(With thanks to Paul Gravett): Great Britain is the guest country at this year’s Munich Comic Festival, the second largest comic event of its kind in Germany, alternating every other year with the Comic Salon in Erlangen, running 4th – 7th June 2015. Among the British guests joining me there will be Mark Buckingham, Rob Davis, Rufus Dayglo, Jock, Dave McKean, Mike Perkins (who illustrated the festival poster, above), Frank Quitely, Declan Shalvey, Posy Simmonds and Mary & Bryan Talbot.
As well as a featured exhibition of original artwork by British creators, there will also be a British theme to from 7th May until 9th June in the exhibition The Beatles in Comics on view in the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum. Other exhibitions to be shown deal with Will Eisner at the Jewish Museum. Paco Roca (author of Wrinkles) and Jordi Lafebre will present their artwork in person at the Instituto Cervantes, and Tom Bunk, who will be awarded the Peng! Award, will show his artwork in the Amerikahaus.
And finally, the quaint Beer and Octoberfest Museum in the oldest private house of Munich will be part of the Festival. What further persuasion do you need?
The main location of the Festival from 4th – 7th June is the Alte Kongresshalle (Old Congress Hall) neighbouring the Oktoberfest site. Here, among other things, you’ll find the book fair of all the comic publishers under one roof. Also there will be drawing workshops and prominent comics creators will be available for autographs.
There will also be various presentations and lectures as well as exhibits and a cosplay contest. Many prominent German and international artists will be guests at the Festival, including Don Rosa, Paco Roca, Julie Birmant & Clément Oubrerie, Reinhard Kleist, François Walthér, Denis Kitchen and Barbara Yelin.