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Zograf had an exhibition at the French Institute in Belgrade. It was followed by a series of interviews in national dailies, such as Politika:http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Kultura/Strip-je-u-Srbiji-dvanaesto-prase.lt.html
and Blic: http://www.blic.rs/Kultura/444375/Aleksandar-Zograf-Strip-o-Hildi-Dojc ,  24 Časa: http://www.24sata.rs/scena/art/vest/indijanci-su-mi-dali-novo-ime/127071.phtml ,  and there was an article in national daily Danas http://www.danas.rs/danasrs/dijalog/odgovorni_emotivac.46.html?news_id=276732
The same event was reported by the Serbian national TV, on couple occasions  - http://www.rts.rs/page/rts/sr/Dijaspora/story/1518/Vesti/1520843/%C5%BDivot+u+stripu.html?email=yes  ,   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIJGIkZkrTY and Zograf was interviewed for the Channel 2 of Radio Belgrade (all in Serbian)  http://www.rts.rs/page/radio/sr/story/24/Radio+Beograd+2/1518849/Kulturni+krugovi%3A+Zlatni+presek.html .Zograf's exhibition in the French Institute got a mention in an article by François-Xavier Deniau,French Ambassador in Belgrade, written on the occasion of the 75th jubilee of Politikin zabavnik, Belgrade's weekly magazine that publishes comics (in Serbian) .  http://politikin-zabavnik.rs/pz/tekstovi/strip

The exhibition was eventually moved to Pancevo in late August, the local tv did a report (in Serbian) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkHBxgo4hw0
 
The March edition of Grrr!Program was dedicated to Disney-inspired artifacts, and to a presentation of the latest edition published by Elektrika (a booklet made after the comics workshop called Deliblaticum)... Report by a local TV in Pančevo:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV_MhRp4lKk
 

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Zograf's Serbian book was reviewed in Danas daily (in Serbian) http://www.danas.rs/danasrs/kultura/od_grafickog_zurnalizma_do_stvaralackog_cina.11.html?news_id=278459

Rita Braga, Portuguese musician, was on a tour through ex-Yugoslav countries. Montenegrin daily Vijesti published an interview with her, in which she explains her collaboration with Aleksandar Zograf too ( in Serbian)  http://www.vijesti.me/caffe/muzika-sa-svih-strana-svijeta-rita-braga-veceras-pjeva-cetinju-clanak-192063  while during her concert in Prishtina a video was made, Zograf also has a mention (Albanian/English)  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1oce3b_rrokum-stage-rita-braga-dhe-ukulele_news?start=757

Zograf was travelled to Italy for book presentations and comics workshops in schools. See the interview, conducted by Alessandra Beltrame (in English) http://www.alessandrabeltrame.it/?p=4640 and in Italian  (originally published in Messagero Veneto daily)   http://www.alessandrabeltrame.it/?p=4625 
 
Zograf did a slide lecture at Belgrade's Krokodil festival (in Serbian)  http://www.b92.net/kultura/vesti.php?nav_category=272&yyyy=2014&mm=06&dd=17&nav_id=862865

 After Sarajevo and Zagreb, Belgrade's venue Mixer House hosted exhibition titled Art in Dark Times, consisting of the selection of 101 cartoons and illustrations created during the decomposition and wars in Ex-Yugoslavia. Included was one of Zograf's drawings made during the NATO bombing of 1999, and he participated in a panel discussion. (in Serbian)  http://www.blic.rs/Kultura/Vesti/474785/Karikatura-u-mracnim-vremenima-Koraks-Zograf-Dusan-Petricic , 
(Serbian and English):  http://festival.mikser.rs/video/novo/68534/otvaranje-izlo%C5%BEbe-%E2%80%9Cumetnost-u-mra%C4%8Dnim-vremenima%E2%80%9C

Czech national radio did an interview with Johanna Marcade, organizer of Novo doba comics festival held every year in Belgrade and Pancevo, who also mentioned Zograf. (text in Czech/English, audio in Czech) )  http://www.rozhlas.cz/radiowave/vychodiska/_zprava/vychodiska-nova-doba-novo-doba--1364384

Zograf did a drawing for the cover of Bombel, a novel by the  late  Miroslaw Nahacz ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miros%C5%82aw_Nahacz ), published in Poland in Ruthenian translation. Another Polish book with a Zograf illustration on its cover is a Slavistic study by Tomasz Kwokahttp://www.ravelo.pl/dzieje-slownictwa-z-zakresu-stosunkow-spolecznych-w-serbii-i-czarnogorze-t-2-tomasz-kwoka,p100196274.html
 
The talk with Aleksandar Zograf was conducted at the Comics meeting in Kragujevac (in Serbian) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7LGIogv7Ec
 
