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December 2013

Publication: "Vita Obscura"

 

In march 2014 my new book "Vita Obscura" will be released by my german publisher the avant-verlag.

The book will include all my comicstrips of the same name plus previously unreleased material. More information can be found in the publishers preview.

 

"Vita Obscura"

EUR 19,95

Hardcover: 72 Pages

ISBN: 978-3939080947

Publisher: avant-verlag

 

RELEASED MARCH 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On december 20 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper Der Freitag. This time it will tell you about the religious leader Mani.

 

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release in 2014 the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

 

Publication: "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung"

 

On december 15 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung will include several illustrations of mine for a satire about the different kinds of catholic churchgoers in germany.

 

November 2013

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On november 29 you will find the newest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper Der Freitag. This time it will tell a story about the two athletes Gretel Bergmann and Dora Ratjen.

 

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release in 2014 the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

 

Award: Hans-Meid-Föderpreis

Hans Meid, Selbstbildnis, 1917
Hans Meid, Selbstbildnis, 1917

 

I'm very happy and grateful to announce that the Hans-Meid-Stiftung awarded me with "Hans-Meid-Förderpreis 2013" for my graphic-novel Packeis and my panorama for The Cube of the peaceful revolution in Erfurt.

 

An exhibition can be seen at the Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg november 17-24, 2013. 

 

More information can be found right here.

 

Fabrik der Künste
20537 Hamburg
Kreuzbrook 10/12

 

Vernissage november 17, 2013 at 12 a.m.

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On november 1 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper Der Freitag. This time it will tell you the glamorous but sad story of 

the forgotten singer and trumpet player Valaida Snow.

 

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

 

October 2013

Event: "28e Fête du livre de Saint-Étienne"

 

From october 18-20 I will be at the 28e Fête du livre de Saint-Étienne in Saint-Étienne. There I will present my new graphic-novel Dans les glaces at the booth of the bookshop L'étrange rendez-vous.

 

 

28e Fête du livre de Saint-Étienne

Place de l'Hôtel de Ville

42000 Saint-Étienne

France

 

www.fete-du-livre.saint-etienne.fr

 

 

 

 

Event: "Hamburger Comicfestival"

From october 3-6 you can find me at the Hamburger Comicfestival. On october 6 I will be signing my books around 2 p.m. at the both of the avant-verlag. You can also find some artwork that I did for the legendary swiss magazine Strapazin at an exhibition.

 

Hamburger Comicfestival

Kölibri (GWA St. Pauli e.V.)

Hein-Köllisch-Platz 11–12

20359 Hamburg

 

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On october 4 you will find the newest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper Der Freitag. This time it will tell you the true and enlightening story of 

economist and gambler John Law – who invented the speculative bubble. 

 

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

 

September 2013

Publication: "Dans les glaces"

I'm very happy that the Paris-based publisher Edition Sarbacane will release my graphic-novel Packeis under the french title Dans les glaces on September 4 in France.

 

"Dans les glaces"

EUR 19,50

Softcover: 176 Pages

ISBN: 978-2848656403

Publisher: Edition Sarbacane

 

www.editions-sarbacane.com

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On september 6 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you the funny story of 

con artist Victor Lustig – "The man who sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice."

 

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

 

Merchandising: Krickel Krakel

 

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, puzzles, books, games and much more. For more information about all old and new the products look here.

 

• Krickelkrakel Papierknödel-Bilder

• Krickelkrakel Klebestreifen-Bilder

• Krickelkrakel ABC Poster

• Krickelkrakel Würfelpuzzle

• Krickelkrakel Bilderklipse

• Krickelkrakel Fingerpuppen

• Krickelkrakel Puzzle

• Krickelkrakel Pustestifte

 

 

August 2013

Event: "33. Erlanger Poetenfest"

On august 31 at 8 p.m. I will lecture about my graphic-novel "Packeis" at the 33. Erlanger Poetenfest in Erlangen.

I will be accompanied by Aisha FranzOlivia Vieweg.

 

33. Erlanger Poetenfest

Theater Erlangen: GARAGE
Theaterstraße 5
91054 Erlangen

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On august 9 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you about the amazing but sad life of the great 

Alan Turing.

 

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

July 2013

Publication: "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung"

On july 7 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung will include several illustrations of mine about the problematic reprocessing of  the stalinist terror in modern russia.

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On july 5 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you about the bizarre and funny life of the french flatulist Joseph Pujol.
  

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

June 2013

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On june 14 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you the amazing story of the chinese explorer Zheng He.
  

Due to a change in the newspaper's layout  from now on the comicstrip will be a bit smaller. For a planed book release the upcoming episodes of "Vita Obscura" will be enlarged on the old format including additional story elements and artwork.

