Around the world with a pencil
The theme of travel plays a significant role in several art forms – be it in literature, as in Goethe’s Italian Journey; in film, as in Wim Wenders road movie Paris, Texas; or in music, as in Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, to mention a few examples. However, the comic book and the graphic novel as an art form have not yet been given the attention they deserve in the field of travel.
This is something we want to change.
Our website Graphic Travelogues highlights the travel experiences of comic-book artists, identifies recurring themes and creates a platform for their works.
The Goethe-Institut across the world works regularly with comic-book artists and therefore here itself we have a huge stock of sketches, books, graphic novels, graphic diaries, graphic travelogues and travel drawings. Prepared, discovered, safe and ready to be made accessible to all, because some of the many treasures are tucked away, in private archives, on servers, in drawers. This now comes to an end. Since 2019 we have been collecting and sifting through all the Graphic Travelogues. We came up with our first, of course very subjective selection, and then took a decision on the spot: the site must and will grow. By adding new comic books and graphic artists from all parts of the world.
We are eager to see where else this journey will take us.
Concept and implementation:
Erdmuthe Hacken, Nikos Itsines, Annika Knöpfle, Thomas Meyer in collaboration with the agency 3pc
Ritu Khanna, Faith Ann Gibson
Social Media Marketing:
Aarushi Khanna, Safurat Balogun in collaboration with the agency WeBeeSocial