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PatriX
 Posted: Aug 9 2014, 04:58 AM
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I am a very whimsical person.

I had this idea going for a long time, when I wanted to present the comic scene from my homeland (I hate the word "country").

In this thread I will present some classics of the genres, tell some stories, show some magazines, fanzines, etc.

In other words, I will present the best of the best we had to offer (not anymore, as there is no comics book scene anymore).
Of course, like always, I encourage Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France,
and other places to do the same. Either here, or create a new thread.

List to do:
Janusz Christa

Mateusz Skutnik
Piotr Kowalski
Maciej Śledziński
Filip Myszkowski
Minkiewicz bros

Świat Komiksu mag
Azbest / Produkt mag (and the hilarious 6,66 price)
START FUCKING SCANNING THINGS ALREADY!


and more... don't remember them all now

and because I don't expect many views, nor any interest in this thread,
I will do it whenever I'll feel like. And this is one good feel.

Because I am a very whimsical person.

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APOSTLE
 Posted: Aug 9 2014, 05:32 AM
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Pics?
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PatriX
 Posted: Aug 9 2014, 06:19 AM
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QUOTE (CBREV @ Aug 9 2014, 08:32 AM)
Pics?

There will be. I promise that with every artist spotlighted, there will be pics
like these

example

"Gail" written / drawn by Piotr Kowalski, published Egmont Polska, anno domini 2001
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in next posts, I will post a higher resolution pics, because I will try to scan my personal collection (not fucking today, it's complicated)
so don't be afraid.

I want this to be a really cool and comprehensible read. In other words, I don't want to be obnoxious, I want this read to be first and foremost
enjoyable. I want to give you some smile or two.

I plan to go with the format: one post, one artist.
And while I want to spread some comic book culture, I am always curious about foreign comic book culture.

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PatriX
 Posted: Aug 16 2014, 06:04 AM
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Grzegorz Rosiński (pronounced Roh-shinnn-skee)

Arguably the most well known (if it means anything) artist from Poland.

Short bio with notable comics:
Before he moved to Belgium, he did two well known stuff:
Kapitan Żbik (Captain Żbik) about a police.. gulp.. militia officer
and Pilot śmigłowca (helicopter pilot) a soap opera with the pilot of military helicopter.
These two are my father's probably favorite comics.
These kind of comics were extremely popular in communist country.

Then Rosiński escaped and started international career.
In Belgium he met Van Hamme and together they created the legendary
Thorgal (I own them all), which debuted in a magazine "Tintin".
Rosiński also made art for the game too.
If you never heard of Thorgal, then you probably missed the most popular european comic. Ever
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorgal

Another notable work was with Duchâteau, called "Hans"
In Poland for some superficial reasons it was renamed as Yans*.
Hans is a sci-fi work with some really lazy / patchy writing, and mostly
incoherent story, but the first volumes were entertaining, especially
"Mutants from Xanai" volume.

Another work was again with Van Hamme called Chninkel
Didn't read it, but it's supposed to be a minor masterpiece.
My another fave of his is Complainte des landes perdues (Lament of lost lands), though.
It's a fantasy story about a girl fighting evil powers.

He currently lives in Schweiz.

Rosiński's style is very clean cut classic art. Completely old school.
He also seems to be very influental, as a lot of artists, even young ones kinda followed his style (like Piotr Kowalski, Matt Skutnik).

This is the best picture on the internet I could find.
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Following days I will post some more scans, as there are not many good scans available online.

*probably because it's pronounced like Jan, a traditional polish name as opposed to traditional german name.
But the actual reason might be because there was a popular tv character Hans Kloss, who also had a comic book series.
So they probably changed it to not confuse these two, and it stayed.

ń itself is pronounced like "knee" and is actually the same as spanish "ñ"

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PatriX
 Posted: Aug 16 2014, 11:01 AM
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Przemysław Truściński (True-sh-chi-nee-skee)

A little controversial figure.
Some laugh and mock his art (like... or maybe I should not say the name, since that person
will be also featured), other, like me, see a vast potential unrealized.

His nickname: "Trust"
he even has a website (I'm surprised)
http://www.trusthead.com/hangar.html

Since he doesn't work in comic book field anymore, he does stuff for newspapers and ads.
He was awarded few times on Polish comic fest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International...omics_and_Games

But frankly, it doesn't mean anything.
Overall, he mostly did some short stories for various anthologies,
but never broke through.

