"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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Comic book author Birgit Vaye: It's Paradise Cold
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…

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Difficulties in illustrating Anne Frank's diary
After living a year and a half locked up in her father’s office building, 14-year-old Anna Frank writes in her diary that she wants to be an ordinary teenager and…

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What is happening in the world of movie comics

How adventures of people in ridiculous costumes became a powerful industry and how to get pleasure from it. Another ComicCon ended in California and presented us with a lot of info-guides: the Wonder Woman trailer from Gal Gadot, for example, a teaser for the new season of Game of Thrones and much more. But this is not even important, but another thing: the fact that film comics today is the top (in the box office, at least, sense) of the entire film industry, the last skeptic has ceased to doubt. The largest actors try on tights about who is better – Batman or Superman – adults argue on Facebook, and we analyze the phenomenon and how we came to this. The confrontation between DC and Marvel Any superhero movie that comes out for rent belongs to one of the two largest competing comic book studios – DC or Marvel. And this is a fundamental point: each studio has a set of its heroes, its drama and the characteristic tone of the narrative. And therefore, having even a slight idea of ​​each of them, you can Continue reading

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 banal following examples), but provides material for reflection. Now let’s talk about what works still teach morality. While teachers, methodologists and officials are arguing about the pros and cons of a single textbook on literature, schoolchildren have completely different problems. A film about Batman and Superman, for example, or “Magic Creatures.” Because comics and films on them do for children something that school literature does not cope with. It’s not even about finding easy entertainment instead of excruciating thoughts about the eternal, but about real and simple role models. A teenager needs to turn to positive patterns, and exploits and adventures excite the imagination. And here pop culture comes into play, the products of which lovers of the classics dismissively call “chewing gum for the brain.” In elementary school, I read stories about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and later switched to DC and Marvel comics. I met Batman around the time when we walked onegin and stavrogin in the classroom, and in the corridors we encountered the merciless bullying of the nineties: high school students took money from the younger for Continue reading

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 in the modern post-truth world. Over the past ten years, it seemed that practically nothing was made in Hollywood except for movies about superheroes from comics that struggle with painted evil: Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, and even Ant-Man. Some may frown, deciding that this is already too much: they say you want to see a real man, look at our super-duper heroes. Even in groups of superheroes (in Guardians of the Galaxy or Fantastic Four, for example), a “female quota” of a maximum of 25% remains. By the way, the closest thing to reality in Continue reading

Body of work: how a graphic novel became an outlet for the release of female shame
This art form has allowed many female illustrators to point out inconsistencies in how they see their bodies and the bodies of men around them. Author: Abrams Books A Picture…

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Difficulties in illustrating Anne Frank's diary
After living a year and a half locked up in her father’s office building, 14-year-old Anna Frank writes in her diary that she wants to be an ordinary teenager and…

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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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Tobias Carroll on the Generating Power of Literary Adaptation
Since the advent of language, there is a form of its transmission. Comic book creators have long used literary sources for inspiration or direct retelling. We have come a long…

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