Mecca for Fans of Japanese Culture: Preview on AnimagiC 2014

By early August, Beethovenhalle Bonn will become a mecca for dedicated fans of Japanese culture, once again. AnimagiC 2014 opens its gates for the 16th time, expecting 15,000 visitors from all over Germany and Europe. Like in the previous years, the convention features animes, mangas, game...


Atak - White Trash Carnival and a Blaze of Colour

Visitors were greeted by a blast of colour on entering ATAK's White Trash Carnival exhibition at Erlangen's city center "Shop Gallery" in June 2014. Born in Frankfurt/Oder in 1967, Georg Barber - aka ATAK - is a master of complementary colour, and on entering the salon, it became hard, no...


Going West - Once Upon a Time in the Comics

Conqureing America's Wild West has always been a symbol for an aspiring society, where fortune favours the brave – and the strong ones rule. In this world danger lurks around every corner and needs to be averted at all costs – a concept that seems to fuel America, "till the day". European...


Swiss Impressions According to Plonk & Replonk

Publishers Hubert (1963) and Jacques Froidevaux (1960) are probably better known as Plonk & Replonk... ...at least in their home country Switzerlad as well as in neighbouring France. The two brothers and artists living in La Chaux-de-Fonds have been working on „cartoons“ f...


150 Years of Mischief: Max and Moritz

Starting in mid-February, German Museum for Caricature and Draughtsmanship Hannover has set out to present a new perspective on one of the most popular German artists and writers of all time, with their exhibition „Deutschsprachige Comics von Wilhelm Busch bis heute“ (German Co...


Less is More: Adventures of the Ligne claire

Hergés famous adventure series „Tintin“ clearly resides among the milestones of comic book history. Together, the Belgian and his charming detective team represent exceptional storytelling abilities and a perfectly reduced artistic style. „The Adventures of the Ligne claire. The Case of...


AnimagiC Bonn Open Now

Gute Stimmung herrschte trotz schwüler Luft und die zahlreichen und sehr "bunten" Besucher nahmen am ersten Tag der AnimagiC 2013 die Länge der Schlange vor dem Eingang der Beethovenhalle extrem gelassen hin. Während viele noch dort standen und auf Einlass warteten, ging es im „Studio...


Animagic 2013 – 15 Years of Manga Festival

This weekend AnimagiC Bonn will open it's doors for the fifteenth time and invite manga fans to delve into the vast world of anime, manga, and games. A number of Japanese guests of honour are about to show up next to German manga-kas. The Animotion Filmfestival will offer screeenings almos...


Mr. Dada: Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau and the Art of Lang-Katagö

Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau and his famous Ursonate have turned the artist into one of the main protagonists of modern European Art and an influential figure of Avantgarde. Starting in June, Sprengel Museum Hannover in a collaboration with Tate Britain and Kurt und Ernst Schwitters Stiftung h...


Master of reduced detail: Jules Stauber

His meticulousness bordered on the scientific. Swiss cartoonist Jules Stauber (1920–2008) has portayed the primary aspects of mankind ever and ever so often: answers to questions on philosophy, society, labour and relationships – put in a nutshell and expressed through his reduced yet pow...


MoMA salutes the Golden Age of German Cinema: "THE WEIMAR TOUCH"

During the period following World War I, called The Weimar Republic (1918–1933), Germany's film industry represented by UFA experienced a great boom. But although film makers were largely able to borrow money, film budgets were still tight. The need to save triggered a very interesting phe...


11 Years, 11 Days, 11 Seconds ... Comics & Graphic Novels by avant-verlag

Artists like Simon Schwartz, Ulli Lust, Ulrich Scheel, Felix Pestemer, Marijpol, Birgit Weyhe and many more have given Berlin based avant-verlag its distinctive image. This new generation of comic book authors engulf themselves with political issues as well as personal stories, and thus ha...


We have a mission: Strapazin Exhibition "Comics Deluxe!"

Starting out in 1984, people at Zürich based comic magazine Strapazin have made it their mission to feature comic artists who don’t go along mainstream tastes. Vanguard imagery, topics, artists and storytellers frequently have found a home there and when debating European comic art and cul...


Really poetic: comic books by Ulf K.

The best stories are the ones you find in yourself. Maybe that's why Ulf K.'s characters all have a slightly autobiographic touch? Like his "alter ego" from his latest book "Dolomiti Years" and many more of his little melancholy yet curiously funny comic heroes. But wait! There are some da...


Wilhelm Busch meets Manga: Japanese Graphic Art & Storytelling

Everybody knows the word but few know what's behind it: "Manga". Looking at the legendary woodblock printings dating back to the the Edo period of Feudal Japan may offer an new perspective. Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) is known to be the last and greatest master of ukiyo-e style and Jap...