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...

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...

ATAK: neo-fabulist of pop culture

ATAK was Born 1967 in Berlin (East Germany) – and of course he had a real name then: Georg Barber. He graduated from Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste (College of Arts) and was discovered when Swiss based magazine Strapazin first published some of his works in 1993. Since then he has been a f...

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...

Romano Molenaar

Dutch comic book artist Romano Molenaar is mostly famous for his work on "Storm" togehter with colorist Jorg De Vos. When he took over Don Lawrence's famous sci-fi series in 2006 he actually quit his daytime job to focus on his new task. Born in The Hague in 1971, Molenaar has been hired b...

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... – Italian comic art

Apart from a few publications of French artist groups like "Le Dernier Cri" who really love provocation, Italian comic books or "Fumetti", are the ones to stand out in Europe through their most liberal and artistic approach. Ther are of course Italian kid’s comics and erotic art books (Fum...

Comic art exhibition "Serious Pop" by Hendrik Dorgathen

Hendrik Dorgathen likes hints and allusions. As an integral part of Germany's comic book avantgarde he is dedicated to art projects as well as his work in video and multi media. In 1999 he made quite some publicity joining the group exhibition "Mutants" featuring the German comic avantgar...

Comics go art: Pop Art

If tea, scones and driving on the left side is all you can think of when Great Britain comes to mind, there's only on thing to say to you: "Bloody hell!" Her Majesty's Kingdom has provided Europe with shocking developements ever since the end of World War II – way before the US did. Just t...

Japanese manga cyberpunk by Tsutomu Nihei

Publishers Weekly in its issue in June 2006 called Tsutomu Nihei the "William Gibson of manga cyberpunk". Born in 1971 the artist gained popularity in the US mainly through his work on Marvel's character "Wolverine" (Wolverine: Snikt! Tsutomu Nihei, Joe Quesada and others, 2003). Having st...

Francois Schuiten: Belgian comic book architect

About one week – that's the time Belgian comic book artist Francois Schuiten used for drawing one page of his book "La Théorie du Grain de Sable" (2009). Precious time he took because, as he said, he is sure it flows into the pages and reflects from them later on. You can't help but agree...

Moebius – Flight of a warrior

French artist Jean Giraud – better known as "Moebius" – was born May 8, 1938. He created his first comic books for Far-West in the mid-1950s. His breakthrough was initiated by the comic book wester series "Blueberry" which made him famous while he was still publishing under his real namen....

Colour me surprised

When we talk about a specific comic book it is mostly the artist who gets the credit. In Germany only sometimes the writers will get the attention, too, while in the US they are generally treated with much more respect. Very often writers are Eisner Award winners and thereby honoured for...

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