Twice already, in 2013 and 2015, we asked comic artists and graphic novelists from all over the world to share their ideas about Europe in our International Comic Competition “Animate Europe”. Its overwhelming success is a clear sign that artists have fascinating visions to share. To encourage this spirit of engagement, we called a new competition round in 2017 – this time asking for ideas of how to “Re-Animate Europe”.
How to Re-Animate Europe?
Why “Re-Animate”? Since we started our first competition, Europe has seen difficult times: migration crisis, internal disputes, Brexit and more.
Europe seems to have lost its breath at times. How can it regain its energy? Does it need a magical healer or a super hero who will find the right medicine for Europe’s ailing heart?
End of May, our excellent jury, consisting of
Mélanie Andrieu, Curator and Coordinator, Belgian Comic Strip Center
Valérie Constant, Director, Apropos Communication Agency
Tobias Dahmen, Professional Illustrator and Artist
Andreas C. Knigge, Comics expert
Maura McHugh, Juror for film, literature and comic book awards
Kalle Hakkola, Curator, Producer and Director, Helsinki Comic Festival
Gert Jan Pos, Producer
selected seven finalists who were then asked to finish an eight-page graphic short story. Making a decision was quite difficult though, since they had to choose between 75 entries from artists out of 24 countries! So far, this was the largest amount of entries received for our competition.
Find the finalists and their stories here.
The award ceremony was hosted at the Belgian Comic Strip Center, our cooperation partner for the competition, in July 2017. The first prize was awarded to Magdalena Kaszuba and her story “The old lady gives no answer“, which promotes a European society built on citizens’ involvement.