NEXTCOMIC Festival at the Ars Electronica Center

Bringing comics to life via smartphone

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(Linz, 8.3.2022) Invisible tormentors, mysterious pills, cell phones that promise solutions to all problems and eyes that are closed to the truth. At the Ars Electronica Center, students of the Communication Design master class at Linz’s HTL1 Bau und Design will be showing a series of drawings that suddenly come to life when viewed via smartphone or tablet as part of the NEXTCOMIC Festival. Under the title “visible – not visible – invisible,” the students take visitors on a journey through fantastic, extraordinary and surprising worlds. The exhibition is on view from March 11 to 20. On Thursday, March 17, a live streaming from Deep Space 8K is scheduled at 3:00 p.m., during which the young artists* will present their work.

MKD Master School for Communication Design
The MKD Master School for Communication Design is a one-year, in-depth training program for graphic and communication design at HTL1 Bau und Design in Linz. It offers graduates of the higher department and the college of HTL1 as well as of related institutions the opportunity to hone their design skills, to improve their individual abilities and to familiarize themselves with teamwork and technical work processes. In addition to free assignments, real projects and an annual project are implemented in the MKD.

The NEXTCOMIC Festival is an annual festival that has been held in Linz in March since 2009. It is the only such event in Austria and one of the most important German-language comic festivals. Promoting the Austrian comics scene is one of its main concerns.In addition to a series of exhibitions, there are lectures, comic readings, animated films, workshops, cosplay performances, 24-hour comic drawing, comic games, parties and concerts, papertoys, comic battles, comic exchange and book tables, signing dates and much more.
NEXTCOMIC FESTIVAL 2022 / Photo: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion
NEXTCOMIC FESTIVAL 2022 / Photo: Ars Electronica – Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion