim.

Download Parables of Care (original English version) from City Research Online, City, University of London: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/18245/

Download Parabeln der Pflege. Kreative Reaktionen in der Demenzpflege, von Pflegenden erzählt [Parables of Care German version] from City Research Online, City, University of London: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/21252/

Q&A with Andrea Hacker on her Parables of Care translation: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/parablesofcare/2019/01/24/parabeln-der-pflege-a-qa-with-parables-of-care-translator-andrea-hacker/

For more information, please visit: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/parablesofcare/

Press enquiries contact: John Stevenson, Senior Communications Officer, City, University of London

This post was originally published on the Parables of Care blog at https://blogs.city.ac.uk/parablesofcare/2019/01/24/parabeln-der-flege-parables-of-care-german-translation-release/

La “escucha” del deejay – para Manrico Montero (enero del 2002 para Urbe 01)

I have been reorganising hard drives and the like and came across this article I wrote on 28 January 2002, in Mexico City, for Mexican electronic music and culture magazine Urbe 01. I have copied and pasted it below under the photograph. The dedication to Manrico was in the original.

 

Manrico Montero (1973-2018). Foto via Urbe 01
Manrico Montero (1973-2018). Foto via Urbe 01

La “escucha” del deejay

Para Manrico Montero

 

“Tenemos hoy por evidencia que no hay arte sin oficio, la actividad artística es irreductible a una actividad mecánica  […] Existe obra de arte cuando el instrumento se olvida, supera, casi se escamotea, en bien del gesto inspirado, imprevisible…”

-Régis Debray (2000)

El deejay es sin duda una de las figuras protagónicas de las escenas artísticas de la actualidad. Desde los 70, un progresivo develamiento de esta otrora oscura figura ha devenido en su conversión al stardom, que así como construye ídolos populares al instante también puede derrocarlos en incluso menos tiempo. Hasta hace poco la labor del deejay era motivo de cuchicheos y miradas de reojo: a ciencia cierta, pocos sabían lo que sucedía detrás y sobre ese par de tornamesas.

Ahora, las urbes más vanguardistas del mundo hospedan fiestas donde cada deejay es sujeto de atenta vigilancia de connoisseurs de brazos cruzados que no dejan escapar el más leve cuatrapeo, que reconocen los tracks de incluso los white labels más extraños y que valoran y evalúan el discurso personal de cada montadiscos siguiendo complejos criterios especializados. Cada vez es más común presenciar un par de tornamesas y una mezcladora en museos y galerías dedicadas al arte contemporáneo, las revistas de música y cultura popular les dedican sus portadas, los nombres más famosos viajan en avión de una fiesta a otra la misma noche o trabajan en cabinas diseñadas con materiales preciosos bajo pedido de sus a veces sobrevalorados usuarios.

Sería pues anacrónico pretender explicar en estos tiempos la importancia de la labor, el oficio, el arte del deejaying: a estas alturas, pensaríamos que aquellos días oscuros en que se le consideraba una actividad parasitaria para subnormales ha sido trascendida. (Recordemos, como muestra, el grito de guerra morrisseyano característico de los ochenta sobre la intrascendente superficialidad del dj –hang the deejay– así como las duras críticas del punk de la primera mitad de los noventa que acusaban la pusilánime volubilidad de los que gustosos danzaban al beat del sonido disco –you’ll dance to anything).  Sin embargo, creemos necesario hacer una crítica de lo que se ha denominado overhyping: sólo un análisis de lo que aporta cultural, social, política y artísticamente la labor del deejay podrá permitirnos reconocer cuándo su apreciación consiste en una justa valoración de sus aportaciones y cuándo, simplemente, en una vulgar campaña publicitaria generalizada que ha visto en esta actividad una forma más de sacarle dinero a los incautos.

Urge preguntarse por qué, a nivel mundial, se considera que ciertos deejays, y no otros, resultan “los mejores”, y por qué, en algunos casos, se les ha construido cultos a la personalidad muy similares a los que anteriormente gozaban los grupos de rock.  Para poder responder esta pregunta, habrá que re-plantearse primero qué es lo que hace un deejay. Si, técnicamente, lo que hace un deejay es re-estructurar piezas de discurso previamente estructuradas por terceros o en muchos casos por sí mismo (es decir, discos de acetato) en un discurso mayor mediante su reorganización a través de la mezcla o superposición de patrones rítmicos y melódicos de muchas fuentes sonoras distintas,  (es decir, un set) ¿cómo valorar su trabajo? ¿Cómo reconocer la diferencia, por ejemplo, entre dos disc jockeys que, hipotéticamente, trabajen con exactamente los mismos discos?

Quisiéramos plantear aquí lo que llamaremos “la escucha” del deejay (así como en la fotografía nos referimos a “la mirada” del fotógrafo). Así como saber oprimir el obturador, revelar e imprimir no hace al fotógrafo, saber empalmar beats no hace al deejay. El set de un deejay como obra de arte tendría, casi, que olvidarse de su instrumento, trascender la técnica. Entonces, ¿en qué radicaría “la escucha” del deejay, su “gesto inspirado”?

