Romania Rocks New York Comic Con with "NO SCHOOL: New Romanian Comics"

Romania Rocks New York Comic Con with
"NO SCHOOL: New Romanian Comics"
A premiere presentation at the 2011 NY Comic Con

Guest artists: Matei Branea, Alexandru Ciubotariu & Sandu Florea

Highlights include: Hardcomics magazine, powered by Miloš Jovanović & A History of Romanian Comics

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York is proud to announce its first ever participation as an exhibitor at this year's New York Comic Con, October 13-16 at the Javits Center in NYC. NO SCHOOL: New Romanian Comics will be the premiere presentation at Booth #2018 and represents Romania’s largest comics exhibition in the U.S. to date.

NO SCHOOL focuses on the long and storied history of Romanian comics, and is so named because it symbolizes the avant-garde nature of this explosive comics renaissance after 1989. NO SCHOOL doesn’t follow any past or current strand of comics styles. It is new, fresh and edgy. For a taste, click here.

Although the comics giants like Marvel and DC steal a lot of thunder, there is a great deal of effervescence in comics in Romania. That’s right – Romania the country that spawned not just Dracula but some of the greatest comic geniuses of all time including Will Eisner and Stan Lee. So take a quick jaunt through the behemoths’ 3000-square foot booths, but spend some quality time at RCINY's 200-square foot booth for a fascinating glimpse of what’s happening beyond the U.S. comics world.

Three top comics artists who hail from Romania, Sandu Florea, Matei Branea, Alexandru Ciubotariu, along with Milos Jovanovic, the publisher of the cutting edge magazine, HARDCOMICS, selected the best of the best of Romanian funnies since 1891 to 2011. The artists and publisher will be on hand to present NO SCHOOL as well as to sign their own books.

EVENTS: Guest Artists in Focus
Booth #2018
FRI, October 14, 1-3 pm: Alexandru Ciubotariu (Pisica Patrata)
SAT, October 15, 1-3 pm: Sandu Florea (Spider-Man, Batman, etc., and his own Garda)
SUN, October 16, 1-3 pm: Matei Branea (OMULAN comics & animation)

For an inside view on our participation, check regularly our Comic Con logbook, kept in collaboration with Cristian Neagoe (Street Delivery).

Romanian comics and street artist Alexandru Ciubotariu is the author of the first street-art album in Romania (Pisica pătrată, Vellant, Bucharest, 2009) – featuring his character of national fame, discretely present (and recognizable) in cities all over the country – as well as of six comic books. Ciubotariu’s work has been published in newspapers and magazines in various countries, and he has participated in numerous international exhibitions and shows. He was awarded over 30 national and international prizes, most of them for comics. He co-edited The History of the Romanian Comics 1891-2010 (Vellant 2010) and is involved in organizing the International Comics Festival in Romania. Ciubotariu’s name is linked also to the first urban-toys and the first website dedicated to comics in Romania ( More at

Sandu Florea is a veteran Romanian and American comic book artist living in New York. In 1980 he received the Eurocon award for his original comics work in În lumea lui Harap Alb. For the past 20 years Florea has developed diverse collaborations with comics magazines and publishers such as Marvel, DC Comics and Dark Horse, created storyboards and other graphics for the motion picture producers Full Moon, as well as book illustrations for The Princeton Review. Specializing as an inker, he is most known for his work on Conan the Barbarian, The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Batman, Elektra, Mighty Thor, Captain America, Dr Strange, and X-Men. More at

Born and based in Bucharest, Matei Branea is a comics and animation artist, the creator of OMULAN, a comics character which became a local hit with the publication of its dedicated Hardcomics issue in 2003, and has enjoyed a robust life in the animated world as well. Branea is a producer of comics, animation and illustration from main stream to underground, from TV shows & advertising to web shorts. He currently teaches animation at the Bucharest Film School (UNATC). Branea is in production phase for a short animated film about Balkan robots and a new OMULAN book. More at

Hardcomics is a self-financed magazine based in Bucharest. Launched in 2002, it aims to create a market for comics in Romania and to set a standard in content and form. Acknowledging financial failure, but achieving artistic success, Hardcomics just keeps on offering underground Romanian artists a platform for expression and denial. Editor Miloš Jovanović will also attend NYCC.

Miloš Jovanović made his first money as an eight-year-old kid selling and swapping comics on the Saturday flea market in his hometown – it was 1980s’ Yugoslavia. Thirty years later he is doing pretty much the same thing, but now living in Bucharest. Since 2002, his majesty runs a small but strong publishing house – Hardcomics, boasting over 30 titles in different forms (books, zines, newspapers) and more than 100 authors, mainly from Romania. He is very good at drawing phallic symbols, particularly in color. He also runs a design studio and speaks more than 6 languages. He was into the Alex Raymond/ The Spirit/ DC/ Marvel thing as a kid, but then went into a Dark Horse/ Crumb/ Shelton phase and ended up at Top Shelfs and Fantagraphics (“USA lovers, I salute you”).