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Program of the Festival 2022

STUDENTS CULTURAL CENTER BELGRADE (SKC) / HAPPY GALLERY

19TH INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL
SEP. 30
TH – OCT. 2ND  2022

 

EXHIBITIONS OF THE FESTIVAL 2022:
S
ep. 30th – Oct. 15th  2022  (8.00 – 20.00)

  • Happy Gallery: IZTOK SITAR (SVN), Love Stories of Iztok Sitar, A Retrospective Exhibition. Author of the Exhibition: Miki Pješčić
  • SKC Gallery: ANDRIJA MAUROVIĆ (HRV), Maurović, The Old Cat: once again (or for the first time) in Belgrade?, major documentary exhibition. Author of the exhibition: Veljko Krulčić, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Circus Gallery: HERE, AT THIS PLACE…#2, documentary exhibition about some of the most important guests of the Festival. Author of the exhibition: Jasmina Pucarević
  • New Space: SLOBODAN IVKOV – Winner of the Award for general contribution to Serbian comics scene 2022, authorial documentary exhibition
  • Small Hall: LAUREATES OF THE FESTIVAL – Winners of the Festival Award for general contribution to the Serbian comics scene, documentary exhibition, Author of the exhibition: Miki Pješčić
  • SKC Gallery New Belgrade: GRAND PRIX OF THE FESTIVAL – Exhibition of the winning entries from the previous international Festival contests. Author of the exhibition: Miki Pješčić

 

PROGRAM OF THE FESTIVAL:
Sep. 30th – Oct. 2nd  2022
, (16.00 - 21.00), SKC Main Hall

COMICS MARKETPLACE:
Sep. 30th – Oct. 2nd  2022
, (10.00 - 21.00), SKC Club

GUESTS OF THE FESTIVAL:

  • IZTOK SITAR (SVN)
  • DANIELE MEUCCI (ITA)
  • VELJKO KRULČIĆ (HRV)
  • MILIJA BELIĆ (SRB/FRA)
  • ALIJA BALTA (BIH)

 

SPECIAL AWARDS AND PRIZES:

 

SPECIAL AWARD FOR GENERAL CONTRIBUTION TO SERBIAN COMIC

Winner: Slobodan IVKOV (1959), Belgrade, Serbia

(Jury for Award for General Contribution to Serbian Comics:  Jasmina Pucarević, Chairman; Miki Pješčić, Member;  Aleksandar Uzelac, Member)

“SREĆKO JOVANOVIĆ” –   AWARD OF DEČJE NOVINE DOSITEJ PUBLISHING HOUSE AND GORNJI MILANOVAC MUNICIPALITY

Winner: Milija BELIĆ (1954), Paris, France

AWARD FOR THE BEST PUBLISHER OF DOMESTICALLY ORIGINATED COMICS 2019-2022: Winner: FORMA B, Belgrade

AWARD FOR THE BEST PUBLISHER OF FOREIGN COMICS EDITIONS IN SERBIA 2019-2022:  Winner: ČAROBNA KNJIGA, Belgrade

(Jury for Publishers´Awards: Slobodan Ivkov, Chairman; Aleksandar Uzelac, Member; Miki Pješčić, Member)

 

ANNIVERSARIES OF SERBIAN COMICS SCENE:

  • 125 YEARS SINCE THE BIRTH OF ALEXIS RANKHNER
  • 90 YEARS SINCE THE LAUNCH OF VESELI ČETVRTAK MAGAZINE
  • 85 YEARS SINCE THE LAUNCH OF TARCAN MAGAZINE
  • 70 YEARS SINCE THE RENEWAL OF POLITIKIN ZABAVNIK MAGAZINE
  • 65 YEARS SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF DEČJE NOVINE
  • 45 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST COMICS EXHIBITION IN SERBIA (STUDENT CULTURAL CENTER, BELGRADE)
  • 25 YEARS SINCE THE MEMOIR BOOK WHEN THE VOLGA FLOWED INTO THE SAVA AND 20 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF THE SERBIAN COMIC ARTIST ĐORĐE LOBAČEV
  • 15 YEARS SINCE THE LAUNCH OF THE SERIES VEKOVNICI

EDITOR’S WORD:

The most important segment of the program of the 19 International Comics Festival in 2022 is undoubtedly the large documentary retrospective exhibition of Andrija Maurović, conceived and selected by Veljko Krulčić, a renowned comics publisher and historian from Zagreb. Andrija Maurović was a painter, illustrator, comics artist and one of the most striking artistic figures both in Croatia and in the whole of Yugoslavia. With his unique and distinct artistic way of life, and authentic painting style, his book and magazine covers, newspaper stories and especially exciting comics attracted the attention of the audience and the readers.

The importance of this gallery installment, accompanied by the launch of the newest editions about Maurović, is best expressed in Krulčić’s title of the exhibition: Maurović, The Old Cat, once again (or for the first time) in Belgrade? And one may add, certainly for the first time in such a unique and voluminous concept, specially prepared for this festival.

Another, very important segment of this year's festival is the exhibition of the leading Slovenian underground, or more precisely, the authorial comics artist, Iztok Sitar, who has so far released seventeen genre-different albums. In his works, he primarily deals with the attitude of young people toward love, eroticism, alcohol, drugs, social themes, and focuses on anomalies such as nationalism, chauvinism, racism, xenophobia and homophobia, the topics which are intertwined throughout his comic oeuvre.

His exhibition, titled Love Stories of Iztok Sitar primarily brings illustrations of authentic stylistic expression, followed by a high-quality degree of artistic knowledge and exceptional artistic value. Sitar is an already established artist in this region, whose works have been translated into Serbian. The exhibition, therefore, also includes comics tables from local editions, as well as a short bibliographic and portrayal segment of the author.

