1st International Kolkata Comic Workshop, 26th – 28th November 2013

1a8fab12336711e3801622000a1fb91e_8The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Rainer Schmiedchen and the Consul General of the Republic of France Mr Fabrice Etienne, in Kolkata, wish to invite the members of the media to an interactive session on the 26th November at the premises of the German Consulate 1 Hastings Park Road Kolkata 700 027 at 9 am to participate and share in the 1st International Kolkata Comic Workshop, 26th to 28th November 2013.

The Consulates General take great pride in jointly hosting this unique celebration of graphic & comic art across 3 nations, which will see workshops and art sessions for a week held by noted artists from India, France and Germany. This joint project is an artistic celebration of the 2013 Franco-German year which marks the 50th anniversary of the Elysee treaty.

Both International and National artists who will be present at the event are Sarnath Banerjee and Charbak Dipta from India, Jörg Reuter from Germany, Oliver Tallec from France.

We hope that the Press shall enjoy this one of its kind series of art dialogues and give the student participants and masters of the craft, their due appreciation and coverage. The Press is invited to join us for Lunch being hosted by Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen at the same venue on the 26th November 2013 following the interaction.


SARNATH BANERJEE : Primarily an Indian graphic novelist, the 1972-born Sarnath Banerjee is also a film maker and an artist. A Kolkata-born Banerjee resides in Germany presently. Notably, he studied at the University of London, at the Goldsmiths College, Image and Communication. Banerjee first burst into graphic novel limelight with his first Penguin Books published Corridor (2004). He has been illustrating book covers and illustrations for novels in his unique style. Banerjee latest claim to fame was working on a series of posters put up by Frieze Foundation for the London Olympics 2012 in the city.

CHARBAK DIPTA : An Indian illustrator, cartoonist and graphic Designer 1988-born Charbak Dipta works for a comics and children’s book agency in Delhi. He did his Masters in Philosophy and courses on Film Studies from  Jadavpur University and later short courses on Applied Arts. Charbak worked with different newspapers, magazines and publishers as cartoonist, writer and illustrator. He also made one documentary film,wrote screenplay and acted in films. At present he is working on his new comic book for kids under the banner of his upcoming company Village Comics to be launched in Annual Comic Con and on his debut graphic novel.He is also a trained classical vocalist.

OLIVIER TALLEC : Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art graphique in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration and graphic novels. Since then he has done numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated over 70 books for children. He is also the author of several graphic novels. He’s fascinated by textiles and by all forms of popular culture. An avid traveller, he divides his time between Paris, where he lives, and far-flung adventures.

JÖRG REUTER : Joerg Reuter was born on 30 September 1959. He broke off his technical studies and commenced working for Mosaik magazine in 1980.  From 1983- 87 he studied Art in Berlin. He drew stories with the ‘Abrafaxe’ until 1984, and then studied art in Berlin-Schöneweide. Afterwards, he joined Mosaik again. After another period as an artist, he succeeded Lothar Dräger as the magazine’s art director in 1991. In this occupation, he co-ordinates art, color and text for Mosaik magazine. There followed other 3 years than Mosaik Draftsman, before him his colleagues and colleagues chose the successor to Lothar Dräger as artistic leader. As such he tunes text, drawings and colour on each other and draws the elevations for the MOSAIC. Jörg Reuter also colours the title pictures of the Mosaik Notebooks and the collections.