From Zadie Smith to Ethan Hawke: Why We Love Graphic Novels
Zadie Smith, writer How did you happen to get involved in graphic novels? As a child, I read a lot of comics, mostly old Disney issues about Donald Duck and…

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What Batman did for me
The task that we traditionally assign to classical culture is successfully completed by comics. Once I wrote about the fact that Russian classics do not instill morality (if morality means…

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When were superheroes gloomy and harsh?
The conditional periodization of American comic books about superheroes implies decline. The formation years of the genre, 1938-1945, are called the Golden Age. Then - after a ten-year hiatus, when…

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“Rent: A Baster Casey Biography”

The film company Franco bought the rights to the film adaptation of the book “Rent: a biography of Buster Casey.” Recently, James Franco writes, directs, produces and plays in so many projects that it can sometimes be very difficult to keep track of his activities. Recently it became known that the actor will remove the novel of the North American writer Chuck Palahniuk, known to a wide audience at the Fight Club. True, the details of the deal are still unknown, including who will direct the picture and whether Franco himself will play in it. The “Rent” was published in 2007. The book is about a guy who infected hundreds of people with unusual rage and came up with an urban destruction race, the participants of which are trying to smash each other’s cars. In one of the clashes, Rant himself perishes, after which his Continue reading

Kelly Sue DeKonnick, the author of revolutionary comics, talks about the changes that have come to the world of graphic novels.

Around the person of Kelly Sue DeKonnick, feminists and inspirers of one of the most swirling and fascinating stories in today’s comics, a truly unbridled cult has developed. Men and women, inspired by the unyielding characters of the comic book Bitch Planet, a futuristic space refrain to motivate 60-70s films about exploiting women in prisons, often send the author photos of their tattoos in the form of the “incompatible” mark – the same as the heroines of the book disagree with the existing state of affairs. And around Carol Danvers, the main character of the comic book Captain Marvel (Captain Marvel) – who, while DeKonnick was working on her, contributed to the appearance of a huge number of works about superheroes where women are not “humiliated”, – the author speaks of them, – There was a whole fan base, “Carol Corps”. These fans made so much noise and became so noticeable that the comic strip Continue reading

The man who made millions on old basement comics

The story of how a life-changing collection almost ended up in the trash bin Among collectors of a certain age, lamentations are very common, like “My mother threw away all my comics, and now they would cost a fortune.” (There is still a variation of this complaint when people moan over lost baseball cards.) In many cases, even in most of them, such statements are nothing more than a haze of youthful nostalgia clouded by clouds of greed. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that in the last ten years we have become witnesses to a real increase in the value of some comics and a rethinking of this value. For example, “Action Comics” # 1 (the first comic strip where Superman appeared), which once sold for 10 cents, can now bring its owner a seven-figure sum, provided that he is in perfect condition. The price of the story of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics # 27 in recent years has exceeded $ 1 million, while Amazing Fantasy # 15 (Spider-Man’s debut), Flash Comics # 1, Marvel Comics ”# 1 and“ All-American Comics ”# 16, in which Green Lantern first appeared, are valued at a solid six-figure sum. It is difficult to say why this market has suddenly risen to such an extent, and rare book dealers are often amazed at such prices. Most likely, several factors play a role here at once: excitement, skillfully implicated in nostalgia; the desire of young collectors to acquire a “cool” cultural artifact; reassessing and recognizing the talents of older screenwriters and illustrators (such as Stan Lee, Continue reading

News of film adaptations in bulk
The script by Matthew Michael Carnahan on the bestselling book by Christopher MacDougle “Born to Run” (Born to Run) attracted Matthew McConaughey. The actor is in talks with producers about…

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LORAN GALMO: WAYS OF PUBLISHING COMICS
Everyone was looking forward to this meeting in the Sakharov Center. In France, today is one of the most coherent systems for publishing comics. Rarely is there an opportunity to…

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Harms, Zabolotsky, Sailor Moon: what new Russian comics are made of
Parallel Comics for a year of existence managed to conclude a contract with Marvel, publish several books about Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men. This fall, the publishing house expanded its interests…

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Drama queens: why the theme of women and power is so popular on screens
From The Game of Thrones by George Martin to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Fiction, which unfolds in “alternative reality,” has recently become incredibly popular, which is not surprising…

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