Kraków Comic Book Festival

Saturday Mar 25 - Sunday Mar 26    
This small comics festival has been slowly gaining momentum since it began in 2011. The annual programme includes meetings with artists from Poland and abroad, comic book exhibits, a huge comic book fair, lectures, discussions, workshops and more - all devoted to various branches of sequential art, from mainstream American comics to manga. The festival is also accompanied by a cosplay show, and guests are encouraged to dress up as their favourite pop culture characters.

This year's festival moves to Potocki Palace on the market square (Rynek 20), and the new Comics Museum at ul. Sarego 7. The 2023 prgramme includes meetings artists such as Zanzim, Paul Gravett, Ruslana Koropetska, Vira Kordoba, Ludmiła Samuś, Unka Odya, Katarzyna Witerscheim, Marcin Surma, Piotr Nowacki, Rafał Skarżycki and Jarosław Wojtasinski. There will be discussion panels on such topics as: the situation of comics in Ukraine, Polish autobiographical comics, cult series from the People's Republic of Poland, how to publish independent comics and how to create webcomics. This year's lectures include a talk by Paweł Dybała about the work of a manga translator, Julian Jeliński, who runs the popular Youtube channel - Brody from Kosmos, about the history of Supergirl and the latest DC cinema universe; Rafał Olejko will tell you how to start adventure with professional figurine photography; and a reviewer, translator and youtuber publishing under the pseudonym Stowy Stick will explain how comics change film stylistics. There will also be a number of comic workshops and cosplay workshops waiting for the participants, plus an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the comic strip "Tymek i Master" by Tomasz Leśniak and Rafał Skarżycki, and a retrospective exhibition summarizing the 10th anniversary of Anna Krztoń's creative work. Comic book walks and a market full of drawing albums, notebooks, posters, postcards and gadgets also await guests.

2023 programme in pdf form here.
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