 

2018: A Very Good Year for The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

This year we broke our own record and published a total of 18 articles during 2018. I cannot say it enough: the Journal is only possible because of the work volunteered by our editors, reviewers and authors: thank you all!

I would also like to thank the Open Library of Humanities (https://www.openlibhums.org/) 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 published during 2018, our 8th volume, by section:

Research

Rageul, A., 2018. On the Pleasure of Coding Interface Narratives. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.107

Dell’Angelo, T. and DeGenova, M., 2018. “I am a Teacher”: Early Career Teachers in High Needs Schools. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.115

Baudry, J., 2018. Paradoxes of Innovation in French Digital Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.108

Wysocki, L., 2018. Farting Jellyfish and Synergistic Opportunities: The Story and Evaluation of Newcastle Science Comic. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.119

Gavaler, C., 2018. Undemocratic Layout: Eight Methods of Accenting Images. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.102

Verstappen, N., 2018. Prayoon Chanyawongse’s Cartoon Likay: Amalgamating Likay Theatrical Form and Comics into a Unique Thai Genre. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.121

Kowalewski, H., 2018. Heart is for Love: Cognitive Salience and Visual Metonymies in Comics. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.117

Zhu, A., Phuong, M. and Giacobbe, P., 2018. The Story of ECT: Behind the Scenes of a Controversial yet Effective Treatment. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.129

Rifkind, C., 2018. Geneviève Castrée’s Unmade Beds: Graphic Memoir and Digital Afterlives. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.128

Priego, E. and Wilkins, P., 2018. The Question Concerning Comics as Technology: Gestell and Grid. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.133

Farinella, M., 2018. Of Microscopes and Metaphors: Visual Analogy as a Scientific Tool. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.130

Review

Gröppel-Wegener, A., 2018. Raiding the Superhero Wardrobe: A Review of The Superhero Costume – Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.122

Bessette, L.S., 2018. We’re All YA Now: A Review of Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.124

Davies, P.F., 2018. Enacting Graphic Mark-Making: A Review of A Theory of Narrative Drawing. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.127

Priego, E., 2018. The Comics Page: Scholarly Books Briefly Noted (2017–2018). The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.136

Murel, J., 2018. On the Significance of the Graphic Novel to Contemporary Literary Studies: A Review of The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.138

Simmons, T.E., 2018. Unmasked Lex Text: A Review of On Comics and Legal Aesthetics – Multimodality and the Haunted Mask of Knowing. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.134

Interview

Giddens, T., 2018. “I’m Aware that a Lot of these People that I’m Feeling Sorry for are Wankers”: A Conversation with Hannah Berry. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8, p.12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.132


Other Grid-related News

Honourable Mention

This year fellow co-conspirator Dr Peter Wilkins and I received an Open Scholarship Award 2018 Honorable Mention for their Comics Grid editorial work. The Open Scholarship Awards are sponsored by the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute and its partners. The announcement was published on 13 April 2018 by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (University of Victoria, Canada). We were literally honoured.

Featured in Open Insights

I’d also like to hank you to Martin Eve and James Smith from the Open Library of Humanities for interviewing me for their Open Insights series, part of their EmpowOA programme. The URL for the interview is: https://www.openlibhums.org/news/275/. Make sure to follow the #EmpowOA hashtag for the whole series. Find out more about the Open Library of Humanities’ EmpowOA programme here.

Editorial Work Experience

This year we also started collaborating with the Creative Writing and Publishing MA Programme at City, University of London by offering our first editorial work experience placement for a postgraduate student. Angelica Curzi started her placement in December 2018. Welcome to the team, Angelica!


Articles received by or after our second yearly editorial deadline (October 2018) have been under review and editorial processes will restart from January 2019.

We completely appreciate scholarly publishing can be a frustrating affair- if you submitted work during 2018 and your submission is still under review (or was accepted but due to be published in 2019) please accept our gratitude for your patience and understanding.

After 8 years we remain a relatively small, volunteer-led scholarly publishing operation, and the volume of submissions this year increased significantly, with 2018 being our busiest year so far, 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/.

Here’s looking forward to a 2019 full of open access comics scholarship!

To be continued…


[This post was adapted from an email campaign I sent to the Comics Grid newsletter list yesterday. You can subscribe to the Comics Grid Newsletter at http://eepurl.com/iOYAj].

 

The 2018 Altmetric Top 100 Outputs with ‘Comics’ as Keyword

As it’s that time of the year and Altmetric has released its 2018 Top 100, in this post I share the 2018 Top 100 research outputs with ‘comics’ as a keyword according to Altmetric.

I queried the data from the Altmetric Explorer, looking for all outputs with this keyword between 13/12/2017 and 13/12/2018. I then refined the data to concentrate only on the Top 100 outputs about comics.

To see the complete Top 100, you can download the dataset I shared on figshare at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7467116.v1.

