Magazines

From Alfonz to Zack – Comic Magazines in Germany

Lying comfortably on the couch and reading, running your finger over the paper and smelling the odour of printing ink: anyone who reads German comic journals, fanzines or magazines will be amazed at their diversity. The periodicals inform and entertain, and bear witness to much dedication, expert knowledge and enthusiasm. A brief survey from A to Z:

Alfonz

Alfonz – The Comic Reporter / Reddition

Alfonz – Der Comicreporter A good reporter is on the spot anywhere, but does not make common cause with an issue. In this spirit, Alfonz informs readers about new releases, series, publishers, and provides background on artists and themes. The A4-format magazine is not only devoted to comics, but also deals with manga and cartoons from Europe, the USA and Asia. Publisher and author Volker has fulfilled a dream of his youth with this magazine, which began appearing in 2012. The issues are conceived as a supplement to Zeitschrift für Graphische Literatur – Reddition, which has appeared since 1984 and offers detailed dossiers on individual artists or themes – such as the “Nouvelle Ligne Claire” or “Comics and Children’s Books.”

Located in: Barmstedt
Published by: Volker Hamann, Matthias Hofmann
Frequency of publication: quarterly

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Ausgezeichnet!

Ausgezeichnet!

Ausgezeichnet!What do illustrators and comic artists think about their work? What tools do they use? And why did they choose their metier? – Anyone wishing to delve more deeply into the life stories and approaches of individual illustrators and comic artists will find what he is searching for in this magazine. The issues contain interviews and articles as well as short comics – among others by artists such as Andy Fischli, Jerzovskaja, Sascha Wüstefeld and Ulf S. Graupner.

Located in: Basel (Schweiz)
Published by: Boris Zatko und Beni Merk
Frequency of publication: annually

    Comix und Comixene

    Comix /Comixene


    Comix, JNK-Verlag Two comic magazines that complement each other: getting to know new comics and reading wonderful stories – the magazine Comix provides both. The magazine above all offers previews of comic series by German artists and contains reviews.



    Comixene, JNK-Verlag Comixene reports on current developments and trends in the comic scene. The title stories of the A4-format trade magazine range from superheroes to manga and comic films. In addition, comic artists are portrayed, books reviewed and exhibitions presented. Once every two years, the magazine serves as official catalogue of the Comicsalon Erlangen and at that time contains detailed information on exhibitors and dealers, publishers, artists and events. The first issue appeared in 1973, Comixene has been published by JNK Verlag since 2003.
    Located in: Lehrte
    Published by: Martin Jurgeit, Jörg Krisman and Claudia Nobst
    Frequency of publication: 6 times a year
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    Electrocomics

    Electrocomics

    ElektrocomicsThe German-English online platform for comics, graphic novels and cartoons was created by the illustrator Ulli Lust in 2005.
    The comic strips can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format. The list of artists is impressive. Represented, for instance, are Katharina Greve, Joe Sacco, Ulrich Scheel. In 2006 electrocomics was awarded the special prize of the German Comic artists’ Professional Association / ICOM for a notable comic publication.
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    Epidermophytie

    Epidermophytie

    EpidermophytieA magazine from Berlin, whimsical and original, which is why its creators themselves refer to it as an underground or punk magazine – after all, Epidermophytie means nothing other than athlete’s foot. The magazine’s content revolves around hidden-object pictures and different types of beer, mummies and lederhosen, blood and sperm, and the meaning of life. Among the regular contributing artists are aha, Jakob Mebes, Mawil, Rolf Noelte, Benjamin Fitzenreiter and Kenichi Kusano.

    Located in: Berlin
    Frequency of publication: irregular

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    Jazam

    Jazam

    JazamThe “Independent-Comic-Anthologie” was created in 2006 by five artists. Their intention: to provide next-generation German-language artists a platform for comics. A thick booklet on a single theme appears annually – for instance fairy tales, monsters, gods, time, night-life, traffic jam. Each volume contains up to 40 stories. The artists are briefly presented in the appendix. In 2011 the issue was distinguished with the special award of the German Comic Artists’ Professional Association / ICOM for a noteworthy publication.

    Located in: Mainz
    Published by: Adrian vom Baur, Nico Simon
    Frequency of publication: annually

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    Moga Mobo

    Moga Mobo

    The artists’group Moga Mobo sees their magazine of the same name as an artistic playground: here, unconventional ideas can be realised and new formats floated. Since 1994, Titus Ackermann, Thomas Gronle and Jonas Greulich have produced the issues, which are distributed free of charge in comic stores nationwide. Sometimes an Advent calendar with 24 stories appears. Or Moga Mobo goes travelling, and artists from South Korea or Taiwan participate in the issue.

    Located in: Berlin
    Published by: Titus Ackermann, Thomas Gronle and Jonas Greulich
    Frequency of publication: irregular

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    Mosaik

    Mosaik

    Mosaik Steinchen für Steinchen VerlagRead adventure stories and learn at the same time – is the slogan of the handy Mosaik issues. The first issue appeared already in 1955, and is thus the oldest comic in German production. The Incredible Travels of the Abrafaxes (Unglaubliche Reise der Abrafaxe), thus the magazine’s subtitle, presents the three kobold-like figures Abrax, Brabax and Califax as knights to a medieval castle, then as passengers on the high seas, or as cosmonauts in space. In the centre of the issue, the young readers are provided with vividly-presented historical information.

