Animate Europe Presents: Animating COVID-19

 

Europe in times of coronavirus – captured in fourteen graphic stories

Since 2013, our Animate Europe comic competition has been a vivid platform for cultural and artistic approaches to and exchange on European realities. Amidst the current situation, we are launching a special Animate Europe project: Animating COVID-19.

In-between competitions (the next round of Animate Europe is scheduled for 2021), we asked seven of our previous finalists to capture their creative interpretations of fundamental European questions during the coronavirus pandemic in on-page comics. Continue reading

Re-Animate Europe: And the winner is…..

Excitement was in the air right before the winner of the third international comic competition “Animate Europe” was announced at the Belgian Comic Strip Museum. Magdalena Kaszuba received the first prize for her comic “The Old Lady Gives No Anwser”. Kaszuba, a student from Hamburg/ Germany, was surprised and overwhelmed to be chosen as the winner of the competition.

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Animate Europe on Tour – Exhibition highlights (so far)

The Award Ceremony of our third “Animate Europe” comic competition is getting closer – we’re already very excited to announce the winner at the event on 11. July (sign up for the event here). In the meantime, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights of our Animate Europe exhibitions we have had in the past– while we are looking forward to many more to come!

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From 75 to 7: Our „Re-Animate Europe Finalists“

From personifications of the mythical Europe, from stories of refugees and migration to tales about European art and culture – we were overwhelmed by the record number of entries for our “Re-Animate Europe” comic competition.

By our deadline in early February we received 75 entries from 24 different countries.  Our expert jury surely didn’t have an easy job selecting our seven finalists.

In the end, however, they found consensus and agreed on the following artists (in alphabetical order):

Jordana Globerman (UK): “My Uncle’s Dream”
Find her here: http://www.jordanagloberman.com/

Stefan Haller (Switzerland): “Back to the Grass Roots”
Find him here:
http://www.stefanhaller.ch/illu/comic1.html

Štepánka Jislová (Czech Republic): “How to Save the World”
Find her here:
http://www.jislova.com/

Noelle Kröger (Germany): “There’s a Way”
Find her here:
https://noellekroeger.tumblr.com/

Magdalena Kaszuba (Germany): “Spaziergang durch Europa/ A Walk Through Europe”
Find her here:
http://magdalenakaszuba.blogspot.de/

Davide Pascutti (Italy): “The CreatEUre”
Find him here: http://davidepascutti.deviantart.com/

Paul Rietzl (Germany): “A Dream of Europe”
Find him here: http://www.paulrietzl.de/website/pages/page_start.html

The seven finalist were now asked to send in their full eight-page comic story. End of May, our jury will meet once more to determine the winner of this years’ competition.

We’re more than looking forward to getting our hands on the completed stories – and finding out who has the most convincing story of how to “Re-Animate Europe”!

 

 

Belgium: Kingdom of Comics

Why did we choose the medium of comics, for our Animate Europe competition (currently running in its third round)? Why not movies or caricatures or something else entirely? It might have to do with the fact that we’re right in the heart of comic country Belgium. Willem de Graeve, Director of the Belgian Comic Strip Center  and jury member in our first two Animate Europe competition rounds, gives us some insights into why the “ninth art” is so popular in Belgium.

With more than 700 professional comic strip authors, Belgium has more comic strip artists per square kilometer than any other country in the world. It is in this country where comic strips have grown from a popular medium into an art in its own right. Nowhere else are comics so deeply rooted in everyday life and in peoples’ imagination.
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