Berthold Leibinger Comic Book Prize awarded to Pletzinger And Dinter
Even though it’s not yet completed, Thomas Pletzinger and Tim Dinter’s comic, Blåvand, has been awarded the Berthold Leibinger Comic Book Prize 2017, with a value of 15,000 Euros – the most important comic award in the German language domain, at least financially speaking.
The jury picked this book because it is a first collaboration between established authors, that at the same time tackles a subject that seldom finds a place in comic literature, development aid. It was deemed the best work among sixty seven applications from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Nine finalists each received an award of 1,000 Euros, which is not to be sniffed at.
Thomas Pletzinger previously made a name for himself as a writer, translator (amongst others of David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?) while Tim Dinter is the clear line creator of the daily comic Der Flaneur (in the Frankurter Algemeine Zeitung) and the monthly comic column Lästermaul und Wohlstandskind in the Tagesspiegel. They will receive their award on April 23rd, 2018.