Thursday, September 15, 2016

Three pre-SPX events happen tonight in DC

Sept 15: Finnish Comics Now

The Embassy of Finland is excited to host an exhibition that showcases modern Finnish comics. Comic art has been a noticeable part of the Finnish art scene for a long time. Think about Tove Jansson and her beloved Moomin characters. Most Finns remember reading the Finnish Donald Duck magazine as a child, a habit that for many has continued past adulthood.

Please join us at the opening reception of the exhibition on September 15, 2016 at 7pm.
RSVP is required by Tuesday, September 13 at

The exhibition is open to the public from 11am to 4pm on the following dates:
September 18
September 24-25
October 1-2

Address: Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists U.S. Tour
September 15, 2016
6:30 pm

Where     @ Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St NW Washington, DC 20009

Join us for the kick-off event of this exciting tour and meet five talented graphic novelists in conversation with Harvey Award winning artist José Villarrubia to discuss how Spanish indie comics are finding a larger voice in Spain and around the globe.

SPAIN arts & culture is pleased to present Spanish graphic novelists –Santiago García, Javier Olivares, David Rubín, Ana Galvañ, and José Domingo– some of the many gifted artists featured in Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists (Fantagraphics, 2016). Based on 2013's Panorama: La novela gráfica española hoy, this anthology showcases the talents of a contemporary wave of Spanish comic authors, from winners of Premio Nacional del Cómic, to rising stars and experimental artists, and calls attention to the high quality of graphic novels emerging from a country with one of the strongest cartoon traditions in Europe.

The Other Side of the Wall (drüben!)
6:30 PM
Goethe-Institut Washington
1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC

Cartoonist and author Simon Schwartz was born in Erfurt, Germany in 1982, at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party controlled the region, a part of history he captures in his autobiographic debut graphic novel drüben! (The Other Side of the Wall). Recently honored with the Independent Publisher Book Award (2016), the novel tells the narrative of the protagonist's willingness to leave the communist side of the Wall in search of freedom.

Based on his own parents' painful personal experiences of reprisal and alienation in East Germany after announcing their intention to leave for the West, The Other Side of the Wall eloquently depicts the challenges faced by those whose State once inspired but ultimately turned on them. A new life on the western side of the Wall meant not only freedom, but also uncertainty and the fragmentation of relationships with family and friends.

Simon Schwartz studied Illustration at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW). He taught editorial illustration at HAW and the BTK University of Art & Design, Berlin, and works as a freelance illustrator for several well-known magazines, newspapers and agencies. Schwartz is the winner of several awards, including the Max and Moritz Prize (2012) and the ICOM Independent Comics Award (2010).

Moderated by Antje Krüger, Assistant Professor of German at Goucher College.

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