Battle of Print 2020

Battle of Print 2020

Design competition and exhibition

Author: Lara Zettl

Battle of Print 2020 is a design competition organized by the Kommunikationsverband Bremen which focuses on different themes each year. This year, the Battle of Print is part of the Graphic Novel exhibition at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus gallery in Bremen. Invited are all designers, graphic designers, and illustrators to submit their drafts and take part in the 2020 design competition. The submitted works will be included in the exhibition from October 30th, 2020, to February 28th, 2021, whereby the top twelve designs will be featured in the 2021 Battle of Print calendar. The calendar is a non-profit product and will be available for a nominal fee of just 5.– Euro. The artists who make it into the top twelve will receive five specimen copies each. In addition, the winner will receive a prize valued at 500.– Euro, comprising  250.– Euro prize money and a voucher for ten fine art prints from Steintorpresse.

In contrast to a classic comic or cartoon, a graphic novel elaborates a literary model or creates its own novella-like narrative, more often than not with additional autobiographical features. It generally takes the form of a book or booklet. Barbara Yelin’s definition is “The comic is an independent medium at the crossroads between literature, film and the visual arts, where the wide-ranging possibilities of the narrative interweaving of image and text fascinate and challenge me time and time again.” Will Eisner formulated it thus: “The future of graphic novels lies in the choice of worthwhile topics and the innovative way in which these are presented.” Although the focus is on Graphic Novels, the time won’t be enough to finish a whole story by the submission deadline, so a compelling excerpt of the graphic novel and the cover design are sufficient.

Battle of Print 2020

The closing date for submissions is October 15th, 2020
Please send your submission as a printable PDF 
This year, creativity knows no bounds. Whether you’re from Germany, Europe or anywhere else in the world—anyone and everyone is welcome! More information here


Opening event: Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Friday, October 30th 2020 to Sunday, February 28th, 2021
Opening hours: Tuesday: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung

Am Wall 209
28195 Bremen

More information here
Illustration by: Erik Kriek
A cooperation project of Kommunikationsverband Wirtschaftsraum Bremen e. V. with Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung.

Battle of Print 2020