Zograf was a guest on a boat that carried a group of Italian tourists through the river Danube in Serbia. He presented his work, along with other artists and experts, all in an effort to present a different kind of tourism, connected with culture (in Italian) http://www.qcodemag.it/2014/08/30/belgrado-crociera-danubio/
 
Zograf's first solo show in his own town was presented as part of the Pančevo Film Festival. Here's more on the exhibition, on Janko Takač's blog (in Serbian):  http://kovacica00-24.blogspot.com/2014/09/izlozba-zivot-u-stripu-aleksandar.html

Interview with one of the comics greats,  Robert Crumb, conducted by Zograf and originally published in Vreme weekly, is now available in English:http://rishaproject.org/int17.html
 

An international anthology of comics realted to sculpture, edited by Aleksandar Zograf,  came out as part of the Pancevo's 16th Art Biennial. Noel Franklin wrote about the book and about  her own contribution – http://gonegirlcomics.blogspot.com/2014/08/chicago-picasso-visits-serbia-meets.html

 An article on Biennial in genearl  http://www.seecult.org/vest/protiv-ravnodusnosti , and an extensive interview with Zograf speaking about his solo exhibition and Skulptura? anthology (in Serbian):  http://www.b92.net/kultura/intervjui.php?nav_category=1082&nav_id=907498

 
Apuckalypse! is the title of an international comics anthology, published by Italian magazine Puck, and announced as " a collection of Apocalyptic nightmares drawn by 115 different artists from all over the World: underground cartoonists, satirical authors, xilographers, poster artists"... There are two editions of the book - English and Italian -
http://www.verkami.com/projects/7293-apuckalypse-the-greatest-editorial-tragedy-ever#

Zograf did the cover drawing for the October’s issue of Vzlet, magazine for the Slovakian minority in Serbia. http://www.vzlet.rs/oktobrovy-vzlet/
 
BACK IN TIME -A project from the 90s, titled Pozorište šešira (Hats Theatre), an idea of sisters Stratimirovic, included live performances with a band, and Zograf's drawings as a background. Now available on You tube is a clip based on this show, featuring a cover of the 1960s hit Venus, sang in no-language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK31wFgUY90&feature=youtu.be

JANUARY- 2014

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Throughout 2014, the monthly magazine Popoli, from Milan, will  feature Aleksandar Zograf's one- page installments of a story based on  letters by Hilda Dajč, a Jewish girl who volunteered as a nurse at the Nazi concentration camp Sajmište  in occupied Belgrade. Her letters were smuggled out of the camp before she herself was executed in a gas van (in Italian):
 http://www.popoli.info/EasyNe2/Extra/Le_lettere_di_Hilda_Daj269.aspx
Speaking  of Italy, the latest January issue of the weekly magazine Internazionale (#  1036) featured a two-page story by Zograf, about Ada Kale - an island in the Danube which used to exist on the Serbian/Romanian border, before  it was sunk in 1971, during the construction of Iron Gates dam.

 In an interview, Jon F. Allen, a cartoonist from Philadelphia, PA, mentioned Zograf and his work : http://mandismag.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/featured-artist-jon-allen/
 
Zograf conducted a GRRR!Program with his guest, Kebra , the legendary leader  of alternative band Obojeni program, who is now also producing drawings with an inexpensive  computer program called paint. Local TV produced  a report on the event (in Serbian) : 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDSvjCHpIXg

Back in the ‘90s, Zograf was part of the American scene of "Obscuro" comix, which was connected mostly with mini comics and small  press production. John Porcellino's blog
writes about the history of The White Buffalo Gazette, which comes from the tradition of City Limits Gazette magazine. One of the covers drawn by Zograf is reproduced, along with the story behind these D.I.Y. publications:
 http://johnporcellino.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html

A book by Polish Slavist, Tomasz Kwoka, came out with a cover drawing by Aleksandar Zograf. The title is The History of Vocabulary Related to Social Relations in Serbia and Montenegro,
Volume II: State and Governance :
http://www.wuj.pl/page,produkt,prodid,2263,strona,Dzieje_slownictwa_z_zakresu_stosunkow_spolecznych_w_Serbii_i_Czarnogorze,katid,33.html<http://www.wuj.pl/page%2cprodukt%2cprodid%2c2263%2cstrona%2cDzieje_slownictwa_z_zakresu_stosunkow_spolecznych_w_Serbii_i_Czarnogorze%2ckatid%2c33.html>

Zograf drew a strip containing his comments on work by the excellent Serbian/Canadian cartoonist, Nina Bunjevac (in Serbian) :
http://www.mediantrop.rankomunitic.org/aleksandar-zograf-nina-b-smeh-i-suze

A collection of essays on political comics by Federico Vergari : Poiliticomics:Raccontare e fare politica attraverso fumetti, includes a few references to Zograf's work (in Italian) :
http://store.tunue.com/lapilli/politicomics.html

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