Date 2020: 11 - 14 JuneThe International Comic Salon Erlangen which takes place every two years is the most important festival for graphic literature in the German-speaking world and has played a not inconsiderable role in achieving a situation where the comic is now also recognised in Germany as an art form. On approximately 15,000 square metres of event space, the International Comic Salon combines in its programme art and commerce and the mainstream and the avantgarde. It is simultaneously a seismograph and engine of the German comic sector and reflects the entire spectrum of the genre. More than 25,000 visitors are expected at this four-day event which takes place every two years (in even years).
The public fair held in the Heinrich-Lades-Hall Conference Centre in Erlangen town centre is the focal point of the International Comic Salon Erlangen. Around 150 exhibitors – German and international publishing houses, agencies, the comic industry and comic classes from universities – present their programmes here. Numerous new publications are presented to the public for the first time. You can look over the shoulders of way more than 300 artists from all over the world as they sign and autograph their books.
The numerous exhibitions held at various locations throughout the town are an important feature of the International Comic Salon Erlangen – solo exhibitions of international comic stars as well as insights into the German-speaking scene, up and coming comic-writing talent, themed exhibitions on the history of comics, on comic and new media, computer animation and film. Artists such as Alex Barbier, Baru, Benjamin, Christophe Blain, Charles Burns, Nie Chongrui, David B., Derib, Hendrik Dorgathen, Will Eisner, Gipi, Reinhard Kleist, Ralf König, Isabel Kreitz, Don Lawrence, Nicolas Mahler, Lorenzo Mattotti, Max, Moebius, François Schuiten, Art Spiegelman, Joost Swarte and many others have already had exhibitions dedicated to them.
The Max and Moritz Prize donated by the “Bulls Press” and awarded by the town of Erlangen is the most important award for graphic literature in the German-speaking world. It is awarded by an independent specialist jury in various categories and plays a considerable role in helping gain recognition for comic art in the German-speaking world. The presentation of the award acknowledges the work of outstanding artists, encourages commendable publishing work and intensifies the discussion about graphic literature. In the last few years, Albert Uderzo, Jacques Tardi, Alan Moore, Pierre Christin and Lorenzo Mattotti have been honoured for their life’s works. The Max and Moritz Gala in the Erlangen Margravial Theatre is one of the highlights of the Salon.
With the international comic illustrator seminar held annually in cooperation with the Hamburg agency Contours, the Salon is also playing a considerable role in helping to promote the latest generation of comic-writing talent in Germany. In addition to new film versions of comic material, you can see all forms of animated film – from the latest animations right through to avant-garde versions at the Comic Film Festival shown in the Erlangen cinemas. In addition, the fringe programme encompasses lectures, talks and discussions with illustrators, authors, journalists and publishers, comic readings, illustration competitions, workshops and on Family Sunday there are numerous activities for children, young people and families with reduced entrance charges.
- Heinrich-Lades-Halle Conference Centre
- Town Hall
- Erlangen Art Museum
- Art Association – New Gallery
- Margravial Theater
- Theatre in the Garage
- Manhattan cinemas
- Lamm-Lichtspiele cinemas
- Neuer Markt (“New Market”) shopping centre