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The International Comic Arts Forums
This is Daniel from the Grand Comics Database Board of Directors. I just returned from the 2016 International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF). It was well worth my time, and I can’t tell you how glad I am to have had the opportunity to attend. I want to especially thank the ICAF host, Qiana, for her time. She answered all my questions and introduced me to the audience, giving me a chance to speak. I want to also thank the Comic Studies Society President, Charles Hatfield, for his kind words to the conference about the GCD and our contributions.
The Grand Comics Database Project aspires to be the world's most comprehensive online comics database for comic readers, collectors, scholars, and professionals. In 2014, we ramped up our outreach to comic readers and collectors with a stronger presence at conventions, comics shops, and shows across North America and Europe. It is just as important for us to reach out to the scholars who use the GCD database for their research.
ICAF and the Comics Studies Society (CSS) are the types of forums that provide us another glimpse at what the database offers the entire comics community. It is my hope that we can strengthen our relationship with these institutions, learning how we might be able to better address their concerns and using their insight to improve what has already been a valuable resource.
What is ICAF? Started in 1995, ICAF is an annual conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comics. They actively seek collaboration with scholars, historians, critics, teachers, journalists, curators, artists, and comics professionals from around the world. I first heard of ICAF through fellow member and fellow convention boother Ray Bottorff. It was too intriguing to let it go, so I made the 443-mile journey to the University of South Carolina in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina (14–16 April 2016). If you want more information, I encourage you to visit http://www.internationalcomicartsforum.org/.
I also discovered The Comics Studies Society during my three day visit. The CSS “is the U.S.’s first learned society and professional association for comics researchers and teachers. It is an interdisciplinary society open to all comics scholars — whether working in the academy or independent — who share the goals of promoting the critical study of comics, improving comics teaching, and engaging in open and ongoing conversation about the comics world” (from the ICAF program). At least two GCD members are also members of the CSS, and I hope to see more in the future. You can learn more at http://www.comicssociety.org/.
I am neither a comics scholar or academic, but I found the panels interesting and understandable. The three days were busy from 0900 through 1700 (and sometimes later). Special guests included Cece Bell, Howard Cruse, Sanford Greene, Dominique Goblet, Gary Jackson, and Keith Knight. I was particularly impressed with the academic panels. There were a total of 14 panel presentations representing 39 colleges and universities. I was only able to attend 7. You can get details at http://www.internationalcomicartsforum.org/2016-schedule.html.
I will make every effort to go to another ICAF conference in the future. I will be looking into areas of mutual interest to ICAF and the GCD, and I will see what I can do to promote academic involvement from those scholars within our membership.
Thank you again to ICAF, CCS, and especially Qiana. It was memorable and fascinating.
GCD Comics Timeline
He also produced features like ‘Airboy’ and ‘The Heap’ for Charles Biro’s shop, that were published in comic books by Hillman Periodicals. Hen enrolled in the Art Students League at age 19, and subsequently attended the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He also did contributions to Fawcett Comics and Holyoke Publishing before beginning his longtime association with DC Comics (National Periodicals). His first work was a ‘Johnny Thunder’ story for Flash Comics in 1947, in which he created the ‘Black Canary’, but he was mainly noted for his regular work on Golden Age ‘The Flash’, ‘Green Lantern’ and ‘Justice Society of America’.
Continue reading about Carmine Infantino at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/i/infantino.htm
Read about Carmine Infantino at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmine_Infantino
Explore items in the GCD with work by Carmine Infantino — http://ow.ly/6Nq2300vSP9
Continue reading about Alfred Andriola at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/andriola.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Alfred Andriola — http://ow.ly/jhke300vSiW
By 1975, Carpentier adapted a few novels by the Countess of Ségur to comic stories for the women’s magazine Femmes d’aujourd’hui. Casterman collected them in ten books between 1975 and 1984.
Continue reading about Louis-Michel Carpentier at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/carpentier_l.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Louis-Michel Carpentier — http://ow.ly/Vfc8300vRI3
Continue reading about Walter Moers at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/moers_w.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Walter Moers — http://ow.ly/3QuT300vRlT
Continue reading about John Bolton at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bolton_%28illustrator%29
Explore items in the GCD with work by John Bolton — http://ow.ly/aGRu300tdn7
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/deodato_mike.htm
Read about Mike Deodato at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Deodato
Explore items in the GCD with work by Mike Deodato — http://ow.ly/3vKN300t9SA
From Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Steeman
Explore items in the GCD with work by Jan Steeman — http://ow.ly/M5QM300tb82
In 1980, he created ‘Zanardi’, a series revolving around three young students - Colasanti, Petrilli and, of course, Zanardi - opportunists, cynical and violent, symbolizing the crisis of values and the emptiness which afflict the younger generation in the 1980s. He also contributed to the reviews Corto Maltese and Comic Art, where he started to publish ‘La storia di Astarte’. Andrea Pazienza unfortunately died before he could finish this series.
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pazienza_andrea.htm
Read about Andrea Pazienza at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Pazienza
Explore items in the GCD with work by Andrea Pazienza — http://ow.ly/JdIF300tat1
(The image shown is from the Lambiek Comiclopedia page for Andrea Pazienza.)
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