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March 14, 2020 - March 15, 2020

GRAF Barcelona

GRAF is a meeting point for the author's comic book and independent editions, which has been held in Barcelona since 2013. GRAF aims to host independent publishers and initiatives focused on the comic book. not just sticking to the vignettes, also encompassing content that involves delving into the language of drawing, graphics and visual arts.

The three main pillars of GRAF are the exhibitors, the talks and the workshops. In each edition dozens of proposals, artists, collectives or publishing labels participate and among them a continuous learning is generated.

The comic is present daily in our lives. Increasingly, it is spreading in areas such as advertising, design, cinema or the Internet. A significant number of national artists have entered the market through an alternative way that seeks to fill a significant gap in the publishing landscape. There are more and more cartoonists who self-publish their work in formats of all kinds and the groups that prefer the fanzine on paper to present their ideas. Illustrators and cartoonists directly understand their work as art and thus offer it to the public. Self-managed publishers are increasing, and different proposals have been consolidated that enjoy good presence in the usual distribution channels, without leaving the spirit of comic book author and independent philosophy.

This unstoppable underground machinery is bringing stamps of interest, companies with new talent. Each one with its publishing policy, go hand in hand in timely co-editions and pull the shoulder when we have to fight against the barriers of traditional distribution, insufficient media attention or lack of resources. For all this, the existence of local events that reflect the current effervescence of independent publishing is vital.

GRAF is born of the increase in independent proposals in the comic book market and the illustration that are not reflected, or want to be different, from festivals around the cartoon.

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March 14, 2020
March 15, 2020
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Fabra i Coats – Fàbrica de Creació y Centre d’Art Contemporan (FiC)
Sant Adrià, 20
Barcelona, Spain
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