European Comic Art

Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow
Ann Miller, University of Leicester
Anne Magnussen, University of Southern Denmark

Subjects: Cultural Studies

Published in association with the International Bande Dessinée Society

IBDS and ABDS members can access the journal online here.

2019 International Graphic Novel and IBDS Conference

ECA 13 (1) Table of Contents

Introduction: Demystification and Disruption
The Editors


Twenty Years of IBDS
Laurence Grove

Gauguin and Van Gogh Meet the Ninth Art: Postmodernism and Myths about Great Artists
Matthew Screech

Liv Strömquist’s Fruit of Knowledge and the Gender of Comics
Mike Classon Frangos

‘The Inexhaustible Surface of Things’: Stefano Tamburini’s Comic Book Work
Simone Castaldi

Tintin and Corto Maltese: The European Adventurer Meets the Colonial Other
Dani Filc

Book Reviews

Frederik Byrn Køhlert, Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics
Claire Allison

Fraser, Benjamin, The Art of Pere Joan: Space, Landscape, and Comics Form
Luis I. Prádanos

Maaheen Ahmed, Openness of Comics: Generating Meaning within Flexible Structures
Richard Scully

Volume 13 / 2020, 2 issues per volume (spring, autumn)

Aims & Scope

European Comic Art is the first English-language scholarly publication devoted to the study of European-language graphic novels, comic strips, comic books and caricature. Published in association with the American Bande Dessinée Society and the International Bande Dessinée Society, European Comic Art builds on existing scholarship in French-language comic art and is able to draw on the scholarly activities undertaken by both organisations. However, our editorial board and consultative committee bring expertise on a wider European area of comic art production and the journal will emphasise coverage of work from across Europe, including Eastern Europe.

European Comic Art aims to address a broad range of topics in the field of comic art, including but by no means limited to:

  • The current "manga-isation" of the European comics scene by Asian comics
  • Mutual influences of European  and American comics
  • Feminist comic art and women cartoonists
  • Comics without words
  • Hergé and the clear-line school of cartooning
  • Cartoonist collectives and independent publishers since 1990
  • Genre and the industry
  • Comics and digital media
  • The cartoonist as reporter
  • Comics in their historical context
  • Comics as medium for autobiography and autofiction
  • Postcolonial comics
  • Comics and national/transnational identity
  • Time and space in comics
  • Comics and architecture
  • Comics and the avant-garde
  • Advances and debates in comics theory


European Comic Art is indexed/abstracted in:

  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ProQuest)
  • Art & Architecture Complete (Ebsco)
  • Art Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Emerging Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)

Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow
Anne Magnussen, University of Southern Denmark
Ann Miller, University of Leicester

Book Review Editors
Armelle Blin-Rolland, Bangor University
Catriona MacLeod, University of London Institute in Paris

Editorial Board
Bart Beaty, University of Calgary
Hugo Frey, University of Chichester
Catherine Labio, University of Colorado
Mark McKinney, Miami University, OH
Wendy Michallat, University of Sheffield
Kees Ribbens, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam
Roger Sabin, University of the Arts, London
Matthew Screech, Manchester Metropolitan University
Clare Tufts, Duke University

Consultative Committee
Jan Baetens, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
Teresa Bridgeman, University of Bristol
Cécile Danehy, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
Vittorio Frigerio, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Fabio Gadducci, University of Pisa
Paul Gravett, author and critic
Thierry Groensteen, Editions de l'An 2, Angoulême
Michael Kelly, University of Southampton
David Kunzle, UCLA
Pascal Lefèvre, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
John Lent, Temple University, Philadelphia
Fabrice Leroy, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Jean-Christophe Menu, Author and Publisher, Founder of L'Association
Kai Mikkonen, University of Helsinki
Stephan Packard, Universität zu Köln
Rikke Platz Cortsen, University of Texas at Austin
Murray Pratt, Nottingham Trent University
Thierry Smolderen, l'EESATI (Ecole Supérieure de l'Image), Angoulême
Joost Swarte, Artist and Graphic Designer

Manuscript Submission

Please review the contributor submission information and style guide carefully before submitting.

Submissions of articles and review articles, as well as other editorial communications, can be directed to Dr Laurence Grove at

The journal accepts original research articles, book reviews and review articles.

Original research articles should present new knowledge and findings in the field, and should be around 8,000 words (including notes and references), although longer and shorter articles may be considered. Review articles should review a minimum of three titles and be 2,000 to 4,000.

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Process for Refereeing and Accepting Articles

European Comic Art is a refereed journal. Articles are sent to at least two scholars with relevant experience and expertise. Referees are asked to advise the editors whether the article should be published and if so, with what recommended changes. The editors respond to the author with their decision and a list of any changes needed for the article to be accepted for publication. They also send the anonymous referees' comments to the author.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in European Comic Art (ECA) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ECA ethics statement.

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