Comic lives a very active life in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia and is not just a funny reading for children! It can also reflect hot social themes or, on the contrary, inward personal experiences. The CS.KOMIKS - a competition for talented students of high schools and universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which was established in 2011 and since then has been held regularly as a biennial, also attests to this.
In the Ladislav Sutnar Gallery you can see a selected collection of student works from the last fourth year, which is an example of the best that was created within the CS.KOMIKS 17 competition. The fact that the competition is presented in Pilsen is no coincidence. Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen is the most successful in the history of the student competition, and students of the Studio of Comics and Illustration for Children under the leadership of Barbara Šalamounová traditionally occupy the first places. So far, Lenka Šimečková (CZ.KOMIKS.11), Štěpánka Jislová (CZ.KOMIKS.13), Kamila Pokorná (CZ.KOMIKS.15) and Kateřina Karolik (CS.KOMIKS.17) have become the winners of the Pilsen Studio, which allowed them to win the main prize from Czech, Slovak and French Rotary clubs and to experience the atmosphere of the biggest European comic book festival in the French town of Angoulême for a few days.
Since the first year of the competition, students have the same task: to create a comic story on any topic on one to four pages. The registered works are evaluated anonymously by a five-member jury and they announce the three best works from the Czech and Slovak schools. The last year of the competition included 31 works from university students (Technical University of Košice, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, VŠVU Bratislava, BUT) and 37 works from high school students (ART ECO Private School in Prague, Private Secondary Art School in Žilina, School of Applied Arts Fine Arts School Košice, Private Secondary Art School of Design in Prague, AVE ART High School in Ostrava, Havířov High School, High School of Art and Design in Brno, Masaryk High School of Agriculture in Opava, Metodova High School in Bratislava).
From the very beginning, the jury consists of creators and experts of the Czech and Slovak comic scene - so far they were Lucie Lomová, Tomáš Prokůpek, Richard Vodička, Barbora Lungová, Ján Lastomirský and Adela Hrivnáková. It is gratifying that both the quality and the number of works are continually increasing. The CS.KOMIKS competition is organized by the Rotary Club Brno City, the Slovak Rotary Club Zvolen, the French Rotary Club Angoulême and the Faculty of Multimedia Communications of TBU in Zlín in cooperation with other institutions.
The main aim of the competition is to support young art talents, to help them start their professional careers, to enable them to confront domestic and foreign creatives and to meet representatives of European renowned comic book publishers specializing in comics. The atmosphere of the Angoulêm comic holiday is really great and a few days spent among comic book fans is an unforgettable experience for the participants that they do not have the opportunity to experience in the Czech Republic or Slovakia. The festival significantly revives the historic city of fifty thousand inhabitants located in the area of Charente every year – about 200,000 visitors, up to 7000 comic book makers and 800 journalists. Comics with their bubbles are present everywhere - on the streets, in restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and other places. People go through individual expositions, read stories, stand in queue for some drawing in their comic books from their favorite authors, and have fun.
Věra Staňková, Rotary klub Brno City