Exclusive Interview: Ken Lamug On Haunted Houses And The Value of Scary Fairy Tales

Las Vegas-based author and illustrator Kenneth Lamug has published a new childrens book, The Stumps of Flattop Hill. In this dark yet amusing tale following the tradition of the Brother’s Grimm", Ken tells the story of Florence, a little girl who enters a haunted house - both frightened an...


A Living Legend in Anime And Animated Japanes Film: Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the few living legends of anime. Born on January 5, 1941 this Japanese film director and co-founder of Tokyo-based Studio Ghibli is looking back on a career that has spanned five decades. Miyazaki, who also worked as producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and m...


Peter Bagge

American cartoonist Peter Bagge (Dec 11, 1957, New York) is probably best-known for his comic book Hate. His sense of black humor is supported by his exaggerated cartoon style - ideal for portraying the middle-class American youth, which he was part of: "We were the weirdo outcast kids of...


Atak - White Trash Carnival and a Blaze of Colour

Visitors were greeted by a blast of colour on entering ATAK's White Trash Carnival exhibition at Erlangen's city center "Shop Gallery" in June 2014. Born in Frankfurt/Oder in 1967, Georg Barber - aka ATAK - is a master of complementary colour, and on entering the salon, it became hard, no...


Goodbye to a Great Visionary of the 21st Century: H.R. Giger

Giger, you slice my tissues into thin microscopic slidesfor the world to see.Giger, you razor-shave sections of my brain and plaster them still pulsing across your canvas. Timothy Leary, 1991 When Timothy Leary wrote these great words about a great artist of our times in 1991, he wa...


Hergé – For the Sake of Clarity

Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi was born May 22, 1907 in Etterbeek, Brussels. To many of us he is mostly known by his pen name: Hergé. The Adventures of Tintin, drawn in his distinct ligne claire style, have made him and his two heroes famous throughout the world. Georges Prospe...


Yves Swolfs: Belgian Western & Fantasy

Belgian comic book artist Yves Swolfs (April 24, 1955, Brussels) works as illustrator and scenarist in various genres like fantasy and western. Before joining Claude Renard's Atelier R at the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels, Swolfs studied literature and journalism. He published his...


Mr. Dada: Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau and the Art of Lang-Katagö

Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau and his famous Ursonate have turned the artist into one of the main protagonists of modern European Art and an influential figure of Avantgarde. Starting in June, Sprengel Museum Hannover in a collaboration with Tate Britain and Kurt und Ernst Schwitters Stiftung h...


Zeina Abirached – A wartime childhood

90,000 people died during the civil war that rueld Lebanon from 1975 to 1990. The political situation had already gone tense in the 1950s, culminating in "The Black September of 1970": PLO militants tolerated by muslim Lebanese groups entred the country from Jordan and established a milita...


ATAK: neo-fabulist of pop culture

ATAK was Born 1967 in Berlin (East Germany) – and of course he had a real name then: Georg Barber. He graduated from Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste (College of Arts) and was discovered when Swiss based magazine Strapazin first published some of his works in 1993. Since then he has been a f...


Takeshi Obata

Japanese manga artist Takeshi Obata (born February 11, 1969) is probably best know for his character designs of the video game "Castlevania Judgment" and his work on "Death Note" and "Blue Dragon Ral Grad". He first got noticed by the manga community in 1985, when he was awarded the Tezuka...


Romano Molenaar

Dutch comic book artist Romano Molenaar is mostly famous for his work on "Storm" togehter with colorist Jorg De Vos. When he took over Don Lawrence's famous sci-fi series in 2006 he actually quit his daytime job to focus on his new task. Born in The Hague in 1971, Molenaar has been hired b...


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - Last master of ukiyo-e

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) is widely recognized as the last and greatest master of ukiyo-e-style and Japanese woodblock printing. His work depicts the last years of feudal Japan and the beginning of modern times in Japan following the Meiji Restoration. Despite the fact that many Japa...


Alan Moore: neopagan, occultist, author of comic books

Alan Oswald Moore (born November 18, 1953) has entered the valhalla of comic books as the creator of "Watchmen", "V for Vendetta", and "From Hell". He often is referred to as one of the best - if not THE best comic book author of all times. His dedication to the rights of comic book artits...


Paco Roca: Spanish comic books

Spanish comic artist Paco Roca (Francisco José Martínez Roca) is rather unknown outside Spain. Born 1969 in Valencia he studied art and began his carreer working in advertisement. His first comic strips were published in the Spanish magazines "Kiss Comix" and "El Víbora". Roca belongs to a...