May 11 & 12
We are so happy to back to TCAF this year!
Find us on Ground Floor table 101
We have a lot of great graphic literature not only from Eastern Europe!
Jarmil in Angouleme
Marek Rubec will be the guest at 46th International Comic Festival Angouleme, France
Jarmil is one of the newest Centrala’s books and a very touching picture of the small town in Czech Republic.
Saturday Jan 26th
10.00-11.00 Forum du Nouveau Monde
Language: English translate to French.
Women’s comic anthology from Poland
The Blood Anthology illustrates the range of meanings that blood bears, from its mythological aspect (the magical powers attributed to menstrual blood), through the symbolism of heredity – the inevitable genealogical continuity, through revenge and violence, to strong connotations with physical pain. Blood also touches upon various layers in terms of art, not limiting itself to comics. Inside the anthology, we will find references to Frans Masereel’s and Lynd Ward’s woodcut pre-comics; subtle portraits; the simplicity of cartoon art; photomontage and psychedelic references to science-fiction.
From Czech Republic
The world is falling apart before our consumption-closed eyes, even in a small Czech town. Supermarket, skateboard, brews, blazin’, hamburgers, tatoos, pizza, selfie. How can we live without this? Jarmil won’t tell you the answer.
Jarmil is fast poetry and fast day-to-day life, in a hurry to survive.
Jarmil is a cocktail of waiting around and racing around.
Now we only remember the hangovers.
Marek Rubec is illustrator and comic artist based in the Czech Republic.
In 2016, he was a resident at the Swedish Comics Assotiation in Malmö.
In 2017, he won first prize at the Prague Frame Festival. He has published several short comics with Czech and European magazines and publishing houses.
He works and lives in Litoměřice, about 40 miles northeast of Prague.
Jenny Haniver, a silent comic in black-and-white, is about powers greater than the individual.
The houseboat of a seafood-loving dentist hides a secret. A religious woman working in an office would like to be a choir conductor. A night guard of a department store takes care of her disabled little brother. A cultured cleaner brews tea in the cleaner’s cupboard. Everything is set in a gigantic city, its lights and shadows. The metropolis suffocates the little ones with its mass.
Jenny Haniver, a silent comic in black-and-white, is about powers greater than the individual. The unnamed characters seem to drift along even though their decisions seemconcious. There is no great plan, just a series of events. Do you have to dance? Yes. No. Have to walk, though.
Recommended Age: 16+
All text in three languages: English, German and Polish
We all started out with our own confused but creative view of the world. For many of us, these views hardened into actual ‘beliefs’. This book is a collection of some of these childhood imaginings; conceived by children but remembered by adults. These idiosyncratic histories inspired by our own limited life experiences are more than just a shared belief in Father Christmas.
As children we are magicians, painters, writers, dancers, storytellers, singers, masters of play and accomplished all-round make-believers. We create parallel worlds and people; our imaginations are unfettered by logic. As adults we segregate and compartmentalize almost everything, including art and artists. We relegate some and elevate others. Ultimately, we delegate the job of creativity to those whom we believe do it better.
In these times when new and unexpected things divide us, where life leaves little room for imagination, these beliefs can remind us of our common roots and of how creative we used to be.
Shared by many generous adults, drawn by Kamil Macejko and collected by Rachel Karafistan.
Suggested for Adults only 18+
Frame 2017 competition catalogue
Over 200 works were received for Wake Up competition during 1st Prague Comics Art Festival „Frame”. The anthology includes 96 works by artists from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, USA
Tom Abbosh, Chris Dean
Felipe Kolb Bernardes, Julia Nascimento
Robson da Silva Cavalcante
Janne Marie Dauer
Kirsten Carina Geisser
Nenko Genov, Piotr Rosner
Hugo Boylan & Rapha Lobosco
Julia Inés Mamone
Łukasz Piotrkowicz, Krzysztof Budziejewski
Saskia van der Post
Tomáš Prokůpek (writer), Václav Šlajch (artist)
Jennifer van de Sandt
Jens K Styve
Emiliyan Valchev Valev, Stanimir Valchev Valev
Sean Michael Wilson, Michiru Morikawa
Mateusz Wiśniewski, Krzysztof Chalik
Sat May 20 and Sun May 21 2017
Why not visit Centrala table during International Stockholm Comics Festival 2017
Find our table Sat & Sun main market area of the Festival
We also recommend presentation about Centrala publishing activity and Gosia and Mikołaj works
May 20th, Saturday 4.20-5 PM on main stage
Our visit at International Stockholm Comics Festival was supported by Polska Institutet Stockholm
Gosia Herba studied history of art. For more than eight years, she has worked as an illustrator. She has worked with La Nación, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Monocle and Penguin Random House. She does illustrations for the press, and designs posters and covers for books and CDs. Recently she has started to do illustrations for children.
