59th edition
21-24 March 2022
Bologna - Italy

COMICS - Middle Grade

WINNER

Memet

Text by Isabella Cieli
Art by Noémie Marsily
L'employé du moi, Belgium, 2019

What the jury said:
“A group of children of different nationalities meet during a summer camping holiday and after the initial distrust, start doing things together. The adults remain shadows in the background as we follow the children’s everyday experiences, adventures, battles and even cruel games. Although speaking different languages, they are able to communicate and feel the emotional challenge of creating bonds with strangers. Instead of words, atmosphere is created by the sounds of nature, body language and material objects. This, together with the minimalist drawing style –  mainly executed in coloured pencil – produces pages of simple but intense emotions. Indeed, it is the children’s limited ability to communicate verbally that creates the strongest emotions and memories..."

SPECIAL MENTION

Ktoredy do Yellostone 

Text and art by Alexandra and Daniel Mizieliński
Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry, Poland, 2020

 

What the jury said:
“Two animals take readers on a tour through a series of national parks around the world. Different ecosystems are explored and explained using both comic strip and illustration. The bison and the squirrel form an amusing pair whose good humour and irony make the lesson in zoology and biology a delightful experience."