LORAN GALMO: WAYS OF PUBLISHING COMICS
Everyone was looking forward to this meeting in the Sakharov Center. In France, today is one of the most coherent systems for publishing comics. Rarely is there an opportunity to…

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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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Almighty, the greatest and ... helpless
Almighty comic book characters, whoever they are (aliens, mutants, wizards), this is a real headache for screenwriters. Year after year, decade after decade, you need to come up with stupid…

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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

“Love and rockets” again on horseback: “We have influenced a bunch of artists”

The cult comic strip about California punks next month will return to newsstands and talk about heroes looking back on their own lives. One of the leading comic book industry magazines, Previews, called it “2016 Comic Book Event.” The new issue of Love and Rockets (Love and Rockets, Vol. IV No. 1), dated July 2016, but actually only available for sale on September 28, does not include any plastic figures of super-soldiers. Instead, the comic book, which is experiencing its rebirth on the 35th anniversary of its appearance, will simply continue its story – the one that has repeatedly earned the approval of critics and talked about aging punks from Southern California and rural cranks from Central America. Rolling Stone Magazine recognized Love and Rockets as the best graphic novel of all time, not related to superheroes, comparing them with the music of Clash, REM, and Run-DMC. Time magazine, meanwhile, included its creators, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, brothers of Hispanic descent, in the Top 100 innovators of the 21st century. Jaime and Gilbert (the third founder of the series, Mario Hernandez stopped participating in the project several years ago) began writing and drawing their comics in 1981, although his form of release, like the brothers’ stories themselves, changed somewhat over time. In the late 90s, the release of Love and Rockets was temporarily interrupted, and then its creators changed the format and for the last few Continue reading

LORAN GALMO: WAYS OF PUBLISHING COMICS

Everyone was looking forward to this meeting in the Sakharov Center. In France, today is one of the most coherent systems for publishing comics. Rarely is there an opportunity to learn about it first hand. But the conversation exceeded all expectations. Laurent Galmo has a great deal of editorial experience behind him. He edited magazines, issued a ticket to the life of many albums … Technical education allows Galmo to freely operate with numbers and statistics. Needless to say, the amount of information gathered left everyone with a slight shock. Now, finally, a printed version has also appeared, for which a tremendous human thanks to Andrei and Natasha Snegirev, who saved all the performance on the recorder. Anyway: they helped out like that!

The highly specialized focus of the conversation with domestic comicsmakers made communication through the Continue reading

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The World "Zhui": Alexander Ilyin about a detective comic book lined up around food
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"Rent: A Baster Casey Biography"
The film company Franco bought the rights to the film adaptation of the book "Rent: a biography of Buster Casey." Recently, James Franco writes, directs, produces and plays in so…

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