Buch Wien, otherwise known as the Vienna International Book Fair, is a quite recent newcomer on the stage of International literary events. Launched for the first time in 2008, the Viennese fair took up the challenge brilliantly. The main purpose of its creation was to give a fresh boost to a 60-year-old event: the Viennese Book Week. It aims to foster the relationship between publishers and their readership. This is why, every year, the event is simultaneously organized with the week-long “Reading Festival.”
Ahead of this year’s Translation Slam at Lucca Comics & Games 2018, don’t miss the Europe Comics panel discussion about the growing presence of European comics beyond the continent’s borders, “Exporting Comics: How European Comics Travel the World.” Participants will include Sophie Castille (International Rights Manager, Mediatoon), Italian publishers Michele Foschini (BAO) and Massimiliano Clemente (Tunue), and American translator Jamie Richards (Kobane Calling, Lion Forge).
Comics che viaggiano: come il fumetto europeo si esporta nel mondo, Complesso San Micheletto, 11:15-12:00.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Graphic Novels That Make History @ Javits Center, Room 1C03
Nonfiction graphic novels are more popular than ever, from Persepolis to March. But what does the future of the genre hold? With Peter Tomasi (The Bridge), Nathan Hale (Lafayette!) Ted Fox and James Otis Smith (Showtime at the Apollo), Mikaël (Giant), and Matt Fitch and Chris Baker (Apollo). Moderated by Abraham Riesman, staff writer at New York Magazine.
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm The Beat Presents: The World Comics Invasion @ Javits Center, Room 1A02
Comics from around the world are finding a bigger audience than ever in the US. A look at how creators around the world approach their work and the medium. With Ana Mirallès (Spain), Mikaël (Canada), Mateusz Skutnik (Poland), Emanuela Lupacchino (Italy), and Fabio Moon (Brazil).
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Comics Readers Today: Who They Are and Where to Find Them @ Javits Center, Room 1C03
Readership differences in Europe and the USA showcase the medium’s breadth and potential to reach new audiences. A panel of professionals offer their take. With Chris Thompson (Titan/Statix Press), Karen Green (Columbia University Library), Terry Nantier (NBM), Jennifer King (Space Cadets Collection), Nazeli Kyuregyan-Baron (Europe Comics). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publisher’s Weekly/Comics Beat).