Last weekend, The Frankfurt Book Fair showcased two German comics awards:
- The Deutscher Cartoon Preis (German Cartoon Prize), awarded since 2006
- Sondermann Publikumspreis (Sondermann audience award), awarded since 2004
The newcomer award was presented to Stefan Wirkus, an entertainer, cartoonist, caricaturist, and emcee. Here is a sample of his cartoons!
Here’s the Tageschau report (the German equivalent of the nightly news):
Among the published cartoonists, three were chosen:
First Place: SOBE (Peter Zimmer)
Third Place: Stephan Rürup
The lovable wonderful and strange clerk Sondermann is one of the most famous cartoon characters of cartoonist and comic artist Bernd Pfarr – and namesake of the comic price “Sondermann” awarded annually for the past nine years by the Frankfurt Book Fair, the website www.comicforum.de, and the Frankfurter Rundschau, in honor of Bernd Pfarr, who died in 200.
The nominees (Winners in bold):
International comics 2012
National Comics (self-published) 2012
Manga International 2012
Naruto Band 51, Masashi Kishimoto (Carlsen Manga)
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Band 1, Naoko Takeuchi (Egmont Manga & Anmie)
Twilight – Biss zm Morgengrauen 2, Young Kim/Stephenie Meyer (Carlsen Manga)
Manga National (self-published) 2012
Web-Sondermann (Webcomic) 2012
Here’s a sample of Burrini’s work:
The six-person jury awarded two special prizes:
- Newcomer 2012: Aisha Franz (www.fraufranz.com)
- Bernd Pfarr-Sondermann für Komische Kunst 2012: Christoph Niemann (www.christophniemann.com)
Christoph Niemann has been published in the U.S., most notably by the New Yorker.
Frau Franz is an indie cartoonist with a distinct style. Many of her comics are in English.
Congrats to all, especially Tokyopop! (Hey… if those are German manga, and not licensed, then they can be reprinted here in the U.S. …) I hope we’ll see these German titles soon in American editions!