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"Comics from Berlin. Pictures of a City"

International Literature Festival Berlin

Sophisticated, diverse and funny -- these are the characteristics of comics from Berlin! All prominent varieties of comics, ranging from anarchic fanzines to narratively polished graphic novels, have found a home here, supported by a vital network of larger and smaller publishers. This is why, in addition to local illustrators, more and more international comic artists use the city as a source of inspiration and as production location for their own works. The exhibition "Comics from Berlin. Pictures of a City" not just wants to convey the strong creative energy of this scene but also, and above all, aspires to show how the city itself becomes the subject matter. Against the background of the contemporary and historic development of Berlin, the medium of the comic book presents itself as a highly sensitive form of art that is trenchant as well as reflective and offers an enormously rich stylistic diversity.

With local and international artists:
Max Andersson, ATAK, Sharmila Banerjee, Susanne Buddenberg & Thomas Henseler, Paula Bulling,Tim Dinter, Martin Ernstsen, Chrigel Farner, Anke Feuchtenberger, Fil, Flix, Aisha Franz, Dominique Goblet & Kai Pfeiffer, Reinhard Kleist, Peter Auge Lorenz, Ulli Lust, Mawil, OL,Till Thomas, Henning Wagenbreth ... and somewhere you will also find some monkeys and a rather fat woman as created by Felix Pestemer hanging around.


International Literature Festival Berlin
Exhibition »Comics from Berlin. Pictures of a City«
September 3rd to 15th 2013, each day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Opening event: September 3rd, 8 p.m.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Oberes Foyer
Schaperstrasse 24
10719 Berlin
Tel: 030-254 89 100

Flyer-Illustration - 'Comics aus Berlin. Bilder einer Stadt'

THE DUST OF THE ANCESTORS at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart

Exhibition and Lecture, July 12 to 14, 2013

This exhibition THE DUST OF THE ANCESTORS, which has already been shown at several museums (e.g. at the Museum for Sepulchral Art Kassel), presents a selection of original illustrations from the graphic novel with the same title and created by Felix Pestemer. The artist from Berlin uses his book to familiarize his audience with customs and traditions of the Mexican Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), presenting a culture where death is not a taboo but has a permanent place in the everyday lives of people, a culture that celebrates the death and makes skeletons dance. In addition to a Making of of Pestemer's novel, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the Día de los Muertos from a lecture by Maike Sander (MEINLEBENLANG).

Maike Sander interview (German)

Felix Pestemer interview (German)

Program of the Dragon Days Festival (German)

Exhibition, Día de los Muertos lecture, Making of of the graphic novel
Friday, July 12th, 2013, 8 p.m.
Felix Pestemer, Maike Sander
Location: Conference Room, Large Hall

Literaturhaus Stuttgart
Breitscheidstraße 4
70174 Stuttgart

Esperanza in Bathtube - from 'The Dust of the Ancestors''

The Emperor of Mexico was Austrian

Felix Pestemer in the studio gallery of the KUNSTSAMMLUNG LINZ in the context of the NEXTCOMIC Festival 2013.
21 march to 20 april 2013

Felix Pestemer, 'The Emperor of Mexico' (2013), Crayon and Gouache, 50 x 70 cm
Felix Pestemer, 'The Emperor of Mexico' (2013), Crayon and Gouache, 50 x 70 cm

If we believe Eusebio Ramirez, a custodian at a mask museum in Mexico City and at the same time narrator of 'The Dust of the Ancestors', the dead keep on existing for as long as they are remembered. Only if they fall into oblivion, they crumble into dust. If that is true, Archduke Maximilian I of Austria, the Emperor of Mexico, must have "survived" his execution by firing squad on June 19, 1867, and still abides among us.

