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Saturday, May 28, 2005
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THE AWAKENING

by Zlatko Milenkovic - mailto: zmcomics@neobee.netwww.zmcomics.co.yu/zm

What can you say about the Yugoslav comic art scene since the previous Stripburek in 1997? Since it seemed to be in a state of deep – if restless – sleep for the better part of the last decade, we might call this latest period an awakening.
The situation really was bad. /.../
The 1998 'XER meeting of comics and fanzine authors from the whole of ex-Yugoslavia got its epilogue in July of 1999 with the publication of the comic anthology 'XER FILES. The promotion events took place in Cinema REX, which used to play an important part in our comic scene until the previous regime confiscated its property. After that they moved into cyberspace – http://www.cyberrex.org/.
The promotion for the anthology »Novi autorski strip v Srbiji« (New Comic Strip in Serbia) was also done through the Net, at the same time Projekat Rastko (Project Rastko) did an extremely interesting segment on comix. Many comic authors took advantage of the Internet to find their way to a wider, world audience. It is no exaggeration to say that the internet technologies represented the most important form of communication for Yugoslavian comic artists in the last couple of years. Cyberrex's site also provides its visitors with a list of links to other Yugoslavian web sites dedicated to comic art. /.../
 
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