Association “Udruzenje ljubitelja stripa i pisane reci “Nikola Mitrovic Kokan”, known as Leskovac school of comics, is a non-governmental association established to gather fans of comics and written word in general through educational programs, publication of selected comics and pop art works, and organization of exhibitions, public competitions, public meetings panels and festivals.
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Balkan Festival of Young Comics Creator
The main program of the Association is Balkan Festival of Young Comics Creator – an annual event that brings together comic book authors from Balkan countries through different activities – exhibitions, panels, master classes, etc. This Festival has been held regularly every year since 1998. In 2019, the 21st Balkan Young Comic Book Festival was successfully held with a record of 3,017 exhibitors from 67 countries and six continents. 22nd edition of Balkan Festival of Young Comics Creator was online in August 2020 with participation of 2839 authors from 73 countries. According to British theorist Paul Gravet, these results put Festival between most massive comic book event in the world.