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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10 deaths of Captain America, real and fictional
Death in comics has ceased to create the desired effect, in my opinion, a very long time ago. Only an inexperienced reader can take seriously the death of a hero…

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Comics versus graphic novels: what's the difference?
For fans of superheroes, cool detectives and science fiction who grew up in the 30s and 70s in the United States, it was the norm to ask store owners where…

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Interview with Philip Pullman: “I have always loved comics, and now I am writing one of them”

Philip Pulman tells Nicolette Jones about his new graphic novel, which takes place on the high seas, and why he is going to endow the nation with his ponytail. In May 2017, David Fickling Books publishes a new graphic novel in one volume Philip Pullman titled “The Adventures of John Blake: the Mystery of the Ghost Ship” with illustrations by Fred Fordham. However, those who are already impatient can read the novel in the weekly issues of The Phoenix comic starting May 13th. As a kid, Pulman was a big fan of comics. He liked the British The Eagle and Luck of the Legion, as well as the American comic books featuring Superman and Batman, which he discovered when his family lived in Australia in 1956. It was impossible to find the latter in Great Britain, since parents and teachers were frightened by the alarmist Continue reading

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 very beginning such organizations were ordinary, or maybe they were unusual in something. It does not matter what they are, but most likely you have already met them in films, series, comics or novels. Secret societies are an integral part of certain types of mass literature – they either determine the origin of the protagonist, or act as his omnipresent evil enemy. It is very important to feel that anyone can be a member of such an organization, and its sphere of influence is infinitely large. If members of a secret society always gather in a popular picnic spot, it means that they do Continue reading

How Americans imported German humor

“Bam!” On Sunday: Comics pioneers are honored in Frankfurt as pioneers of contemporary art history. Against their background, Picasso looks outdated. Among them was a German artist. In 1900, a powerful explosion occurred in America, and it is difficult to imagine it in any other symbols except in those visual images of sounds that are still used in almost every cliche-filled article on comic art: “Bang!”, “Bam! ”Or even“ Babakh! ”Inside jagged figures illustrating various detonations in comics. Drawn, obviously, impressed by the German silent film “Doctor Caligari’s Cabinet”: Sunday page from Cliff Sterrett’s series “Polly and Her Pals” of March 20, 1927 Photo: Cliff Sterret Avant-garde was not only in Paris and Berlin Because the explosion did not take place where there were artistic flashes of the penultimate turn of the century: in Paris, Berlin and Rome with their cube, expression, futurism and surrealism. On the contrary, this happened in popular culture on the other side of the Atlantic. Its sellers were not art dealers, but newspaper magnates who were looking for material for their increasingly fast and cheap printing presses, and their customers were descendants of immigrants who spoke only broken English until Pablo Picasso, a fan of the Krazy Kat comics George Herriman. Herriman and his contemporaries are now represented at the Frankfurt Sheerne showroom with the striking definition of “Another Avant-Garde”. It is fully justified. Moreover: a careful observer is Continue reading

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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Kelly Sue DeKonnick, the author of revolutionary comics, talks about the changes that have come to the world of graphic novels.
Around the person of Kelly Sue DeKonnick, feminists and inspirers of one of the most swirling and fascinating stories in today's comics, a truly unbridled cult has developed. Men and…

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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…

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Kami Garcia, author of Joker / Harley: Criminal Mind, tells how she destroyed the famous image of Harley Quinn in her new crime thriller
Kami Garcia, author of Joker / Harley: Criminal Sanity (Joker / Harley: Criminal Intelligence), tells how she destroyed the famous image of Harley Quinn in her new crime thriller. Soon…

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