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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 Win Mortimer at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win_Mortimer
Read about Win Mortimer at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mortimer_win.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Win Mortimer — http://ow.ly/4nhvQ3
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sale_tim.htm
Read about Tim Sale at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Sale_%28artist%29
Explore items in the GCD with work by Tim Sale — http://ow.ly/4nhuPO
Continue reading about Alex Niño at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/nino_a.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Alex Niño — http://ow.ly/4nht7J
Continue reading about Federico Pedrocchi at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pedrocchi_federico.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Federico Pedrocchi — http://ow.ly/4nhrhm
(The excerpt shown is from “Paperino e il Mistero di Marte”, from the Lambiek Comiclopedia page.)
Continue reading about Claude Auclair at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/auclair_claude.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Claude Auclair — http://ow.ly/4nhptg
(The excerpt shown is from Simon du Fleuve #3, "Maïlis", February 1978; from the Lambiek Comiclopedia page.)
Foglio has illustrated the work of science-fiction author Robert Lynn Asprin, and also adapted the first ‘MythAdventures’ novel to a comic book series for WaRP Graphics (‘Another Fine Myth’). He then illustrated comic books for DC Comics (‘Angel and the Ape’, ‘Plastic Man’, ‘Stanley and His Monster’), Marvel and First Comics (‘GrimJack’, ‘Dynamo Joe’). Foglio created his long-running character ‘Buck Godot’ for Just Imagine.
Together with his wife Kaja he founded Studio Foglio in 1993. Through this studio they have published their comic books ‘XXXenophile’ and especially ‘Girl Genius’, a series about the student Agatha Heterodyne set in a steampunk fantasy universe (labeled as ‘gaslamp fantasy’ by the authors). In 2005, the Foglios canceled their publishing activities and presented ‘Girl Genius’ as a webcomic. There is a lively subculture around the strip, that has been an inspiration for several other artists. Several of the phrases featured in the comic have gained cult status. By 2013 the Foglio’s successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to publish the 12th ‘Girl Genius’ book and to start a series of reprints.
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/foglio_phil.htm
Read about Phil Foglio at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Foglio
Explore items in the GCD with work by Phil Foglio — http://ow.ly/4nhwOW (some explicit covers)
Continue reading about William Overgard at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Overgard
Explore items in the GCD with work by William Overgard — http://ow.ly/4ng3tq
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Trapani has worked on such series as ‘Doom Patrol’, ‘Green Lantern’, ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Teen Titans’, and ‘Superman’. He also assisted José Delbo on the ‘Superman’ daily in the 1980s. From the mid-1960s, Trapani has worked for a variety of publishers, like Dell (‘Dr Who’, ‘Flying Saucers’), Gold Key (‘Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery’, ‘Twilight Zone’) and Marvel (inking many series).
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/trapani_sal.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Sal Trapani — http://ow.ly/4ng1Gu
She illustrated the mini-series ‘Mondo Naif’ in Star Comics, and drew ‘Guarda che Luna’ with text by Giovanni Mattioli at Kappa Edizioni. She continued her collaboration with Mattioli with ‘Una Casa a Venezia’ for the Japanese publisher Kodansha. Again at Kappa, she illustrated ‘Ombre’, ‘Lillian Browne’, ‘L’Età Selvaggia’, and ‘Viaggio Sentimentale’. At Bonelli, she illustrated ‘Legs Weaver’, and for Linus, she produced the strip ‘La Bambina Filosofica’.
From Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/vinci_vanna.htm
Explore items in the GCD with work by Vanna Vinci — http://ow.ly/4ng0vO
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