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Spring is a German women's narrative art magazine, based out of Hamburg. It has been released annually every summer since 2004. Though comics predominate in its pages, it also includes broader narrative art forms, including illustration, collage, and photography.

IssuesEdit

Issue 1: Nachstellungen (Enactments)Edit

Spring1

June 2004

Contributors

Cover by Claudia Ahlering

Official blog post

Issue 2: Wandlungen (Changes)Edit

Spring2

Summer 2005

Contributors

Cover by Natalie Huth

Official blog post


Issue 3: special placesEdit

Spring3

Summer 2006

Places are everywhere. Until we explore them, they remain white spots on the outer or inner map. Only the presence of an observer is a place where a form, a shape and definition, only the view of a visitor makes a place special. We opened us to the places of memory, places the reality and the places of our dreams. This is our travelogue.
Contributors

Cover by moki

Official blog post

Issue 4: Garten Eden (Garden of Eden)Edit

Spring4

Summer 2007

In the Garden of Eden sitting under the palm trees of knowledge, a feisty Eve makes decisions beyond good and evil. Adam, meanwhile, saw the tree of life, while celebrating sin in the deep thicket of the forest itself. Whatever you want to call this auspicious Location: Paradise, Nirvana, Avalon ... Our ideas of them are to be found in this world.
Contributors

Cover by Katharina Gschwendtner

Official blog post

Issue 5: Alter EgoEdit

Spring5

July 2008

They are the sorts of others, we could be if we had taken a different turn here or there. They are, when we appeared, we would be silly, bible fixed, choleric, bold, energetic, scary, meaner. The fifth SPRING band collects dialogues with characters with whom we have daily handling, without ever coming across them on the track.
Contributors

Cover by Carolin Löbbert

Official blog post

Issue 6: Verbrechen (Crime)Edit

Spring6

July 2009; ISBN 9783981303735

Lies, intrigues, theft, murder, blood and thunder – twelve artists strike again, and more recklessly than ever. The darkest SPRING of all!
Contributors

Cover by Larissa Bertonasco

Official blog post

Issue 7: Happy EndingEdit

Spring7

July 2010; ISBN 9783981303742

"... And they lived happily ever after." "Not seriously, right?" "No, not seriously."

This issue received the ICOM Independent Comic Special Jury Prize "for a remarkable comic publication".

Contributors

Cover by Stephanie Wunderlich

Official blog posts

Issue 8: Familiensilber (Family Silver)Edit

Spring8

June 2011; ISBN 9783981303759

Not everything that you inherit, you want to have. This applies to the valuable but tarnished grandmother's silver cutlery just as it does to the predisposition to obesity or idleness. Each family has an infinite number of stories to tell, twelve of which are gathered in this volume.
Contributors

Cover by Sophia Martineck

Official Blog post

Issue 9: Reineke F.: frei nach Goethe (Reynard the Fox: based on Goethe)Edit

Spring9

2012; ISBN 9783981538403

"Reynard the Fox" deals with power, violence, guilt, intrigue, injustice and lies. It is about greed, ambition, fickleness, cowardice, stupidity and deceitfulness. Reynard is both a repelling and fascinating subject. Like its predecessors, this issue of SPRING is a narratively creative experiment in which each illustrator has enjoyed their own freedom of interpretation. Each of the 12 artists has reworked one chapter of Goethe's work. With English subtitles.
Contributors

Cover by Romy Blümel

Official page

Issue 10: ABC of TragedyEdit

Spring10

2013; ISBN 9783981538410

10 years of SPRING! 32 artists from eight countries create 250 pages filled with fateful stories about inevitable conflicts and tragic heroes. The ABC of trivial, absurd, mysterious, enchanting tragedies.
Contributors

