The open call

© Lara Alabert

Comic Art Europe launched a call for projects for European authors on the theme “Visions of tomorrow” – all formats (comics, shows, exhibitions, …) were welcomed, the only constraint was the use of the comics medium.

The theme

Visions of tomorrow – what do we do now?

As nations struggle in the midst of a global pandemic to cope with unprecedented social, economic and political turmoil, people around the world are challenged to question their lifestyles: how they got to where they are today, and what could they do to ensure a better tomorrow.

Comic books have often proved over the past decades that they are capable of bearing witness to contemporary societal issues, wether political, economic or social. This project invited comic book authors to offer us their visions of tomorrow, of what comes after the strange times we are going through. Optimistic or pessimistic, realistic or abstract, immediate future or remote future, comic book artists are invited to give us their visions of tomorrow.

Selection

We received no less than 200 applications from 32 countries. A great success for these very first steps of the Comic Art Europe project.

The jury is comprised of comic strip experts and representatives of the 4 cultural organisations participating in the Comic Art Europe project. They will meet to assess all the applications and select five creators who will win packages which all include a 5,000€ grant and a two-week artist residency in one of the 4 partner cities of the project (Lyon in France, Brussels in Belgium, Barcelona in Spain and Kendal in England). The winning artists will also have the opportunity to present their work at festivals and events proposed by the project partners in 2022.

Results will be announced on March 8th.

News

Meet the open call winners

We are keen to present to you each of the comics creatives who won one of the 5 artist residencies.

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And the winners are…

We are glad to announce the winners of our first Open Call!

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A successful first open call!

We received no less than 200 applications from 32 countries. It is a great success for the Comic Art Europe project’s first steps.

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And the jury members are…

It is now time to present to you the eight jury members in charge of examining the 200 applications received after our Open Call for comics projects.

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FAQ

As an European citizen, you are eligible to the open call for comics projects.

You can submit a project as a duo, but the amount of Comic Art Europe’s support remains the same:

  • 5000 € grant per project
  • one artist in residence per project (the arrival of the other member of the duo will not be covered – you can also imagine that the person will be on video-conference during your residency): the return journey, food and accommodation expenses for one person
  • the attendance of an artist during certain events of the project where he will present his work (the arrival of the other member of the duo is welcome but will not be covered).

What we called “a high level overview of the project in 5 lines” is a kind of synopsis in 5 lines, an intention note.

You do not have to show us a finished comic but the idea of a comic and ideally, footages/ insights of this project if you have some.

The jury will need to have an idea of your project and insights of your work (generally) to be able to know whether if they will select you or not.

What we call “a proposal for an output format” is related to your attendance to our events afterwards. The more infos you give us, the better.

A few examples:

  • if you have in mind to draw a 48-pages-comic, you do not need to have finished this 48-pages-comic for our festivals but you need to think of a way to show your work at our festivals: it could be an exhibition, a leaflet, …
  • if you have in mind to do a show mixing comics and music (i.e. drawn concert), it would be better for it to be ready for our festivals so we show it full, but you can also think of an extract you would like to show during the festivals.

Also, keep in mind that the two-week residencies are more about meeting people who will help you move forward in your work than being times completely dedicated to creation. You will not have to “deliver” your project immediately at the end of the two-week residency and will have time to work on your project afterwards. The first presentations will take place in 2022.

We do not know yet when the two-weeks residencies are going to take place, it will depend on their location, the partner and the artist’s schedule. But they might be between April and October 2021 the latest.

We do not ask for a finished project for the application. Please translate everything we would need to understand your project and intention. I might get back to you after your application if it is not clear enough.

Partners

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, England

Escola Joso, Spain

Lyon BD, France

The Belgian Comic Strip Center, Belgium

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