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Max and Moritz Prize 2016

The Max and Moritz Prize is one of the most important distinctions for graphic literature in the German-language cultural area. It is awarded during the International Comic Salon in Erlangen, Germany. In 2016 the prize was awarded in six categories. This year, the awardees are almost all women artists.
  • Best German-language comic artist: Barbara Yelin (current title: Irmina, Reprodukt)
  • Best German-language comic: Madgermanes by Birgit Weyhe (avant-verlag)
  • Best international comic: Ein Sommer am See (Engl. translation: This One Summer) by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, translation: Tina Hohl (Reprodukt)
  • Best German-language comic strip: Das Hochhaus. 102 Etagen Leben (i.e. the highrise: 102 storeys of life) by Katharina Greve
  • Best children’s comic: Kiste (i.e. The carton) by Patrick Wirbeleit and Uwe Heidschötter (Reprodukt)
  • Best student comic publication: Wunderfitz by the Münster School of Design
  • Audience award: Crash 'n' Burn by Mikiko Ponczeck (Tokyopop).

French artist Claire Bretécher has been honoured with the special award for lifetime achievement – as was announced prior to the award ceremony. She was unable to take part in the award ceremony due to reasons of health.

For security reasons this was also not possible for one of the two awardees of the jury’s special prize: former Charlie Hebdo artist Luz has worked through the pain resulting from the murder of his artist colleagues through the terrorist attack on the editorial board of the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. Berlin’s avant-verlag was honoured with an additional special jury prize for its services in connection with the preservation and cultivation of cultural heritage.

Christine Ruhland

Translation: Edith C. Watts

Copyright: Goethe-Institut e. V., Internet-Redaktion
April 2016

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