With 'The Dusts of the Ancestors' (avant-Verlag, 2012), the Berlin artist Felix Pestemer has created a sublimely illustrated graphic novel, for which he absorbed knowledge about customs, traditions, and folklore of the local population during several extended stays in Mexico over the years. The atmosphere of the Mexican culture of death, both cheerful and morbid, transcends the boundaries of the comic book medium by integrating reflections on death and memory. In addition to original graphics and objects, the exhibition, shown earlier at several other locations (e.g. the Museum for Sepulchral Culture Kassel), also exclusively presents the illustration of the defleshed Archduke Maximilian I of Austria.

Festival opening: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 4 p.m., OK - Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ, cinema hall 1
afterwards, starting at 5 p.m.: opening of the exhibitions at the OÖ Kulturquartier

Opening hours of the studio gallery during the festival:
Thursday, march 21st, 5- 8 P.M.
Friday, march 22nd, 2- 6 P.M.
Saturday, march 23rd, 2- 5 P.M.
Sunday, march 24th, 11 A.M.- 5 P.M.

Book signing hours of Felix Pestemer:
Friday, march 22nd, 3 and 6 P.M. at the booth of Pictopia

Guided tour through the exhibition (with Felix Pestemer):
Friday, march 22nd, 5 P.M.


Landstraße 31, 4020 Linz
Tel. +43/ 732/ 7720-16395
Fax. +43/ 732/ 7720-216399

Opening hour

Tue- Fri, 2- 6 P.M., Sat, 2- 5 P.M.
Holiday closed
Free entry

11 Years, 11 Days, 11 Seconds - a review of the anniversary exhibition of the avant publishing house

11 Years, 11 Days, 11 Seconds ...
Comics & Graphic Novels from avant-verlag

Sometimes – more often than appeals to today's prejudices – contemporary comics are deeply committed to dealing with the here and now, with the political and social disputes and rifts of the world in which we live.

Authors such as Simon Schwartz, Ulli Lust, Ulrich Scheel, Felix Pestemer, Marijpol, Birgit Weyhe and many others have bestowed avant-verlag with a distinctive image. The authors of this new generation tell political as well as personal stories, develop innovative pictorial languages, and reveal what comics are today: an exciting medium of literary quality. Since 2001, the publishing house avant-verlag has been offering comic books and graphic novels for readers and connoisseurs of modern graphics and art.

On this unusual anniversary – the 11th second of the 11th day of the 11th year – avant-verlag has gathered together the German-language artists of its publishing history for a comprehensive exhibition that not only reflects the history of the publishing house but also presents the creative potential, the narrative scope, and the artistic ambitions of the German-language comics scene. From 11 January to 2 February 2013, 18 artists will be exhibiting comic illustrations, art pieces, installations and other works that straddle the fence between narrative and fine art. The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous readings, discussions, performances and tours.

The artists of avant-verlag would like to invite you to the exhibition opening on 11 January 2013 at 7 PM at Galerie Neurotitan in the Haus Schwarzenberg. When the gallery doors open, the participating artists will lead you through their pictorial worlds. We look forward to drinking a toast with you to 11 years of ambitious comics culture!



Fr 11.01.7 PMParty and opening
Sa 12.01.4 PMAutograph and signing session with the artists of avant-verlag
 6 PMLecture by Felix Pestemer: "The Dust of Ancestors: The Day of the Dead in Mexico"
 7:30 PMSimon Schwartz reads from his graphic novel "Pack Ice"
 9 PM"Inside Case", a performance-reading by the art group TONTO
Fr 18.01.8 PMUlli Lust reads from his graphic novel "Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life"
Sa 19.01.3 PMExhibition tour (with Thomas Gilke)
 5 PMSusanne Buddenberg and Thomas Henseler read from their graphic novel "Berlin – Divided City"
Fr 25.01.8 PMBook launch of Sophia Martineck's "Chickens, Porno, Brawls"
Sa 26.01.5:30 PMExhibition tour (with Felix Pestemer)
 7:30 PMPanel discussion on "Reportage in Comics"
with Paula Bulling, Tim Dinter, Ulli Lust, Susanne Buddenberg and Thomas Henseler
moderated by Jens Meinrenken


Flyer of the exhibition
Flyer of the exhibition