VigeVageKnjige is an independent Slovenian publishing house specialised in comic books for children and graphic novels for young adults and adults. Created in 2012 and registered in October 2013 we published our first book at the end of 2014. Nine years later, by the end of 2023, we will put out 67 titles several of which are sold out and reprinted.

From the beginning we have been working successfully with foundations from abroad (Norla, Traduki, Kulturradet, Institut français de Slovénie), and in 2018, for the first time, we acquired partial co-financing from the Slovenian Book Agency, which since grew into a 4-year support scheme we are a part of. Each year, we publish between 10 and 14 new titles.

The basic goal of VigeVageKnjige is threefold: (1) publishing books, (2) improving reading literacy among younger and older population in Slovenia and (3) raising awareness of a graphic novel as a literary genre; the latter requires broadening of reader base in Slovenia.

We therefore aim to present our novelties in innovative ways and in a manner of tailor-made book release events. Each year we invite at least one author or guest from abroad - so far, we are proud to have hosted in Ljubljana Delphine Vaute, Kate Evans, Ute Helmbold, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Adrien Demont & tAk, Nicolas Mahler and Patrick Wirbeleit.

The selection of our translations is diverse; we mainly stay within the field of indie graphic novels but do not limit ourselves by it. In 2019 we for the first time published a book by two Slovenian (female) authors; in 2020 we made this into a tradition, and since publish at least 1 original Slovene book per year.

Quote: But if it makes you feel happy to feed squirrels to the nuts, who am I to say nuts to the squirrels? (Ernst Lubitsch: Cluny Brown, 1946)

Illustration: Kaja Avberšek