Cover by Anne Vagt

  • Abschied by Paula Bulling
  • Abziehbild by Birgit Weyhe
  • Anerkennung by Nina Pagalies
  • Angst by Natalie Huth
  • Die Bakchen by Romy Blümel
  • Camping by Ludmilla Bartscht
  • Chipsletten by Katharina Gschwendtner
  • Deko and Drive In by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Elena, Elisabeth, Elodie, and Emmi by Anne Vagt
  • Erektile Dysfunkton by Ulli Lust
  • Erektion by Almuth Ertl
  • Familie 1 and Familie 2 by Maria Luisa Witte
  • First Date by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Fleisch by Natalie Huth
  • Fünf by Anke Feuchtenberger
  • Geborgenheit by Nina Pagalies
  • Geburtstag by Maria Luisa Witte
  • Gestck by Carolin Löbbert
  • Glück by Larissa Bertonasco
  • Glück by Ulli Lust
  • Heilung by Natalie Huth
  • Hilflos by Jutta Bauer
  • Hat by Natalie Huth
  • Idyll by Nina Pagalies
  • Jesses! by Nina Wehrle
  • Kaktus by Alice Socal
  • Kieferspierre by Katharina Gschwendtner
  • Kitsch: A Tragedy in Many Acts by Jeanne Detallante
  • Kontaktlinse by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Kunst by Katharina Gschwendtner
  • Ladenhüter by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Leben by Larissa Bertonasco
  • Liebe 1 by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Liebe 2 and Liebe 3 by Maria Luisa Witte
  • Liken, Luft 1, and Luft 2 by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Matterhorn by Ginny Maki
  • Motherlessness by Maria Luisa Witte
  • Mourning by Kate Foster
  • Müdigkeit by Galja Panchenko
  • Muscle by Marijpol
  • Mutter and Notfall by Natalie Huth
  • Ölteppich by Carolin Löbbert
  • Pelz by Jutta Bauer
  • Quadrat by Barbara Yelin
  • Querulant by Katia Fouquet
  • Religion by Larissa Bertonasco
  • Romantiker by Ulli Lust
  • Rüssel by Evelyne Laube
  • Schutz by Nina Pagalies
  • See by Line Hoven
  • Sehschwäche and Sorgenkind by Katharina Gschwendtner
  • Stechapfel by Claire Lenkova
  • Steuererhöhung by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Telefon by Natalie Huth
  • Tempo, Titanstahl, and Tod by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Traum by Larissa Bertonasco
  • Triebfeder by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Tschernobyl by Ulli Lust
  • Ungewissheit by Maria Luisa Witte
  • Unsinkbar by Almuth Ertl
  • Urlaub by Larissa Bertonasco
  • Ursuppe by Marijpol
  • Vergänglichkeit by Stephanie Wunderlich
  • Vermisst by Natalie Huth
  • Vertrauen by Nina Pagalies
  • Vielleicht by Sophia Martineck
  • Worst by Åsa Grennvall
  • Wurst 1 and Wurst 2 by Carolin Löbbert
  • Wurst 3 by Ulli Lust
  • X-Beine by Barbara Yelin
  • Ypern by Katrin Stangl
  • Zeremonie by Anne Vagt
  • Zivilisation by Almuth Ertl
  • Zu by Jutta Bauer
  • Zufall by Maria Luisa Witte
  • Zwilling by Katharina Gschwendtner
  • Zwölffingerdarm by Kyung-Hwa Choi-Ahoi

Official page with preview

Issue 11: Wunder (Wonder)Edit

Spring11

June 2014; ISBN 9783981538427

15 posters by 15 artists in a screenprinted slipcase (designed by Katharina Gschwendtner) PLUS booklet with texts by Teresa Präauer, Jochen Schmidt, Michael Weins, Tessa Müller, Benjamin Maack, and Katharina Hartwell.
Contributors

Slipcase by Katharina Gschwendtner

Texts by:

  • Teresa Präauer
  • Jochen Schmidt
  • Michael Weins
  • Tessa Müller
  • Benjamin Maack
  • Katharina Hartwell

Official page with preview

Issue 12: Privée (Private) Edit

Spring12-censored

September 2015; ISBN 9783938539361

Life is divided into two boxes. One is labelled “public”; the other “private”. While the public box can be, in one’s mind’s eye, similar to a table covered with bargain socks at a department store - anyone who wants to can rummage through everything on display – the 12th issue of SPRING focuses on the private box – that side of us which we only share with selected people and which is full of secrets. Of course we are free to decide how much we distribute among the boxes. The question is: does the sum of the volume of both the public and private boxes – regardless of their relationship to each other – add up to an identical amount for everyone? Do all lives take up the same volume? Or are there smaller and larger lives? Perhaps the answer to this question can be found in this issue of the magazine. Surely these lead to discussions of other, no less precarious, even risky questions. We hope you enjoy foraging through this edition.
Contributors

Cover by Line Hoven

Prologue by Anne Vagt

Official page with preview

Issue 13: The Elephant in the Room Edit

Spring13

August 2016; ISBN 9783938539392

Contributors

Cover by Prabha Mallya

Foreward by Katja Berlin

Issue 14: Yo Future! Edit

Spring14

August 2017; ISBN 9783938539460

Contributors

Cover by moki

Foreword by Lu Yen Roloff

Official page with preview

Issue 15: Arbeit (Work) Edit

Spring15

September 2018; ISBN 9783938539507

Contributors

Cover by Doris Freigofas

Foreword by Anne Vagt

Official page with preview


"Best of" ExhibitionEdit

A "Best of Spring" exhibition was held from March 8 to March 29, 2012, at Der Oberösterreichische Kunstverein (The Upper Austrian Art Association) as part of the Nextcomic Festival in Linz, Austria.[1][2]

Featured Artists

External LinksEdit

Sources Edit

  1. "'Best of SPRING' in Linz!" blog post
  2. Nextcomic Festival page