Welcome to the German Comics Association

The German Comics Association, which is headquartered in Berlin, is the go-to association for anyone interested in comics and graphic novels. We are dedicated to the recognition and reinforcement of comics as a stand-alone artistic and cultural form. The association explicitly incorporates the entire spectrum of contemporary comics into its activities.

Projects and Events

About us

The German Comics Association was founded in Berlin in September 2013. It emerged out of an initiative created by comic artists, researchers, producers and academics, who, as part of the International Literature Festival Berlin 2013, published the Comics Manifesto. It was signed by more than 800 creative artists, journalists, and scholars, among others. Significant goals therein include the reinforcing of the comics culture in German through the creation of an institute as well as the general reinforcement of the medium itself. With the establishment of the non-profit association, an instrument was created that would be able to actualize these goals in a number of ways.

The German Comics Association seeks to:

bring the German comic scene closer together
make German comics, graphic novels and manga more well known both at the national and international levels
promote the recognition of comics as a stand-alone artistic and cultural form
make available information for anyone interested in comics and, in the long term, to found a comics institute

The association’s offering is directed at:

comic creators
scholars and researchers
anyone interested who also supports the goals of the German Comics Association

Board of the German Comics Association

Stefan Neuhaus


Holds a degree in arts education from Berlin, director emeritus of studies, former supervisor of the arts at a Berlin high-school, long-time chairman of the BDK in Berlin. Numerous comic projects with students and teachers.

Axel Halling

Vice Chairman

Holds degrees in Eastern European studies, Hungarian studies and Eastern and Southern European History from Berlin, Paris and Budapest. Cultural manager of German-Hungarian cultural exchanges, freelancer for a comics publisher, currently project coordinator and foundation advisor for the Federal Association of German Foundations. 

Katharina-Sofie Naujoks


Holds a degree in Cultural Studies, German Studies and Philosophy from Bremen. Completed a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management in Hanover. Previously worked as a Press Officer for the Bremen Theatre and for the Hanover State Theatre’s Artistic Management Offices, and as an Assistant to the Management of an Environmental Education Association in Hamburg. Chairman of the Board at the Hamburg Comics Festival until the end of 2018.

Lilian Pithan

Committee Member

Holds degrees in Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, and English Studies from Tübingen and Paris. Since 2013, she has worked as a freelance journalist in Berlin, where she has run projects on intercultural and graphic journalism. She also translates literary and journalistic texts from French and English into German.

Our goals

Pursuing the goals of the association is made possible through the promotion of the arts and culture, such as through the organisation and hosting of cultural events (exhibitions, presentations, etc.), the promotion of the artistic handling of, for example, topics related to society, politics, history or culture through the comic medium, the promotion of political-aesthetic education (through publications, support and implementation of research projects, educational events, conferences).

We are committed to promoting comics as an element of cultural education in scholastic as well as civic life (through consultations, organisation and implementation of comic workshops and similar events, among others), promoting research projects in the form of scholarly work, but also through conferences or workshops.

An important goal is the establishment of a German institute for comics geared toward an international audience. As a centre of excellence, the institute is intended to support the production of comics as well as scholarly and educational activities through the medium. (The work of the institute of the Finnish Comics Society serves as a role model in this regard).

You can find the complete bylaws of the German Comics Association (in German) here.


Important Contacts

Comics Library “Renate” (Berlin)

Comics Library “The Gutter” (Hamburg)

Society for Comics Studies (ComFor)


Comics Websites

Graphic Novel Info




Fairs and Festivals

Comics Festival Angoulême

Fumetto Luzern

Comic-Salon Erlangen

Comics Festival Hamburg

Comics Festival Munich

The Millionaires Club


AG Animation – Society for Media Studies

International Literature Festival Berlin (ilb) / Graphic Novel Day

Leipzig Book Fair / Manga Comic Convention

Anime, Manga and Japan Convention

Manga and Anime Convention Animexx


Berlin Comics Grants

Literature Scholarship of Bavaria

Villa Massimo

Comics in the German Press

Andreas Platthaus (FAZ)

Lars von Törne (Tagesspiegel)

Comics Journalism

Alphabet des Ankommens (German and English)

Drawing the Times (English)

Revue dessinée (French)

The Nib (English)

Graphic News (Italian)

Graphic Journalism by Patrick Chappatte (English and French)


Deutscher Comicverein e.V.
c/o Stefan Neuhaus
Rosenheimer Str. 13
10781 Berlin