The research network “icon” at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf was established in 2015. Colleagues from a number of disciplines come together in this initiative to promote scholarly work on graphic narration in the curriculum as well as in research and publications. Many of the colleagues coming together here have been active in this field for years and have done important research and teaching on comics, mangas, bandes dessinées and other forms of graphic narration.
The organising committee comprises of scholars from the Departments of English and American Studies, German Studies, Historical Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Japanese Studies. Amongst other activities, icon has organised a number of workshops with comics artists as well as a lecture series.