In counterfactual history, the artist analyzes and then deviates the course of history, followed by the question “What if it happened differently?” He takes the liberty to erase or rewrite the far-reaching historical event by interfering with the causes and/or imagining consequences and outcomes different from historical reality. The main purpose of such an exercise is to explore the historical importance of an event or a person! Therefore, let’s imagine in comics how much a “subject” can change the course of history.

Potentially more spectacular than non-fiction and historical fiction, but not as playful as alternative history, counterfactual history in comics can offer sharp, spectacular, poignant, and original insights into history. And we don’t just have to think about great history, wars, assassinations or geographical discoveries! The subjects of counterfactual history can also be chosen from histories for which we ourselves wanted a different ending!

Application period: April 25 – July 17, 2023

Place and date of the festival: Brașov, August 11-13, 2023 !!!

We’re launching the contest for all creators of historical comics aged 18+

What should you do?

1. To create a comic, drawn with the theme of Counterfactual History, of minimum 2, maximum 8 pages

2. To send it scanned at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, by July 17, 2023 to the address salonbdbrasov@gmail.com, together with the contact details

3. Works can be in English, French or Romanian.

What next?

1. A jury consisting of 3 specialists (artists, historians, screenwriters) will judge the works between July 18 and 23, 2023 and will select the works that will be exhibited, those that will be published in the catalog and will designate the 6 winners

2. We will announce the winners on July 25, 2023

What are the prizes/benefits?

1. The 6 winners will be invited to participate in the festival between August 11-13, 2023, with all expenses covered by the organizer and will receive a prize worth 1500 lei/gross each

2. The selected artists will have their works exhibited in the festival exhibition, which most of the time, after the festival, is traveled to many other cities in Romania

3. The selected artists will have their works published in the festival catalog

What do you say? Are you ready to start drawing?

The application must be sent exclusively in electronic format to salonbdbrasov@gmail.com by July 17, 2023 (inclusive) and consists of:

The work, with a subject inspired by the theme of “Counterfactual history”, will have A3 format – (copy) plate/s, resolution of at least 300 dpi. The chosen subject can be addressed in a work containing two to eight pages;

Additional information in which to specify whether or not the work has been published before or if it is part of a previously published work/in progress of publication;

Short professional biography (studies, exhibitions, links to/images for own works, etc.)

The selection criteria for the designation of the 6 winners:

1. the quality of the graphics (chosen graphic style, execution, originality);

     – pencil drawing (classic or digital);

     – outline / touch (classic or digital);

     – color (classic or digital).

2. the quality of the script (the best adaptation of the historical subject);

3. the quality of the comic – the final work (graphics, composition, script).

By participating in the selection, the authors agree that the works sent in electronic format can be used as images in the communication of the Festival. The submission of the work represents everyone’s acceptance of the visual use of the images of their own work by the International Festival of Historical Comics Brașov, with mention of the author and the title.

The selection decision of the organizers is final

About the festival:

The International Festival of Historical Comics Brașov, produced by the Brașov County History Museum, managed to become the most important event dedicated to historical comics in Romania, through the results obtained: 20 exhibitions of comics produced, which were toured in 12 cities from Romania, the first comics museum exhibition organized in Romania (it was dedicated to the master Puiu Manu), 5 comics catalogs, 118 new historical comic works, created for the festival, 67 participating artists.

Brașov County History Museum coordinated the only European project dedicated to historical comics, financed by the Creative Europe program in the period 2021-2023, and realized the most important exhibition dedicated to comics in the Balkans.

The festival team coordinated the publication of the album “Istorii din 89 în benzi desenate” (2019), the largest collective album of comics in Romania, in which 39 authors participated, and the graphic novel 15 November 1987 (2022), by Alexandra Gold, editorial productions of the Brașov County History Museum.



Producer: Brașov County History Museum

Partners: Forums Association, Coresi Shopping Resort, HISTORIA

Media partners: AGERPRES, revistacomics.ro, zilesinopti.ro, moderism.ro