Comics, Manga & Co – the new culture of German comics exhibition

Published On October 31, 2012 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Conventions and events

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago there is a very cool travelling exhibition: Comics, Manga & Co – the New Culture of German Comics, celebrating the increasingly vibrant and diverse scene developing in Germany, with work from established creators and the new wave of writers and artists (some of whom we’ve seen being translated and published in English by the likes of SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate). The exhibition comes to Scotland now and will run at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Gallery in Dundee from November 2nd to the 8th of December. And to precede it this very evening sees one of the most famous creators from that exhibition, Anke Feuchtenberger, talking with Doctor Chris Murray at the DJCAD from 5.30 to 7pm – if you’re in the area you really should take advantage of a pretty rare opportunity to see and hear one of the European comics scenes most respected artists.

(a glorious panel from Berlinoir Trilogie Scherbenmund, Mord Narbenstadt by and (c)  Reinhard Kleist, who wowed me with his wonderful Cash: I See a Darkness, translated into English by SelfMadeHero)

The Goethe Instut, who have held some very cool comics events over the years, are supporting the tour, and my friends there have been very kind in sending me a copy of the catalogue. The exhibition includes work from Arne Bellstorf, Anke Feuchtenberger, Flix, Jens Harder, Sascha Hommer, Line Hoven, Ulf K., Reinhard Kleist, Isabel Kreitz, Mawil, Christina Plaka, Martin Tom Dieck and Henning Wagenbreth, a veritable Who’s Who of German comics talent, covering a wide variety of styles and subject matter. I’ve been enjoying leafing through the catalogue, taking in some of the work and getting to read a bit more about them – some I know a bit from the Blank Slate and SMH translations, others from work published on the Continent by the likes of Reprodukt, or works our own Wim has flagged up. I’ve even been lucky enough to meet a couple of them at events in the Goethe’s Glasgow location. Anyway, for those of you who can’t make it to the exhibition I thought I’d borrow a handful of images from it to share on here to give you a small flavour of the show (click the pics for the larger versions):

(above: Reisetagebuch Kyoto “travel diary Kyoto” by and (c) Anke Feuchtenberger; below: by and (c) Anke Feuchtenberger)


(above: Die geheimen bunker Napoleons auf der insel St Helena by and (c) Henning Wagenbreth, who also provided the cover art at the top of the page. This is wonderful – be sure to view the larger version to take it in; below: Plastic Dog by and (c) Henning Wagenbreth)

(above: Fahrrad tour checkliste by and (c) Mawil – jsut how much luggage can he take on a cycling tour? A number of Mawil’s works have been translated and published by Blank Slate, including The Band, We Can Still be Friends and Sparky O’Hare (published in Germany as Meister Lampe); Below: Hieronymus B. by  Ulf K.)

(Above: Die Sachte mit Sorge by and (c) Isabel Kreitz, an exhaustively researched and beautifully drawn work based on the life of Dr Richard Sorge who spied for Stalin from the German Embassy during the Nazi era, due to be translated by Blank Slate Books; below: Cargo by and (c) Jens Harder, part of a cultural exchange Jens initiated which saw three German and three Israeli artists travelling to each other’s countries and recording their impressions in comics form. I think travel lit works especially well in the comics medium, would love to read these in English)

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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