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Gotikatur set to illustrate Children’s Book about WGT Festival

“Wir Kellerkinder” is a book for children and adults alike and is about the gothic scene in general and the Wave-Gotik-Treffen Festival in particular. The beautifully illustrated book will capture the characters, diversity and colourfulness of the goth scene and is a charming alternative to mainstream children’s books.

The bilingual book will be a large format “wimmelbook” suitable for children aged 3 to 100 with thick pages crammed with characterful illustrations depicting people, bands, events, regulars and celebrities. The double-spread scenes will depict the “Bändchenausgabe” in front of the main station, the midnight special at the Agra, the “Wonnemond” medieval festival at the Moritzbastei, the “Heidnische Dorf” at Torhaus Dölitz and many more.

All the illustrations will be lovingly crafted by german graphic designer and caricature artist Jan-Erik Mendel famously known as Gotikatur who’s work already includes many well known personalities from the goth and post-punk scene.

“We want to show that it’s okay to be different and that being different doesn’t mean that people are better or worse than others. This book is for people who love the gothic scene and the WGT and who have kids or are still kids at heart themselves. There’s even the chance for people, families and friends to appear as characters in the book.” – Christian Schaefer, Founder

The book is Not for Profit and will be launching as a Kickstarter campaign soon. Subscribers to the “Wir Kellerkinder” newsletter ( will be notified first and can get up to 25% off as well as the opportunity to become an illustrated character in the scene of their choice.

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