It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot on tap here! More interviews, reviews, our weekly video news show, our podcast… so much going on! It’ll all be right here this week, so stay tuned! While you wait, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.
Reuters – Polish graphic novel tells Holocaust survivors’ tales – This could be very interesting to read especially due to the rise of Antisemitism in Poland.
The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #274: Looking at Bookscan for 2018 – A very interesting analysis of sales.
Talking Comics – Giant- Man #1
Valiant Entertainment is partnering with KBOOM,a new foreign publishing house that will license and distribute a selection of its critically acclaimed titles in print in the Polish language. The program will begin with the publication of the Polish-language version of The Valiant, which will make its debut at the International Festival of Comics and Games, September 14-16, in Łódź, Poland.
KBOOM is the latest in a long line of foreign partners to join in publishing Valiant titles around the world, which also currently includes Graphic India in South and Southeast Asia, Pedastudio in Nigeria, Bliss Comics in France, Büyülü Dükkan in Turkey, China Mobile in China, Jambô Editora in Brazil, Kamite in Mexico, Lezhin in Korea, Medusa Comics in Spain, NHN Comico in Japan, OVNI Press throughout Latin America, ShoPro in Japan, Social Comics in Brazil, Sokol Express in Russia, Schwerkraft-Verlag in Germany, Star Comics in Italy, Viverra in Russia, and World Publishing in China.
In 2011, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk gave U.S. president Barack Obama a copy of the video game The Witcher. On his return trip the President mentioned the gift, and let us know where he’s at with the game. Video game diplomacy for the win!
The last time I was here, Donald gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, The Witcher. I confess, I’m not very good at video games, but I’ve been told that it is a great example of Poland’s place in the new global economy. And it’s a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk.
There’s also a comic for The Witcher published by Dark Horse.
To protest the signing of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) a strict anti-piracy bill, numerous Polish politicians donned Guy Fawkes masks.
Graphic Policy stands against this legislation and will be giving you ways to take action here in the U.S.
(via Bleeding Cool)
A couple of weeks ago the Jerusalem Post published an article covering a joint comic produced by Israeli and Polish artists. 2008-2009 is Israel-Poland year, and in commemoration of the event 5 Israeli comic artists joined 5 Polish artists to cover issues often thought taboo between the two cultures.
The comic book, Poliisra, has been used as an opportunity to to explore stereotypes between the two societies as well as addressing historical issues between the two countries. Topics include the Holocaust, antisemitism, and stereotyped views between the various peoples.
An exhibition of the work can be seen starting August 7 at the Israeli Cartoon Museum in Holon. You can find out more information at www.cartoonmuseum.org.