On may 6 at 5 p.m. I will be signing my books at the bookstore Comictime in Augsburg.
Neue Stadtbücherei Augsburg
On april 12 the german edition of Le Monde diplomatique which is accompanying the Tageszeitung that day includes a fullpage comic of mine. It tells a very personal story about the sketchbook my great-grandfather had during the second world war. It is a collage of some of his sketches and my own drawings and text. You can find more information right here.
On april 12 at 7:00 p.m. I will lecture about my graphic-novel "Packeis" at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main my lecture will be accompanied by a lecture about oral history by Dr. Mona Suhrbier. The event is organized by the text&beat.
The next day at 2 p.m. I will do a workshop about comics for children at the same place.
60594 Frankfurt am Main
From april 5 till april 11 the Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg shows an exhibition of over 100 former illustration students of the HAW Hamburg. You can see some pictures from my books drüben! an Packeis.
Fabrik der Künste
Vernissage april 5 a 6 p.m.
More news about my graphic-novel Packeis: The book got listed in The White Ravens Catalogue 2013 as one of the outstanding books of 2013 by the International Youth Library. More information can be found here.
"»Packeis« tells the life story of African-American explorer Matthew Henson, who was the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909. Yet, since he was subjected to discrimination all his
life, this honour was given to other people, and Henson’s name sank into oblivion. In a condensed form, Simon Schwartz creates a connection between Henson’s individual fate and that of all
African-Americans and Inuit people. The panels in this graphic novel express the explorer’s perceptions and feelings: Many flash-backs highlight the influence of past events on Henson’s present
life and point out the lifelong racism he experienced; moreover, the black-white-and-blue colour palette metaphorically illustrates the literally freezing atmosphere that Henson faces. Thanks to
the mythical glorification of Henson’s fate, »Packeis« clearly exposes inhuman imperialism and racism as well as a common practice of white historiography, which degrades people of a different
skin colour as slaves
and prey. An excellent book."
Last year I created a 7 by 40 meter long picture with scenes from the peaceful revolution in former East-Germany together with the design-agency freybeuter. The Panorama was printed on huge glass plates which were installed on a big cube. The cube is part of the memorial place Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Andreasstraße which is located in a former Stasi prison in Erfurt.
Now you can get a small-sized leporello of the cube with additional information for free at the memorial place or order it from them via internet.
Gedenk- und Bildungsstätte Andreasstraße
On february 26 starts an exhibition named "Zukunft leben - Die demografische Chance" about the demographic changes in germany at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. It is organised by the german government and includes six long comics of mine which satirically describe several demographic groups. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog which reprints some of the comics.
Later the exhibition will travel all over germany.
Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
February 26, 2013 - April 7, 2013
Römisch Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz
April 18, 2013 - June 2, 2013
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
June 13, 2013 - July 21, 2013
Deutsches Bergbaumuseum, Bochum
September 19, 2013 - October 27, 2013
Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven
November 14, 2013 - January 9, 2014
Deutsches Museum, München
January 30, 2014 - March 30, 2014
For the new issue of the magazine "GEOlino Extra" I made several illustrations about the history of the different indigenous languages. In the same issue you can also find a memory game that I made, which helps you to learn the plains indian sign language.
"GEOlino Extra # 38: Die Indianer Nordamerikas"
Publisher: Gruner & Jahr AG Co. KG
This february the Friedrich-Oetinger-Verlag is going to release a new children's book of mine which is named Krickel-Krakel-Malschule. Again I created this book together with a group of other illustrators named the Krickelkrakels.
"Krickel-Krakel-Malschule: Mit Pinsel, Farben und anderen Sachen tolle Bilder machen"
Hardcover: 128 Pages
Additionally to the very successful Krickelkrakel children's book series the Friedrich-Oetinger-Verlag is again releasing a lot of brand new merchandise for children. The new products include pens, stamps, books, games and much more. For more information about all old and new the products look here.
This year my publisher the berlin-based avant-verlag celebrates it's eleven's anniversary.
On january 11 at 7 p.m. starts an vernissage and exhibition at the Neurotitan Gallery in Berlin including all artist of the avant-verlag.
The celebration lasts for a month with several events including a lecture of mine on january 12 at 7:30 p.m.
More information can be found here.