While comics fans were celebrating comics and other delights at New York Comic Con, publishers and fans in Europe were congregating in Frankfurt, Germany, for the annual Frankfurter Buchmesse. Held almost annually since Gutenberg invented movable type, this publishing trade show attracts some 286,000 visitors (both professional and public attendees), showcasing 7,000 exhibitors from 100 countries.
As you can see by the map below, six different buildings are used to host this show!
Of course, this being Germany, comics were represented (Hall 3.0), and last Saturday, the 2010 Sondermann Comic Awards were presented. The awards are voted on by comics fans.
Web: “Beetlebum” by Johannes Kretzschmar (Not yet translated.)
(Webcomic nominees can be found here.)
A special six-member jury also selected Felix Mertikat and Benjamin Schreuder as Best Newcomer for their poetic comic fable “Jacob” (Cross Cult).
The jury also awarded the “Bernard Parish Sondermann of Comic Art” award to Ari Pilkat.
Three individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame, all who have won three or more times:
Eiichiro Oda, who won in the manga category in 2005, 2008, and 2009, for One Piece.
Joscha Sauer, for “Nicht Lustig” (“Not Funny”), which won the newcomer award in 2004, and the cartoon award in 2004 and 2009.
Ralph Ruthe, who won the cartoon award an unprecedented four times, from 2005-2008, for “Shit Happens”.
The Sondermann awards are sponsored by the Frankfurter Buchmesse, www.comicforum.de, Spiegel Online and the Frankfurter Rundschau. Established in 2004, they honor the late Frankfurt cartoonist and comic artist Bernd Pfarr. The award is named after one of his most beloved characters, office employee Sondermann.
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