16th INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL CONTEST
Total number of works submitted to the contest: 334
Total number of participants: 377
Total number of countries: 25
Bosnia & Herzegovina (12), Bulgaria (9), Canada (1), China (3), Croatia (12), Estonia (1), Hungary (4), Italy (4), Japan (1), Macedonia (21), Moldova (2), Montenegro (15), The Philipines (1), Poland (7), Portugal (1), Romania (3), Russia (10), Serbia (259), Slovakia (1), Slovenia (2), Turkey (1), Ukraine (1), Uruguay (2), Uzbekistan (3), Vietnam (1)
Maja Veselinović, comic’s artist and illustrator
Boban Savić Geto, comic’s artist and illustrator
Željko Pahek, comic’s artist and illustrator
Igor Kordey, comic’s artist
Aleksandar Zograf, comic’s artist
A WORD BY THE JURY OR - DO NOT ADMIRE THE REWARD, BUT THE WORK
Regardless of whether an artwork is wrapped up with a prize, its artistic value always remains the same. This is not the case with the prize. The prize is as valuable as much as the work assigned to it. It takes years for the reputation of a prize to be built, and only one wrong choice to make this reputation collapse.
If we agree that this year's awards go to the right hands, then congratulate the authors on their achievements, and the jury on the prizes. Because, the achievements of the authors are their works and awards are the work of the jury. The jury was, therefore, once again in an ungrateful position: to compare what is not comparable and to measure what is not measurable. In the name of the jury, I congratulate all the participants on their achievements. Thanks to them, this festival gathers and brings rejoice to many artists and comics fans, for sixteen years in a row.
In the end, I would like to remind of something I will repeat whenever a convenient opportunity arises, because I think it is very important: Art is not a competition discipline. The only person with whom a true creator compete is himself; the achievements of an artist do not devalue the efforts of his colleagues in the way this happens in the sport; the artists are not competitors, but the fighters in the joint struggle for beauty; in this fight there are no losers. The winner is anyone who has participated in the creation of beauty, and even more anyone who is able to enjoy it.
A couple of words about this year's winners: The sixteenth installment of the festival is marked by a record number of domestic and foreign participants, as well as by a record number of entries. As many as 334 came from 25 countries. This year, the list of participant countries was expanded by Vientam.
Grand Prix of the festival goes to the hands of Đorđe Milović and his entry Pink for the Beginners. This comics brings us a poetic story about the relative nature of the so-called reality. Milović's world is enchanted with a special, very sophisticated artistic stamp.
The award for the best traditional style comic was given to Iva Grueva. Her comic The Formula of Success is adorned with a simple, warm and noble message. Iva used an unobtrusive, but extremely catchy narrative style that is, for some reason, less and less present in contemporary comics narratives.
The award for the best graphics is given to an entry, titled Super Marija, by Iva Atoski. The author bravely caught up with complex drawing requirements, and successfully applied the experience from the domain of fine arts.
The award for the best alternative comic goes to the hands of Boban Milojević, for his comics The Trap. It harmonizes a deliberately designed mismatch in a unusual way. The story is covered with skillfully balanced absurdity and accompanied by an equivalent graphic style.
Giant Heroes, by Nebojša Vasilić, won two awards: Award for the best script and Special jury award for inventiveness. It is a nostalgic story with a sobering epilogue, guided by the safe hand of the storyteller. Although based on the traditional language of comics in its basic drawing concept, in the final phase the author used a complex craft process, untypical for this medium. The field scene plans are sorted out in depth, in a theater-like manner. Due to the inability to preserve this quality in the press, an art gallery imposed itself as a natural environment of this achievement.
AWARDS & PRIZES
∙ GRAND PRIX:
Đorđe Milović, Serbia, “Pink for the beginners”
THE STRIPOGRAPHY of Đorđe Milović: The author of this stripography claims that he does not know from where he comes from, and even when he was truly born. Consequently, for a long time he has been amazed by those who claim to know, if nothing else, when and where they were born.
He early left school in search of the Land of Freedom, and on this path, through some magical models of knowledge, he discovered his indecisiveness, hesitancy and dichotomy on the one who draws and the one who writes about his experiences of the world and the mundane in seven published comics albums so far: Ono što tražim (What I'm looking for), SKC Novi Sad & SKC Beograd, 2003; Grbe u vrtu (Hunches in the Garden), SKC Novi Sad, 2004; Nasilje za početnike (Violence for beginners), SKC Novi Sad, 2008; Crvena trava (The red Grass), Komiko, Novi Sad, 2010; Drugim očima (Through the Other eyes) Omnibus, 2011; Vadisrce (The Hearttaker), Modesty Stripovi, 2012; Sveti duh i voda (TheHoly Spirit and the Water), Komiko, Novi Sad, 2014. Last year, he published the album Red Cavalry, based on the eponymous work of Isak Babel, and scripted by Jean Pierre Pecaut, for the French publisher Delcourt. Between 2003 and 2006, he created an unusual radio show Zone 9, on the Novi Sad Radio.
