11 Years, 11 Days, 11 Seconds … Comics & Graphic Novels from avant-verlag

Sometimes – more often than appeals to today’s prejudices – contemporary comics are deeply committed to dealing with the here and now, with the political and social disputes and rifts of the world in which we live.

Authors such as Simon Schwartz, Ulli Lust, Ulrich Scheel, Felix Pestemer, Marijpol, Birgit Weyhe and many others have bestowed avant-verlag with a distinctive image. The authors of this new generation tell political as well as personal stories, develop innovative pictorial languages, and reveal what comics are today: an exciting medium of literary quality. Since 2001, the publishing house avant-verlag has been offering comic books and graphic novels for readers and connoisseurs of modern graphics and art.

On this unusual anniversary – the 11th second of the 11th day of the 11th year – avant-verlag has gathered together the German-language artists of its publishing history for a comprehensive exhibition that not only reflects the history of the publishing house but also presents the creative potential, the narrative scope, and the artistic ambitions of the German-language comics scene. From 11 January to 2 February 2013, 18 artists will be exhibiting comic illustrations, art pieces, installations and other works that straddle the fence between narrative and fine art. The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous readings, discussions, performances and tours.

The artists of avant-verlag would like to invite you to the exhibition opening on 11 January 2013 at 7 PM at Galerie Neurotitan in the Haus Schwarzenberg. When the gallery doors open, the participating artists will lead you through their pictorial worlds. We look forward to drinking a toast with you to 11 years of ambitious comics culture!



Fr 11.01. 7 PM Party and opening
Sa 12.01. 4 PM Autograph and signing session with the artists of avant-verlag
6 PM Lecture by Felix Pestemer: “The Dust of Ancestors: The Day of the Dead in Mexico”
7:30 PM Simon Schwartz reads from his graphic novel “Pack Ice”
9 PM “Inside Case”, a performance-reading by the art group TONTO
Fr 18.01. 8 PM Ulli Lust reads from his graphic novel “Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life”
Sa 19.01. 3 PM Exhibition tour (with Thomas Gilke)
5 PM Susanne Buddenberg and Thomas Henseler read from their graphic novel “Berlin – Divided City”
Fr 25.01. 8 PM Book launch of Sophia Martineck’s “Chickens, Porno, Brawls”
Sa 26.01. 5:30 PM Exhibition tour (with Felix Pestemer)
7:30 PM Panel discussion on “Reportage in Comics”
with Paula Bulling, Tim Dinter, Ulli Lust, Susanne Buddenberg and Thomas Henseler
moderated by Jens Meinrenken
Flyer of the exhibition