I got a nice surprise yesterday when copies of STRIPOLIS arrived from Serbia. STRIPOLIS is a beautifully designed and executed anthology of comics put together under a government arts grant by a bunch of comics loving Serbian artists. It includes a translated version of my Mad-meets-undergrounds send-up, NUTPEAS.
If the idea of government sponsored arts grants for comics sounds strange to Americans, it is quite normal in many parts of Europe. All the European comics festivals I’ve been fortunate enough to attend were subsidized by municipal and state cultural funding. Imagine that!
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