Secret societies penetrated literature
Fortunately or unfortunately, the mysterious group plays a behind-the-scenes game to change the course of human history. Maybe even a few groups - allies or eternal adversaries. Maybe in the…

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5 reasons why Black Widow's victim was fair
The “Avengers: Final” was faced with an impossible task: to complete the story arch, which began in the “Infinity War”, and to do it in a way that is satisfactory…

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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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3 personal “cant” of the “Official Marvel Comic Book Collection”

At the beginning of this year, the French publishing house Ashet, with the support of the Italian Panini, launched an attack on the Russian comic book market. On the shelves of shops and supermarkets behind the glasses of small kiosks appeared books of the international “Official Marvel Comic Book Collection”. Readers had a huge reason for joy. They were not only able to receive books in Russian, the publication of which was difficult to dream of, but also received them in large numbers and with a frequency of once every two weeks. Buyers became less happy when the comics fell into their hands: typos, poor translation, uninteresting content, etc. It turned out that releasing quickly and a lot was possible only carelessly.
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Comic book author Birgit Vaye: It’s Paradise Cold

Birgit Vaye combines avant-garde comics with the African language of forms. In Madgermanes [“Majermans”], she captured the story of the Mozambican workers in the GDR. They were promised education, but they received only casual work. After 17 hours, they were supposed to stay in their dormitories, women and men were housed separately, and communication with the locals was not welcome. Pregnant women had to have an abortion, or they were sent back, and half of their earnings were sent to Mozambique to guarantee their subsequent return to their homeland. So in the 1980s there were about 20,000 contract workers from Mozambique – they were called the “Majermans”: apparently, intentionally distorting the phrase “Made in Germany” in the socialist fraternal country of the GDR. A Special Chapter There is one special chapter in the history of the German Democratic Republic going down, which Birgit Vaye reveals in Madgermanes. As in many stories about the GDR, the tragic and the absurd are next to each other. “They took off in response to a promise that they would go to heaven and learn something,” says Birgit Vaye, a German artist and comic book author born in 1969 who grew up in Continue reading

Incomplete atlas of fantastic maps

In the second issue of The Keepers (comic book series), masked adventurers gather around a map of the United States. It shows in close-up the geographical regions marked as “Anti-war demonstration”, “Black riots”, “Drugs”, “promiscuous sexual relations”. Captain Metropolis perceives this card as a challenge to the Fighters against crime, as he called his squad. This card for some of the Guardians symbolizes the decline of America, which, in their opinion, they must save, although others believe that there is nothing more to tinker with. Edward Blake, The Comedian, ignores Captain Metropolis. Turning away, resting his legs on the table, he reads a newspaper with the headline “France is leaving NATO”, turning the page, he will set fire to the map of Captain Metropolis. The comedian likes to counteract the rest of the keepers by laughing in their faces. He is a cynic. The reaction to America’s map for Crime Fighters was Continue reading

"Nobody will fall in love with Peter" and other subtleties of a forgotten rock opera about Spider-Man
Of course, it may seem that the most curious musical adventure involving Peter Parker is the 2011 Broadway musical Spider-Man: Extinguish Darkness, which seemed to curse long before the premiere,…

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Can comics talk about the Holocaust?
About documentary comics Yakovlev: “It seems to me that they can simply be called graphic literature. Especially this term will help those who are shy of the word "comic". As…

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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…

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What is happening in the world of movie comics
How adventures of people in ridiculous costumes became a powerful industry and how to get pleasure from it. Another ComicCon ended in California and presented us with a lot of…

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