In the festival section »Specials« we will present a literary genre that doesn't often receive much attention. Graphic novels have a greater affinity in their form and content to novels than they do to traditional comics. Whereas comics are normally published as »strips« in newspapers or in comic book formats, graphic novels are usually bound like books. In addition, they often strive for a greater literary weight in their choice of themes and the complexity of their narratives. Under the banner »European Graphic Novels« we will present outstanding examples of this genre – with graphic novel artists from all over Europe.
Lorenzo Mattotti draws his comics in black and white as well as in intense colour. His breakthrough came in 1985 with »Fuochi« (Eng: »Fires«, 1986). In 2003, he won one of the most prestigious awards in the field, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award.
Ángel de la Calle is a passionate comic artist, illustrator and graphic designer. His graphic novels are mostly concerned with the politics of Latin America. He also directs the international Comic Festival in Avilés.
The writer and artist Blexbolex (France) has written an adventure story for grown-ups about the Blanchet brothers in Abécédéria (USA »Abécédéria«, 2010), which also has much to say about real life: the graphic novel features national leaders who isolate criminals in hermetically-sealed regions where they are subjected to new laws. The brothers end up in on of these prisons colonies after a disastrous bank robbery...
The Stockholm-based artist and publisher Fabian Göranson (Sweden) publishes his work mostly in Swedish newspapers. His book »Gaskriget« was a personal and political chronicle of the early 21st century. Göranson is also active in the climate change activism group »Klimax«. He will present his new book »Inferno« at the 11th ilb.
Barbara Yelin Germany is a Berlin-based comic artist and illustrator. Her most important tools are pencil and eraser with which she provides her pictures depth. This can be seen to good effect in the graphic novel »Gift« (tr: Poison), a collaboration with Peer Meter that tells the story of the poisoner, Gesche Gottfried.
This event will be held in English.
In co-operation with EUNIC.