Max Baitinger (GER) was born in Germany in 1982. He works as an author and drawer of graphic novels and lives in Leipzig. In 2012 he finished his illustration studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. His last work Heimdall is his longest graphic story and was published at Rotopolpress in 2013. Since then he has contributed comics to international anthologies and is currently working on his book “Röhner”. Together with other comic artists he founded the first comic festival in Leipzig in 2013: the Millionaires Club. The festival takes place once a year during the Leipzig book fare.
Paula Bulling (GER) was born in Berlin in 1986. In 2006 her studies of ceramics and illustration brought her to Halle an der Saale. Her first and much discussed graphic novel Im Land der Frühaufsteher was published in 2012 by berlin based publisher avant. The book documents the living conditions of asylum seekers in Saxony-Anhalt. Since then, Paula has returned to Berlin, where she works as an illustrator and comic artist. She is currently working on a new documentary graphic novel. Along the way she also showed her work in Paris, Helsinki, Berlin, Brussels and Luzern.
Zosia Dzierżawska (PL) was born in Warsaw in 1983. She studied comparative literature and languages at Warsaw University and Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona and wrote her thesis on history and memory in contemporary European literature. After a few years of working as a teacher and translator, she completed a postgraduate course in illustration in Milan (the MiMaster) and subsequently co-founded Studio Armad’illo, an illustration and graphic design studio based in Milan. She works for Polish and Italian publishers, working on children’s books and comics. With writer Monika Powalisz she formed the comic duo Zonika. Their collaborations include a comic novella in the Złote Pszczoły (“Golden Bees”) anthology (named one of the 10 best Polish comics of 2012), as well as Heart of Snow, winner of the second place at the Ligatura Pitching contest during the Ligatura comics festival in Poznań (2012). She is also the author of A testa in giu’, a coming-of-age full-length graphic novel published by the Italian editor Topipittori in 2014. Her comics work has been featured in a number of European anthologies, including Nobrow and Strapazin.
Vuk Palibrk (SRB) was born in Bijeljina, former Yugoslavia in 1987 . Since the age of ten he has drawn comics. He studied illustration and book art in Belgrade. Since the mid-1990s he has been active in the alternative fanzine and comic scene and writing short, absurd and humoristic comics, which were published in anthologies of Stripburger (Slovenia), Sunburn (Canada), Biber (Serbia) and Komikaze (Croatia). After winning the Golden Pen Price of Belgrade for illustration in 2009, he became interested in graphic narratives and oral transmissions. His animation art became known through the music video of the serbian band Repetitior. His first comic was published in October 2013. He is currently doing his master degree in illustration at the UDK Berlin. He works and lives in Pancevo, a small city close to Belgrade.
Mārtiņš Zutis (LAT) was born in Riga in 1988. He studied visual communication at the Art Academy of Latvia and is currently doing a Master course there. Mārtiņš got particularly interested in illustration during his exchange semester at the UDK in Berlin. Before that he was a long time contributor to Kuš! comic magazine. He also published zines and illustrated children’s books and recently debuted with his own picture book for kids.