Below you can quickly take a look at the top 20 outputs with keyword “comics” ordered by their Altmetric Attention score :

Altmetric Attention Score Title Journal/Collection Title Publication Date
524 Ten simple rules for drawing scientific comics PLoS Computational Biology 04/01/2018
286 Comixify: Transform video into a comics 09/12/2018
154 Teaching Confidentiality through Comics at One Spanish Medical School AMA Journal of Ethics 01/02/2018
99 Bruised and Battered: Reinforcing Intimate Partner Violence in Comic Books Feminist Criminology 17/05/2018
84 Of Microscopes and Metaphors: Visual Analogy as a Scientific Tool The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 10/10/2018
79 The potential of comics in science communication JCOM – Journal of Science Communication 23/01/2018
65 Alter egos: an exploration of the perspectives and identities of science comic creators JCOM – Journal of Science Communication 16/01/2018
61 Using comics to change lives The Lancet 01/01/2018
50 The Question Concerning Comics as Technology: Gestell and Grid The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 24/09/2018
47 A survey of comics research in computer science 16/04/2018
41 Is There a Comic Book Industry? Media Industries 05/06/2018
38 The Utility of Multiplex Molecular Tests for Enteric Pathogens: a Micro-Comic Strip Journal of Clinical Microbiology 24/01/2018
38 Farting Jellyfish and Synergistic Opportunities: The Story and Evaluation
of Newcastle Science Comic
The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 20/03/2018
35 Pitfalls in Performing Research in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory: a Micro-Comic Strip Journal of Clinical Microbiology 25/09/2018
34 Neural Comic Style Transfer: Case Study 05/09/2018
31 Comics and the Ethics of Representation in Health Care … AMA Journal of Ethics AMA Journal of Ethics 01/02/2018
29 Undemocratic Layout: Eight Methods of Accenting Images The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 25/05/2018
29 Communicating Science through Comics: A Method Publications 30/08/2018
26 Of Cornopleezeepi and Party Poopers: A Brief History of Physicians in Comics … AMA Journal of Ethics AMA Journal of Ethics 01/02/2018
26 On the Significance of the Graphic Novel to Contemporary Literary Studies: A Review of The Cambridge Companion to the Graphic Novel The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship 19/09/2018
DOI Altmetric Details Page URL
10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005845 https://www.altmetric.com/details/31266263
https://www.altmetric.com/details/52485006
10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.2.medu1-1802 https://www.altmetric.com/details/32564583
10.1177/1557085118772093 https://www.altmetric.com/details/41904868
10.16995/cg.130 https://www.altmetric.com/details/49471637
10.22323/2.17010401 https://www.altmetric.com/details/32104944
10.22323/2.17010201 https://www.altmetric.com/details/31748235
10.1016/s0140-6736(17)33258-0 https://www.altmetric.com/details/31292645
10.16995/cg.133 https://www.altmetric.com/details/48839521
https://www.altmetric.com/details/37717650
10.3998/mij.15031809.0005.102 https://www.altmetric.com/details/43846275
10.1128/jcm.01916-17 https://www.altmetric.com/details/32171741
10.16995/cg.119 https://www.altmetric.com/details/34631498
10.1128/jcm.01144-18 https://www.altmetric.com/details/48881364
https://www.altmetric.com/details/47890394
10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.2.fred1-1802 https://www.altmetric.com/details/32521484
10.16995/cg.102 https://www.altmetric.com/details/42619367
10.3390/publications6030038 https://www.altmetric.com/details/47265663
10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.2.mhst1-1802 https://www.altmetric.com/details/32529286
10.16995/cg.138 https://www.altmetric.com/details/48647607

To see the complete Top 100, you can download the dataset I shared on figshare at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7467116.v1.

I am obviously very pleased to see The Comics Grid included in the Top 100.

It is interesting to note the diversity of countries associated to the profiles (where the metadata was available) giving attention to the outputs. According to Altmetric, there were 4,588 tweets about research outputs with ‘comics’ as keyword between 13/12/17 and 13/12/18 by 2,866 unique tweeters in 98 different countries. The map looks like this:

Countries and Number of Profiles that Gave Attention to Research Outputs with 'Comics' Keyword between 13/12/17 and 13/12/18 according to Altmetric. Chart by Altmetric Explorer.
Countries and Number of Profiles that Gave Attention to Research Outputs with ‘Comics’ Keyword between 13/12/17 and 13/12/18 according to Altmetric. Chart by Altmetric Explorer.

 

I shared the countries data on figshare at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7467455.v1.

For more information and context on Altmetric and using the Altmetric Explorer, see my 2016 post here. Many other posts about alternative metrics and the Altmetric Explorer can be found throghout my blog.

References

Priego, Ernesto (2018): Altmetric Top 100 Outputs with ‘Comics’ Keyword between 13/12/17 and 13/12/18. figshare. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7467116.v1

Priego, Ernesto (2018): Countries and Number of Profiles that Gave Attention to Research Outputs with ‘Comics’ Keyword between 13/12/17 and 13/12/18 according to Altmetric. figshare. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7467455.v1