How do I start with comics

Everything at the beginning! In no other narrative field does this maxim apply as in graphic storytelling - it was not until 2012, for example, that the American publishing house DC 52 started its series anew. But not only in the context of the serial art of superhero stories do the elements of the ›beginning‹ or ›new beginning‹ become a defining aspect; Against a historical background, it is precisely the question of the ›beginning‹ that comics and comic science have to grapple with again and again.

From 09.-11. September 2016 in Kiel, the conference will be dedicated to the two main themes “Beginning” and “New Beginning” in comics and looking for interdisciplinary approaches to this issue. In addition to approaches that accept the ›beginning‹ of a comic as a formal means and emphasize its narrative-theoretical and stylistic effects in the overall structure of the comic, the question of a beginning of comic science or the medium should be asked as well as a ›beginning ‹Or› New beginning ‹can be thematized as a motif.

We ask for suggestions for contributions that focus on the following questions:

  • The ›beginning‹ / ›new beginning‹ as a formula: How do comics (new) begin? How do comic books 'start' (new)? How are the beginnings / beginnings of a series of magazines - again and again?
  • The ›beginning‹ / ›new beginning‹ as a narrative, formal, visual strategy: is a beginning always recognizable or necessary? How does a comic start?
  • Historical ›beginnings‹ / ›new beginnings‹: Who talks about comics when - and why? Which topics does the comic (new) initiate? How does the comic (on the web, transmedial, cultural) start afresh at the moment?
  • Formal ›beginnings‹: (from) When is a comic a comic?
  • Intermedial ›Beginnings‹: What happens when the comic leaves the carrier medium and becomes a film (beginnings of the filming of comics and the comic film, adaptation of the template, incorporating or hiding origin stories and reboots etc)?

The conference languages ​​are German and English. If you are interested, please send an abstract for a 20-minute lecture in German or English (abstract size max. 500 words) as well as a short bio-bibliographical information by April 30, 2016 to: [email protected]

Following the conference, selected presentations will be published in the e-journal CLOSURE, issue # 4 (Nov. 2017). Further information on the e-journal and the previous editions can be found at:

In individual cases, a grant can be made towards the costs of travel and accommodation for participants and young researchers. If necessary, please add a short, informal application for this funding to your documents.