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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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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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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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

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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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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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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Theory: Joaquin Phoenix's Joker - Batman's brother?
Arthur Fleck Joaquin Phoenix in The Joker seems to be literally obsessed with the Wayne family - perhaps because he is one of them. The plot clues and details related…

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