Mikołaj Pasiński is interested in the study of culture. He works in graphic design and multimedia.
Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński are authors of a comic for adults entitled Fertitlity and childer book Elephant on the Moon.
It is believed that the rennet of a hare, taken with food, promotes the conception of male offspring. A few days before their big wedding, four village girls set out on an expedition to trap a wild hare. Little do they know about severe consequences their actions will have.
For mature readers only
About Elephant on the Moon
In a small town there lives a lady astronomer. Every evening she looks at the moon through her telescope. She knows it like the back of her own hand. Even in her sleep she can name all the mountains, the craters and the oceans of the silvery globe. One night she makes an amazing discovery. Can it be that there’s an elephant living on the moon? The members of the Moon Society refuse to believe her.
Elephant on the Moon is a richly illustrated tale of courage, passion and determination. Although it is directed mainly at younger readers, it refers to serious events. Sir Paul Neal in the seventeenth century – one of the astronomers of the Royal Society – is supposed to have been the first to observe an elephant on the moon. At the time, his discovery provoked much confusion and fired the imaginations of many writers. Thanks to Samuel Butler’s satirical account, the story reached France. Fontaine himself wrote a tale about it – “Un animal dans la lune.” Almost 350 years later Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński have come back to this story of the moon, and out of it they have spun a new tale full of adventure.
Relase September 2017
Sorina Vazelina’s fun and poignant cartoons about ageing makes for compelling reading. She is a talented artist taking on very serious issues and subjects with a wonderfully quirky yet thoughtful approach. Very much worth thumbing through.
Ginanne Brownell Mitic, arts journalist and founder of insidefullofcolor.com, a website focused on arts and culture in central and eastern Europe
It is a book that straddles many styles and approaches to communicating ideas and stories. Some moments appear like sketchbook watercolours and others like clean and intellectual New Yorker Magazine cartoons. The personality on display changes from story to story but retains that experimental edge throughout.
Toronto Reference Library
Sat May 13, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun May 14, 10 AM – 5 PM
We are here again!
Sat May 13, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun May 14, 10 AM – 5 PM
Visit our table and grab signed copy of Erik the Red: King of Winter by Søren Mosdal who’s our guest during TCAF this year.
Søren’s trip to Canada was supported by DANISH ART FOUNDATION
Toronto Comic Art Festival www
Rich Mix London
May 14th, Sunday
This Sunday is next edition one of our favourite event in capitol.
Rich Mix London
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road,
E1 6LA Londyn
DIY Cultures fair is back for its 5th year on Sunday 14th May to takeover all 4 floors of Rich Mix. DIY Cultures is an annual day festival exploring intersections of art and activism, running since 2013. The programme consists of a zine fair, exhibitions, workshops, contemporary craft, panel discussions, comic illustration, video art and digital animation exploring DIY practice. The event has established itself as a leading national forum for artists-run initiatives and alternative publishing. The event distinguishes itself by by its commitment to Black and people of colour empowerment and centralising marginalised histories and subcultures such as neurodiversity, diaspora stories, prisoner solidarity, radical mental health and Muslim communities under the War on terror.
This year’s event is bigger than ever with more than 90 stalls showcasing the best in independent publishing and stands as Rich Mix’s most-attended event of the year. The festival extends to a 4 week exhibition DIY Knowledge running from 3rd May until 2nd June in Lower Cafe Gallery. The curators have commissioned outdoor art, interactive animation and architectural collective Involve to make a communal table.