ISRAEL: Painter and Muralist Tamir Shefer – Iconic Mayan Comic Masks

At the beginning of the year, the artist Tamir Shefer from Tel Aviv visited Frankfurt for the fantastic exhibition „Echos” at the Kunstverein Familie Montez. Works by him and nine other artists were shown, five of them from Israel, five from Germany. Tamir paints on canvases but also has a special preference for streetart and large-scale wall design in urban spaces. In the gallery rooms of the exhibition, he even painted some works directly and freshly on the interior façade. Of course we interviewed the creative artist!

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BRITAIN: Illustrator Junior Tomlin – The Salvador Dalí of Rave

The illustrator and graphic designer Junior Tomlin from London did some of the most iconic and legendary cover artworks for the rave and electronic music scene back in the 80s and 90s up till today. On 5th of June his new book “Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art” will get released which documents across 160 premium paper pages his work with commentary and draft sketches about thirty years of party scene. Junior is of course still doing his fabulous artworks and visuals, but meanwhile he can look on a huge variety of projects in many different fields like movies or covers for the music branch, he colored comics for Marvel, DC or Panini, was involved in Action Man and Judge Dredd animations, designed vector arts, invented innovative logos and even started sculpturing.

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BRITAIN: Comic Illustrator Johnny Trip – Funny, provocative and sometimes pervert

By chance I came across the funny short comic strips of Johnny Trip, which he posts on Instagram at regular intervals. Mostly one shots, sometimes a few more, often funny, sometimes disturbing, but always holding the mirror up. Johnny Trip paints about the things nobody wants to talk about, puts them into characters and lets them act in the comic. And in this world it’s no problem, it’s just a comic. But Johnny’s comics often have it in them and go way below the belt. He provokes where necessary, mockes incompetent statesmen and horrible dictators, or skillfully packed criticism of religion and politics into his colourful creations. But often it is just the ordinary human quirks that we all know.

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ARGENTINA: Germán Aczel – World Cup Comics – Cartoonist and Draftsman

Germán Aczel loves football and is a passionate cartoonist. He has linked these two passions in his World Cup book. A detailed encyclopaedia of the individual football world championships, decorated with funny sketches and humorous cartoons. The multi-colored World Cup history brings together the most defining moments in football history from 1930-2014: Maradona’s hand of God, Zidane’s legendary headbutt, the German agony of Belo Horizonte, Suarez’s bite attack, the unforgettable moments of the 7-1 against Brazil or Gotze ‚S victory gate. Distinct caricatures of the most iconic players, the most spectacular goals and most moving World Cup scenes accompanied by thrilling background stories. Aczel has written colorful, rich in facts and entertaining, the ultimate comic-style World Cup primer as a world champion edition.

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