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”!

 

 

Approaching political issues through graphical stories – “Drawing the Times”

Comprehensively communicating and discussing political and social issues and creating engagement – definitely not an easy undertaking these days. After all, we’re living in times of often intransparent mass media and an increasingly, or at least so perceived, complex society.

New forms of communication and methods of engagement are required. Our international comic competition “Animate Europe”, currently running in its third round, is one attempt to do just that. It is one examples, how graphic arts and the often neglected comic scene in particular, can be a valuable approach to discussing and presenting social and political issues.

We talked to Eva Hilhorst, graphic journalist and finalist in our previous comic competition, who approaches journalism through storytelling on her platform “Drawing the Times”:

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“Re-Animate Europe”: launch of third round of International Comic Competition

Twice already, in 2013 and 2015, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organised the International Comic Competition “Animate Europe”.

re-animate-europe

We’re thrilled to announce that “Animate Europe” will be running for a third round, starting now!

This time, we’re looking for your creative ideas to „Re-Animate Europe“!

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