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Graphic TraveloguesGraphik: Dominik Wendland © Goethe-Institut New Delhi

Graphic Travelogues

"Travel - it leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller." (Ibn Battuta).

In other words, whoever travels can tell something. Spoken, photographed or drawn. Graphic Travelogues are dedicated to this form. Various travel comics already exist, often initiated by the Goethe-Institut - but scattered, sometimes difficult to find. Graphic Travelogues collects old treasures, creates new ones and presents them in a new setting. Join us on this special journey, experience and immerse yourself in new worlds.

On the go with the pen

Where did our artists go? You can track their travel routes and destinations on the map. Discover known and unknown places and experience them from a new, drawn perspective. Simply zoom in and click on the illustrations!


 © Dominik Wendland

Graphic Travelogues #Murals

Dreaming of traveling - this has become a bestseller in times of the pandemic. We, too, are quenching a little wanderlust. With Graphic Travelogues #Murals we continue our exciting journey and reach a new dimension. Our artists conquer the public space with their travel stories.

Current Comics

House in  Bruxelles © Leonard Ermel

For Everyday Heroes

The Berlin comic artist Leonard Ermel moved to Brussels for six months - to the secret European capital of comics. With his digital diary sketches, he has found a remedy for the feeling of being a stranger.

 Lagos is a city that lives at, on and with the water. Parts of Lagos are even below sea level. Experts expect that in the future there will be more and more urban areas that are under water.  © Sebastian Lörscher

For Adventurers

In 2017, Sebastian was invited to the Aké Arts & Book Festival in Lagos. There, he met many interesting people, including some from northern Nigeria, who persuaded him to leave the busy city and visit their homeland.

Paris © Nino Paula Bullig

For Gourmets

Nino Paula Bulling's comic reportages are always political and leave plenty of room for the perspectives of the interlocutors. Bulling remembers the month in Paris in 2012 primarily through the people and places she encountered. 

Haiti © Sebastian Lörscher

For Adventurers

Sebastian Lörscher spent five months in Haiti. He lived in the dusty metropolis of Port-au-Prince and roamed the deep nowhere of the surrounding countryside. He met the poor and the rich. He danced at voodoo festivals and cheered at cockfights. And everywhere he went, he drew.

Algeria is the largest country in Africa. The capital Algiers is located in the province of the same name in the western part of a Mediterranean bay and on the mountain slopes of the Tellatlas. Le Casbah is the smallest district. It was built from ancient ruins and on a hill. The Casbah is a labyrinth of narrow streets and picturesque houses. If you lose your orientation here, you just have to go down to the sea. © Reinhard Kleist

For City Explorers

Reinhard Kleist's travel sketches and watercolours from Algeria: 10 miniatures, almost all in colour. Sandy brown. Lots of vivid blue Alleyways full of steps and rows or networks of small balconies with colourful curtains billowing in the wind.

The fact that it can be seen from space is a myth. Nevertheless, at 8851.8 kilometers, the Great Wall of China is the largest construction ever built by man. More than one and a half millennia were spent building the Great Wall of China, from the 3rd century BC to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is one of the seven world wonders of the modern times. About ten million tourists visit the Great Wall every year. © Reinhard Kleist

For Seekers of Meaning

The list of countries from which the Berlin illustrator Reinhard Kleist brought along his travel sketches is long. He was also in China on behalf of the Goethe-Institut for a workshop with local comic artists.

Hanoi or Saigon? Both are best. Hanoi is more interesting for tourists. The capital of Vietnam seems "crazier", somehow more special. And older than modern Saigon. Hanoi offers numerous sights and is a good starting point for day trips to Sapa, Ninh Binh or Halong Bay. © Reinhard Kleist

For Everyday Heroes

Travelling to Vietnam is not uncommon for Indians. But looking at the country through Reinhard Kleist’s sketches is different from trawling the Instagram feed of the tourists.

 © Paulina Stulin (detail)

For Seekers Of Meaning

Paulina Stulin herself was on an Erasmus exchange in Krakow ten years ago. And her stay made a deep impression on her. She simply loves the rough and the ornate, the medieval architecture coupled with prefabricated buildings, and, of course, also the nature of the Slavic soul. The perfect setting for her comic The Right Here, Right Now Thing with its clearly autobiographical protagonist.

From „MORESUKINE“ © Dirk Schwieger

For City Explorers

In his explorations in Tokyo, Dirk Schwieger does not follow his individual interests or impulses, but works through the tasks that his followers give him on his blog. He published the comic experiment Moresukine - Weekly from Tokyo on a weekly basis. It offers impressions from Tokyo in particular and Japanese (popular) culture in general.

 © Olivier Kugler (detail)

For Seekers Of Meaning

The illustrator and comic artist Olivier Kugler travels the world as a reportage artist. In Laos, he accompanied a veterinarian into the jungle to care for loggers' working elephants. French vet Bertrand Bouchard invited the London-based cartoonist to travel with him deep into the jungle for a few days and record what they experience.

 They take naps at the furniture store, have no problems with surveillance apps, and eat stuff... well. Chinese are often a mystery to tourists. But not all clichés about the 1.4 billion people apply. Dogs and cats are not eaten everywhere. And there are also tall people in the north. But they really can't pronounce the "R". Not in any of the 56 ethnic groups. © Jens Harder (detail)

For City Explorers

Jens Harder actually wanted to research the rapid changes in Beijing that have transformed China's capital from a seemingly endless two-story village into a mega-metropolis dotted with skyscrapers in just a few years. But on location, the state's compulsion to control and the draftsman's sense of freedom clashed mightily.

 © Gregor Hinz (detail)

For Adventurers

In Saint-Victor-sur-Rhins Gregor, Hinz takes us to the small community of the same name in the French Auvergne-Rhone-Alps region. His picture story is composed of a series of fragments painted with felt-tip pens, which tell of his travel impressions with a wink.

 © Jens Harder (detail)

For City Explorers

Jens Harder rambled through Lima for five hours without a plan, without a goal. The outcome consists of fleeting, marginal observations that show lengthy research isn’t always necessary.

 © Dominik Wendland | Goethe Institut New Delhi

Graphic Travelogues #Culinary

Graphic Travelogues collects old treasures, creates new ones and presents them in a new setting: We have gone back to the drawing and cooking table – stay tuned for the most flavorsome dishes and illustrations to feed your soul, nourish your mind, and delight your palate. Welcome to Graphic Travelogues Culinary! Enjoy!

Graphic Travelogues Graphik: Dominik Wendland © Goethe-Institut New Delhi

Artists from all over the world

Learn more about our well-known artists, including Barbara Yelin, Reinhard Kleist and Sarnath Banerjee. All with proven comic expertise and sometimes with more, sometimes with less travel experience in the respective country.

Graphic Travelogues Graphik: Dominik Wendland © Goethe-Institut New Delhi

About Graphic Travelogues

Graphic Travelogues presents travel experiences by comic artists from different countries, illuminates and identifies recurring topics. From sketches to graphic novels, graphic diaries and travel drawings, we collect treasures here and question concepts and motivations, techniques and experiences.

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