STRIPBURGER - WAR EDITION
Call for participation
After publishing an anti-nazi calendar, thematic issues
on human rights, ecology, handicap, sexuality and madness, Stripburger is now
proceeding towards the most atrocious thematic field yet: WAR.
Stripburger - war edition aims to expose the phenomenon
of war and all its consequences through the medium of comic. We want authors
to disclose, expose, illustrate and problematise the absurdity of war, reasons
of war, war-time violence, war profiteering, war crimes, war against terrorism/state
violence, NATO, imperialism, occupation, warmonging, genocide, draft and everything
else connected to war in any kind of way. Don't be afraid to unveil the overlooked
aspects of war!
The use of actual wars, actual conflicts, occupations,
crimes etc, current or future, is not necessary but is nevertheless welcome.
In any way we expect authors to exceed the usual stereotypes and racist prejudice
of media discourse and take a tougher stand towards the given problem. Original
style and interpretation of the topic is essential! In spite of the gloominess
of the topic, the comics with a lot of humor and irony are especially welcome.
For a big part of the Western world the horribleness
and the tragedy of war have disintegrated into apathy of constant media consuming.
Stripburger's intention is quite the opposite. The goal of Stripburger's War
edition is to release and evolve the political and activist potentials of comic
media and contribute to peace and understanding in a world separated into the
rich and the poor and torn with wars and violence.
The deadline is 15th April !
Authors should add their full address, e-mail, web-page
(if they happen to have one) and a short autobiography (no more than 100 words).
Best comics will be published in an anthology comic book. The selection of the
comics will be carried out by Stripburger editorial board and members of the
Peace Institute Ljubljana. The best 7 artists will receive award of 100 euros
Send A4 (21 x 29,7 cm) format black and white photocopies
(do not send original artwork!) or .tif files on a CD (600 pixels/inch for black
and white line-art comics or 300 pixels/inch for grayscale comics). No MAC CDs
please. You can also e-mail your comics to firstname.lastname@example.org,
where you can also write to us should you have any questions.
The Peace Institute is our partner at this project and
you can find something about them and their view of the project below.
Strip Core c/o Forum Ljubljana
SI - 1000 Ljubljana
tel.: +386 1 2319662
fax: +386 1 4338074
ABOUT THE PEACE INSTITUTE
The Peace Institute, founded in 1991, is a non-profit
research institution dedicated to contemporary social and political studies
and interdisciplinary research in the fields of sociology, anthropology, political
science and philosophy. Our activities are not limited to the critical assessment
of social phenomena, but also include active intervention. We endeavor to combine
academic research with practical education and strategic counseling services
in various fields of politics and public activities.
The cold war is continuing. It's the simplest explanation
of the events following the September 11th, 2001. The most powerful and the
most armed state in the world took the last of the brakes off. The balance of
military power between the former Soviet Union and the USA in times of the "cold
war" was based on mutual fear: active military intervention of one of the
two "super-power" states would probably mean a nuclear war. Nowadays
the "balance" is not a product of the balance of power or fear; rather
it is a demonstration of the superior force of a single dominant player in the
world politics. How is it possible to keep peace, security and collaboration
in the world of today, where "suicidal" attacks are a normal thing,
while retaliatory military interventions are performed as "cleaning"
of entire countries? Why are the countries of the former Soviet block so enthusiastic
about the new military club, when they have just recently got rid of the former
"big brother's" yoke? Why is there not a single (influential) parliamentary
party in Slovenia, which would be ready to represent the voters - according
to opinion pools, approximately half of all eligible voters in the country -
who would vote against joining NATO at the national referendum? With this project
we want to provoke the strip artists to comment on those and similar questions.
It would be really interesting to see if it is possible to "translate"
these crucial questions into an artistic medium. In this case it is the medium
of strip, while in the case of a parallel project (in collaboration with the
rock music band "Elephant and Fruit") we will see it in the medium
of music. What does NATO have to do with strip and popular music? We don't know,
but would like to be taken by surprise.