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Supermachos and Tragic Figures

International Comics Symposium October 22 – 24, 2009, at Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

№ 286/2009 from Oct 20, 2009

As part of a three-day symposium to be held October 22 to 24, scholars from Latin America, the U.S., and Germany will discuss comic art in Latin America. The symposium language will be Spanish. At the opening event, a virtual exhibition of Juan Acevedo and an Argentinan film on comics will be shown. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The meaning of Latin American comic production will be considered from visual, media, and literary perspectives. Particular attention will be given to given to intermedia and intertextual connections in the comic genre.

The international symposium will deal with various themes including Condorito, supermachos, the tragic El Eternauta, Jodorowsky's figures sprung from a shamanic imagination, the mystical urban Indians from Buenos Aires, and many other figures influenced by phantasy literature. Other priorities include the cultural and political contexts, market mechanisms, and the process of canonization in the comic genre. The symposium will be concluded on October 24 with a discussion on the Internet and other new areas for comics. Members of the Berlin comic studio MOGA MOBO will participate in the final discussion.


Freie Universität Berlin
Institute for Latin American Studies, Room 201
Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56 (subway station: Breitenbachplatz)
14197 Berlin

Further Information

Rike Bolte, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 838-55115, Email: