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
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
When more than thirty years ago Tsai (Tsai Chih Chung) decided to adapt Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” into a more modern format, he wanted to breathe new life into the 2500-year-old text. “When interpreting the need to pass on the classics to new generations, people often mean classics that are extremely sterile, monotonous and, in truth, tedious,” Tsai explained. Having studied several editions of the treatise and secondary sources, he realized that he was able to rethink The Art of War (which to this day remains one of the most important literary works about war and strategy) and present it to the world as an illustrated story. In 1990, Tsai created a comic version for a Chinese audience, and in 1994 an English version. Since then, millions of copies of his expanded, Illustrated Chinese Classics Library series (which included, among others, the book) have been sold.
Tsai’s adaptation revived the millennial treatise The Art of War. The artist cut out repeating, narrative-dragging elements until the ancient lessons of the war came to life on the pages. But it was drawings that became the defining element of Tsai’s work. His style, somewhat reminiscent of Disney cartoons, brings Continue reading