The Munich Comic Festival, 23–26 June 2011

The next German Comic Festival will take place between 23 and 26 June 2011 in Munich. In addition to a large trade fair of German publishers, accompanied by autographing of books and artwork by national and international artists, the Munich Comic Festival will offer exhibitions, panel discussions, workshops/art courses and a comic market.

The Comic prizes “PENG! – the Munich Comic Award” and the “ICOM – Independent Comic Award” will be awarded. The hosts follow the tradition of awarding pioneers of German comic history for their lifetime achievements. In the past years Rolf Kauka and Hansrudi Wäscher were honoured with the PENG! Award. In 2011 Helmut Nickel will be recognised for his extraordinary adventure comics, and honoured with a dedicated exhibition. The artist, known for more than just his Karl May comic adaptations, will be present to receive the award.

In the center of Munich the festival has grown in the past years, winning the cooperation of venerable Munich museums for comic related exhibitions. In 2011 the hosts will be supported by the Munich’s Department of Arts and Culture to continue this positive development.

The hosts are particularly happy to have the Munich "Künstlerhaus am Lenbachplatz", a traditional location in the city center (in close vicinity of the Stachus - one of Munich’s central squares) as the main location of the event. Built by Gabriel von Seidl around 1900, this building has seen wild celebrations of the Munich bourgeoisie and ennobled artists such as Franz von Lenbach, Fritz August von Kaulbach, Franz von Stuck and Wilhelm Busch. The Munich Comic Festival plans to keep this tradition of celebrating art.

A Comic Mile will connect the locations from the Stachus to the Isartor. The Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum, the rustic Beer and Octoberfest Museum, the Glockenbach Werkstatt, the Jewish Museum as well as the Hunting and Fishing Museum are on board potential event and exhibition locations.

We look forward to welcoming you
Michael Kompa & Heiner Lünstedt

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