All information about the GINCO-Award
Prizes and award ceremony
Prizes worth a total of 1.500 € will be awarded in an expected three to five categories.
This year's award ceremony will take place at Comic Con Germany in Stuttgart (29. + 30.6.2019). The organising team of the first inclusive German comic award of the independent scene is very happy to have found a suitable, high-reach and motivated partner in Comic Con Germany in Stuttgart. The award winners will receive the setting and recognition they deserve, and Comic Con Germany will strengthen its existing ties and its commitment to the German indie scene. At the same time, the GINCO Award Ceremony is sure not to compete with established prizes in terms of time or location.
Our goal is to assemble a diverse committee with the widest possible range of perspectives and expertise, drawing from different areas of the comic and manga scene, as well as the fields of research and press.
The prize committee for 2019 consists of:
- Anne Delseit, editor of AnimaniA (www.AnimaniA.de), the specialist magazine in the German-speaking anime and manga segment, which also hosts the annual anime, manga and j-culture convention AnimagiC (www.AnimagiC.de). Since 2007, she has also been publishing comics at various publishers as an author in collaboration with artists from Germany and abroad.
- Michel Decomain, has been active for over 10 years in various functions in the German comic and manga scene, including as an editor, journalist and author (currently WHISPERING BLUE [https://www.egmont-manga.de/buch/whispering-blue/] with artist Marika Herzog). He is a member of the German Comic Society and is able to afford his comic and record collection by PR work for the Berlin anime and manga publisher KAZÉ.
- Haiko Hörnig, is a comic writer and screenwriter living in Frankfurt am Main. Together with Joscha Sauer he worked on several NICHTLUSTIG books and the NICHTLUSTIG animated film series. Since 2013 Haiko has also been writing the adventures of the small ICE for Deutsche Bahn. He is currently working with Marius Pawlitza on the third volume of the fantasy comic series A HOUSE DIVIDED, published by Carlsen Verlag. At trade fairs and conventions, he supports Comic Solidarity group, e.g. as a moderator. (www.pengboom.de)
- Martina Schradi, comic artist and LGBTIQ* activist, co-initiator of the Queers & Comics Satellite. She enjoys drawing queer comics and travels the world holding readings and lectures to promote acceptance and diversity (www.comic-von-schradi.de).
- Marie Schröer, comic researcher and journalist, teaches cultural and literary studies (Romance studies) at the University of Koblenz-Landau, reviews comics for the Berliner Tagesspiegel and is co-organizer of the interdisciplinary Berlin comic colloquium (http://www.comic-kolloquium.de/).
The prize committee will consult independently of the organising team and will also determine the proposed categories for 2019. This will take place in two phases:
- There will be a shortlist, which will be published in the run up to the award ceremony.
- The final winners will be announced at the award ceremony and invited to the stage.
The organising team supports the work of the committee only on a logistical and communicative level.
Comics * are one of the most accessible forms of visual media. Their production does not require much capital. Digital publication channels are now open to almost everyone,and can act as an introduction, supplement, or even alternative to traditional publishing.
This allows comics to be in a state of perpetual and dynamic change. They shift aesthetic and formal boundaries, between texts and images, between media and genres, between popular and alternative.
Independent artists, writers and newcomers thus find many opportunities in the independent area (web / self-publisher / micro-publisher) to be creative. In this way, indie comics enrich the German comic landscape with new and more diverse stories, topics and perspectives and keep them up to date, relevant and approachable.
Comic creators deserve recognition and support from the entire scene – financially, symbolically, and publicly. The GINCO Award aims to honor indie comics in an inclusive, transparent and high-profile way, as a complement to and expansion of existing German comic awards and structures.
Above all, we see artists from marginalized groups as an important target group, since they often do not find themselves represented in established systems or receive little attention. In the same way, the work of independent and small publishers should be appreciated, as they often serve marginalized people as the first springboard into the public eye.
The organization of the GINCO Award is based on flexible, unbureaucratic structures and will continue to evolve with the prize. This may concern the prize categories, the jury, the nature of the prize or the location of the award ceremony.
The GINCO Award is an independent prize organized by a non-profit association of different actors in the comic scene.
If you want to support the project, e.g. through a donation in cash or in kind, please contact us to become a partner today.
* Comic refers to all types of formats, genres and styles: manga, superheroes, print, digital, etc.
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