STUDENTS CULTURAL CENTER BELGRADE / HAPPY GALLERY
18TH INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL
September 16 – October 9, 2021
Due to the circumstances caused by pandemics, the Happy Gallery of Student Cultural Center, Belgrade organized the 18th installment of the INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL through SELECTION OF THE EXHIBITIONS FROM PERMANENT GALLERY DISPLAYS, LAUNCHES OF COMICS PUBLISHERS and ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMS of the festival.
This year, from September 16 to October 9, 2021, instead of the competition and prize-show program, the following segments of the festival will be presented: GRAND PRIX OF THE FESTIVAL 2003 - 2019 / INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF THE WINNING ENTRIES FROM PREVIOUS FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS; THE FESTIVAL LAUREATES 2003 - 2019 / RECIPIENTS OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD FOR GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERBIAN COMICS, documentary exhibition; DOCUMENTARY EXHIBITION ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL, from the project HERE, AT THIS PLACE… #1, by Jasmina Pucarević.
PROGRAM OF THE COMICS PUBLISHERS LAUNCHES, TALKS WITH THE AUTHORS AND GUESTS and ALBUM SIGNINGS will be held from September 20 to September 24.
All programs are free and profiled for visitors of all ages.
FESTIVAL EXHIBITIONS 2021:
September 16 – October 9, 2021, Happy Gallery:
GRAND PRIX OF THE FESTIVAL 2003 - 2019 / INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF THE WINNING ENTRIES FROM PREVIOUS FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS
Over 2,500 comics artists from 60 countries participated on the previous competitions organized by the Festival.
This exhibition presents entries of 24 authors from Serbia, Italy, Croatia and Romania who, in the past 17 years, won the Grand Prix of the Festival. They are:
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 / 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).
September 16 – October 9, 2021, SKC Gallery:
THE FESTIVAL LAUREATES 2003 - 2019 / RECIPIENTS OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD FOR GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERBIAN COMICS, documentary exhibition
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.Guéra (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).
September 16 – October 9, 2021, Circus Gallery:
DOCUMENTARY EXHIBITION ABOUT SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL, from the project HERE, AT THIS PLACE… #1
Author of the exhibition Jasmina Pucarević
The project of the Student Cultural Center, titled HERE, AT THIS PLACE…, was launched in May 2009, with an aim of renewing the memory of the great events from the five decades of the Center’s existence. Many of these events are today considered important landmarks in the cultural history of Belgrade. The world's most eminent comics authors were guests at the International Comics Festival. This year, within this project and through the first segment of the documentary exhibition dedicated to some of the most important guests of the Festival, we turn our attention to the renowned comic authors, who were the guests of the Student Cultural Center, the city of Belgrade and the local art scene: Brian BOLLAND (UK, guest of the Festival in 2004), one of the greatest British comics authors, artist of Batman; David LLOYD (UK, guest of the Festival in 2008), author of V for Vendetta; Enrique Sanchez ABULI (ESP, guest of the Festival in 2010), scriptwriter of the famous comics Torpedo; Robert CRUMB (USA, guest of the Festival in 2012), the greatest and most significant underground comics author worldwide; Gilbert SHELTON (USA, guest of the Festival in 2012), second most important underground comics author worldwide; Bryan TALBOT (UK, guest of the Festival in 2016), leading author of the contemporary British graphic novels and founder of the British underground comics; Rajko Milošević GERA (r.m.Guéra), (SRB/ESP, guest of the Festival in 2009 and 2019), one of the most important Serbian comics artists worldwide. He also worked with Quentin Tarantino on short version of Inglourious Basterds for Playboy, as well as on a complete graphic novel Django Unchained. He annually appears in the USA mainstreams such as Marvel (Thor), Dark Horse (Grindhouse), DC Comics (Batman, Unfollow) and in the editions of the UK based 2000AD (Judge Dredd)...
PROGRAM OF THE COMICS PUBLISHERS LAUNCHES
TALKS WITH THE AUTHORS AND GUESTS / ALBUM SIGNINGS
Monday, September 20, 2021:
18.00, Main Hall: KOMIKO, Novi Sad, launch of new editions
19.00, Main Hall: SKC NOVI SAD / DIRTY EDITION, launch of new editions. (Predrag Djurić: NOVI SAD STORIES AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF VOJVODINA COMICS #2). Speakers: Jovan Gvero and the authors.
20:00, Main Hall: BESNA KOBILA, launch of new editions. (Aleksandar Petrikanović: DAMNED PLAYGROUND; Tanja Stupar Trifunović and Tatjana Vidojević: THE SEA WAS CALM; Biljana Đurđević: INSTRUMENT FOR ACTIVITY). Speakers: Goran Lakićević and the authors.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021:
18.00, Main Hall: VESELI ČETVRTAK, launch of new editions
19.00, Main Hall: SYSTEM COMICS, launch of new editions (Dejan Stojiljković, Nenad Cvitičanin: LONG NIGHTS AND BLACK FLAGS #2; Predrag Djurić, Luka Cakić: KASSOWITZ – Wrangel’s Children; Petar Meseldžija: SKETCHBOOK and other editions). Speakers: Igor Marković and the authors.
20.00, Main Hall: DARKWOOD, launch of the latest comics editions and talk with the editors.
Thursday, September 23, 2021:
18.00, Main Hall: 300 ČUDA, launch of new editions (Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart: GIDEON FALLS; Jeff Lemire: ROYAL CITY #1 - NEXT OF KIN; Mike Mignola: HELLBOY #1; Petros Hristulijas: I WILL RETURN AS NYCTERIS; Jodorowski & Jeremy: THE KNIGHTS OF HELIOPOLIS #1-4.
19.00, Main Hall: FORMA B, launch of new editions (Željko Pahek: LEGION OF WATERPROOFED; Dušan Vukojev, Radič Mijatović: LIAN; Njegoš, Geza Šetet, Mikica Ivanović: THE MOUNTAIN WREATH; Njegoš, Geza Šetet: THE RAY OF THE MICROCOSM; Geza Šetet: JESUS, THE WORD OF GOD. Speakers: Ilija Mirović and the authors.
20.00, Main Hall: PHOENIX PRESS, launch of new editions
Friday, September 24, 2021:
18.00, Main Hall: MAKONDO & BELI PUT, launch of new editions
19.00, Main Hall: MODESTY STRIPOVI, launch of new editions (Zdravko Zupan: LOBACHEV: A CASTLE IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH; Predrag Djurić: SPEAKING SQUARES; José Muñoz and Carlos Sampayo: CARLOS GARDEL). Speakers: Živojin Tamburić, Predrag Djurić and other guests.
20.00, Main Hall: ČAROBNA KNJIGA, launch of new editions
(International Comics Festival reserves the right to modify the program)