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comiXculture II

Thursday 7 January 2010 by Ina Doublekova

comiXculture II project addresses the lack of public visibility of the culturally and ethnically different groups and the lack of representation of their unique experiences by including these experiences in works of a popular genre – the comix. This way the works created through the project reflect and communicate the diversified and multicultural character of our contemporary societies to young audiences of the majority populations. The works avoid simple propaganda messages by rather aiming at challenging the inertia of rejecting the otherness, the different, and the unknown.

Scope:

-  formulate a network of artists from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Lebanon, engaged in socially-relevant comixes;

-  produce series of comix stories, contributing to the social dialogue on diversity, racism and xenophobia, published in journals with mass circulation in the local languages of the participating countries;

Interim results:

-  first meeting of the participants in Beirut, Lebanon;

-  second meeting of the participants in Sofia, Bulgaria;

-  production of 26 original comics works on issues ot globalization, e/immigration, fluid identities, prejudices;

-  publication of comics works in magazines such as "Vreme" (Serbia), "Samandal" (Lebanon), "Nova Literatura" (Romania);

-  series of promotion events at major comics conventions in Sofia, Belgrade, Ravenna;

Forthcoming activities:

-  publication of a comix-collection in English, including short comix by both the East European participants on their experiences in Beirut and the Lebanese artists on their impressions of Sofia;

-  ongoing publications in high-quality mass journals;


To learn more about the project, please visit its web page at www.comiXculture.org

The project is made possible thanks to the financial support of Open Society Institute-Budapest