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European Comics Salon, in Bucharest

Between October 28 and November 21, Bucharest will play host to the European Comics Salon. For a month, professionals and amateurs will meet in the MNAC “Etaj ?” Gallery (in the National Theatre building). The salon will be opened on Thursday, October 28, at 6:30 pm, by Horia-Roman Patapievici, the president of the Romanian Cultural Institute and the president of the EUNIC network, under whose aegis the event is being held, and Olivier Grenson, comic book artist and teacher at the Graphics Research School in Brussels. The gala will be followed by the opening of the exhibition “The History of Romanian Comics, 1935-2010”, curator – Alexandru Ciubotariu, presenting over one hundred original boards, followed by the launch of the book “The History of Romanian Comics, 1891-2010”, by Alexandru Ciubotariu and Dodo Nita. According to the organizers, the programme of the salon includes exhibitions, creative workshops (from serigraphs to webcomics), film screenings, book launches, meetings with artists and editors and autograph sessions. A special space will be allotted to amateur artists who wish to present their own comic book creations. The comic book professionals whom the public may meet during the Salon include Guy Delisle, Sylvain Coissard and Pakito Bolino (France), Olivier Grenson and Jean Auquier (Wallonia-Brussels), Cserkuti David and Bayer Antal (Hungary), Sascha Hommer (Germany), Sandu Florea (USA), Alexandru Ciubotariu, Dodo Nita and Octav Ungureanu (Romania). The salon is complete with a special shop, where albums, brochures and comic books published in the countries attending the event will be on display, the organizers inform. The event is organized in Romania, under the aegis of EUNIC, by the Czech Centre, the Cultural Centre of the Republic of Hungary, the Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, the Goethe Institute, the French Institute and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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