Charming and honest – Mawil
Comics by Mawil
He produces his extremely personal stories in a skilful and fluent manner with masterful page layouts, which he cleverly arranges with changing perspectives. Mawil’s everyday stories of adolescence are the portrait of a generation in their early twenties who are in search of their identity. In his comic Die Band (2004) he tells the story of his youthful experiences with music as a bass player in various schoolboy bands. In a brashly entertaining and charming way, he portrays the dream of becoming an independent pop star, played out between the rehearsal room and the youth club. In his Supahasi comic, Mawil entertainingly depicts his clumsy protagonists – as his alter ego or as a fox and a rabbit – in an original artistic style, making faithful observations of real life.
Time and again, this comic artist is won over for unconventional actions as well: sometimes he takes part in a 24-hour comic project, sometimes he travels abroad to hold workshops, or he appears in a “comic battle” – drawing with an overhead projector in competition with other artists.
In 2014, Mawil received the Max and Moritz Award of the International Comic Salon Erlangen, for his Graphic Novel Kinderland.
Matthias Schneider is a cultural scientist, freelance cultural journalist and curator of film programs and exhibitions about comics.
Copyright: Goethe-Institut e. V., Online-Redaktion
(updated: April 2015)
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