Manga About A British Explorer Wins the German Children’s Literature Award for Nonfiction!


The Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize) is awarded each year as part of the festivities surrounding the Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair). Celebrating its 60th year, it is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. This year, the award for nonfiction was awarded to Kristina Gehrmann, for the first […]

Review: Barbara Yelin’s ‘Irmina’ shows how history destroys us in little ways


Quiet and brooding, while still warm and with a great delicacy, Barbara Yelin’s Irmina takes the author’s own discovery of her grandmother’s World War II era diaries and letters, and applies the resulting biography to higher philosophical heights that really concern the way any of us encounter the world. Irmina is a young German girl […]

Award Winning Comics Announced at the Munich Comics Festival!

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The Comicfestival München (Munich Comics Festival) was held last weekend, and numerous comics and graphic novels were honored with the Peng! Award, and the ICOM Independent Comics Award. Tagesspiegel reports on the winners of the Peng!, and has incredible photos! The nominees and winners (💬):

You Won’t Believe What’s Happening in Munich This Week!

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Every other year, Munich hosts the Munich Comic Festival (Comicfestival München), which, like other continental comics festivals, offers a diverse international guest list while still celebrating the local talent! For those who kann nicht Deustsch sprechen, here’s the official greeting: The Munich Comic Festival is the second largest comic event of its kind in Germany […]

24 Hours of International Comics: Germany


[When visiting the German-language sites below, I suggest using Google Chrome, or another web browser which allows for easy translation of German.  And if you read only one thing from this post, it should be this.] Guten Tag! Germany… it’s a bit of a conundrum in Continental comics. Smack dab in the middle of Europe, […]

The Winners of the Max und Moritz-Preis for Best German Comics

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Every two years, the city of Erlangen, Germany hosts the Erlangen Comics Salon. In a nutshell, it’s the German version of Angoulême.  It’s not as crazy or as big, as the German comics scene is about ten years behind the United States in development.  (Which is curious, giving the ubiquitous  Franco-Belgian and American comics found […]

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: Comics Awards


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 German Cartoon Prize has two divisions: newcomer (Aufsteiger), and published (Buch). The newcomer award was presented to Stefan Wirkus, an entertainer, cartoonist, caricaturist, and emcee.  […]

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: Die Pflichtlektüre

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(Die Pflichtlektüre translates to “required reading” in German.  Most of the following links are auf Deutsch, so either use a translation program (Google Chrome does it automatically), or find a friend to help you.) In English: The Goethe Institute has a great website for German comics!  (Also includes links to various sites and publishers.) [Anyone […]