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Comic Strip Festival 2019

2019-09-13 15:00       -       2019-09-15 20:00


13-15 September 2019

Hungarian comic book artists at the EUNIC Brussels stand


14-15/09 - ALL DAY Dedication & live drawing session


14:00 - Panel discussion: Making a living as a comic book professional - Anna Krztoń (Poland), H-P Lehkonen and Eelis Torvinen (Finland), János Mészáros (Hungary), Paulo Monteiro (Portugal)

Artists from all over Europe share their experiences on what it takes to make a living as in the comic book scene nowadays. Ranging topics from getting started as an independent artist to self-publishing your work will be discussed in this fascinating debate that will take you behind the scenes of the life of a comic book professional.

15:00 - Live drawing session: Attila Futaki and Lajos Farkas

17:00 - How to train your Viking warrior? - Workshop in English by Levente Németh

Levi will guide you in the age of dragons and warriors showing you how to draw your own Viking character. Muscles, armour and a fearless, scarred face – you will learn the skills to create your unique fighter. It is up to you how you train him… 

Attila Futaki (1984) – comic book artist, illustrator

FutakiFutaki is internationally well-know Hungarian comic book artist. He was the first Hungarian comic book artist who had his own album published in France.

In 2009 Futaki signed with Walt Disney Entertainment to adapt Rick Riordan's novel The Lightning Thief to a comic book. It was published in the USA in 2010, followed by 2 other books of the series. All three graphic novels became New York Times bestsellers.

He also worked on other cultic comic books like Severed, written by Scott Snyder. He drew a Conan miniseries for Dark Horse and the first Hypnos BD for Le Lombard Publishing. His most recent works are Hypnos 2 published by Le Lombard, and L’ange de Budapest from Glénat Publishing. His illustrations have been published in New York Times, GQ and the Intercept magazine.



Levente Németh (Levi) – graphic designer, comic book artist

Levente Németh Kings and crossesLevi runs his own graphic design company specialised in cultural and sport events marketing. As Creative Director he successfully managed the overall artistic tasks of the World Championships of Fencing, Kayak-Canoe, Gymnastics and Handball held in Hungary in 2018 and 2019. He graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, and worked for multinational advertising agencies as Art Director. He published his first graphic novel, Kings and Crosses:  Voluntas Tua in 2017. The book was nominated for the prize of the best Hungarian graphic novel of the year 2017 in Hungary and was published in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands this year. Levi’s next historical comic book, Canes et Lupi was recently introduced to the public.

His works:

Királyok és Keresztek: Voluntas Tua -  Enter Studio 2017
Des Rois et des Croix, Livre I  -  BD Must Éditions 2019
Des Rois et des Croix,  Livre II - BD Must Éditions 2019
Királyok és Keresztek: Canes et Lupi – Helikon Publishing House 2019


János Mészáros (Sinonimo) – writer, translator

János Mészáros Kings and crossesJános Mészáros started his career in the film and video business. He worked for Hungarian film distribution companies and he was involved in the managements of cinemas. He worked as a copywriter, created film promotion materials and reviews. From 2003 he provided marketing services to private clients.  János currently works as a freelance writer and translator. He translated books on finance and comics from English. In 2018 he published his first comics together with Levi under the name of Kings and crosses. He frequently writes short stories for blogs specialised in literature, and his novel about a famous Hungarian writer, Jenő Rejtő received the prize of Napút Publishing in 2018.


Books, novels and comics: 
Királyok és keresztek: Voluntas Tua – graphic novel, published by ENTER in 2017
Des Croix et des Roix Tome I-II, - French edition, translation together with Antal Bayer,  published by BD Must Éditions in 2019
Királyok és keresztek: Canes et Lupi – graphic novel, published by Helikon Publishing House, 2019
Rejtő-kód – short story, published by Napút Publishing in 2018
Cash-flow management - translation, published by CO-NEX Publishing in 1995
Vállalatok pénzügyei – translation, published by CO-NEX Publishing in 1996
Pénzügyekről nemcsak pénzügyi szakembereknek- translation, published by CO-NEX Publishing in 1997


Lajos Farkas (1963) – comic book artist, illustrator

photo Lajos FarkasHe was born in 1963. He graduated with a degree in sculpture from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1989. For years he mainly created caricature portraits. He designed and modelled characters for the Hungarian series Uborka, based on the English TV show Spitting Image. His caricature portraits of popular and lesser-known politicians and actors appeared in a variety of satirical papers. He later continued his work in the advertising and film industries where he was responsible for creating illustrations and storyboards. He worked in productions such as Underworld directed by Len Wiseman, or The Lion in Winter directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Comics have fascinated him since his childhood; however, the opportunity to work in this field only arose much later in his life. He first worked together with Attila Futaki on comics such as Percy Jackson and Severed. He later started working independently; so far, he has five comics published by the French Soleil and Delcourt Publishers. Rédemption I-II. were published in 2014 and 2015 respectively, while two of his works appeared in the Jour J series: La Ballade des pendus in 2016 and Le Dieu vert in 2018. His most recent piece, L’Homme de l’année 15. 1440 was published in 2019.


Location : Parc Royal
Hungarian comic book artists at the EUNIC Brussels stand.



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