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Axolotl liest© Olivia Vieweg

With the Stroke of the Pen
Comics from Germany

German-language comics have come a long way since their beginnings, from classics by Wilhelm Busch and Rolf Kauka and the avant-garde of the 90s to today's graphic novels. In the meantime, the German comic landscape has been able to establish itself internationally: Barbara Yelin, Olivia Vieweg, Stefanie Wunderlich, Nora Krug, Birgit Weyhe, Jens Harder, Sascha Hommer and many more have been translated into various languages and now enjoy a broad readership outside the German-speaking world. Nevertheless, the German comic has retained its identity and makes no compromises in terms of content. Our focus is on the graphic novel scene in Germany and some of its most important authors. We take a look back at the last decades of German comic history and speak with some of the protagonists in the scene.

The picture above shows Olivia Vieweg's creation Axolotl reading German comics. We would like to thank the author for this exclusive contribution to our dossier.

When you hold a graphic novel in your hands, you're holding artist blood made ink.

Molly Crabapple


Foxen wir's, Fix?

Foxy (one half of Fix and Foxy)

The Fix and Foxi short film "Sinfonie in Müll" on the subject of environmental protection was shown in cinemas at the end of 1973 as a supporting film to Rolf Kaukas cartoon fairy tale "Maria d'Oro und Bello Blue".

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Graphic novels in the Onleihe