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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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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"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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From Zadie Smith to Ethan Hawke: Why We Love Graphic Novels

Zadie Smith, writer How did you happen to get involved in graphic novels? As a child, I read a lot of comics, mostly old Disney issues about Donald Duck and his nephews. More “Asterix”, “Tintin” and all that. But the first adult graphic work that had a strong influence on me is the book of Richard Appignanese and Robert Kramb Franz Kafka. She is still one of my favorites. Later, I lived in the same apartment with my son Richard Josh, and he had a huge collection of comics and manga, and I read them all. When I first came to America 18 years ago, I did not live long in Greenpoint, in Brooklyn. Then it was a kind of proto-hipster district. On the corner was a small bookstore specializing in McSweeney’s graphic novels and books. There I found Chris Weir and his series on Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. As soon as I started reading Chris’s story, she immediately captured me. Now one of my most valuable things is the sketch of Corrigan, who says: “Ha ha … hi Zedy …”. I made Chris draw it for me when I met him in London about a year in 2000. Page from the comic “Here” What do you like about Continue reading

“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 70s to the beginning of the 80s it was more of a job from the category ” Do it yourself”. DJs and AMs burned at parties in community centers; dancers practiced their movements in clubs, not in video; and artists began to wrest their way from the bottom, and not from the galleries. It was in that spirit that Eric Orr, an artist from the Bronx, published the comic strip “Robot Max Max” dedicated to hip-hop culture in 1986, which became widely known as the first hip-hop comic book. Orr fell in love with comics in his early childhood — so much so that he and his brothers were ready to steal Sunday comics from the church. The first comic-style drawing he created depicted Charlie Brown (the hero of the comic book series Little Bellied Trigger, orig. Peanuts – approx. Continue reading

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 “see the world”. She envies the people who enter the building “with the wind in clothes and cold on the cheeks.” Outside the walls of the “refuge”, in the very heart of Amsterdam, Anna, together with her family and friends, is hiding from the horrors of Nazi control, which spread to the Netherlands and most of Europe, the raging World War II and the regime of Adolf Hitler, who massively exterminated Jews and those whom the Nazis did not consider for the people. The Anne Frank Diary has become one of the most popular Holocaust expositions. Partly because the narration is on behalf of an ordinary teenager who lives in far from ordinary circumstances; it humanizes war and genocide. Despite the fact that her diary is not the only chronicle of the war of this kind, he proved his long-term influence and incredible coverage of more than 25 million copies sold, over Continue reading

"Rent: A Baster Casey Biography"
The film company Franco bought the rights to the film adaptation of the book "Rent: a biography of Buster Casey." Recently, James Franco writes, directs, produces and plays in so…

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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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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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From Zadie Smith to Ethan Hawke: Why We Love Graphic Novels
Zadie Smith, writer How did you happen to get involved in graphic novels? As a child, I read a lot of comics, mostly old Disney issues about Donald Duck and…

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