STUDENTS CULTURAL CENTER BELGRADE / HAPPY GALLERY
16TH INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL
SEP. 27TH - 30TH 2018
Exhibitions and Accompanying Program of the Festival: Sep. 27th - Oct.12th 2018
OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL
THURSDAY, Sep. 27, 2018. Main Hall SKC
19:00: OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS
20:00: AWARDS CEREMONY
19:00-21:00: OPEN COSPLAY COMPETITION FOR BEST COSTUME, BEST CHARACTER CHOICE AND CHARACTER DISPLAY FROM THE WORLD OF COMICS / AWARDS BY GRAPHICS STUDIO EDGE ART, COMICS PUBLISHERS AND THE ORGANIZER
GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL:
FILM AND ANIMATION:
SPECIAL AWARDS AND PRIZES:
SPECIAL AWARD FOR GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERBIAN COMIC STRIP
Winner: Aleksa GAJIĆ (1974), Belgrade, Serbia
(Jury for Award for General Contribution to Serbian Comics: Slobodan Ivkov, Chairman; Milosav Pješčić, Member; Aleksandar Uzelac, Member)
“SREĆKO JOVANOVIĆ” – AWARD OF DEČJE NOVINE DOSITEJ PUBLISHING HOUSE AND GORNJI MILANOVAC MUNICIPALITY
Winner (POSTHUMUOUSLY): Desimir Žižović BUIN (1920 –1996),
Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
AWARD FOR THE BEST PUBLISHER OF DOMESTICALLY ORIGINATED COMICS 2017/2018:
Winner: SYSTEM COMICS, Belgrade
AWARD FOR THE BEST PUBLISHER OF FOREIGN COMICS EDITIONS IN SERBIA 2017/2018:
Winner: BESNA KOBILA, Belgrade
(Jury for Publishers´Awards: Slobodan Ivkov, Chairman; Vasa Pavković, Member; Pavle Zelić, Member)
ANNIVERSARIES OF SERBIAN COMICS SCENE:
CONTEST OF THE 16th INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL:
Jury composed of: Maja VESELINOVIĆ, comics artist and illustrator; Željko PAHEK, comics artist and illustrator; Boban Savić GETO, comics artist and illustrator; Igor KORDEY, comics artist; Aleksandar ZOGRAF, comics artist, will give following awards on september 27th, during the opening ceremony: Grand Prix, Award For The Best Traditional Style Comic, Award For The Best Alternative Comic, Award For The Best Script, Award For The Best Graphics, Special Jury Award For Inventiveness, as well as Awards For The Authors Up To 15 Years Of Age: Young Lion Special Award, Special Jury Award For The Best Idea, Special Jury Award For Maturity And Imagination And Special Jury Award For The Youngest Author.
International comics festival is the festival of the ninth art, organized and led since its beginnings in 2003 by the Happy Gallery of Student Cultural Center (SKC) Belgrade, as a part of its regular program. The festival is a non-profit event; it represents the largest and the most comprehensive comics project in Serbia and one of the most important meetings in the field of the ninth art in the region.
After a series of attempts to revitalize the comics, one of the most prolific artistic disciplines in the Serbian culture on the official artistic and aesthetic scene, the Student Cultural Center, as one of the primary participants in this initiative, managed to introduce into its regular annual program all manifest expression forms of the ninth art, as one of its strategic ideas.
Since its founding, and in every decade of the last century, the SKC was indeed a relevant place for contemporary art, especially alternative forms of artistic expression, conceptual art and rock'n'roll. During the past decade and a half of our century, its activities were in an authentic way, and again on the international level, marked at the domestic artistic scene with its program of the ninth art.
In the best tradition of its brilliant historical experiences and in precisely provided program space, for the past 16 years the International Comics Festival of the SKC is being held with exceptional successes. It is conceptually based on the international competition of authors of all ages from all countries of the world, presence of the most relevant comics artists worldwide, re-evaluation of domestic comics scene from its beginnings to the present, affirmation of the domestic comics publishing and young artists, and popularization of comics and related expressions, such as animated film and illustrations.