In the last few years he regularly writes and illustrates texts for the P.U.L.S.E. portal. His latest collection of stories under the title On behalf of progress has been waiting for several years the day when it is going to be revealed to the public that still holds to its general culture, and in which the comics took over the role of an invisible art.
He often likes to tell about himself that he remained a prisoner of the post rebellious and revolutionary times of the seventies, when the comics in France, Spain and other countries of Europe and the world got, for many, an unexpected form of short stories that were radically challenging and often abandoning cramped genre-themed patterns of the popular comics serialization.
Sometimes he calls his comics, as well as his essay like texts, a thinking, as much as singing.
In this time of petrified capitalism and the pleasures of pseudo individualism, in which the man is rapidly transformed into an accelerated machine of technological progress, the comics, as well as every spiritual value and cultural good, assimilated by the ruling social order, loses its power, on a daily basis, to speak a language that consciously contradicts existing models, of the ill reality to its anaesthetized contemporaries.
He recently told me in confidence that he has not yet been able to find the Land of Freedom, but he regularly visits the country of deception and illusions in his search efforts, and his insights are still recorded in his own unique way.
Đorđe Milović, an excerpt from the text
∙ AWARD FOR THE BEST TRADITIONAL STYLE COMIC:
Iva Grueva, Bulgaria, “The Formula of Success”
∙ AWARD FOR THE BEST ALTERNATIVE COMIC:
Bojan Milojević, Serbia, “The Trap”
∙ AWARD FOR THE BEST SCRIPT:
Nebojša Vasilić, Serbia,“Giant heroes”
∙ AWARD FOR THE BEST GRAPHICS:
Iva Atoski, Serbia (art), “Super Marija”, (script: Ivana Nešić, Serbia)
∙ SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR INVENTIVENESS:
Nebojša Vasilić, Serbia, “Giant heroes”
JURY AWARDS FOR THE AUTHORS UP TO 15 YEARS OF AGE:
∙ YOUNG LION SPECIAL AWARD:
Tijana Dabić (2005), Serbia, “Rebellion in the Woods”
∙ SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR THE BEST IDEA:
Drina Opačić, Serbia, “Miško and the Dlakavi”
∙ SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR MATURITY AND IMAGINATION:
Mateja Milojević (2005), Serbia, “Lale & Klempa”
∙ SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR THE YOUNGEST AUTHORS:
Lara Cimerman (2012), Serbia,“Dance of the Unicorn”
Marko Lekić (2012), Serbia, “My Heroes”
Mihailo Jovančević (2012), Serbia, “The Life of Saint Sava in pictures”
AWARDS OF THE FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL:
∙ STRIPOTEKA MAGAZINE AWARD:
Senka Milutinović, Serbia (art), Marko Šerer, Serbia (art & color), “How to paint the portret of a bird”
∙ SYSTEM COMICS PUBLISHING HOUSE AWARD:
Milosav Ostojić, Serbia (script & art), Saša Arsenić, Serbia (color), “Soldiers from the Fairy tale”
∙ DARKWOOD PUBLISHING HOUSE AWARDS:
Ivan Đurović, Serbia (script), Miodrag Jovanović, Serbia (art & color), “The Wolf”
Nađa Tiodorović (2006), Serbia, “Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk”
Jelena Krkajlić, Serbia, “Shattered dreams”
∙ DELFI BOOKSTORE AWARD:
Senka Milutinović, Serbia (art), Marko Šerer, Serbia (art & color “How to paint the portret of a bird”
∙ AWARD OF MAKONDO & BELI PUT PUBLISHING HOUSES:
Viktoria Sorokina, Estonia (script), Malika Vještica, Serbia (art), “Secret Admirer”
∙ BESNA KOBILA PUBLISHING HOUSE AWARD:
Predrag Bačkonja, Serbia, “Visitor”
∙ MODESTY STRIPOVI PUBLISHING HOUSE AWARD:
Tomislav Košta, Croatia,“Skystep”
∙ STRIPOLIS MAGAZINE AWARD:
Gențiana Dumitrașcu, Romania (script, art & color), Andrei Dumitrașcu, Romania (art), “Gigi & Katerina / A Fragile Love tale + our buildings diary”
∙ AWARD OF COLLECTONERS CLUB "S" & LITTLE SHOP OF RARITIES:
Maša Milosavljević (2002), Serbia, “The Dragon Guardian”
∙ AWARD OF "KEN STRIPOVI" COMICS STORE:
Denis Krajačić (2003), Serbia, “A contemporary story from Greek Mythology”
∙ ALAN FORD BOOKSTORE AWARD:
Pavle Zelić, Serbia (script), Nenad Cvitičanin, Serbia (art & color), “I’m not little”
∙ FORMA B PUBLISHING HOUSE AWARD:
Mladen Mirović, Serbia (script), Đorđe Lukić, Serbia (art), “Neverend”