7 biographical comics worth reading
The style of the biographical comic strip about Vincent Van Gogh at first seems ridiculous: simple dialogues, stick-stick-cucumber faces, instead of impressionism and sensitive details - pictures in the spirit…

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Art and suffering in Angouleme: Is there a place for a woman in the comic book industry?
The 43rd International Comic Festival, the most significant event of its kind in Europe, held in Angouleme, a city in France, ended a few days ago on a sullen note:…

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Difficulties in illustrating Anne Frank's diary
After living a year and a half locked up in her father’s office building, 14-year-old Anna Frank writes in her diary that she wants to be an ordinary teenager and…

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Art and suffering in Angouleme: Is there a place for a woman in the comic book industry?

The 43rd International Comic Festival, the most significant event of its kind in Europe, held in Angouleme, a city in France, ended a few days ago on a sullen note: during the award ceremony, the speaker, host of literary radio, took the floor and announced the first false winners, and only then real ones. The grand prize for a special book, the Fauve d’Or, ultimately went to Richard McGuire’s “Here,” described as “brilliant and revolutionary” by Luke Sant in the New York Times. But the damage has already been done. Not only the publishers and authors felt humiliated, but it was also unclear how the ceremonial master could have thought that such a cruel trick could be fun. The opening of the Festival took place in the same unpleasant vein, with a wave of tactless comments by their director Frank Bond, after the organizers were accused of sexism. The list of 30 nominees did not include a single woman. Then Calvin Reid, senior editor of weekly news in the publishing world and co-editor of PW Comics World, organized a roundtable in Angouleme to discuss the presence of women in the comic book world. Continue reading

Comic book industry: the eternal confrontation between DC and Marvel

They made every effort to create their own and completely fantastic world. Both publishers have repeatedly changed their names and approaches to the audience in order to keep their attention. Superheroes and villains took on new characteristics, which allowed them to gain public interest over and over again. To their life on the pages of publications, and now cinema, do not get tired to watch to this day. What ups and downs have passed DC and Marvel, found out by diletant. media Anna Baclaga. Nowadays, the main characters of comics are fighters for justice, parity and goodness. However, initially such an idea was not supposed. The world of comics was supposed to simply amuse its readers, which is what the name comic says – funny. Comics moved in this direction for about thirty years, until the well- Continue reading

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 his nephews. More “Asterix”, “Tintin” and all that. But the first adult graphic work that had a strong influence on me is the book of Richard Appignanese and Robert Kramb Franz Kafka. She is still one of my favorites. Later, I lived in the same apartment with my son Richard Josh, and he had a huge collection of comics and manga, and I read them all. When I first came to America 18 years ago, I did not live long in Greenpoint, in Brooklyn. Then it was a kind of proto-hipster district. On the corner was a small bookstore specializing in McSweeney’s graphic novels and books. There I found Chris Weir and his series on Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. As soon as I started reading Chris’s story, she immediately captured me. Now one of my most valuable things is the sketch of Corrigan, who says: “Ha ha … hi Zedy …”. I made Chris draw it for me when I met him in London about a year in 2000. Page from the comic “Here” What do you like about Continue reading

Special nomination "The Best Graphic Novels"
As part of the 2016 Readers' Choice Award, we present you our Special Opportunity project. This is a series of book reviews that have received particular attention this year. In…

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Russian comics enter the international market
Bubble comics began their foreign expansion with the market leader - the Internet portal ComiXology Today, the first international series of Russian Bubble comics from the Meteor line went on…

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Tobias Carroll on the Generating Power of Literary Adaptation
Since the advent of language, there is a form of its transmission. Comic book creators have long used literary sources for inspiration or direct retelling. We have come a long…

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10 deaths of Captain America, real and fictional
Death in comics has ceased to create the desired effect, in my opinion, a very long time ago. Only an inexperienced reader can take seriously the death of a hero…

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