Total project grant (euros)
Percentage of budget funded
1 Jun 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
Number of partners in project
Médiatoon Licensing, France
Balloon Media, Belgium;
BAO Publishing, Italy;
Dargaud - Lombard, Belgium;
Drustvo Za Izdavacku. Delatnost Promet I. Usluge Darkwood Doo, Serbia;
Ricardo Esteban Plaza / Dib-buks, Spain;
Akan Ajans Basin Ve Telif Haklari Ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi, Turkey;
Editions Dupuis, France;
The Project EUROPE COMICS consists in the cooperation of 13 publishing players working together to create, diffuse and promote worldwide a digital, English-language European comics catalogue aiming to give European works and authors international visibility and widen the comics audience in Europe and abroad. This is to be achieved through the reinforcement of the cultural players in terms of know-how, international experience and networking, the development of comics-specific digital technologies and the testing of a new, intelligent business model with the overall result of strengthening the entire sector. A stronger sector will enhance European creativity and the emergence of new authors and publishers thus creating a larger and more inclusive literary offer, for a greater and more varied comics readership.
The project partnership includes European publishers of different sizes, two agents and an audiovisual company who will put together their original works and professional expertise inside an innovative digital ecosystem. More specifically, the publishers will promote the catalogue and its authors locally and nationally at fairs and events, and invest in comics software development. The agents, on their side, will handle the strategic marketing of the catalogue, will coordinate the international author tours and digital distribution of the works in major online retailers and libraries.
The audiovisual partner will bring the project a step further by investing in the development of animated series, further strengthening the presence of the European comics characters amidst a wider international audience. Among the tangible and intangible outcomes of the project will be the creation of a European comics directory with statistical information on markets and trends, a European pioneering in the field of creative digital technologies and innovative, durable publishing business models, and the enhancement and internationalisation of European literary heritage.