"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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The art of illustrating the "Art of War"
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…

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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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“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, which resulted in notorious problems – actors’ injuries, monstrous cost and many rewrites due to caustic reviews. After the longest preview period in Broadway history (182 appearances), the New York Times critic Ben Brantley asked: “So this climb from enchantingly unfit to extremely ordinary is now called a step up?” But “Redeem the Darkness” will win in the Strange Films category comics ”only if you are silent (or perhaps forget) about the rock opera of the 70s,“ Rock reflection of a superhero ”. SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE This concept album of prog rock music, released in the 75th, touched on some important moments in the life of Spider-Man and several of its most striking antipodes, and all this is glued together by the author’s narrative by Stan Lee himself (Marvel president of those times, the creator of a Continue reading

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 way since Classics Illustrated, in which a brief retelling of the novel was presented through illustrations and simplified phrases. Adaptation by David Mazukelli of the “Glass City” by Paul Oster is a notable work in itself, and also neatly mixes the aesthetics of two great authors. Although this is the challenge of adapting one format to another. For every harmonious adaptation that conveys the essence of the work, there are many who believe that the literal transfer of one format to another is normal. However, “normal” is the exact opposite of what we have in the end. Instead, we get an adaptation that loses something fundamental in Continue reading

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 they kept comics. And having met the same fan, they first found out which comics they buy every week. At least, this was until the 80s and before the popularity of such publications as The Dark Knight Returns in 1986 and The Keepers of Alan Moore, when a new word entered the lexicon – a graphic novel. Readers used it to indicate that these comics are more meaningful than comic book lovers might have thought, while non-readers said the term with condescension, as if the comic book fans were just trying to call their hobby more refined and lofty words. Sometimes the term was used even with quotation marks, as people simply were not sure what to do with Continue reading

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