By emphasizing the artistic character of comics and the concept of presenting comics as an emphasizis of fine arts in gallery spaces, the uniqueness of this festival is also reflected in the presentation of comics of special artistic poetry to the audience, through exhibitions and awards for inventiveness, thus breaking stereotypes about this art medium.
In the past fifteen years around 2000 authors from 57 countries worldwide took part in the Festival competition. Among them, more than 700 participants were in the “15 years of age or below” category. In the non-competitive part of the program guests of the festival were most distinguished artists worldwide, as well as winners of the Special award for the lifetime achievement and contribution to the Serbian comics scene.
In an effort to achieve the required level of quality of the programs, preparation of each edition of the festival required hard work and huge investments.
Thus, in order to maintain the festival as an event of international importance, the management of the SKC, led by director Slavoljub Veselinović, began to invest significant infrastructural and financial resources in the festival, succeeding not only to maintain it, but also to further advance it, while striving to gather at one place, and at the international level, the unquestionable qualities of the comics, and through this event, to give the ninth art the elitist level and vocation, which it deserves per se.
Program of this year’s International Comics Festival, 16th in a row, will be marked by the 50th anniversary of the popular comics editions, published by Dnevnik from Novi Sad. These two editions: Zlatna serija (Golden Series) and Lunov Magnus Strip left a deep impact on Yugoslav and Serbian pop culture since the end of sixties up to the beginning of the nineties of the previous century. In this regard, the guest of the Festival will be Miodrag Mikica Ivanović, who illustrated some 120 covers for these two editions (Il Grande Black, Zagor, Mister No, Capitan Miki, Kit Teller). He was a member of Dnevnik’s team that worked on licensed editions of Il Grande Black. He also did some 40 episodes of The Ninja for Dečje Novine Publishing from Gornji Milanovac, as well as several episodes of Yu Tarzan. During the festival and on a couple of occassions Mikica will sign comics volumes and draw comics heroes for the visitors.
Presentation of the most important Bonelli heroes at the festival will continue through the lecture of Zoran Djukanovic, titled Ken Parker – A Comics that Changed the Nature of the Westerns and Bonelli Heroes, and a panel dedicated to the 70th anniversary of legendary Tex Willer, whose circulation was almost a million copies during the heyday of the Spaghetti Westerns.
Considering another anniversary of Serbian comics – 60 years of the comics Nikad robom (Never Surrender) and 55 years of the namesake edition, editorial board of the festival decided to organize a retrospective exhibition of hitherto unpublished and unseen works of Desimir Žižović Buin (1920-1996). At the festival, Dečje Novine Dositej Publishing and Gornji Milanovac municipality will posthumously award Buin, with a prize bearing the name of celebrated Srećko Jovanović.
The guest of the festival is Toni Fejzula, a Spanish comics artist and professor, born in Belgrade, who works for Dark Horse Publishing for a long time. The festival also includes exclusive screening of animated films by Michael Dudok de Wit, edited by Andriana Ružić.
Besides the retrospective exhibition and a lecture, Tony Fejzula will introduce himself to the Belgrade audience through his album Dead Inside, translated and published for this occasion by Belgrade based System Comics.
We emphasize in particular, a film dedicated to the fate of comics artist Veljko Kockar, a rising star of the Interwar Serbian comics, titled The Last Adventure of Cactus Kid. The film, a true masterpiece of domestic documentary-animated film production, is directed by Đorđe Markovic, and based on the idea of Alexander Zograf.
The International comics festival is traditionally held from Thursday to Sunday during the last week of September. Official program of its 16th installment will take place from September 27 to September 30, 2018 in all galleries and spaces of the Student Cultural Center. Exhibitions and accompanying programs of the festival will last until October 12, 2018. All programs are free and profiled for visitors of all ages.
Welcome to the Student Cultural Center, to our biggest festival of the ninth art.
