Jeff Jackson, author of Destroy All Monsters, about literature that conveys the unbridled power of rock music
Have you ever thought that you are being deceived? So literary critic Johnny Rotten has signed his monthly column, The Great Rock and Roll Novel, for the London Review of…

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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 11 craziest cameos by Neil Gaiman
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…

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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 other words, we have collected statistics on several categories of readership ratings. Each issue of the review will be devoted to one of them. Still don’t like comics, because it’s “dumb pictures”? Yes, you, my friend, are behind the times! Start with the best graphic novels of this year and discover a new world of book fun. If someone with the word “comic” still only thinks of funny pictures from old chewing gum with Donald Duck or super-men pulled into a bright leotard, this person, in truth, can only be regretted. This someone does not even suspect what is losing. A whole world of highly artistic and well-designed works, many of which are not inferior in concept depth to the winners of the most prestigious awards. Modern graphic novels offer stories for every taste – dystopias, noir detective stories, science fiction, social networks, fantasy, war Continue reading

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 in the modern post-truth world. Over the past ten years, it seemed that practically nothing was made in Hollywood except for movies about superheroes from comics that struggle with painted evil: Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, and even Ant-Man. Some may frown, deciding that this is already too much: they say you want to see a real man, look at our super-duper heroes. Even in groups of superheroes (in Guardians of the Galaxy or Fantastic Four, for example), a “female quota” of a maximum of 25% remains. By the way, the closest thing to reality in Continue reading

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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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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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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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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