Comics Beyond would have no reason to exist if it were not for those who believed in the project


Comics Beyond would have no reason to exist if it were not for those who believed in the project.

Here are all the structures cooperating as part of the project:

Brussels Comic Art Museum – Brussels, Belgium • Project leader and in charge of the management, transdisciplinary shows and export of the project
Opened in 1989, the Comic Art Museum – Brussels (CAMB) is one of the major comics museums in Europe and a must see cultural attraction in Brussels. The CAMB isn’t just a museum! We also organize masterclasses, events, residencies or workshops. Not convinced yet? For the past five years, the CAMB has been developing international cooperation through various means (prospection missions, professional seminars, cooperation projects), from Lebanon to Japan, via the Congo, Cuba and many more. Definitely not just a museum!

Amadora BD / Amadora Municipality – Amadora, Portugal • Responsible of the training camp
Amadora BD is the most important comics festival in Portugal. Founded in 1990 and organized by the Municipality of Amadora, it welcomes more than 15,000 visitors every year. In addition to organizing workshops, exhibitions, book launches, autograph sessions, conferences, and guided visits all year round with schools and other educational institutions across the country. Amadora BD holds a 30-year expertise in: comics artistic direction; hosting international delegations; organizing comics workshops and especially in setting up major seminars with professionals. Amadora BD has been involved in international projects since its creation, and was notably part of the France/Portugal Season led jointly by the French Institute and the Portuguese Ministry of Culture.

Visiona (NCC) / Comicon Napoli – Naples, Italy • Responsible of communication
Visiona/Comicon Napoli is one of the most productive event creators when it comes to comics-related contents and pop culture in Europe for almost twenty-five years. Every year, COMICON – International Pop Culture Festival attracts more than 170,000 visitors to Naples (Italy) for four days of comics, games and video games, animation and manga, cinema and series televised, which places it among the five largest European pop festivals. Visiona (NCC) also organizes national and international exhibitions, publishes comic books under the COMICON Edizioni label, represents renowned international artists, and its co-founder is in charge of the European Network of Comics Festivals and the RIFF – Rete Italiana Festival Fumetto.

On a Marché sur la Bulle – France • Responsible of the comics workshops
On a Marché sur la Bulle is an association which organizes both the Rendez-Vous de la Bande Dessinée of Amiens (3rd Comic Strip Festival in France), but also a resource center made up of an educational service (6 full-time employees) which offers many formats around comic books, focusing on school and adult audiences and book professionals; as well as a Centre dedicated to the creation of exhibitions and tools of mediation in connection with the publishing house “Les éditions de la Gouttière”; supporting projects around comics with various stakeholders (authors, communities, national educational professionals). The festival welcomes 21,000 people each year and it is a key place for promoting the transdisciplinarity of comics: each year, cartoon shows, and music/comics performances are presented at the festival. It’s the only structure in France of this size to work on both the educational dimension, authors’ service, and a major festival.


Art Bubble • Danish International Comic Arts Festival – Aarhus, Denmark
Art Bubble aims to bring comics, their artists and their methods of creation to the Danish people. Every year they organise a festival in Aarhus (Denmark) with international guests of the highest caliber. Art Bubble promotes Danish artists and creators internationally by working with cultural institutions from all over the world (Canada, USA, Netherlands, Germany). Art Bubble is headed by Lars Jakobsen, director and founder of Art Bubble.

Escola Joso – Barcelona, Spain
Joso School (JOSO) specializes in comics, illustration, visual development and 2D animation. The School has adapted to the needs of the visual and entertainment industries, training high-level professionals thanks to a team of teachers specialized in visual arts. JOSO offers artistic training and a knowledge of the comic environment and teaches future authors and illustrators in the contemporary challenges of comics: entrepreneurial posture, rights, understanding of markets. The school enjoys international recognition due to its privileged partnerships with international festivals, such as Québec BD, BDFIL Lausanne, the Lakes Festival and the Lyon BD Festival. JOSO also enjoys a national reputation due to the quality of its training modules, making it one of the largest comic book schools in Spain. Every year, 1000 students and 60 teachers pass through the school’s doors.

Lakes International Comic Arts Festival – Kendal, United Kingdom
The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival (LICAF) is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the transformational power of comics by supporting the development of the medium, both with artists and audiences. Each year, their international comics festival brings over 14,000 visitors to Bowness-on-Windermere, in the north of England. LICAF has a wealth of expertise in terms of delivering workshops, using comics in a variety of fields, producing cross-sectoral projects – and has built strong international partnerships from around the world.

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