Comics production


Comics Productions: Stitching, Inking, Photocopying

13 March 2024, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Library Lab Magnel, Ghent University, Faculty Library of Arts and Philosophy


The Stitch, the Scratch, the Stain, and the Burn – the mechanically reproduced comics page as a site of embodied encounter with material indexes.

Gareth Brookes

Reproduction technology has always framed the ways in which we encounter and experience comics. Bart Beaty has described European small press as an ongoing attempt to reinscribe the aura of the work of art into the mechanically reproduced object. As such, small press practice can be theorised as a set of continuously adapting inscription strategies responding to new technologies.

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Dossier thématique (Comicalités) : Dessins d’enfance dans la bande dessinée (2023)

Edited by Maaheen Ahmed and Benoît Crucifix

This special issue considers the various ways that children’s drawings have been imagined, solicited and organized in comics history. The diversity and multiplicity of interactions between comics (as a cultural object produced for children) and children’s drawings (both as objects of adult discourses and as children’s productions) offer a vast field of inquiry, from conceptions of graphic style in comics to children’s recycling of comics in their own drawings.

This special issue is an outcome of the COMICS project, funded by the European Research Council’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

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PhD position: Illustrated Periodicals for Children in Belgium, 1919-1949

In the context of the FWO research project “Pictures for the Kids: Visual Seriality in Illustrated Periodicals for Children in Belgium, 1919-1949”, we are looking for a PhD researcher candidate to work on the intermedial transformation of Belgian children’s periodicals in the early twentieth-century.


The period stretching from the end of the Great War to the immediate postwar era witnessed a proliferation of mass-market illustrated periodicals and a diversification of its audiences. This project considers the mutations of the children’s magazine in Belgium before the postwar boom of the comics magazine and seeks to highlight the intermedial diversity of these periodicals. Those titles typically included editorial sections, comics, games, puzzles, serial fiction, illustrations, cut-outs, readers’ letters, photographs, advertising and covered a wide range of text-and-image combinations. Continue la lecture