Until September 30, 2021, the International Festival of Historical Comics Brașov gathers nominations from artists from all over the country but also from abroad for the main exhibition organized within the festival. Six winners will be awarded prizes worth 1,500 lei each.
The Brașov International Historical Comics Festival is the first BD festival with a historical theme. Produced by the Forums Association together with the Brașov County History Museum, with the PostModernism Museum Association as its main partner, the project was launched in 2018 as a BD Salon meant to support the development of historical comics in Romania, using the strongest historical theme of of the year: Centenary of Romania. The 2019 edition made the transition from a Comics Salon to a Comics Festival, and the chosen theme was “Europe 100”. The 2020 edition meant facing the challenges of the pandemic and overcoming them with the right theme: “Heroes who made history”.
The Brașov International Historical Comics Festival 2021 respects its innovative cultural status, won in previous editions, and keeps the ambition to transform the history of the World into a comic book theme. Moreover, the 2021 edition means a return to the established format until 2019 and the long-awaited transition to the status of international festival.
FEAR IN HISTORY!
We live in times when the fear of death shows its overwhelming supremacy. For the first time since the end of the Second World War, the theme of death covered the whole world, drawing day by day the characteristics of public and even private space. Our lives have changed in a flash, dramatic, frightening. The fear of death has put the future of the World on a new scale.
In the context of the current crisis, faced with the social, economic and cultural shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, recourse to the dark side of history offers meaning and hope. Hence the opportunity of the theme “FEAR IN HISTORY” for the 2021 edition of our festival.
Thus, the International Festival of Historical Comics Brașov 2021 is not only the only festival dedicated exclusively to historical comics but also the only cultural event in Europe that proposes “Fear in history” as a festival theme, introducing turning points in human history (wars , epidemics, natural disasters) in the artistic environment of comics.
Comic artists, illustrators and graphic artists from Romania and abroad are invited to send the works for presentation at the Festival, in the main exhibition and the festival catalog.
The application must be sent exclusively in electronic format to the address [email protected] until September 30, 2021 (inclusive) and consists of:
• The paper, having a subject inspired by the theme “Fear in history”, will have A3 format – (copy) plate / s, resolution of at least 300 dpi to be printed on A2 format). The chosen topic can be approached in a paper containing two to eight plates;
• Additional information containing: details about the paper (reason for choosing the topic, unpublished historical information, documentary sources used, whether or not the paper has been published or if it is part of a previously published paper);
• Short professional biography (studies, exhibitions, links to / images for one’s own works, etc.)
Selection criteria for designating the 6 winners:
1. graphic quality (chosen graphic style, execution, originality);
– pencil drawing (classic or digital);
– contour / ink (classic or digital);
– color (classic or digital).
2. the quality of the script (the best adaptation of the historical subject);
3. the quality of the comic – the final work (graphics, composition, script).
By participating in the selection, the authors agree that the works sent in electronic format can be used as images in the Festival’s communication. Sending the application file represents everyone’s acceptance regarding the visual use of the images of their own work by the International Festival of Historical Comics Brașov, with the mention of the author and the title.
Until October 5, 2021, the Festival organizers will select the works for the organization of the exhibition and the creation of the catalog.
Each of the 6 awarded artists will receive a fee of 1,500 lei gross and will have insured travel expenses to the Festival (transport, accommodation and meals). The winning comics will be published in the magazine “Historia”.
The decision to select the organizers is final.
From the first edition, the works received were published in the printed catalogs of the festival. Starting with the 2020 edition, the works of the winners are published in the magazine “History”, and the outdoor exhibition made with the works received is toured nationally. Thus, the exhibition “Heroes who made history” was presented for the first time in Brasov, then it was toured in Sibiu, Deva, Bistrita, Baia Mare, Craiova and will be presented in Rasnov, Bucharest and Cluj.
To date, 69 editions of historical comics received from 44 artists have been published in previous editions.