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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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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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…

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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

"Nobody will fall in love with Peter" and other subtleties of a forgotten rock opera about Spider-Man
Of course, it may seem that the most curious musical adventure involving Peter Parker is the 2011 Broadway musical Spider-Man: Extinguish Darkness, which seemed to curse long before the premiere,…

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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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“I don’t want the comic book to be beautiful”: interview with the creator of oil superhero Tyumen
Tyumen Gosha Elaev became famous by inventing the oil superhero Tyumen. The crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the publication of the third volume of Tyumen is now ending. Yegor…

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Art and suffering in Angouleme: Is there a place for a woman in the comic book industry?
The 43rd International Comic Festival, the most significant event of its kind in Europe, held in Angouleme, a city in France, ended a few days ago on a sullen note:…

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