7 biographical comics worth reading
The style of the biographical comic strip about Vincent Van Gogh at first seems ridiculous: simple dialogues, stick-stick-cucumber faces, instead of impressionism and sensitive details - pictures in the spirit…

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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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Theory: Joaquin Phoenix's Joker - Batman's brother?
Arthur Fleck Joaquin Phoenix in The Joker seems to be literally obsessed with the Wayne family - perhaps because he is one of them. The plot clues and details related…

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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

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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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…

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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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The term “graphic novel” did a good job. We don’t need him anymore
Hey Glen, did you hear? Last March, March: Book Three by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, written by Congressman John Lewis, co-authored with Andrew Aidin, is the…

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