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Gerhard Seyfried’s birthday

Gerhard Seyfried’s birthday

Gerhard Seyfried’s birthday

Originally shared by Grand Comics Database

Gerhard Seyfried (born 15 March 1948, Germany) is a political artist and writer whose career began in the 1970s in underground comics.

He had to leave art school in Munich in 1969 due to violations of the 1968 emergency regulations (the controversial extension of the Basic Law). He became a cartoonist and caricaturist, freelancing for commercial and civic work.

In 1971, he moved to Berlin and from 1976 was part of the squatters’ movement, which became the setting for his underground comix of the time.

Seyfried’s first album was “Wo Sall das Alles enden?”, a history of the German left (Rotbuch, 1978), followed the next year by “Freakadellen und Bulletten” (“Freaks and Bullets”).

He collaborated with Jay Kinney on a story in “Anarchy Comics” #1 (Last Gasp, 1978), and with Paul Mavrides and Gilbert Shelton on a story in “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” #12 (Rip Off Press, 1992).

Shelton has been a major influence on Seyfried’s art style, reflected as early as “Invasion aus dem Altag” (1980) and “Flucht aus Berlin”(“Escape from Berlin”, 1990).

His historical novels include —

• “Herero” (2003) about an uprising in German South-West Africa (now Namibia) in 1904

• “Der schwarze Stern der Tupamaros” (2004) based on his own experiences in the red and black of Munich in the early 1970s

• “Gelber Wind oder Der Aufstand der Boxer” (2008) about the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900

Seyfried received the Max und Moritz Prize for Best Comics Artist at Erlangen in 1990. He received a Wilhelm Busch Prize for satirical poetry in 2007.

At Comiclopedia —

At Wikipedia (in German) —

In the GCD —

(Seyfried created the cover of “Trau keinem über 30” [“Trust No One over 30”], May 1998)

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