 

May 2013

Publication: "A Tribute to Robert Crumb"

As part of the Comicfestival München an hommage to the legendary Robert Crumb is released. It's called A Tribute to Robert Crumb and includes comics by many artists like Joe Matt, Gilbert Shelton, Arne Bellstorf, Rudi Hurzlmeier, Ralf König, Nicolas Mahler, Erich Rauschenbach, Volker Reiche, Gerhard Seyfried and also myself.

 

More information can be found right here.

 

A Tribute to Robert Crumb

Softcover: 100 pages

Publisher: Edition 52

ISBN-10: 3935229844

20,00 Euro

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On may 17 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you the story mysterious story of highjacker D. B. Cooper.

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On may 10 you will find the newest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you the story of korean film director Shin Sang-ok and the development of the movie Pulgasari.
 

 

 

Lecture & Signing: "Neue Stadtbücherei Augsburg"

 

On may 6 at 5 p.m. I will be signing my books at the bookstore Comictime in Augsburg.

And the next day on may 7 at 11:00 a.m. I will lecture about my graphic-novel "Packeis" at the Neue Stadtbücherei Augsburg in Augsburg.

 

 

Neue Stadtbücherei Augsburg

Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1

86150 Augsburg

 

Comictime

Hermanstraße 7

86150 Augsburg


 

April 2013

Interview: "Hessischer Rundfunk"

On april 12 I had a very nice conversation with Ruth Fühner for the german radiostation Hessischer Rundfunk. You can listen to it via podcast.

 

>> LISTEN

 

 

 

Publication: "Le Monde diplomatique"

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On april 12 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you about one of the few titanic survivors Violet Jessop.
 

 

 

Lecture & Workshop: "Weltkulturen Museum"

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.

 

Weltkulturen Museum

Schaumainkai 29-37

60594 Frankfurt am Main

 

 

Exhibition: "Fabrik der Künste"

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
20537 Hamburg
Kreuzbrook 10/12
www.fabrikderkuenste.de

 

Vernissage april 5 a 6 p.m.

 


March 2013

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On march 29 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This week it will tell you about the fascinating life of the flamboyant fashion icon Marchesa Luisa Casati.
 

 

Ranking: "White Ravens 2013"

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."

 

 

 


Publication: "Leporello: Cube of the peaceful revolution"

 

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

Andreasstraße 37a

99084 Erfurt

 

 

 

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 

On march 1 you will find the newest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This week it will tell you about the complicated relation between King Frederick II. of Prussia and his younger brother Prince Henry of Prussia.
 

 

February 2013

Publication: "Die Zeit"


 

On february 28 you will find several illustrations of mine about the search for Dark Matter in the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit".

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition: "Zukunft leben - Die demografische Chance"

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





 
 

Publication: "GEOlino Extra # 38"

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"

EUR 6,50

ISBN: 978-3-652-00208-0

Publisher: Gruner & Jahr AG Co. KG

 

 

 

 

Publication: "Krickel-Krakel-Malschule"

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"

EUR 12,95

Hardcover: 128 Pages

ISBN: 978-3789185403

Publisher: Friedrich-Oetinger-Verlag

 

 

 

 

Merchandising: Krickel Krakel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Krickel-Krakel Freundebuch

Krickel-Krakel Domino
Krickel-Krakel Straßenmalkreide

Krickel-Krakel Wachsmalsteine
Krickel-Krakel Tupfstifte
Krickel-Krakel Block "Fehler finden"

Krickel-Krakel Geschenkpapierbuch
Krickel-Krakel Stifteboxen
Krickel-Krakel bemalbare Sticker

 

 

January 2013

Publication: "Der Freitag"

 
On january 31 you will find the latest episode of my comicstrip "Vita Obscura" in the weekly newspaper "Der Freitag". This time it will tell you the strange story about the mystified homeless composer Moondog.
 
 

Exhibtion: "Regards de la BD sur l’Allemagne"

On january 16 you can see some of the drawings form my first graphic novel drüben! at the Maison de Rhénanie-Palatinat in Dijon, France. They are part on an exhibition celebrating the 50's anniversary of the Élysée Treaty.

 

Maison de Rhénanie-Palatinat
29 Rue Buffon

21000 Dijon

France

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event: "11 Jahre, 11 Tage, 11 Sekunden"

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.

 


 


IKON

(Coming Soon: Spring 2018)

 

Vita Obscura

(avant-verlag, 2014)

 

Packeis

(avant-verlag, 2012)

 

drüben!

(avant-verlag, 2009)

 

Rodolphe Töpffer:

"Die Liebesabenteuer des

Monsieur Vieux Bois"

(avant-verlag, 2016)