Applications open for Comic Art Europe’s “Living Together” project and Comics Summer Camp 2022

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Comic Art Europe, a pilot project bringing together four European organisations representing different elements of the comics ecosystem, has launched two “Open Calls” for two projects, building on the success of last year’s activities across the continent, both open to comic creators in the UK and some other countries as well as all 27 European Union member states.

Organised by four organisations from across the continent – Lyon BD, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Escola Joso, Centre de Còmic i Arts Visuals and Centre Belge de la Bande-Dessinée (the Belgium Comic Strip Centre) – with the support of the European Union program “Creative Europe”, CAE aims to promote comic art in Europe, and the announced Summer Camp is an important part of the project.

Last year, this creative coalition, comprising organised two “Open Calls” – one for established comic creators and one for future comic creators – and this year, they’re doing it again…

Open Call: Comic Art Europe “Living Together” Project

Comic Art Europe - Living Together Open Call - art by Izan Sanchez
Art by Izan Sanchez

Now into its second year, the Comic Art Europe project has launched a second call for “comics” projects, and again the only constraint is the use of the comics medium. This year, CAE is asking comics creators to reflect, in their own way, on “Living Together” in the modern world.

Diversity enhances society. Learning about other cultures, being exposed to different values and influences is an enriching experience that broadens the mind and promotes tolerance and the appreciation of difference.

Through true stories or fictional creations, comic book artists are invited to present projects that illustrate their interpretation of “Living Together” today.

Five projects will be selected by a jury comprising comic strip experts and representatives of each of the five cultural organisations participating in the Comic Art Europe project. Each selected artist will be awarded a €5000 grant, and a two-week residency in one of the four partner cities of the project (Lyon in France, Brussels in Belgium, Barcelona in Spain and Kendal, England). The winning artists will also have the opportunity to present their work at festivals and events proposed by the project partners in 2023.

Authors have until 15th December 2021 to apply. Learn more by reading the General Conditions of this Open Call here – and get planning to pitch now

Open Call – Summer Camp 2022

Comic Art Europe Summer Camp 2022 - art by Noah Schiatti
Art by Noah Schiatti

After spending five amazing days in Barcelona at Escola Joso, Centre de Còmic i Arts Visuals, the 2022 Comics Summer Camp will take place in the heart of Europe, in Brussels, at the Belgian Comic Strip Center between the 12th and 17th of July 2022.

Any young artist, between 18 and 27 years old within the countries detailed below, will have the opportunity to apply to the Summer Camp 2022 from 15th October until 15th December 2021. To try for a place, you must present a digital portfolio of between 10 to 20 pages including specific contents as work using analogue techniques – figure study, movement, composition, illumination, lay outs, etc. – work using digital techniques – drawings and colour – and storytelling sequential works – comic pages, story board, etc.

20 participants will be selected by the jury. You must be between 18 and 27 years old, and you must reside in one of the 27 European Union Members States, or the United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Tunisia, Armenia, Kosovo, Lebanon and Liechtensein.

You must not yet be a professional comics creator. Self-taught creators are also welcome to pitch, it is not mandatory to be a former student.

• Aspiring comic creators have until 15th December 2021 to apply. Learn more by reading the General Conditions of this Open Call here – and get planning to pitch now!

Comic Art Europe - art by Eiden Marsal
Art by Eiden Marsal

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.

For more information about the work and plans of Comic Art Europe visit comicarteurope.eu

• Comic Art Europe is organised by four organisations from across the continent – Lyon BD, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Escola Joso, Centre de Còmic i Arts Visuals and Centre Belge de la Bande-Dessinée (the Belgium Comic Strip Centre)

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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