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Gianluca Costantini at Comicdom in Athens

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  • Talk for Human Rights
    Saturday, 18/5/24 – 17:00 – 18:00 – INNOVATHENS – Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens.

How can comics and animation be tools to talk about human rights? Animator Emilio Marti and Gianluca Costantini, artist, comic journalist, and activist, engage in conversation with the audience and showcase their work and parallel journey, highlighting the power of storytelling as an effective means of advocating for human rights.

  • Comics Journalism: Journalism in the Service of Comics and Comics in the Service of Journalism.
    Sunday, 19/5/24 – 13:45 – 14:45 – Auditorium 1 – Amphitheater “Miltiadis Evert” – Technopolis, Municipality of Athens.

For most readers, comics are a form of entertainment, but the Ninth Art can also be a tool for journalism and information. After all, there are many who cover crucial current events through comics, leveraging the various possibilities offered by the medium. What are, however, the peculiarities of this practice and what can comics offer both for information and historical documentation?
Participants: Laurence Fredet (editor-in-chief of the French magazine Per la maggior parte dei lettori, i fumetti sono un mezzo di intrattenimento, ma la Nona Arte può essere anche uno strumento del giornalismo e dell’informazione. Dopotutto, ci sono molti che coprono pezzi cruciali di attualità attraverso i fumetti, sfruttando le molte possibilità offerte dal mezzo. Quali sono, però, le peculiarità di questa pratica e cosa possono offrire i fumetti sia per l’informazione che per la registrazione storica?
Partecipanti: Laurence Fredet (editor-in-chief della rivista francese TOPO), Thomas Cadene (comic book writer), Gianluca Costantini (comic journalist), Elettra Stamboulis (comic book writer), Lida Tsene (lecturer at the Open University of Greece and founder of the Athens Comics Library) Moderator: Thomas Papadimitropoulos

  • At the Jemma Press booth.
    Saturday 18/5: 12:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 20:00 Sunday 19/5: 12:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 – 18:00

The winner of the Art and Human Rights award from Amnesty International, Gianluca Costantini, will be present at the Jemma Press booth at Comicdom Con Athens to sign the album “Libya” written by Francesca Mannocchi and illustrated by Costantini himself.


The Comicdom Con Athens is a three-day international festival dedicated exclusively to comics and their culture. The festival is organized by the non-profit company Comicdom Press.

From 2006 to 2022, the festival was co-organized by Comicdom Press and the Hellenic American Union, with the latter’s spaces hosting the event and, occasionally, organizations such as ΟΠΑΝΔΑ and the French Institute of Greece participating as co-organizers.

In 2021 and 2022, the festival took place at Klafthmonos Square and the Hellenic American Union. Since 2023, Comicdom CON Athens has been held at INNOVATHENS, Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens (100, Pireos, Athens).

Since 2006, in an event based on the standards of similar international conventions, the Greek audience has come into contact with one of the most interesting art forms in the world, through the presence of internationally renowned creators, exhibitions, sketch events, panels, screenings, workshops, presentations of new titles by Greek comic publishers, bazaars of Greek comic stores and publishers, as well as the Greek Comics Awards (which replaced the Comicdom Awards in 2015), the prestigious awards for Greek comics, where an Academy of professionals and experts in the field honors the best of the past year.

Within the framework of Comicdom CON Athens, highly successful exhibitions of original works have been organized in collaboration with renowned international institutions such as the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the Hergé Museum, and the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco. Our exhibitions have featured works by great creators such as Will Eisner, Charles Schulz, Hergé, Neal Adams, Winsor McCay, Jack Davis, Bob Kane, Brian Bolland, and others.

Among the guests who have participated in Comicdom CON Athens have been big names in the international comics scene, such as John Romita Jr., Bill Tucci, David Lloyd, Scott Lobdell, Peter Milligan, Marv Wolfman, Jean Schulz, Chris Ware, David Prudhomme, Milo Manara, Mike Carey, John Wagner, Jamie Delano, and Andrew Wildman.

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