October 17, 2020 - A few days ago, Filip Milolović from the Croatian island of Pašman found a bottle with a comic book by Midhat Kapetanović on the beach, which was thrown into the sea this year as part of the regular program of the Herceg Novi Strip Festival's (HSF) "Comic in a Bottle".
When he found the bottle, Filip contacted the comic book author and HSF organizers and sent a photo of his find:
"I can't believe that the bottle survived the trip to Pašman," Milolovic wrote in his message, adding that he used to come to Montenegro often. Now he has more reasons to visit our country, especially when there is a festival in Herceg Novi.
The bottle found on Pašman is the second reported this year. One didn't travel so far or so long. In September in Bjelila a bottle with a comic by Filip Andronik was found by Nadja Radulovic, Ksenija Perunicic, Nikola Djuranovic from Podgorica, and Petar Batuta from Kotor, who were on holiday in Luštica.
"We were swimming on the beach, and as our dog Alfa at one point walked a little further, I went to get him and noticed something in a hole in the rock. I reached out to see what it was about and pulled out a bottle that we all then opened together and realized that it was from your festival, and sent you a photo and a message." Nadja explained how on September 14, they found another message that Herceg Novi Strip Festival had sent to the world.
Comic in a Bottle is an integral part of the Herceg Novi Comics Festival. Artists who arrived in Herceg Novi have the opportunity to see the city from the sea and get to know the beauties of the Lustica peninsula. Cruising Boka, the artists draw their comic messages, which they will lower into the sea at the entrance to the bay. News about the bottles, which have also arrived on the Italian coast, has returned every year. The organizers invite those who find them to contact them through a special section on the Herceg Novi Strip Festival's website.