The fifth edition of the European Comics Salon (SEBD) ends on Monday, May 22, after two intense weeks. Three events are scheduled at Rezidenta Scena9 (32 I.L. Caragiale street) on May 22, as of 18:30: two debates on the comics’ situation today, and a launch of an original Romanian comics project.
The first dialogue is between Johannes Klenell, editor at „Galago”, one of the oldest Swedish alternative comics publishing house and Mihai Leontescu, from Sweden’s embassy in Bucharest. The discussion will focus on the political comics in Sweden and the “Galago” magazine’s efforts in the past 40 years. Among the most important Swedish illustrators featuring in Galaga are Sara Granér and Liv Strömquist, whose works are also on display at the European Comics Festival in Bucharest.
The second dialogue is performed by Sergey Simonov, the RESPECT project coordinator, which is also the topic of SEBD edition this year, and Elisabeth Marinkovic, the director of the Austrian Cultural Forum. The topic are the social-themed comics.
“(…) Can we learn to reach an agreement with those with whom we disagree? With the people who have opinions and lifestyles we don’t like? And if we cannot, then what’s the value of the human life? Who is the modern human being, after all? We, the team and the participants involved in the RESPECT project, don’t know the answers to these questions. But we hope these comics will help us reflect on them together with you,” said Sergey Simonov.
The last event of the closing evening is the launch of the comic “Ema’s story- my story and our story”. Illustrated by Alexandru Ciubotariu, it is inspired by a real story and was made by EUNIC Romania in partnership with “Together” Agency and in cooperation with the Respect Comics project, supported by the European Commission Representation in Romania.
The fifth edition of SEBD took place in Bucharest May 9-22, comprising a wide exhibition rejoining works from 15 countries, workshops and debates.
The European Comics Salon is a project by EUNIC Romania Cluster (the European Network of the National Cultural Institutes) coordinated this year by the Austrian Cultural Forum and organized by: The Romanian Cultural Institute, the Czech Center, Cyprus Embassy to Romania, Greece Embassy to Romania, Finland Embassy to Romania, French Institute, Estonia Embassy to Romania, Goethe Institute, Greek Cultural Foundation, Italian Cultural Institute, British Council, Polish Institute, Cervantes Institute, Sweden Embassy to Romania, The Netherlands Embassy to Romania and Austrian Cultural Forum.
The Romania Journal supported the event as media partner.