    Located in: Berlin
    Frequency of publication: monthly
    Published by: Mosaik Steinchen für Steinchen Verlag

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    Oh!

    Oh!

    Oh!A wonderful little booklet with an enchanting story, jointly developed and realised by a group of artists. The first edition with a colour cover and black-and-white content appeared in 2012 on the theme “The Meaning of Life.” The issue won first prize at the first contest for comic magazines; Comic-Clash, in which a total of 18 comic magazine products took part nationally. .

    Located: Online
    Frequency of publication: annually
    Published by: Asja Wiegand, Caroline Ring, Lew Bridcoe and Christoph Mathieu

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    Orang

    Orang

    OrangA magazine as thick as a book and as full of variety as a glossy mag. Although each issue has a particular theme, the contributions differ widely in terms of style, design and presentation. The result: unconventional narratives between illustration and comic, graphic novel and cartoon. In 2009, Orang was awarded the German Comic Artists’ Professional Association / ICOM’s special prize for a notable publication. The magazine, originally a student project at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences /HAW, has appeared with the Berlin comic publisher Reprodukt since 2002.

    Location: Berlin, Hamburg Published by: Sascha Hommer, Arne Bellstorf
    Artists: Arne Bellstorf, Moki, Line Hoven, Anke Feuchtenberger, Sophia Martineck, Paul Paetzel, Ana Albero, Carolin Walch, Aisha Franz, Anna Haifisch, Marijpol,...
    Frequency of publication: irregular

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    Renate

    Renate

    In 1989, the year of reunification, Atak, CX Huth and Peter A. Bauer decided to create the „wildest comicfanzine they could imagine“. Renate appeared a year later; a naked woman with a death’s head graced the cover. The little booklets are produced with simple means and have titles such as Renate auf dem Lande (i.e. Renate in the country) or Schöne Autos, schnelle Frauen (i.e. hot cars, fast women).

    Located in: Berlin
    Publisher: Renate Bibliothek
    Frequency of publication: irregular

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    Senfgurke

    Senfgurke (i.e. mustard pickle)

    It began as a project by seven student friends at the Düsseldorf University of Applied sciences – and now appears regularly in magazine format. The approach is more important than “a nicely-done comic,” thus the publisher. Each issue contains up to twenty tales. Talented artist are welcome.

    Located in: Düsseldorf
    Published by: Mirko Röper
    Frequency of publication: twice-yearly

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    Spring

    Spring

    SpringWhy are women so little-known in the comic scene? Women artists from Hamburg and Berlin were asking themselves this question when they created Spring in 2004. The monothematic issues (with titles such as Happy Ending, Verbrechen – i.e.”crime,” Alter Ego, Garten Eden, Special Places, Wandlungen – i.e. “transformations,” Reineke Fuchs – i.e. “Reynard the Fox”) offer a high-quality mixture of illustration, text and image – with socially critical stories, sensitive psychological studies, humorous observations and whimsical graphic experiments all texts are also translated into English. In 2010, Spring was awarded the German comic Artists’ Professional Association / ICOM’s special prize for a notable comic publication.

    Located in: Berlin, Hamburg
    Frequency of publication: annually
    Published by: Sophia Martineck, Nina Pagalies, Anne Vagt, marialuisa (alias Maria Luisa Witte), Katrin Stangl, Romy Blümel, Ludmilla Bartscht, Katharina Geschwendtner, Almuth Ertl, Barbara Yelin, Stephanie Wunderlich, Carolin Löbbert and others

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    Strapazin

    Strapazin

    StrapazinOne of the most important international forums for high-quality comics: founded in Munich in 1984 as an underground magazine and platform for comic artists, the magazine is an independent medium for international comic art to this day. Now, the large-format magazine, printed in part in four colours and on high-quality paper, is published in Zürich. There is no editor-in-chief, it is run instead by an alternating editorial team that stage-sets each contribution and demonstrates a fine feeling for typography. The issues – with titles such as Paradies, Meine Beschneidung – i.e. „my circumcision” - Comics aus China, On the road, Manga, Böse Geschichten – i.e. wicked stories, contain four or five comic tales as well as short contributions by guest authors. Signature feature and at the same time the magazine’s main source of income are the square ads designed by comic artists and given to commissioners as stickers in a run of 500.

    Located in: Zürich
    Published by: 14 artists
    Frequency of publication: quarterly

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    Strichnin

    Strichnin

    StrichninThe campus magazine of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences Department of Design was created by Professor Mike Loos in 2006. The colourful issue in A5 format documents events and developments in the Faculty of Illustration, and offers students an opportunity to deal intensively with the development and production of a theme. In 2010 the issue was honoured at the Comicsalon Erlangen with the Max and Moritz Prize as Best Publication.

    Located in: Augsburg
    Published by: Professor Mike Loos
    Frequency of publication: irregular

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    Zack!

    Zack!

    High-gloss cover, exclusive comic stories and professional design are the trademarks of the Magazins für europäische Comic-Kultur Zack!. The issues focus on excerpts from Franco-Belgian comics that have not yet been released - and whet readers’ appetites for more. And: portraits and short interviews, reviews and a current list of comic bookstores nationwide.

    Located in: Berlin
    Published by: Mosaik Steinchen für Steinchen Verlag + Procom Werbeagentur GmbH
    Frequency of publication: Monthly

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