The «Comic Art Europe» project is a pilot project bringing together four European organisations representing different elements of the comic book ecosystem: a higher education institution, festivals and a museum. It aims to strengthen the comic book sector in Europe by experimenting with collaborative working methods. It promotes the transnational mobility of artworks, workers and creators as a means to significantly upscale the work. It prefigures a European comics community capable of positioning creators and organisations at a European level thereby challenging the historical dominance of the American and Japanese giants.
The project will experiment with professional training (summer camp and residency pathways), creative assistance (grants and residencies), dissemination of results in Europe and outside Europe (European comic book catalogue, large-scale dissemination channels) and mediation around the transformational power of comics (in particular through literacy workshops with comics).
«Comic Art Europe» will enable the participating organisations to test new ways of working together which will strengthen their skills and boost their profile and longevity.
The project partners, united by shared values and a belief in the transformational power of comics, constitute the embryo of a future network capable of bringing the sector together at a European level. This network will develop the capacities of its members, represent the sector at international trade fairs and markets, and consolidate a common culture built throughout this experimental project.
From the 14th to the 16th of October, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF) took place in Windermere, UK.
Timemongers, a fairytale told on stage, the video.
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will display the work of last year’s open call winners during its 10th edition!
For its second year, the Comic Art Europe project successfully launched its second open call for comics. Five ambitious projects from 5 european artists on the theme Living Together have been selected and will soon be at the Lyon BD festival in June 2023 and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October 2023.Read more
Would you like to take part in a Summer Camp with 20 other young creators from all over Europe? Sharing experiences, approaches and concerns, receiving advice from renowned professionals representing different sectors of the publishing world: authors, publishers, agents etc.
Our second Summer Camp will take place in Brussels, at the Belgian Comic Strip Center, between the 12th and 17th of July 2022!Read more
One element of the Comic Art Europe programme is proving that comics can have a positive impact on literacy skills, enabling people from all ages and backgrounds to become better readers, writers and communicators and enhancing their confidence and social skills. This programme will be internationally and nationally significant and runs from 2021-2023.Read more