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.
Current Projects and Events
Corona Aid for Comic Artists
It is a first highlight in every comic year. As the largest comics festival in Europe, the Festival International BD in Angoulême attracts over 200,000 visitors to the Charente. Since 2014, there has been a regular presence here for German-language…
SAVE THE DATE: Comicexpansion 2022
As co-organisers, we would like to recommend to you to note the following date in your calendar:On 19 and 20 May 2022, the “COMCEXPANSION – Perspectives for Comic Culture” will take place for the first time. Further information will be…
LaetBeton & FondsBeton
On November 6 and November 27 2021, they were presented to the German and French public, respectively: The Beton special issue LaetBeton, published by Laëtitia’s former fanzine comrades-in-arms around Stephane Hirlemann, who also contributed the cover, in memory of the…
Obituary: Laëtitia Graffart
We still can’t believe it: Our German Comic Association’s colleague Laëtitia Graffart was the victim of a road traffic accident at the age of 37 in Berlin-Friedrichshain at the end of May 2021. Since 2020 she has been taking care…
Kaktus Kid Film Screening
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.
Our founding member and long time chairman Stefan Neuhaus passed away in 2022. You can read our orbituary here.
Board of the German Comics Association
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 manager and foundation advisor for the Federal Association of German Foundations.
Studied German language and literature, theater studies and art history at the FU Berlin. Collaboration on various comic-related projects such as exhibitions, several publications on comic-specific topics. Worked for many years for Berlin comic publishers, currently as sales manager.
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.
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.
Comicbibliothek „Renate“ (Berlin)
Comicbibliothek „The Gutter“ (Hamburg)
Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor)
Graphic Novel Info
Fairs and Festivals
Festival BD Angoulême
The Millionaires Club
AG Animation – Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft
Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin (ilb) / Graphic Novel Day
Leipziger Buchmesse / Manga Comic Convention
Anime-, Manga und Japan-Convention
Manga- und Anime-Convention Animexx e.V.
Literaturstipendium des Freistaats Bayern
Comics in the German Press
Andreas Platthaus (FAZ)
Lars von Törne (Tagesspiegel)
Alphabet des Ankommens (German and English)
Drawing the Times (English)
Revue dessinée (French)
The Nib (English)
Graphic News (Italian)
Graphic Journalism von Patrick Chappatte (English und French)
Deutscher Comicverein e.V.
c/o Axel Halling