Comics Project A Walk

A walk
A walk | © Julia Hosse

Under the impacts of globalization, mass capitalism, consumerism and elitist politics, lifestyles around the world seem to be universalized rapidly. The cities and urban lives tend to follow the same pattern. Do we still have the creation of different lifestyles that is neither designed by the commercial machinery nor kidnapped by certain ideologies?

Under the impacts of globalization, mass capitalism, consumerism and elitist politics, lifestyles around the world seem to be universalized rapidly. The cities and urban lives tend to follow the same pattern. Do we still have the creation of different lifestyles that is neither designed by the commercial machinery nor kidnapped by certain ideologies?

To answer this question, The Goethe-Institut China and Special Comix (SC) plan a comic project naming “A Walk” to concentrate on the non-mainstream creations in urban lives. Twenty-three comic artists from Germany, China and Switzerland are invited to take “a walk” in the streets and observe those accidental, original, non-commercial and unexpected existences. Are there spirits of animals and plants living between cracks of cements? Who wanders around the magical spaces that naturally arise from cities? How are those rebellious “corners” full of hidden vitality?

When Whitman gazed into the democratic prospect of cultures, he attempted to look beyond the differences between beauty and ugliness, significance and triviality. “A Walk“ may open up a world that we have never seen before and help us to truly understand diversity and co-existence.

Special Comix (SC)

Special Comix is an internet-based organization devoted to encouraging the artistic creations of young comic artists. In 2003, SC was founded by Tang Yan, Zhang Xun and Hu Xiaojiang, later joined by Yan Cong. The project is self-funded and self-managed. Through collecting works, planning exhibitions and customizing columns, SC encourages young artists to join the comic experiments that reflect the real-life experiences and fantasies.

The project assigns different comic artists as chief editors for every issue. Creators discuss themes together and find artists to create works by the themes through internet. Talented designers are also invited into the creation process, in order to establish original pieces of works from a variety of perspectives, and to capture the transient burst of talent and thoughts of young creators. So far, Special Comix has published six comic collections, among which the third Issue was awarded “Prix de la Bande Dessinée Alternative” in the Angoulême International Comics Festival.