The American West has been depicted for decades through comic books and graphic novels, including many by authors living outside the U.S. Some of the most famous titles and authors include the Tex Willer series Tex by Giovanni Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galleppini, Blueberry by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud. and Jerry Spring published by Joseph Gillain. Significantly, more contemporary comics and graphic novels titles and authors, rather than romanticizing the U.S.'s western past, depict the history of its colonization and the use of race as an ideological vector.
Join us at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy, from Nov. 16-20, 2020. This conference stems from the need to explore the various ways the American West has been depicted in comics/graphic novel forms across the decades and across different countries. We are interested in panels and presentations concerning, but not solely related to: borders vs. landscapes, open sky vs. fences, bilateral challenges to stereotypes with particular attention to non-white peoples, translations and adaptations of Western stories, and Western schemes in alternative times and geographical spaces (e.g., Australia, Siberia, southern Italy). We will consider film depictions as well, particularly animated films.