Before Christmas Eve, I want to share my exciting journey at the Angoulême Comic Festival this year.
The festival in 2024 will take place from the 25th to the 28th of January (check their official website here)
From my experience, I can confidently say that this event is worth visiting every 1 or 2 years. The festival sprawls across the entire city, featuring comics and illustrations integrated seamlessly like street art (distinct from other countries).
Helpful Tips and Tricks:
1. Traveling by Train: Getting a train is very easy and economical. Angoulême is conveniently located near Bordeaux. I personally took a TGV from Stuttgart to Paris (about 3 hours) and then a direct local train to the city.
2. French: 99% of the event is conducted in French (despite its "international scale"), Google Translate can really help you . However, if you know French, everything gets smoother! So you can fully engage with the exhibitions and explore newly published books from French publishers.
3. Culinary Exploration: Don't miss trying Picon beer – It was my first time experiencing this unique French beer and I love it!
4. Weather Preparations: Be mindful of the weather in January, which can be challenging. Bring essentials like a scarf and gloves, especially since you may have to wait in line outside various exhibition venues. (I was waiting in a line outside for 3 hours and for sure, after that it's not good. :/)
Now, go ahead and enjoy your time at the festival! Voila! :)
On the 2nd Advent, I received the exciting news that the first edition of 0711 was SOLD OUT! 😄
The next round will be available starting January 2024.
Last time I wrote about the puzzle. READ it here!
Where to find 0711 and other puzzles from many artist, manufactured by a local brand, made in Stuttgart: das puzzle kollektive
- there own website
- Kesselgut, Breitscheidstr. 4 Stuttgart (My other prints are also available there. )
FUMETTO part 1 - A Comic Adventure Unveiled "Same Same but Different" at Fumetto Satellite Exhibition 2023
This was my first time in Lucerne and at Fumetto. 😄
In April, I was thrilled that my comic strip "Same Same but Different" was exhibited at the Fumetto Comic Festival in Lucerne. Fumetto is a classic comic festival in Switzerland, similar to others in European countries like Angoulême (France), Bologna Children's Book Fair (Italy), and Salon Erlangen (Germany). This year also marked my first visits to Angoulême and the Bologna fair. I will write about both events later.
For Fumetto, I decided to showcase some of my recent stories along with some fresh ones that the audience could see for the first time at the festival. And, of course, there was a Live Mural on the window display!
My work was located at DQ Solutions.
Not only did I visit other works by wonderful artists and illustrators, but it was also awesome to connect with fellow artists and fans at the festival. I will write a bit about this and some parts of Lucerne in Fumetto part 2
Nice Comic festivals to visit:
Bologna Children's Book Fair (Italy)
Salon Erlangen (Germany)
Stuttgart Comictage (Germany)
Comic Invasion Berlin (Germany)
Hamburger Comic festival (Germany)
For Fumetto, I'd like to share my experience participating in the festival. In this blog post, I'll take you on a journey through the city, showcasing where I was during the festival and highlighting some outstanding works and exhibitions from various artists this year 2023.
Need for a Small ART MARKET in Stuttgart for Emerging Artists and Hobbyists - Kunstmarkt am KULTURKIOSK
Have you ever wondered why Stuttgart lacks a dedicated space for small businesses, beginners, and hobby artists to showcase and potentially sell their work? I have this question after discovering a market with a hefty 200EUR rent for just 2 days. Even though you have the option to sell your artwork at a flea market, it might not be the ideal fit for us. :/
This sparked an idea. I connected with Jess, the creative mind behind Hieronyma (a jewelry and illustration shop), and Sara from KULTUR KIOSK (KK).
The question arose: Should we take the initiative and organize a market ourselves, relying on volunteer support (Ehrenamt)?
Our plan was simple but impactful: host a market once a month from June to September. While the beginning was 'too quiet,' the momentum picked up, culminating in our last market being fully booked! This success brought immense joy. Those who joined us understood that our art market wasn't solely about sales; it was a platform for presentation, connection-making, and understanding Stuttgart's challenging market dynamics.
The event even caught the attention of the press, which was a significant win. However, our collaboration with KK is now a cherished memory since KK has permanently closed. Organized by Sara Dahme and supported by Kulturförderung Stuttgart, KK's closure is widely known, and the possibility of its revival in another location remains uncertain.
Artists and Participants*
Funky ever after
das Puzzle kollektiv
Colours of Annikin
Ann Moo Photography
Part of SHAN
*Apologies if someone left
While this chapter may conclude, the future is uncertain, and we express gratitude to Jess, Hieronyma.art
for a wonderful shared project, as well as to Sara and Morgaine from KULTUR KIOSK.
Follow our artistic journey and explore available illustrations for sale on the page: mayhaartstore.
In April, I had the incredible opportunity to showcase my art at the 7th Artwalk event in Stuttgart. This year has been nothing short of fantastic, and I'm excited to share the highlights of my participation in this vibrant artistic celebration.
Here is about me on the Artwalk website.
The Artwalk concept is a unique blend of creativity and community, where artists like myself get to display their works in shops, restaurants around Tübingerstr. and in the St. Maria Church.
I had the pleasure of being matched with Gelateria Kaiserbau, a famous ice cream shop near Marienplatz.
On that day my idea is drawing on window displays about ice-cream: ingredients and the word "ice-cream" in different languages. As I worked, people waiting in line had the chance to witness my creative process and also can talk with me!
On the other side were some of my recent works: "Finding Cat in a Labyrinth '' previously featured at BKKIF2022, and a collection of Riso-Print posters and stickers.
I highly recommend visiting Gelateria Kaiserbau. With over 15 exquisite flavors with a quality. Yes, their price is not budget-friendly but it is worth it! When you compare it to the other ice-cream shop in Stuttgart. The other one I recommend “Vana-Eis”.
Stay tuned for more updates on my artistic journey. 🙂
Previously, I provided a brief update about the festival. You can find read HERE.
This time, I would love to showcase two illustrations, which I designed for the festival. One serves as the main poster, while the other the comic zine cover.
Embracing the theme of "5" for the 5th anniversary of the Stuttgart Comictage, these illustrations capture the essence of the event and its diverse programs.