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 restrictions, put ridiculous excuses into their mouths and all so that these gods of their comic universes can easily cope with neither their problems nor the problems of their friends, and that, most importantly they never defeated Evil. Omnipotence, combined with helplessness, in certain actions of the character makes him so ridiculous that you wonder why he needs all this unlimited power?
A striking example of such a character is the most famous Marvel wizard, Doctor Strange. His first appearance in the 1963 Strange Tales comic strip he owes to screenwriter Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Continue reading
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
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