8 March 2011

Tiny festival report from Linz

This year kuš! was again in the Austrian comics capital Linz to visit the festival Nextcomic. The program was slightly confusing, but the atmosphere was all the better and there were some nice exhibitions to discover, among them also exhibitions by Manuele Fior, Jens Harder and Arne Bellstorf which we unfortunately all missed, as they were not too central. What we did see, you can discover in the next pictures:

Comics artist and Kabinett activist Heinz Wolf  carefully covering the logo of semi-tasty Africola not to advertise it in front of a huge paper toy (made by someone else).

Jyrki Heikkinen was also there representing Finland in the exhibition Cartoonia from Stripburger, but here he is taking a look at the works by Christoph Raffetseder and Herbert Christian Stöger in an Austrian group show.

According to the festival boss Gottfried Gusenbauer (left) the show was not curated, he "just invited some old comics friends". Well that was a pretty courageous thing to say, as this exhibit was exactly the one which took place in a fancy art gallery. Well at least his friends are some of the most recognized Austrian comics artists such as Thomas Kriebaum (on the picture on the right), Nicolas Mahler, Christoph Abbrederis, Heinz Wolf and Unkraut Comics so it worked out pretty well.

Not exhibiting and just like us enjoying some quality time in the PEZ capital was Kai Pfeiffer (the one asking "Do you ever go out?"). The paintings behind him are by REO (link not found).

Here is a beautiful detail of a comics in the personal exhibition of Lucie Lomová, who just finished her comics artist residency in Linz.

Not present in Linz was Lamelos, but they left their marks all over the cultural centre Kapu, where we were happy to stay (Thank you Welli!).

Other people we met but unfortunately didn't shoot were Michael Jordan, Kaja Avbersek, Bojan, Paul Gravett, Helmut Kaplan, Edda Strobl, Michael Hacker, Sebastian Broskwa and Konrad Beck. We surely had a great time in the city of light...

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