European Comics Festivals in September
After the long half-sleep of the summer months, the comics world traditionally comes back to life in September, when the school year starts again, publishers of all kinds vie for the attention of the public, and the festival year kicks off across Europe. To wit…
The Fête De La BD takes place on September 1-3 in Brussels, Belgium (self-styled comics capital of Europe). In addition to the traditional comic fair and the Balloons Day Parade, the festival will pay homage to Gaston Lagaffe, who celebrates his 60th anniversary, and will also award the very first Prix Atomium. Festival president this year is French comic writer Jean-David Morvan.
That same weekend, the Finnish Comics Society organises the Helsinki Comics Festival, with international guests such as José Muñoz, Sarah Glidden, Gilbert Shelton, and Leah Moore. Finland has a thriving zine culture, which is showcased during the Helsinki Zine Fest, presenting small press and self-published comics from Finland and abroad.
The prestigious BDFil in Lausanne, Switserland (14-18 september), celebrates Swiss cartoonist Anna Sommer as its special guest with an extensive exhibition. Sommer also created the official poster for this year’s edition. The festival also features an exhibition on cats in comics, and a happening with Flemish cartoonist Herr Seele, who will destroy and rebuild a piano while answering audience questions.
And finally, on 21-24 September, the Treviso Comic Book Festival in Treviso, Italy, celebates 40 years of Punk Rock with homages to legendary bands by a plethora of Italian cartoonists. The festival will also award the first Carlo Bascarato Prizes, for the best comics from Italy and abroad.
Also on in September: the International Festival Of Comics And Games in Lodz, Poland, the Comics Salon in Bratislava, Slovenia (both from the 15th until the 17th), the Salon Stripa Belgrade, Serbia (21-24 September) and Lille Comics Festival in Lille, France (23-24 September).