The Bucheon International Comics Festival 2020 was held from September 19 to September 27. BICOF normally takes place in the summer season, but the festival was pushed back to September in a virtual format for the first time due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation.
Opening ceremony, fan meetings and concerts went live on Youtube. Online events such as cosplay@home, wise Butler life, coloring cosplay competition, QR Code Quiz events reached out to various online communities. Also, 3D exhibitions of 2019 and 2020 Bucheon Comics Gran prize winners available on the BICOF website.
Although we missed so much about the buzz that face to face interaction generates, we believe the festival was livened up with the spirit living up to its theme “healing, solidarity, and communication.” As we all adjust to a new way of life, we all need to be gentle and must support each other.
About the official poster of the 23rd Bucheon International Comics Festival
The poster for the 23rd Bucheon International Comics Festival was made by Lee Mu-gi, the cartoonist who won Bucheon Comics Grand Prize with “Gobgae Jalan Jasik.” It expresses the message of “Healing, Solidarity, and Communication,” the keywords of this year’s festival, through the main characters of “Gobgae Jalan Jasik.”
The comic, which has transformed from paper form to a digital format in accordance with the changes of the era, is expressed as a “tablet” in the poster. It carries the meaning that the “readers” who read the comic communicate with comic’s characters through the tablet. The scene in which the characters on the tablet grab the reader’s hand and come out represents the integration between the reader and the characters, and the yellow butterfly symbolizes the hope and solidarity of the victims of Japan’s sexual slavery while the blue butterfly conveys the meaning of peace.
This poster also features the fun figure of Mandeogi (BICOF character) drawn in the style of Lee Mu-gi. A message containing the hope to become a comics festival that can be enjoyed by everyone is expressed through the image of Mandeogi, who seems pleased with heart sunglasses and a flower-patterned swimming cap, lying on the edge of the tablet, chewing on a leaf, and relaxing, which shows the unique wit of the writer Lee Mu-gi.