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06 · 02 · 2018

Three Danish comic artists pitched their work to publishers in Brussels

Once a year, the Belgian Comic Strip Center opens its doors for representatives from French and Dutch publishing houses and young comic artists for a pitching session.

This year Danish Cultural Institute in Brussels, invited three Danish comic artists – Karoline Stjernfelt, Adam O., and Ida Felicia Noack – to join the workshop and pitch their work for the publishers.

Many young aspiring Belgian comic artists attended the session hoping to land their first deal for a comic book.

Karoline Stjernfelt is educated from Serieskolan in Malmø. She debuted with the acclaimed graphic novel I Morgen Bliver Bedre (Eng. “Tomorrow Will Be Better”) – a trilogy about the love triangle between King Christian VII, his queen and his physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee – of which the first volume has been published.

 

© Karoline Stjernfelt

Adam O. is a self-taught comic artist and children’s books author who deputed in 2011 with the comic book Wonderful Copenhagen. Since then, he has created satirical drawings, illustrations and posters for numerous medias as well as several children books. Adam O is currently working on two projects: The illustrated Young Adults’ novel, Flugten fra Danmark (Eng. “The Escape from Denmark”) and the wordless comic book Verdensmester (Eng. “World Champion”), both scheduled for publication in 2018.

Ida Felicia Noack is a graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design, and Conservation and works as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. Her work includes different media and materials from graphic novels to ceramics and wall paintings among many others. Common for her work is the attempt to make the one-dimensional paper come alive through the movement and expression of the characters.

© Ida Felicia Noack

The meetings between the comic artists and the publishers were a constructive encounter where the comic artists got to show their work to the publishers for a potential collaboration and the publishers gave feedback on the work.

As the session was well attended queuing up to the different publishers called for patience but in the end, the pitching session was a worthwhile and insightful experience for the three artists. Not only did they get interested and positive responses from some of the publishers, they also experienced the extent of the scene of comics outside of Denmark.