Animation and comic books seemingly have a lot in common. The most obvious trait is using similar visual languages – both use different drawing techniques and construct narratives by combining drawing and dialogue. However, despite the development of 3D and VR, both media are still two-dimensional. Behind almost every animated film is a storyboard – another name for the comic book outlining the film's plot. Quite often graphic artists give it a try in animation (Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis), or hit animations are made into comic book serials (Rosto).
Animafest 2017 theme programme focuses on adaptations of comics into animated films. The line-up includes several feature-length adaptations like the iconic Fritz the Cat by Ralph Bakshi based on Robert Crumb's work. Also, three selections include different short animations chosen by Amidi Amidi, animation historian, the founder and editor-in-chief of the website Cartoon Brew, Jens Meinrenken, Berlin-based curator and art historian, and Daniel Šuljić, Animafest's artistic director.
The programme would not be complete without a selection of works by Croatian comic book artists who successfully had their go at animation medium, like Ivana Guljašević, Darko Kreč, Milan Trenc, Dinko Kumanović, Nedeljko Dragić, Krešimir Zimonić, Joško Marušić, Matija Pisačić, Irena Jukić Pranjić, Marko Dješka, David Lovrić and Danijel Žeželj. The line-up ends with an exhibition of motion comics – a contemporary comic book form which appeared with the development of internet and uses animation elements – in association with the Swiss comic book festival Fumetto at ULUPUH Gallery.