Review: „Un printemps à Tchernobyl“ by Emmanuel Lepage

April 26, 1986 was meant to be another normal Saturday - for most people in the world. Except for Chernobyl. After an experiment at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Prypiat, Ukraine, a severe steam explosion caused a meltdown and the release of radioactive material. Soon things got...


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...


The Multicoloured Smell in Black & White

"Der Bunte Geruch" (The multicoloured smell) is a German graphic novel by Roland Hildel, published by Shaker Media in January 2013. It tells the story of Jonas and Mia, starting with their first coincidental meeting and following them up to a point where the story is dominated by doubts an...


Behold the Truth: "Steps towards the light" by Bruno Marchand

Bruno Marchand’s graphic novel "Quelques pas vers la lumiere" will be published by All Verlag under the German title "SCHRITTE INS LICHT" ("Steps towards the light"), in December 2012. Belgian comic artist Bruno Marchand closely follows the personal story of a young Parisian girl, Marianne...


Dial "M" for mafia – and murderous comic books

German Publishers Schreiber & Leser have dedicated themselves to a rather fascinating issue: the mafia. They are already known for their fondness of crime noir and sometimes rather weird crime fighters like Sokal's Canardo – an investigating duck-fatale, who is hugely controlled by his des...


Fighting crime in Germany: Wilsberg

A real crime addict will find nothing more relaxing than spending a rainy day on the sofa, equipped with coffee, cake and the crime novel of his choice, gladly entering the world of Inspector Barbarotti, Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes, depending on the taste. The rest of the world – be dam...


Graphicnovel.it – Italian comic art

Apart from a few publications of French artist groups like "Le Dernier Cri" who really love provocation, Italian comic books or "Fumetti", are the ones to stand out in Europe through their most liberal and artistic approach. Ther are of course Italian kid’s comics and erotic art books (Fum...


What it's like on the other side: The Berlin Wall

"drüben!" ("the other side!") is Simon Schwartz's (Packeis) comic book debut combining a most important chapter of recent German history with his personal experience and fate. He recounts the story of his parents who had to make a difficult and life-changing decision: In the early 80s th...


Maximilien Le Roy: The wall - Reporting from Palestine

"DIE MAUER - BERICHT AUS PALÄSTINA"/"The Wall – Reporting from Palestine" by Maximilien Le Roy (born 1985 in Paris) has been published in Germany in March 2012. The book tells the story of Mahmoud Abu Srour who lives on the West Bank. His daily life is largely affected by Israel's barricad...


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...


The Berlin Wall. A comic book presents history

The Berlin Wall is a topic everyone has heard of – more or less. Apart from what I knew from school classes and personal experience – growing up in West Germany – I came across it a few years ago while participating in the production of a documentary. A book featuring unbelievable stories...


DIY – Colour your own Graphic Novel

DIY colouring books - every kid used to have one of these and it is kind of impossible to think they might be overseen by the comic book industry. Manga fans all over the world showed us how it works: a real fan doesn't just read manga – a real fan is manga. Cosplaying and drawing and col...


Welcome to another dimension: Pop up comic books

Some kids would definitely contradict the theory that you can learn valuable things from your math class. And of course I would have agreed years ago. Today I'm quite surprised by the value of this science. The Japanese, of course, have known this for quite a few hundres years: A complex o...


Joe Sacco – Godfather of comic book journalism

There is a very short way to define a compelling mixture of excellent storytelling, exceptional comic art and the attractive presentation of historic facts and documentation: Joe Sacco. The Maltese-American, born October 2, 1960, has defined the word comics journalism unlike anyone else –...


Haarmann – The story of a German serial killer

Isabell Kreitz's graphic novel "Haarmann" tells the story of "Fritz" Haarmann, a German serial killer born October 25, 1879. From 1918 to 1924 Haarmann killed 24 young men and finally got caught and convicted in 1925. The graphic novel documents this episode in his life and a German post W...