From our continental correspondent – Ulli Lust, best German language cartoonist
At the sixteenth Erlangen Comics Salon, Austrian cartoonist Ulli Lust has been awarded the Max Und Moritz Preis 2014 as the best cartoonist publishing in the German language. The jury based its opinion amongst others on her comics version of Marcel Beyer’s novel Flughunde, which was published in 2013, but also took into account the name that Lust has made for herself as a proponent of documentary comics. Previously she was awarded the Audience Award at the 2011 edition of the Festival for her book, Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of your Life), which also won the Prix Révélation at the Angoulême Festival in 2011.
The award for the best German language comic went to Mawil’s Kinderland, which deals with the author’s life in East-Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The award for the best international comic was for the manga book Billy Bat by Naoki Urasawa und Takashi Nagasaki while, as we noted at the weekend, Luke Pearson won the award for the best children’s comic for Hilda and the Midnight Giant.
Until the end of August, a special exhibition on the history of German comics can be visited in the Stadtmuseum in Erlangen, featuring two hundred items by eighty artists, including original art, reproductions and first impressions.