Mafest 2018. Makarska

The end of May for me is always reserved for Mafest and Makarska in Croatia. Sadly in 2016, the annual 10th Mafest was called off and the future of the festival was in danger! But, in year 2017 Mafest was back and Makarska was luckily once again in the spotlight for comic fans in the Balkans and to be sincere the whole world with fans from France, Belgium and even Australia visiting Croatia just because of this festival. If you wish to visit Makarska for the 2018. Mafest, you can book here your Makarska apartments.

Mafest 2018

Last year’s festival started on 25th of May, with the opening of the exhibition of the original artworks by the Croatian comic pioneer, Andrija Maurović from 1937, that were considered to be lost. The artworks from comics ”Sablast Zelenih močvara” and ”Gospodar Zlatnih bregova” and were publicly displayed in the Gojak gallery during the whole duration of the festival. We were there during the opening night and we hope that the rest of the visitors that missed the opening night went there and saw these really unique artworks that represent the beginning of the comic art in Croatia.

Mafest 2018

Mafest went all out last year with as many as 15 special guests and more than 20 other guests in Makarska. The special guests: Charlie Adlard, Emiliano Mammucari, Doug Braithwaite, Alfio Buscaglia, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Claudio Castellini, Sonja Gašperov, Sergio Giardo, R. M. Guéra, Marica Inoue, Dražen Kovačević, Valentin Sécher, Robert Bob Solanović, Jill Thompson and Turk. Each of the guests had multiple drawing sessions and the sketches were FREE (yes, you read that right!), and all you had to do was get a number about 30-45 minutes before the drawing session began. Most of the guests were pretty cool regarding sketching and you could grab their sketch even after their sessions, if you were just patient enough and bribe them with a drink.

Mafest 2018

Evenings were closed out with the ”Coffee with the main guests” sessions, where the main guests talked about their starts in the industry, current and future projects and other interesting topics. That was followed up by parties in the beer pub ”Pivac”, the main location of the festival. On Saturday night, a charity auction took place, where all the festival guests donated one of their works on which a public biding took place. Some artworks went over the roof with the prices, but in the end comic book fans gathered 53 500 HRK (approx. 7 200 EUR) for charity.

The comic book marketplace was sadly on the other side of the venue, hotel ”Meteor” and we didn’t see that many buyers over there. Comic sellers from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia were present and offered a great selection of comics, but sadly, being so far away from the central location (Pub ”Pivac”), certainly affected their sales.

Pricing for Makarska accommodation is very acceptable, prices of the food and drinks as well. Since end of May is just before the beginning of the summer season, there weren’t that many guests (talking non-comic related people here), and Makarska really is a gem to see in the Croatian seaside. Mafest being back was great news, and seeing so many comic book fans (especially the young ones) waiting patiently in lines to get numbers and sketches was great! Fans from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy (and some more countries for sure, we didn’t check all the passports) had a blast in Makarska and this should be on your to do list next year for sure! Mafest 2018. Termini održavanja:

Pricing for Makarska accommodation is very acceptable, prices of the food and drinks as well. Since end of May is just before the beginning of the summer season, there weren’t that many guests (talking non-comic related people here), and Makarska really is a gem to see in the Croatian seaside. Mafest being back was great news, and seeing so many comic book fans (especially the young ones) waiting patiently in lines to get numbers and sketches was great! Fans from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy (and some more countries for sure, we didn’t check all the passports) had a blast in Makarska and this should be on your to do list next year for sure!

Mafest 2018:

12.-15. March 2018. & 24.-27. May 2018.