Updated: Apr 14, 2020
MaFest, Makarska's International Comics Festival is an event every comic book fan should visit. Every year, at the end of May, this festival brings together great authors and comic book lovers. During its existence, MaFest has brought more than 15,000 visitors to Makarska and some of them became regular visitors, coming back to Makarska every year.
The energy and the enthusiasm comic book fans and artists create while socializing and discussing in relaxing atmosphere (Rooster Pub) is the highlight of this festival, first time held in 2006. Another part of MaFest include exhibitions of original drawings, numerous forums and comic signing events, as well as a comic book exchange and concerts.
The first part of the festival, usually held weeks before the main event, is dedicated to primary school children from the Makarska Riviera, who have the opportunity to show their artistic skills in drawing and writing a comic books.
Festival's posters in which some of the most famous comic books heroes appeared in Makarska are true works of art that helped in branding Makarska as a City of Comics (Croatian: 'Grad stripa').
During the day, all comic book authors and fans are relaxing in the comic book scenery of the Makarska's harbor, drinking coffee, beers, and in the evenings the things gets more rock 'n' roll. As far as the music part of the festival goes, visitors are able to attend rock concerts in the evening. For those MaFest visitors who want to learn more and boost their writing, drawing and coloring skills, there is a great number of panels that discuss different aspects of comic books.
Aside from helping in creation of the city's cultural identity and branding the City of Makarska as a City of Comics, MaFest's organizers are helping the community in another way too. Every year, there is an auction offering original artwork (graciously donated by the special guest stars and other authors) and the collected money is donated to humanitarian causes.
Can you recognize the places used as a scene for these posters?
To find out more about Makarska's comic book festival, visit the MaFest official web site.