As part of Novembre Numérique – international festival for digital cultures –the webinar “New media and self-publication: digital hand in hand with comics” moderated by XX, will gather speakers from Denmark, Finland, France, Norway and Sweden.
French Ministry for Culture has officially stated 2020 to be the “Year of Comic books”. This
decision is at the same time an acknowledgement of the dynamism, liveliness and publishing successes of the French comics books sector, and a help towards professionals who are struggling sometimes. Indeed, in a publishing landscape that is broadening more and more, with more and more books published each year, starting a career and living off comic books is getting harder for authors and cartoonists.
New media and digital platforms can be used as paved way for young artists, either for selfpublication on those platforms, or for promotion to attract more “traditional” publishers. Authors like Pénélope Bagieu or Sarah Andersen have for example started their careers on digital platforms.
In addition, more traditional media don’t hesitate to turn themselves to digital contents to
develop their offers and attract a young audience. The online comic saga Summer, produced by Bigger Than Fiction for the French-German network Arte, gathered more than 3 million readers online when it was published in 60 episodes on Instagram.
This webinar is intended for professionals as well as the general public.
It gathers creators and publishers from France and Nordics countries, to discuss the situation for comics creators in those countries and the impact of digital tools on the artists and their creation. It will also raise the question of artistic freedom and financial autonomy through digital revolution.