Komikazen: 3rd International Festival of Reality Comics

Article published on Oct. 7, 2007
Article published on Oct. 7, 2007
On Friday, the 12th of October, the 3rd International Festival of Reality Comics Komikazenwill open with a workshop involving authors and promoters coming from all over Europe.
Authors of well-known magazines like Strapazin (Svizzera), Babel (Atene), Glomp (Finlandia), Chili Com Carne (Portogallo), and new self-productions coming from new members of the EU, like Romania, active with the magazine Hard Comics, and with various festivals, will participate at the meeting. For the first time in Italy, there will be the young authors of Stripoteka, a Bosnian collective based in Sarajevo.

The Festival highlight will be on Saturday the 13th of October, with the opening of the collective exhibition European Comics Cartography - an exhibit of about 50 European authors - at the Museo Nazionale of Ravenna. The exhibit opens up to a virtual journey, through the youth imaginary, in Europe, a country that widened its borders allowing the flow of comics’ styles and stories.

At 3.30 p.m. there will be the meeting with the author of “Martin Luther King”, Ho Che Anderson: this Canadian author will present the book, published in Italy with Becco Giallo in the Mirada gallery, and will show his original plates at the Biblioteca Classense. A masterly biographical work, which closely follows the light and shade of the Afro-American leader and points out how everyone seems to have forgotten about the political lab of non-violent conflicts. Considered the most important Graphic Novel after Maus, it is a book that touches the boundaries of the political essay, the annotated biography and the novel.

More? The exhibition Honey Talks organized by the Slovenian magazine Stripburger, the collective from Marseilles Le Dernier Cri, Stakhanovites of limited (and expensive) edition books, the winners of the contest promoted by the region Emilia-Romagna, Stefano Ricci and much more…

The exhibitions will stay open until the 15th of November, except for the Dernier Cri that will close the 6th of November.

Detailed info here.

Festival curators Elettra Stamboulis and Gianluca Costantini.

Festival poster by Armin.