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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!
 


Current Comics

From „MORESUKINE“ © Dirk Schwieger

For City Explorers
"Tokyo"

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
"Laos"

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
"Beijing"

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
"Saint-Victor-sur-Rhins"

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
"Lima"

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.


New

 © 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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