The award-winning student Katsiaryna Karolik, takes the readers of her comic book entitled The Spiders' Art to a spider school where young spiders learn how to spin webs. The story of Leonard, a young pupil who does not follow the rules and decides to spin his own web despite the mockery of his classmates and scepticism of his teacher, is a clear message that doing things in our own way does not necessarily mean taking a wrong direction in life.
"We especially appreciated the author's distinctive artistic signature which draws the reader into the story. Personally, I would highlight the final message on otherness and also the sensitive work with colours", says the Juror, Richard Vodička from the Faculty of Multimedia Communications of Tomas Bata University in Zlin. Other members of the Jury, who met on Friday, 5 of January, Tomáš Prokůpek, Lucie Lomová, Barbora Lungová and Adela Hrivnáková selected the top three artworks from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Jana Vobořilová, a student of the Master's study programme in Illustration, won the second place with her comic book entitled Pitch Darkness. "My comic book is about my experience with iritis. This disease is so strange that it is a story in itself. When I was ill, I was thinking that it would be great to express this experience of mine and, therefore, after almost a year I decided to create this comic book. I like to draw comic books related to real life. I have lived the experience and, therefore, my story is authentic. I also feel that this is the way I cope with situations I experience in my life. I wanted to take the best from this illness and make it a positive aspect of my life. I drew the comic book with pencils of different hardness. I focused on details and especially on the overall atmosphere of the entire story rather than to plot elements. My book is actually a comic on drapery", says Jana.
The third award-winning artist is the student in the second year of the study programme Comics and Illustration for Children, Petra Šestáková who caught the attention of the Jury with her comic book entitled The Second Chance. Her artwork focuses on a clash of civilizations, a dashed second chance, sweet ignorance and on a power struggle.
The competition CS.KOMIKS.17 is organized by the Rotary Club Brno City, Slovak Rotary Club Zvolen, French Rotary Club Angoulême, the Faculty of Multimedia Communications of the Tomas Bata University in Zlin in cooperation with Galerie Vaňkovka Brno, the shopping and social centre CENTRAL Bratislava and other institutions. The aim of this competition, which has been organized every second year since 2011, is to map the Czech and Slovak scene of comic creators from among students, to confront their work and to support young authors in their further development.
The main prize for the winners from the Czech and Slovak Republic is a trip to Europe's biggest comics festival which takes place in the French town of Angoulême. Additionaly, the winning works will be published in the comics review "AARGH!", 42 selected works will be on display in Galerie Vaňkovka Brno and in the shopping and social centre CENTRAL Bratislava. Students will have the unique opportunity to introduce their works to the general public along with two professionals - Jaromir 99 and Braňo Jelínek.