In partnership with the Goethe Institute, I was the curator and organizer of two editions of the EIJQ (abbreviation in Portuguese for International Meeting of Comics Journalism). The events featured lectures, roundtables, and workshops on journalistic comics with national and international guests, as well as exhibitions. Below, details of each edition.
Organized by the Goethe-Institute Porto Alegre and the local book fair in October 2010. It featured a small international exhibition of comics reportages, as well as the “Comics, Manga & Co. The New Culture Of German Comics” exhibition. Some activities were webcast (I still have video records: anyone who wants access, just write me).
The national guests were: Aristides Dutra, Master in Comic Journalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Felipe Muanis, journalist, illustrator and professor at the Federal Fluminense University; Airton Ortiz, author of travel-reportage books; and Spacca, cartoonist and writer of historical comics. The guests from Germany were: Atak (Prof. Georg Barber), author of avant-garde comics, and Jens Harder, author of comics reportages.
Organized by the Goethe-Institute Curitiba and Gibicon No. 1 – the International Comics Convention of Curitiba, in October 2012. One of the big attractions of the event was the exhibition “Cartoon Movement – the world through comics journalism,” which displayed comics reportages made in different regions of the world. The exhibition was curated by Matt Bors, editor of the Cartoon Movement website.
Speakers and discussants included: Aristides Dutra, Master in Comic Journalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Celso Falaschi, journalist and professor of the post-graduation in Literary Journalism of the Brazilian Academy of Literary Journalism; Érico Assis, journalist and translator specialized in comics; Gonçalo Junior, journalist specialized in comics; Paulo Ramos, journalist, professor, and author of several theoretical and journalistic works about comics; Rodrigo Casarin, journalist and specialist in Literary Journalism (JL) by the Brazilian Academy of Literary Journalism (ABJL); and Mawil, Berliner comics artist.
Date of the events: October 28-30, 2010, and October 24-27, 2012.
Below, you can see pictures from both editions (some with poor quality, I admit, because they were taken with the digital cameras available back then…).
In the video below, you can watch a conversation I recorded with journalist Carlo Gubitosa, editor of the Italian magazine of graphic journalism “Mamma!”. The recording was shown during the I EIJQ.
The texts and images from the exhibition “Cartoon Movement – the world through comics journalism,” which took place during the II EIJQ, are available in full in the PDF below.