Dienstag, 27. September 2016

Boomfest St. Petersburg Nr. 10


Freezing cold it was in St. Petersburg. The first thing I had to do, was to buy a cap. 
The festival itself was warm, intense and cheerful. 10 years ago I was a visitor at the first issue of the Boom-Festival, until today there was a huge progress going on in the Russian alternative comic scene. Actually back than there seemed to be non, the invited guests from Belgium, Kanada, Netherlands, Sweden a.s.o were the main audience of their lectures. This year I found a vivid scene with lots of young artists, lots of different drawing styles in the exhibitions, lot's of students drawing in their sketchbooks. No doubt, the unstinting engagement of the festivals organizers, namely Dmitry Yakovlev was a big influence for this development. 

Victor Melamed, Dmitry Yakovlev, Elena Chetverik, Pavel Grishin
by Nina Stadnik

Nina Stadnik

Elena Chetverik, Kristina Kolesnikova

Gary Baseman shows his findings from yesterday at the breakfast table

always aside of him: Toby
Art School


The founder of the Art School
Applying study candidates touch him gently for good luck. Would he have dared to dream about that?
Kati Rickenbach, Mawil and me give lectures for the students in more prosaic rooms. Here Kati is drawing the students while we are waiting for to start.
Kati Rickenbach and her sketchbook
Mawil and the Russian edition of his book "Kinderland"

During the opening at the Puschkin Museum part of the audience is drawing in their sketchbooks

Exhibiton for Comic reports and Graphic reportage (with Joe Sacco, Victoria Lavrenteva, Juhyun Choi, Aleksandar Zograf, Ulli Lust, Kati Rickenbach, Elettra Stamboulis & Gianluca Constantini)

Party at night

Kati Rickenbach

Lecture of Richard Mc Guire
Gary Baseman with Wild Girls and Toby.


Brecht Evens and a student, who  wants to know more about his favor for panels without frames
Gary, drawing with students

by Varvara Pomidor
by Olga Lavrenteva
Aleksandar Zograf, Victoria Lomasko, Olga Lavrenteva and me

On the last evening, Gary Baseman left the dinner table early to catch a plane to Kazan.
 Hey, Gary, if you see this: This poor little pencil was left alone by you and is now held in hostage.

He was abused by a wild Russian girl!

The previously nice acting Norwegian children's book illustrator makes bad jokes with him

The Russian princess lipsticked him


Victoria Lomasko was less tender, she bit forcefully.
Mawil made him play cards
Anna Sommer used him to draw pubic hair
Oh my god!
Thank goddess, finally he was able to escape to Taschkent!

Montag, 25. Juli 2016

BERLIN - DELHI Crossroads Nr.2

This time Priya sent a drawing first:
"Hello Ulli, Here's one for you :)
Spotted this boy selling roasted corn. The text in Hindi says 'Butta mil gaya' - translated as 'I got corn' and is a pun on a popular old hindi movie song."

Let's see, which opponent I can find in Berlin for the corn seller. 


He runs less than he stands. The Grillrunner at Alexanderplatz has to carry his shop entirely on his body. He would loose his license to sell hot sausages, if he'd sit down or props up the grill anyhow. 
While waiting for costumers in the hot midsummer sun, he is entertaining himself by drumming a techno beat with his tongs.


Samstag, 2. Juli 2016

BERLIN - DELHI Crossroads Nr.1

Priya Kuriyan draws portraits of people in Delhi since years and so does Ulli Lust in Berlin. They met this spring in India and decided to beginn a visual dialog: One sees an interesting person and sends the drawing to the other one to find an opponent on the other side of the planet.

We proudly start the series now! Music please!


 June 2016, Eberswalder Strasse, Berlin on a sunday afternoon

June 2016, Vasank Kunj, Delhi

Montag, 25. April 2016

Fumetto 25th anniversary






by Ulli Lust



Caroline Sury is cutting portraits of the speakers during the symposium "Drawing as language  and how comic artists teach it" at the Lucerne School of Art and Design. Speaking right now: Loustal

She is preparing for tomorrow.
Caroline and Sebastian Lörscher

from left upper corner: Jost Swarte, Ulli Lust, Joe Sacco, Tom Gauld, Thierry Van Hasselt, Yvan Alagbè
The Fumetto Festival in Luzern celebrates it's 25th anniversary this weekend. They had the amusing, yet perfidious idea, to print a large format comic collection with free panels and also pages for the participating artists to complement live in two days. We are talking about 350 copies. Fortunately for the artists not all of the new owners were hunting for drawings. Signing tables were announced at several exhibition places in the city. On these last two days of the festival the audience didn't have time to see the exhibitions, they were busy lining up for their live drawings by Caroline Sury, Jost Swarte, Loustal, Serge Clerc, Tom Gauld, Ben Katchor, Anna Sommer, Kati Rickenbach, Henning Wagenbreth, Christophe Badoux, Loustal, Max, Eric Lambé, Kai Pfeiffer, Thierry Van Hasselt, Nicolas Mahler, Tom Tirabosco, Edmond Baudoin, Herr Seele, Exem, Yvan Alagbé, Olivier Deprez, Paz Boira, Frédéric Coché, Noyau, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Andreas Gefe, Ampel, Chihoi Lee, Tommi Musturi, Gabrielle Bell, and myself. 
They seemed to have fun. "It is so exciting to see the drawings appear!" they said.

Herr Seele
Christophe Badoux



Chihoi Lee had the high spirits to do three new panels in every book. 
Tom Tirabosco

Nicolas Mahler found the article the day before during breakfast in the local newspaper.
Yves Noyau, Tom Tirabosco, Nicolas Mahler
Tommi Musturi
Short break
Sunday evening the last remaining artists are gathering in the Kornschütte to make use of their left over drink tickets. 
There is always a next book appearing



Kai Pfeiffer, Ben Katchor, Jost Swaarte


Gabrielle Bell, Jana Jakoubek; Ben Katchor is in trouble. He was spilling coffee over his pages in his signings. In the evening he doesn't have his special coffee with him, mixed with a bit of sepia, and he also misses the hairdryer, with which he used to dry the wet pages afterwords. He gives the wine a fast check.  
Max, Gabrielle Bell
Brecht Vandenbroucke, behind him the Small Press Heaven is shutting down. 
Kai uses an arsenal of green colors. (Yvan Alagbé forgot his ink, that's why Yvan's drawings got green, too. I saw a beautiful green horse, which unfortunately I didn't document in a photo.)

The cover of the catalog was blank black. Finally someone started drawing the cover.

At this point I want to allow myself a romantic glance back to spring 1999. I was in my second year at the art school Berlin Weissensee. These guys asked me, "Do you want to come with us to a comics festival in Switzerland?" "I would like too," I answered, "but I don't do comics." "Of course you do," said Kai Pfeiffer. I had just printed the second volume of the series "Spring poems", little booklets about a spring goddess looking for her lover.  One image per page. I wasn't used to work with panels, and I didn't know much about comics.
This first visit of the Fumetto was a revelation. We saw an exhibition of Chris Ware, Anna Sommer, Daniel Clowes and the insanely amazing Hospital Brut Exhibhiton by Le Dernier Cri (which was back then Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury).
We came back the second year, totally enthusiastic, and two years later we exhibited Comic reports and other works as a new formed group called monogatari (with Mawil, Kai Pfeiffer, Jens Harder, Tim Dinter and Kathi Käppl). The group split up five years later. 
The photo underneath shows me and Kai as student colleagues on our way back home from Luzern in 1999, I recognized, that he was kind of cute. I still think so today. 

Mawil in 2001

Chihoi Lee and Son Ni, 2016