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…

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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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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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Parallel Comics

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 Against their background, Picasso looks outdated.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

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 other words, we have collected statistics on several categories of readership ratings. Each issue of the review will be devoted to one of them. Still don’t like comics, because it’s “dumb pictures”? Yes, you, my friend, are behind the times! Start with the best graphic novels of this year and discover a new world of book fun. If someone with the word “comic” still only thinks of funny pictures from old chewing gum with Donald Duck or super-men pulled into a bright leotard, this person, in truth, can only be regretted. This someone does not even suspect what is losing. A whole world of highly artistic and well-designed works, many of which are not inferior in concept depth to the winners of the most prestigious awards. Modern graphic novels offer stories for every taste – dystopias, noir detective stories, science fiction, social networks, fantasy, war 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…

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"Rap Robot Max", the first hip-hop comic book
Today, the hip-hop industry and everything connected with it - music, clothes, concert tickets - is a place where many billions of dollars rotate, but from the beginning of the…

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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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Can comics talk about the Holocaust?
About documentary comics Yakovlev: “It seems to me that they can simply be called graphic literature. Especially this term will help those who are shy of the word "comic". As…

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