November theme: Animation and the Comic Book

Curated by: Craig Smith and Chris Pallant

Deadline: October 19th 2016

The animated film and comic book have a long-established relationship that features myriad forms of adaptation, remediation, and cross media synergy. This phenomena is global in nature, as we consider the work of Manga/Anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka, the adaptations of Herge’s Tintin, and the ongoing popularity of the U.S. Superhero ‘Saturday morning’ cartoon or feature-length adaptation. Furthermore, digital media has enabled different forms of hybridity between animation and the comic book to flourish in recent years in the guise of the ‘motion comic’ and ‘motion book’.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The shared history of animation and comics
  • Comic book adaptation
  • Medium specificity
  • Animation adaptation
  • Augmentation and hybridity
  • Repurposing and remediation
  • Saturday morning superhero cartoons
  • Digital remediation and new forms of animated comics
  • Professional and amateur remediation of animation and comic book characters
  • Cross-media and transmedia

Posts of between 300 and 500 words, which discuss any aspect of the above topic are welcome. Contributors are encouraged to include clips and images to support their posts. Please also include a short bio to accompany the post. All permissions are the responsibility of the contributor. Please contact the editors Cristina Formenti ( and Jacquline Ristola ( with submissions or questions.