The exclusivity of the program of the Comics Festival 2022 also lies in the appearance of the Italian artist Daniele Meucci, author of the graphic novel Tesla: The Man Who Shaped the Future ”(Komshe, Belgrade, 2022). The story, based on an interview that Nikola Tesla gave to the Liberty magazine in 1935, was revived with a wonderful watercolor technique and, as the editor of the edition stated, it is intended for everyone who wants to learn more about the life of this exceptional inventor.

The above-mentioned exhibitions, a voluminous retrospective exhibition of Slobodan Ivkov, laureate of the Festival lifetime achievement award, and the accompanying exhibitions of the Festival (Grand Prix of the Festival 2003 – 2022; Laureates of the Festival 2003 – 2022; Here, at this place... #2), will be open to the visitors from September 30 to October 15, 2022. Live and panel programs, as well as the traditional Comics marketplace, will be held from September 30 to October 2, 2022.

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:

Friday, September 30, 2022

10:00 – 21:00, SKC Club: COMICS MARKETPLACE

8:00 – 20:00, EXHIBITIONS OF THE FESTIVAL 2022

  • Happy Gallery: IZTOK SITAR (SVN), Love Stories of Iztok Sitar, A Retrospective Exhibition. Author of the Exhibition: Miki Pješčić
  • SKC Gallery: ANDRIJA MAUROVIĆ (HRV), Maurović, The Old Cat: once again (or for the first time) in Belgrade?, major documentary exhibition. Author of the exhibition: Veljko Krulčić, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Circus Gallery: HERE, AT THIS PLACE…#2, documentary exhibition about some of the most important guests of the Festival. Author of the exhibition: Jasmina Pucarević
  • New Space: SLOBODAN IVKOV – Winner of the Award for general contribution to Serbian comics scene 2022, authorial documentary exhibition
  • Small Hall: LAUREATES OF THE FESTIVAL – Winners of the Festival Award for general contribution to the Serbian comics scene, documentary exhibition, Author of the exhibition: Miki Pješčić
  • SKC Gallery New Belgrade: GRAND PRIX OF THE FESTIVAL – Exhibition of the winning entries from the previous international Festival contests. Author of the exhibition: Miki Pješčić

16:00, Main Hall: PROMOTIONS OF THE PUBLISHERS

17:00, Main Hall: PROMOTIONS OF THE PUBLISHERS

18:00, Main Hall: Milija BELIĆ (SRB/FRA): PARALLEL WORLDS (Dečje Novine - Dositej, Gornji Milanovac, 2022) / ECCE HOMO (Čigoja štampa / Society for Cultural Cooperation Serbia-France, Belgrade 2019), promotion of the opus of laureate of SREĆKO JOVANOVIĆ award for 2022 

19:00, SKC Gallery: Maurović, The Old Cat: once again (or for the first time) in Belgrade?, opening of the exhibition. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition: Veljko Krulčić, Ljubomir Kljakić, Slobodan Ivkov

19:30, Main Hall:  Andrija Maurović - about the artist. Participants: Veljko KRULČIĆ, Ljubomir KLJAKIĆ, Ivan DOROGHY, Vasa PAVKOVIĆ, Dušan RELJIĆ. Moderator: Slobodan IVKOV

20:30, Main Hall: The book THE WITCH OF GRIČ by Andrija Maurović, launch

(Publisher: Više od stripa, Sarajevo, BA). Participants: Veljko Krulčić, Midhat Ajanović, professional collaborators on the monograph; Zoran Đukanović, the author of the longest and best essay on The Witch of Grič; Alija Balta, publisher and editor

Saturday, October 1, 2022

10:00 – 21:00, SKC Club: COMICS MARKETPLACE

16:00, SKC Club: Ana GRIGORJEV: ART IN PROGRESS, LIVE SESSION

The method of illustration creation with electronic tools / public demonstrative performance of the work

16:00, Main Hall: PROMOTIONS OF THE PUBLISHERS – Golconda, Belgrade

17:00, Main Hall: BOSONE – Regional magazine for comics culture, panel 

(Publisher: Više od stripa, Sarajevo, BIH) Participants: Alija Balta, creator, editor-in-chief and producer; Midhat Ajanović; Zoran Đukanović, members of the magazine board; Veljko Krulčić, permanent associate

18:00, Main Hall: “Modern tools for comics and digital production”, lecture

19:00, Main Hall: IZTOK SITAR (SVN), INTRODUCING THE GUEST OF THE FESTIVAL

20:00, SKC Club: IZTOK SITAR (SVN), album signing

20:00, Main Hall: Dragan TOMOVIĆ, Goran MILUTINOVIĆ: GLOW AND SHADOW OF THE NEMANJIĆ DYNASTY, promotion of the comics series (Sjaj i Senka ltd, Belgrade, 2021)

Sunday, October 2, 2022

10:00 – 21:00, SKC Club: COMICS MARKETPLACE

16:00, Main Hall: Slobodan Ivkov: Anniversaries of Serbian Comics in 2022, lecture

17:00, Main Hall: AWARD OF THE FESTIVAL FOR BEST PUBLISHER OF FOREIGN EDITIONS IN SERBIA 2019/2022: ČAROBNA KNJIGA, Belgrade, promotion of the publisher

18:00, Main Hall: DANIELE MEUCCI (ITA), INTRODUCING THE GUEST OF THE FESTIVAL

19:00, SKC Club: DANIELE MEUCCI (ITA), album signing

19:00, Main Hall: AWARD OF THE FESTIVAL FOR BEST PUBLISHER OF DOMESTICALLY ORIGINATED COMICS 2019/2022: FORMA B, Beograd, promotion of the publisher

(International Comics Festival reserves the right to modify the program)

 

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