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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
Continue reading about Mark Wheatley at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wheatley_%28comics%29
Explore items in the GCD with work by Mark Wheatley — http://ow.ly/rmaW300DmOb
The artist married San Francisco businessman and Harvard graduate, Fairfax Henry Wheelan, in San Francisco in 1887. They had two sons, Edgar Stow Wheelan and Fairfax Randall Wheelan. Edgar Wheelan created the comic strip ‘Minute Movies’, and also went on to become a nationally syndicated comic artist. When her husband died in San Francisco in 1915, the artist settled in New York City, and signed many of her later works with her married name, Albertine Randall Wheelan.
In 1931 she created and self-published the popular comic strip, ‘The Dumbunnies’, about the cute little rabbit family who live in the small town of Rabbitboro. After first reading ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Albertine was “fascinated by the delightful lunacy of the March Hare and the fussy White Rabbit,” so she decided to create this little community of humanized rabbits. She suggested that “if you follow carefully the antics of Dad, Ma, Dick, Dora, Daniel, and Dummy, maybe you’ll discover that you, too, have a little Dumbunny in your home.”
She illustrated many children’s books and contributed art to several holiday covers for the New York Herald Tribune’s Sunday supplements as well as other periodicals. In later years the artist worked from her studio in Greenwich Village, before retiring and living with her two sons in Connecticut. Mrs. Wheelan lived an active life to age 90, and died peacefully in January 1954.
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/randall_albertine.htm
(The image shown is from the Lambiek Comiclopedia page for Albertine Randall.)
He was one of several rotating artists on the short-lived horror comic anthology Wasteland by writer and actor Del Close and writer John Ostrander. Freeman alternated with artists Don Simpson, William Messner-Loebs, and David Lloyd on drawing one of the three horror stories in each issue, the fourth artist providing the cover.
In 1991, Freeman co-founded Digital Chameleon, a Winnipeg-based comics coloring and inking studio. He was a 1996 Eisner Awards nominee as Best Colorist for Topps’ The X-Files comic. In 2010, he was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame.
From Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Freeman_%28comics%29
Explore items in the GCD with work by George Freeman — http://ow.ly/xNXs300DkSG
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lectrr.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Lectrr — http://ow.ly/nncI300DgT9
(The image shown is from the Lambiek Comiclopedia page for Lectrr.)
Continue reading about Roger Melliès at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mellies_r.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Roger Melliès — http://ow.ly/HSwW300Dgmi
(The image shown is from the Lambiek Comiclopedia page for Roger Melliès.)
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mandrake_tom.htm
Read about Tom Mandrake at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Mandrake
Explore items in the GCD with work by Tom Mandrake — http://ow.ly/YvJ9300BgOr
Trimpe worked on several titles for the next three decades, mainly on ‘The Incredible Hulk’, but also on other superhero titles like ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Defenders’. During the 1970s, he illustrated several Marvel series based on Japanese figures, such as ‘Shogun Warriors’ and ‘Godzilla’. He also pencilled titles like ‘Nick Fury’ and ‘The ’Nam’.
Continue reading about Herb Trimpe at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/trimpe_herb.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Herb Trimpe — http://ow.ly/WK72300BgdN
Continue reading about Nick Bertozzi at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Bertozzi
Explore items in the GCD with work by Nick Bertozzi — http://ow.ly/Obuj300Bf1A
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