GRAPHIC NOVEL DAY

10.00 am – 11:00 am | JING LIU [CHINA] – CHINA’S HISTORY AS A COMIC. UNDERSTANDING CHINA THROUGH ITS HISTORY

Jing Liu’s four-volume comic book series spans 5,000 years of Chinese history, from ancient times up to and including the 20th century. Liu not only shows how the country has changed over the centuries, but also what aspects have remained the same and how this eventful history still influences modern China and its inhabitants’ ideas and worldviews. The first volume, »Foundations of Chinese Civilization«, is now being published in German.

Reading & Conversation
[Mandarin, German]

 

11.00 am – 12 pm

***The event with LIV STRÖMQUIST is canceled***

New event: Feminist voices in Comics - from Liv Strömquist to Aisha Franz. With isha Franz [Comic-Author], Katharina Erben [Translator of Liv Strömquist] and Katia Fouquet.

 

12.00 pm – 1.00 pm | FRANCISCO SOUSA LOBO [P] – DESERT / CLOUD

In the two volumes of »Deserto/Nuvem« [Desert/Cloud], the Portuguese comic book artist Francisco Sousa Lobo examines the meaning of belief in today’s world. »Deserto« soberly documents his trips to a convent in Évora and his experiences there, while »Nuvem« philosophically addresses and questions individual aspects of religious life in a sensual epistolary format.

Reading & Conversation
[English]

 

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm | LEOPOLD MAURER [A] – THE TEMPEST & CHANNEL

The Viennese cartoonist Leopold Maurer presents two of his newest works: »Der Sturm« [»The Tempest«] is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play about the moral issues surrounding the justifications for rule and its questionable legitimacy; »Kanal« [Channel] is a parable-like portrayal of a modern society that exposes the political system as an absurd instrument governed primarily by abuse and ill will.

Reading & Conversation
[German]

 

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm | PAULA BULLING [D] AND MAZEN KERBAJ [LEBANON] IN CONVERSATION

The Lebanese artist Mazen Kerbaj became widely known for his visual diary »Beirut Won’t Cry«, which he created during the Israeli bombing raids of 2006. In 2015, he was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. In 2016, the Berlin comic artist Paula Bulling spent an extended period in Algiers and recorded her impressions in »Lichtpause« [Blueprint]. A conversation about the Arab comic book scene, artistic perspectives on other societies, and the potential of cultural exchange through comics.

Reading & Conversation
[English]

 

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm | GIANNIS PALAVOS [GR], ATHANASSIOS PETROU [GR], AND TASOS ZAFEIRIADIS [GR] – GRA GROU

A small group of travelers is stranded in a tavern in the mountains of northern Greece. Each of them makes their own attempt at passing through the old stone bridge behind the tavern that appears to lead nowhere. Peppered with local history and mystical elements, »Gra Grou«, by authors Giannis Palavos and Tasos Zafeiriadis and artist Athanassios Petrou, tells a story of the courage needed to take a step forward.

Reading & Conversation
[Greek, German]

 

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm | ÉRIC LAMBÉ [B] AND PHILIPPE DE PIERPONT [B] – PAYSAGE APRÈS LA BATAILLE

In 2017, at the renowned Angoulême comic book festival, Belgian artist Éric Lambé and writer Philippe de Pierpont were awarded the grand prize for »Paysage après la bataille« [Landscape after the Battle]. The book takes the panorama of a battle scene as a starting point for addressing the theme of loss in a restrained and incisive way. »The experience of reading this book should not be missed.« [Andreas Platthaus, FAZ]

Reading & Conversation
[French, German]