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Besna Kobila (“Angry Mare”) Publishing house was founded in 2010 by Predrag Mladenović and Goran Lakićević. Their desire was to strengthen the belief that the comics is the real ninth art, and through the publications of international (and domestic) comics of the highest quality, primarily graphic novels, to dispel the notion of comics as a petty amusement. Since their first edition, the founders were resolute that their priority is not the income, but the quality of the comics, also the quality of printing, as well as the reasonable prices. In short, this is also the motto of Besna Kobila: “the comics at all costs, but the most favorable for the readers”.
Simultaneously with the graphic novels, and since 2016, Besna Kobila also publishes literary works, mostly the foreign authors not adequately represented in Serbia, but also domestic ones, considered to be the future of the Serbian literature. The first published novel, Lusitania by Dejan Atanacković won the NIN literary prize as the novel of the year. It was a unique case in Serbian publishing: the first novel by an author, the first novel by a publisher and the first time that the most prestigious literary prize was won by a comics publisher.
Besides this recognition, during the ten years of existence, domestic authors of Besna kobila won awards of the Association of Serbian Artists of Applied Arts and Designers for best domestic comics editions at the Belgrade International Bookfair in 2014 and 2015.