Starting from October 13, 2022, the outdoor exhibition “Europe in a Comic Strip” is presented in Brașov, in Heroes’ Park, in front of the Brașov City Hall.

After the premiere in Paris in June 2022, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, in Brașov is the first itinerary of the exhibition produced by the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image Angoulême.

“Europe in a Comic Strip” at the 5th edition of the Brașov International Historical Comic Strip Festival was possible thanks to the collaboration between the Brașov County History Museum, the French Institute and the Forums Association, with the support of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

The 13 comic panels that make up the outdoor exhibition highlight key events in the history of the European Union. From Robert Schuman’s first statement in the ‘Clock Chamber’ at the French Foreign Ministry on May 9, 1950, to the first launch of the European rocket into space and the recent agreement on the European Recovery Plan in July 2020, ” Europe in a Comic Strip’ presents the great moments that built the Europe we know today.

“In the times we live in, we need to talk as often as possible about the history of United Europe. Comics are an unconventional form of presenting history with a good impact on the public, even if we cannot compare Romania with France regarding the appreciation of the 9th art.

Under the flags of Romania and the European Union and in front of the symbol of Latinity, Lupoaica, the exhibition “Europe in a Comic Strip” is an exhortation for Brasov residents and visitors to Brasov, Romanians and foreigners, to think, even on a personal level, how important it is to belong to United Europe and, above all, not to forget what happened to Europe when it was divided by the Iron Curtain”.

(Nicolae Pepene, manager of the Brașov County History Museum, initiator of the “Europe in a Comic Strip” traveling exhibition in Romania).

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The authors of the exhibition are Kokopello, Mathieu Sapin and Clémence Sapin (colorist).

After a stint in cinema, Kokopello infiltrated the 2017 presidential campaign with his sketchbook alongside activists from various political parties. He later obtained a permit that allowed him to freely roam the corridors of the National Assembly, sketching in comics the everyday life of parliamentarians. In 2021, Dargaud Le Seuil published its first comic book, Palais Bourbon: les coulisses de l’Assemblée nationale (“The Bourbon Palace: Behind the Scenes of the National Assembly”).

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Mathieu Sapin, comic author and illustrator, creates illustrated reports (such as Campagne présidentielle and Comédie française) where he questions the notion of power and writes stories for young people with other authors (Akissi with Marguerite Abouet and Sardine de l’espace with Emmanuel Guibert). He even created his own superhero: Supermurgeman! (In French, “murge” means a drinking session!) He also directed a comedy about the political world called Le Poulain (“The Protected”).

The exhibition can be seen in the Heroes’ Park in Brașov until November 12, 2022.

The exhibition is organized as part of the Brașov 2022 International Historical Comics Festival.

Producers: Forums Association, Brașov County Museum of History

Partners: Coresi Shopping Resort, HISTORIA magazine, French Institute in Romania, Brasov Art Museum, Metropolitan Agency for Sustainable Development Brasov, PostModernism Museum, Leskovac Comic School “Nikola Mitrovic Kokan” (Serbia), Zizin

Media partners: AGERPRES, modernism.ro, revistacomics.ro.

Project co-financed by the Brașov County Council.

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