OPEN CALL 2021 | KOMA: UPGRADE
KOMA Festival invites all comic writers to submit a comics open call!
The theme this year is UPGRADE
– Deadline for entries July 18, 2021
– Each author can submit one short comics story up to 15 pages, size from A4 to A2, in pdf or jpg format, enclose story description and short text about author
– All comics works must be submitted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Selected comics will be part of the festival program and presented at the festival.
– Some of the selected comics will be published in catalogue of the KOMA 2021 festival.
UPGRADE, an improvement, an inovation, a term used mostly in the world of software and hardware technology in terms of a replacement of old product for the new one. Nowadays, the term has infiltrated into common vocabulary of younger generations with no following an original association. Today the word can be apply on a generation shift in terms of technological, social and ideological meaning. UPGRADE as a transformation from the original, functional and prevailing to the next evolutional and media level which doesn´t need to be necessarily improved already, but can just pass through a verification process.
UPGRADE as a technological inovation. Media development and its reflection in today´s society. Communication changes from classical analogue media, photography and movie to social media, virtual reality and gaming being projected into society and its behaviour.
UPGRADE as a research of the anthropological improvement and changes. In comics approach, in the field of the sci-fi and hi-tech anthropomorphic and humanoid utopias, such popular in the US hero comics. Generation upgrade – an every new (digital) generation (in ever shorter time frames) means “upgrade“ of the previous generation.
UPGRADE drawn into the home comics tradition and into its maintainance and modifying to the present world. How much the dramaturgical change and affection of long term present phenomenon and characters in the Czech comics is needed? It is not common way in the Czech comics background that classical comics characters are taken over and refreshed by new authors to keep not only their continuity but also adapt them to a new reality.
It is up to your imagination and your way how you transform UPGRADE theme into the story. There is no limit in art technique and language. Welcomed are the both done or in-process works. Anyway true is we like reading whole comics story than semi-finished ones. For the selection process we accept just the form of work we will receive by 18 July 2021.
KOMA a first international comics festival in Brno presents contemporary Czech and international comics works. The Komixxx project, the Šaufenstr gallery and the Aargh! magazine have pulled together to present different forms of comics and contemporary art as two linked universes. Fans, exhibitions, live painting, art instalation, symposiums, movie screen, workshops, comics market, concerts,theatrical performancies, storytelling, etc. – all that is a vivid organism of the KOMA festival.
KOMA 2021 – the 7th International Comics Festival
Date: October 7 to 10, 2021
Venue: Káznice na Cejlu, Bratislavská 68, Brno, the Czech Republic
See the last KOMA 2020 festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUQIQBXqHu4