Lina Itagaki (LT) was born in Kaunas in 1979. In 2003, she completed a BA in International Economics at the International Christian University Tokyo. She subsequently worked as a manager and translator in the Lithuanian branch of a Japanese video games company. After taking private drawing lessons for four years, Lina entered the Vilnius Academy of Art. She completed a BA in Applied Graphics in 2014. Lina currently works as a freelance illustrator and comic artist. Her first book, “Siberian Haiku” (text by Jurga Vilė), was published in 2017 with great critical acclaim. Lina also contributed a comic to the anthology “Drawing the XXth century” (Ciklonas, 2017). She is now working on her first illustrated children’s book.
Emilie Josso (FR) was born in Aurillac in 1990. She studied illustration in Paris, engraving in Bologna and comics in Hamburg. Emilie currently works a comic artist and illustrator in Bologna where she has been living for the past seven years. In 2016, she joined the Migrant Image Research Group which is studying the visual representation of Lampedusa in international media since a tragic migrant shipwreck in 2013 catapulted the small island into the global limelight. Their research has been published in the anthology “Lampedusa. Bildgeschichten vom Rande Europas” (Spector Books, 2017) to which Emilie has contributed a comic.
Julia Kluge (GER) was born in Rodewisch in 1989. From 2009 to 2014, she studied visual communication and illustration at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. In 2016, she completed an MA in Illustration at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her first comic book,“Zwischen den Zweigen zwitschert ein Waldhorn”, was published by Rotopol in 2017. In the past, Julia has participated in several group exhibitions. She now works as a freelance illustrator in Leipzig. Her artwork has appeared in various print and online magazines. While pursuing her own comics projects, Julia also teaches illustration.
Alice Socal (IT) was born in Mestre-Venice in 1986. After her initial studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, she moved to Germany where she completed a diploma in Illustration and Comics at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg. Alice has participated in several group exhibitions in Germany, Italy and Japan. Her first book, “Luke”, was published by G.I.U.D.A. Edizioni in 2011. Her subsequent book, “Sandro”, appeared both in Italian (Kina, 2015) and German (Rotopol, 2016). In 2017, her graphic novel “Cry me a river” was published simultaneously by Coconino and Rotopol. Alice has contributed short comics to several anthologies. She currently lives in Hamburg where she works as a freelance illustrator.
Lea Heinrich (GER) was born in Duderstadt in 1984. She studied illustration and graphic storytelling at the School of Art and Design Kassel. From 2012 to 2016, she lived and worked as an illustrator and graphic novel author in Brooklyn, Leipzig and Berlin, before returning to her alma mater for a teaching assignment in the class of illustration and comics. Lea’s work has been appeared in various magazines and newspapers, among them The New Yorker, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Hohe Luft Magazin and The Pitchfork Review. Her short comic book “Hearsay” was published by Rotopol in 2015.