The competition of comics
The 17th International Festival of Comics held in ?ódz 6-8 October 2006
The regulations concerning a short piece of comic strip.
The competition is open to the public. The theme of the comics is free. You can use different techniques such as drawing, painting, computer graphics or photography.
To take part in the competition you should submit comic strips that haven`t been published before.
The submitted comics will be evaluated in two categories:
– professionals (people who have already published their works in albums or magazines- excluding MFK catalogues)
– novices (winners in the category will be treated as professionals in the future competitions)
The participant is supposed to declare in which category he/she would like to appear. The organizers exercise the right to verify the participants` declarations.
The competitors can put forward one comic strip. The number of pages must not exceed eight pages A3 (297x420mm) or A2 (210x297mm). All the pages should be signed, numbered and marked as “professional” or “novice”. You should write your name, function eg. graphic designer, sctiptwriter, your e-mail and the telephone number. All works should be signed overleaf only. You should also enclose a CD record with an electronic version of the work (files saved in tiff, CMYK, A4-300DPI). The works that won`t be accompanied by a CD version won`t be published in the catalogue.
All the comics should be packed in a cardboard folder which is needed to send you back the comics (copies and printouts will not be sent back).
The comics should be sent to ?ódzki Dom Kultury, Traugutta 18, 90-113 ?ódz, KOMIKS 2006 by 31 August 2006. Yo take part in the competition you are requested to pay 30 zl. (Polish citizens) and 15 euro (for foreigners) into our bank account ?DK, Traugutta 18, 90-113 ?ódz PKO BP O/?ódz, Nr 44102033520000100200142562 and send the photocopy of the receipt along with the comics.
Only works complying with the requirements will take part in the competition. The works will be shown at the Exibition of Comics housed in ?DK during the festival. All competitors will be allowed free admission to fringe events. What is more, all competitors whose works will be published in the catalogue will get a copy of it for free.
A special jury ( Comics Academy) will announce the final results on the 7th of October 2006 in ?DK during the International Festival of Comics and the awards in both categories and Grand Prix MFK 2006 will be handed to the winners.
The Grand Prix winner will receive a special award – the French Ambassy will cover the cost of the journey and the stay in Angouleme in France at the Comics Festival.
Once the festival has been over, the exibition will be shown in some Polish cities. The Grand Prix winner will be honoured to prepare graphic elements used during the International Festival of Comics 2007 and will be requested to submit the project by the end of 2006. The organizers reserve for themselves the right to turn down the winner`s project if they come to the conclussion that it does not come to their expectations. In such a situation they will ask another artist to prepare the project.
The organizers also reserve the right to publish some of the works in the catalogue of the exhibition, magazines and the Internet to promote the artists and the festival itself. The right will be reserved in the future years in which the festival will be organised so that they could use some chosen works in the jubilee issues of publications without additional permissions.
The organizers reserve the right to give the works to the sponsor of the festival so that he could on a one-off basis show them in the Internet or print them
If you send the works it means you agree on giving your data to publishers who would like to contact you. If you are not interested in that you should send a special declaration.
After the exibitions are finished you will be requested to collect your comics in the festival office or they will be sent you back within three months.
The organizers: ?DK and the Association of Artists CONTUR
The International Festival of Comics, regularly held in ?ódzkim Domu Kultury, is still one of the most famous cultural events not only in Poland but also in our part of Europe. This year in 6-7 October we are celebrating the 17th edition of the festival. Owing to the festival and artists interested in comics ?ódz has become „the Polish capital of comics”.
Every year thousands of people keen on this form of art come to ?ódz. We prepare many attractions for them. We invite well-known artists. In the past we were honoured to invite Grzegorz Rosi?ski, Stan Sakai, Marvano, Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Zbigniew Kasprzak i Karel Saudek. The public could also meet great Polish artists such as (Henryk Chmielewski, Tadeusz Baranowski, Janusz Christa, Bogus?aw Polch, Szrlota Pawel i Bohdan Butenko) and very young artists who had already published many albums.
During the festiwal you can talk to them about topics of their interests and ask for the autograph. There are also workshops for young artists. Next the the professionals and novices will compete during „comics sessions”. There are also numerous lectures concerning comics, films and fantasy stories.
The comics Festival is a great opportunity to talk about this kind of art. While visiting the exhibitions you will be able to learn much about the history and theory of comics. This year or the fourth time you will be able to take part in a conference in which experts on comics will diseuss the subject.
The Comics Festival is strictly connected with the competition. Every year over a hundred of artists from different parts of the world come to ?ód?. Their works are shown at the exhibition and evaluated by the jury. In the past we were honoured to invite the following jurors: Jerzy Treli?ski, Andrzej Pągowski, Jacek Rodek, Ferdynand Ruszczyc, Julian Bohdanowicz, Grzegorz Rosi?ski, Gabriel Ka?at, Jerzy Szy?ak i Wojciech Birek. The best works are always published in the festival’s catalogue. The organizers haven’t forgotten about comics collectors. There will be plenty of opportunity for buying some older and the latest comics as we have invited many publishers and private collectors. The publishers will be pround to present the latest albums.
The organizers remember also about the youngest fans of comics. Every year they organize a competition for primary and high schools students. The results of the competition are announced on the first day of the festival. Later the very young artists take part in special workshops. They meet editors of some comics magazines and artists creating comics for the youngest readers.
Every year a large number of journalists observe the festival. That is why you can find numerous raports on the festival in the Internet newspapers and on the radio and TV.
The organizers believe that the main aim of the festival is to promote this kind of art in Poland and abroad. They also want to promote young, talented artists by showing their works to the public and publishers. One should mention here that many well-known Polish artists showed their first works at the comics festivals in ?ód?.