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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

Win Mortimer (1 May 1919 – 11 January 1998, Canada) was a comic book and comic strip artist best known as one of the major illustrators of the DC Comics superhero Superman. He additionally drew for Marvel Comics, Gold Key Comics, and other publishers. He was a 2006 inductee into Canadian comics’ creators Joe Shuster Hall of Fame.

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

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Tim Sale (born 1 May 1956, USA) made his debut in ‘Thieves’ World’ in 1985, but had his professional breakthrough as the inker of ‘Myth Adventures’ at Warp Graphics. He has drawn for such titles as DC’s ‘Challengers of the Unknown’, Wildstorm’s ‘Deathblow’ and Matt Wagner’s ‘Grendel’ at Comico. He began a steady collaboration with writer Jeph Loeb, starting with three ‘Legends of the Dark Knight’ Halloween Specials (‘Choices’, ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Madness’). They went on to do such mini-series as ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ (1996-1997), ‘Superman: For All Seasons’ (1998), ‘Batman: Dark Victory’ (1999-2000), ‘Daredevil: Yellow’ (2001), ‘Spider-Man: Blue’ (2002) and ‘Hulk: Gray’ (2003). He also had a run on ‘Superman Confidential’ with writer Darwyn Cooke.

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

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Alex Niño (born 1 May 1940, The Philippines) dreamed of being a comic artist since he was a small boy. He began his career assisting his father, who was a photographer. He was a medical student at the University of Manilla, but eventually chose an artistic profession. In 1965, after learning the finer points of the comics profession from Jess Jodloman, he started a collaboration with Clodualdo del Mundo and created ‘Kilabot Ng Persia’ (‘The Terror of Persia’) for Pilipino Komiks. Later, he teamed up with Marcelo B. Isidro to create ‘Dinoceras’ for Redondo Komiks.

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

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Federico Pedrocchi (1 May 1907 – 20 January 1945) was born in Argentina as the son of Italian parents. His family returned to Italy in 1912. After his father’s death, Pedrocchi cancelled his studies and started a graphics and advertising atelier in Milan. He collaborated as an artist and scenarist on Il Corriere dei Piccoli, Jumbo and Il Domenica del Corriere. For the magazine I Tre Porcellini, he scripted ‘I Due Tamburini’ for Kurt Caesar (1935) and ‘Saturno contro la Terra’ for Giovanni Scolari (1936). He cooperated on the launch of the Italian Disney magazine Paperino in 1937. For this magazine, he wrote and drew the first Italian ‘Donald Duck’ episodes, ‘Paperino e il Mistero di Marte’ and ‘Paperino Inviato Speciale’. He then focused on the scenario writing, leaving the artwork to Enrico Mauro Pinochi.

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.)

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Claude Auclair (1 May 1943 – 20 January 1990, France) was one of the most notable realistic French comic authors from the 1960s and 1970s, best known for his comics with science-fiction and post-apocalyptic themes. He was born in La Barre-de-Monts in the Vendée, a province south of Brittany. He settled in Nantes in 1953, where he studied Fine Arts. He worked as a theater decorator until 1967, and then traveled around the Méditerranée. Auclair started out as an illustrator for science-fiction publications by Éditions OPTA, such as Galaxie-Bis and Fiction. He published his first comic story in Phénix in 1968.

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.)

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Phil Foglio (born 1 May 1956, USA) attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and started working in comics in the 1970s, as a Hugo Award winning fan artist. He became an illustrator and comic artist, working mainly in the science-fiction genre. Starting in 1980, Foglio wrote and illustrated the monthly comic strip ‘What’s New with Phil & Dixie’ for Dragon Magazine (TSR Games) for a period of three years.

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)

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William Overgard (30 April 1926 – 25 May 1990, USA) was an American cartoonist and writer with a diverse opus, including novels, screenplays, animation, the comic strips Steve Roper and Rudy, and comic books.

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

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Sal Trapani (30 April 1927 – 14 July 1999, USA), brother-in-law of Dick Giordano, began his career in 1949, drawing for the publishers Hillman and Gilmor. He drew his first horror comics in Tales of Horror in 1954, while doing space comics for Charlton. He was the artistic director of Cambia Animation from 1961 to 1965. He joined the American Comic Group in the late 1960s, drawing comics for Forbidden World, Unknown World, Gasp and Adventures into the Unknown, but also for Warren’s Eerie and Creepy. He also worked for DC, doing fantasy, horror and mystery stories.

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

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After her artistic studies, Vanna Vinci (born 30 April 1964, Italy) started to work in the advertising field. She worked at the Studio Mow Mow from 1987. She made her comics debut in Fumo di China with two short stories about the mummy ‘Naarik’. She then joined Granata Press, where she produced ‘L’Altra Parte’ (in Nova Express), and ‘Doppio Sogno’.

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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