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Künstlergespräch mit Roma Gavrilă und Ileana Surducan
Since the 1990s, Romania has been home to a burgeoning comics scene. While a good number
of Romanian artists are published in French and English translation, only a few have so far succeeded in overcoming the German
language barrier. On this occasion and in the presence of artists Ileana Surducan and Roma Gavrilă, we’ll delve deep into the comics
scene of Cluj-Napoca (North Romania). Feel free to bring your questions, ideas and friends.
A selection of Ileana’s books will be available for sale at the shop.
Presentation and Q&A in English. Admission is free.
About the artists:
Ileana Surducan is a freelance comic artist and illustrator, who excels at translating personal experiences into
universal stories. In 2009, she published Edouardo le renardeau (Makaka Editions, scenario by Shuky), followed by Le Cirque – journal d’un dompteur de
chaises (Makaka Editions 2012) and Dolky-n trei straie/Nycko v Banatu (Jumătatea plină 2014, scenario by Petra Dobruska and Ileana Surducan). Ileana
also works as an illustrator for children’s books and poetry collections. She is a regular contributor to various Romanian and international comics
anthologies. Her latest solo publications include Hôtel Pennington (Makaka Editions 2017, scenario by Ced Asna) and Vacanța lui Nor (Minigrafic 2018,
in collaboration with Maria Surducan).
Roma Gavrilă is an illustrator and comics creator based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. For the past years, she has
been focusing on editorial illustration, while also using the medium of comics to explore social topics like domestic abuse. Her work has been published
in various Romanian online magazines, including Scena 9. Roma is a member of the “Comics Club Cluj”, a local collective of illustrators and comics creators.
In 2015, a selection of her work was on display at the “Graphic Novel Day” of the International Literature Festival Berlin. Roma has also contributed comics
to comiXconnection, a pan-European comics project focussing on Central Eastern and Southern Europe.