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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Remember how Neil Gaiman played Jareth from the Labyrinth and ate cartoon falafel balls? Not? Then I ask here – to the most amazing episodes with his participation … Neil Gaiman is an outstanding writer. Outstanding writers have fans. And sometimes these fans make movies or TV shows and draw comics. Here, in general, is the entire explanation for this selection of Neil Gaiman’s cameo. Due to the fact that all these years, Neil Gaiman bravely agreed to play himself or to play episodic roles in the works of his fans, we were able to compose a rare collection of all the appearances of the author of Sandman on the screen and on the pages of comics. Today, in order to celebrate the creation of this diverse collection, we present to you a list of the craziest Gaiman cameos. So, if you always dreamed of seeing Neil Gaiman in the guise of a cartoon cat, with a pipe and mask diving into a fruit cocktail, today you are lucky … “Arthur. Continue reading
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