IGOR KORDEY (CRO)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2014

Igor Kordey was born in Zagreb, Croatia , 1957. He is the most prolific and most successful comic artist and illustrator in the region. His proffessional career goes, mainly upward, for almost 40 years. His comic artwork and illustrations were published all over Europe, USA, Canada and Latin America . They can be found in numerous public and private collections, from National Library of Congress to Lucas film studios. His illustration «Pensilvania plane», dedicated to victims of 9.11., broadcasted over CNN, moved the people all around the world.

Out of many publishers he worked with through out the years, it is worth to mention Heavy metal magazine, Marvel, DC comics, Dark horse in USA, and Dargaud, Humanoides Associes, Ehapa and Toutain in Europe. For the last decade he works as a «house artist» for French publisher Delcourt, for whom he works on number of serials simultaneously – «L’histoire secrete», «L’Coeur des batailles», «Empire», «Taras Boulba», «30 denares» and «D-Day». For short period of time he lived in Denmark, and for almost a decade in Canada. Several years ago he returned to Croatia and now lives and works in Zagreb.

Most of his recent project deal with historical subjects, choosen mainly because of his extremely anty-war engagement, but from time to time he tackles other genres – SF , dystopia ( «Smoke» , «L’idole et le fleau»), or fantasy ( unfinished series «Keltos»). Except comics and illustrations, whenever he can he does graphic design like logos, posters , CD covers and most recently – music production («Rubber soul project»).

Recent awards and nominations:

  • jury award for best artist – Gijon, Spain 2005. – X-men serial
  • Eisner award and Kurtzman award nominations, simultaneously in USA and Canada 2006 – «Smoke« short serial
  • fans award – Reims, France 2007. – best artist
  • Life award for contribution to comic industry – Virovitica, Croatia 2009.
  • Eisner award nomination – USA 2009. – for «Unknown soldier» serial (cover art)
  • Gliph Comics award – USA 2009. – for best cover – «Unknown soldier» serial
  • Eagle award nomination – best foreign comic ; for «Secret History» serial (Bristol, England, 2010.)
  • «Persona mas nocturna», fans award – for the best effort in supporting the festival’s bar (Aviles, Spain, 2010.)
  • «Marulo» award – the best Croatian theatre scenography (Split , Croatia – 2011.)
  • Chevalier des arts et des lettres – ( for significant contribution and propagation of art and culture in France and abroad – Paris, France – 2013)
BDW was a wonderfully rewarding experience. I think the mix that made it work so well was a tangible passion for design realized in the most relaxed and friendly atmosphere that I have come across for any event like this – truly inspirational, long may it thrive.   As for what is a smart, forging partnerships and working with like minded designers and clients always seems a pretty smart and rewarding way to go about design and I have a very good feeling that BDW will be the catalyst for many such collaborations.

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