International Comics Festival is an event organized and led by Belgrade’s Student Cultural Center (SKC) Happy Gallery. The Festival is the biggest comics event in Serbia, and one of the most important in the Southeastern Europe.
Each year, the Festival is being held in Student Cultural Center Belgrade, during the last week of September (from Thursday to Sunday).
Festival is based on: the open international competition for authors of all ages, presentations of the most important comic authors worldwide, retrospective of domestic comics scene, support to young talents and comics publishers, popularization of comics and similar artistic expressions such as animation and illustration through various exhibitions and educational programs.
PREVIOUS GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL
Brian Bolland (United Kingdom), Jean-Marc Thevenet (France), Adrian Smith (United Kingdom), Olivier Ledroit (France), John Higgins (United Kingdom), Igor Kordey (Croatia), David Lloyd (United Kingdom), Esad T. Ribić (Croatia), Matt Hollingsworth (USA), Gyorgy Palfi (Hungary), Kostas Aronis (Greece), Gregg Cox (USA), Aleksandar Sotirovski (North Macedonia), Tihomir Tikulin (Croatia), Iztok Sitar (Slovenia), Bart Nauwelaerts (Belgium), Rufus Dayglo (United Kingdom), r.m.Guera (Serbia/Spain), Enrique Sanchez Abuli (Spain), Darko Perović (Serbia), Marian Mirescu (Romania), Laurence Heyworth (United Kingdom), Marco Nizzoli (Italy), Luca Enoch (Italy), Paul Gravett (United Kingdom), Antonio Altarriba (Spain), Roberto Diso (Italy), Leonid Pilipović (Serbia), Živorad Radivojević (Serbia), Dražen Kovačević (Serbia), Vladimir Krstić Laci (Serbia), Sylvain Cordurie (France), Lora Fountain (USA), Gilbert Shelton (USA), Aline Kominsky-Crumb (USA), Robert Crumb (USA), Borivoj Dovniković Bordo (Croatia), Željko Pahek (Serbia), Boyan Kovačević (Serbia), Tiberiu Beka (Serbia), Jovan Ukropina (Serbia), Veljko Krulčić (Croatia), Zoran Đukanović (Serbia), Csaba Kopeczky (Serbia), Gregoire Seguin (France), Claudiu Revnic (Romania), Petar Stanimirov (Bulgaria), Rumen Chaushev (Bulgaria), Aleksandar Vachkov (Bulgaria), Dimitris Savaidis (Greece), Manuele Fior (Italy), Simon Vučković (Montenegro), Viorel Pîrligras (Romania), Cristian Ciomu (Romania), Mircea Liviu Goga (Romania), Victor Martin (Romania), Dragan Predić (Serbia), Pat Moriarity (USA), Tomáš Prokůpek (Czech Republic), Martin Foret (Czech Republic), Paulo Monteiro (Portugal), Marcello Mangiantini (Italy), Walter Venturi (Italy), Moreno Burattini (Italy), Bryan Talbot (United Kingdom), Mary M. Talbot (United Kingdom), Petar Meseldžija (Serbia/Netherlands), Helena Klakočar (Croatia), Vibor Juhas (Croatia), Vjeran Juhas (Croatia), Dejan Nenadov (Serbia/Netherlands), Olivier Dobremel aka Dobbs (France), Nicolas Grivel (France), Mikica Ivanović (Serbia), Toni Fejzula (Spain), Nedeljko Dragić (Croatia), Boban Savić Geto (Srbija), Daniele Meucci (Italija), Milija Belić (Serbia/France), Iztok Sitar (Slovenia)
SPECIAL AWARDS FOR GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERBIAN COMICS
The most important domestic authors and comic book pioneers, well renowned beyond the Serbian borders, won the Festival life achievement award: Zoran Janjetov and Aleksandar Zograf (2004), Bane Kerac (2005), Željko Pahek (2006), Žika Bogdanović (2007), Srećko Jovanović (2008), r.m.Gera (2009), Novica Djukić (2010), Novica Kruljević (2011), Petar Radičević (2012), Lazo Sredanović (2013), Radivoj Bogičević (2014), Zdravko Zupan (2015), Gradimir Smudja (2016), Marko Stojanović (2017), Aleksa Gajić (2018), Ljubomir Kljakić (2019), Slobodan Ivkov (2022).
FESTIVAL CONTEST (2003 -2019)
In the past seventeen years over 2500 authors from 60 countries worldwide took part in the Festival competition. Among them, more than 1000 participants were in the “15 years of age or below” contest category.
From 2003 to 2019, contestants were from the following countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, The Philipphines, Myanmar, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.
WINNERS OF THE CONTEST
Nebojša Cvetković (Serbia, 2003), Maja Veselinović (Serbia, 2004), Mijat Mijatović (Serbia, 2005), Miroslav Marić (Serbia, 2006), Siniša Banović / Dejan Vujić (Serbia, 2007), Alem Ćurin (Croatia, 2008), Marian Mirescu / Cristian Ioan Pacurariu (Romania, 2009), Tihomir Čelanović (Serbia, 2010), Marko Stojanović / Jovan Ukropina (Serbia, 2011), Aleksa Gajić (Serbia, 2012), Miloš Slavković (Serbia, 2013), Dragana Stojiljković and Dražen Kovačević (Serbia, 2014), Nenad Pejčić / Igor Krstić (Serbia, 2015), Daniele Giardini (Italy)/Jelena Đorđević (Serbia) 2016, Darko Macan /Fran Strukan (Croatia, 2017), Đorđe Milović (Serbia, 2018), Dragana Kuprešanin (Serbia, 2019).
TEAM OF THE FESTIVAL
Editor of the Festival
Slobodan Ivkov, dr Aleksandar Uzelac
Andrijana Ružić, Zoran Đukanović, prof. Miloje Mitrović
dr Aleksandar Uzelac, Teodora Dobrosavljević, Vladimir Antonoski
Program of Domestic Authors
Luka Ivančević, Nemanja Apostolović
Mina Kalezić, Jelena Dakić
Art and Design
Predrag Mladenović, Matija Simović
Visual Identity of the Festival
“The Knight of the SKC“ – Geto