26 September: Прессъобщение: Първи каталог с арабски преводи на съвременни автори от България и Балканите
Comixes against racism
A key point in the initiative is to bring into play the art genres of comix, graphic novels and multiple-choice (game) books as means for tackling social-political issues. We believe that the genre of comix – besides its highly commercial employment by global companies such as Marvel and DC – has always been posing a challenge towards social inertia and clichés, racist stereotypes included. In the same manner by which Mark Twain’s character became the first non-white character in classical world literature, many recent comix works such as the ones by Joe Sacco (with “Palestine” and “Safe Area Gorazde”), Maus (with the II World War series) and Marijane Satrapi (with “Persepolis”) are good examples of how comix can deal with politically sensitive issues in a particularly convincing manner. They do so, among others, by centering their stories on characters of diverse racial, ethnic or cultural background, placing their stories in a multicultural environment or basing their works on real life experiences and sensitivities of ethnically different personages.
Starting in 2008 Next Page has
1. organized a 3-days training workshop on comix creation for 22 young comix talents with two UK trainers
2. curated and published a collection of comix stories on the topic of differences including nine contemporary comix authors from Bulgaria
3. translated and adaptated for Bulgarian the multiple-choice book The Gypsies. A Labyrinth by Peter Kardos and Gabor Nyari
FOR DETAILS ON THE PROJECT, SAMPLES OF THE COMIX WORKS, READERS’ FEEDBACK AND MORE WWW.COMIXCULTURE.ORG
The project is made possible by the support of the European Commission in the framework of the European year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 as well as of the British Council - Sofia.