Miki Pješčić, editor of the festival
P R O G R A M O F T H E F E S T I V A L:
Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018
15:00 – 22:00, SKC Happy Center: COMICS MARKETPLACE
19:00, OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS 2018
- Happy Gallery: CONTEST 2018 – EXHIBITION OF THE AWARDED COMICS
- Small Hall: CONTEST 2018 – EXHIBITION OF THE COMICS SELECTED BY THE JURY
- Gallery of SKC: Toni FEJZULA (Spain), retrospective exhibition of the guest of the festival
- Main Hall: FROM THE HISTORY OF SERBIAN COMICS – Desimir Žižović BUIN (1920 –1996), retrospective exhibition
- New Space: Mikica IVANOVIĆ (Serbia), retrospective exhibition of the guest of the festival. Author of the exhibition Ilija Mirović
- Circus Gallery: Aleksa GAJIĆ – winner of the Award for general contribution to the Serbian comic strip, documentary exhibition
19:30, COSPLAY 2018
20:00, Main Hall: OPENING AND AWARDS CEREMONY
Friday, Sep. 28, 2018.
11:00 – 22:00, SKC Happy Center: COMICS MARKETPLACE
17:00, Main Hall: Zoran DJUKANOVIC: “KEN PARKER – A Comics that Changed the Nature of the Westerns and Bonelli Comics ", lecture
18:00, Main Hall: Toni FEJZULA (Spain): "DEAD INSIDE", (System Comics Belgrade 2018), launch of the album
19:00, SKC Gallery: Toni FEJZULA (Spain): "DEAD INSIDE", album signing
19:00, Main Hall: Veljko KRULČIĆ (Croatia): "ZDRAVKO ZUPAN: MAUROVIĆ-LOBAČEV-JULES-SULIĆ", collection of the texts by Zdravko Zupan, Art 9, Zagreb 2018, book launch
20.00, Main Hall: “THE FINAL ADVENTURES OF KAKTUS KID", Feature Documentary-Animated Film about Comics Artist Veljko Kockar
Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018.
11:00 – 22:00, SKC Happy Center: COMICS MARKETPLACE
13:00 – 15:00, New Space / SKC Happy Center: Mikica IVANOVIĆ: Signing and Drawing of Bonelli comics heroes
16:00, Main Hall: Jovan GVERO: "NOVI SAD COMICS WEEKEND", promotion of the festival
16:30, Main Hall: Comics magazine "STRIPOLIS", (Kulturni centar, Zrenjanin, Serbia), launch
17:30, Main Hall: MODESTY STRIPOVI, promotion of the publisher
18:30, Main Hall: Toni FEJZULA (Spain): "STORYTELLING – HIERARCHY AND THE DIFFERENCE PRINCIPLE", lecture
19:30, Main Hall: 50 YEARS SINCE THE LAUNCH OF "ZLATNA SERIJA" AND "LUNOV MAGNUS STRIP" EDITIONS. Speakers: Mikica IVANOVIĆ, Slobodan IVKOV, Dušan MLADENOVIĆ, Ilija MIROVIĆ
20:30, New Space: Mikica IVANOVIĆ: Signing and Drawing of Bonelli comics heroes
Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018
11:00 – 22:00, SKC Happy Center: COMICS MARKETPLACE
16:00, Main Hall: AWARD OF THE FESTVAL FOR BEST PUBLISHER DOMESTICALLY ORIGINATED COMICS 2017/18: SYSTEM COMICS, Belgrade, promotion of the publisher
17:00, Main Hall: Zoran DJUKANOVIĆ, Dušan MLADENOVIĆ: „70 YEARS OF TEX WILLER “, lecture
18:00, Main Hall: Milan MILETIĆ: "THE HORSEMEN", book launch
19:00, Main Hall: AWARD OF THE FESTVAL FOR BEST PUBLISHER OF FOREIGN EDITIONS IN SERBIA 2017/18: BESNA KOBILA, Belgrade, promotion of the publisher
20:00, Main Hall: Andrijana RUŽIĆ (Italija): ANIMATED FILMS OF MICHAEL DUDOK DE WIT (NL), lecture / screening (The Monk and the Fish, 1994 (6' 22''); Father and Daughter, 2000 (8' 30''))
(International Comics Festival reserves the right to modify the program)