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“Trend forecasting is like fortune telling. Predictions, assumptions, speculations … deep truth” claims the witch in my mobile-optimized comic drama. She wants to subvert the system, she says. The freelancers who work for Witchcraft Trend Forecast on a project basis doubt the witch’s intentions. Her critical posture might merely be a strategy to increase her agency’s edginess.
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Langfinger & Wackelzahn
Langfinger is a teenager, orphan and self-proclaimed master thief. Accompanied by his dog Wackelzahn, he lives in an empty factory building near the forest. Together with pre-teen Max and his toad Gunter, they roam through fallow industrial areas, surrounding fields and forests and encounter the hostile gang Logbuch Eiche.
Stuck between a childlike imaginary world and teenage horniness the characters of Langfinger & Wackelzahn are in search for belonging, but some of them already know: “Life is random”.
The Institute for Contemporary Cartooning was founded out of our shared discomfort of being a cartoonist. We had doubts about the total affirmation of ancient cartooning techniques and common comic aesthetics. When we drew, we felt cringe and displeasure. So we stopped drawing, developed a corporate identity, wrote a manifesto and created keynotes on the current state of contemporary cartooning that we presented to the ignorant. Cartooning became a worldview – in a world that had itself become a classic cartoon.
Over time we realized that the ICC was a big joke, we just couldn't help it; we were comic artists all along and the Contemporary Cartoonist was just a disguise. The compulsion for silly punchlines was still in us. We recognized that cartooning codes couldn't explain our complex world – and we had a strong urge to draw in public. So the already fragile bond broke and the Contemporary Cartoonists became art students, precariously employed and social welfare recipients again.
However the ICC could re-form at any time!
Members: Karoline Achilles, Victor von Boltenstern, Michel Esselbrügge, Christoph Schnerr, Helen Stefanie and Robin Vehrs.