Here is his cover for Świat Komiksu (world of comics) anthology magazine dated back to 2000.
While the magazine was / is rated t, and I have this particular issue, and I bought it when I was 12 years old without any problems,
the cover has a small naked female boob, so I just give a link to the picture instead, m'kay?
It's not nsfw, but I don't know if it's okay enough
http://images.gildia.pl/_n_/komiks/prasa/s...okladka-640.jpg

but to summarize his style, I see a lot of comparison
to Bisley, except more artsy and lsd-induced.

This piece of art as you can see was used as a poster for some comic con
It's a good example of his style.

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I have to find it in in my collection for better resolution (and minus letters), if I still have it.

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PatriX
 Posted: Jun 7 2015, 04:24 AM
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I am fucking lazy. I have my scanner working, open, and even I have a comic book put on it, but I'm too lazy to press "scan".

someday, someday I will do this, but not today. that's for sure

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 Posted: Jun 7 2015, 04:27 AM
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We got Olivier fuckin Coipel. I think??? Tltg

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 Posted: Jun 7 2015, 04:45 AM
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meanwhile, I will write few words about our greatest comic book magazine that ever existed.

Produkt (Product lol) was an equivalent to Heavy Metal magazine, in regards that
it presented the cream of the top in regards to Polish artists doing independent works.
Most of comic book artists in Poland were doing works either for magazines for kids, like
Świerszczyk (Grasshoper), Ciuchcia (Choo-Choo), or computer games mags.

Produkt seemed to be an initiative firmed by respected artist Michał Śledziński, nickname
"Śledziu" (Herring), as a continuation of another zine, called
"Azbest" (asbestos).

The comics were about everything, from casual life, to science-fiction, crime stories, and etc.
the breakthrough comic "Osiedle Swoboda" (Residential Freedom?) that got its own floppy series
that lasted around 10 issues (sadly) was about a regular folks living in blocks and their daily misadventures.
Another breakthrough comic, even if I'm not sure if I should spotlight it was Wilq (untranslatable).

The comic was a parody of superheroes, and was extremely badly drawn. I mean, it basically looked like
scribbles by 2-years old , which is why I don't feel like presenting it. However, the humor was gold.
One of my favorite jokes that I remember was, when the main character (Wilq) is looking through his contacts
in his mobile phone to call his friend, Entombed (a metalhead, the name was probly taken from that metal band),
and his contact list goes like that:
"Asshole no 1"
"Asshole no 2"
"Asshole no 3"
Entombed was under "asshole no 2"

My favorite artist was Filip Myszkowski, you can see his style here
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He also managed to break through, in a way that he released 2 volumes of adventures with his characters,
called Eric the Scar I & II.

The thing about Produkt is that it was completely ad-free, which is why it lasted only 5/6 years, and that
it had very anti-establishment attitude, being very sharp in their criticism as well as great observations of society.
For example, the price of the comic book was literally 6,66 zł (a jab at catholicism?). I'm not kidding.

For example, in their first issue, they made a faux-ad parodying Bravo magazine.
I'm posting the scan of it, here is the link, however I want to warn you that it is kinda nsfw and it might be offensive for some.
http://imgur.com/964Wa6f

I was 11 years old, when I picked this mag up, and back then I wasn't naughty, so you can imagine my face when
I read editorial saying "We open the gates of hell" and that this mag was for adults. Well, because comics
were/are treated as a kid thing, I didn't have problem with purchasing this mag at all.

I won't lie if I say that Produkt was influential in creating my taste in not only comics, but also music
and movies, since the magazine had articles about everything. The guys loved everything that was quality with capital Q, and it showed.
Well, I bought Hellboy, Kevin Smith's movies, because of their recommendation, as well as Kyuss, IN BLIND.

Examples of art
Osiedle Swoboda
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mandatory parody of hitler
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(every page had some random notes at the bottom. on this page the words read "Constipation of Hitler the reason
of the fall of Third Reich (History without bullshit by P. Anvilsky)

Przypadek Rajmunda K. (A case of Raymond K. - the comic had various lyrics of author's favorite song,
in the page presented there are lyrics to master of puppets by metallica)
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http://www.komiks.gildia.pl/prasa/produkt

Some extra info: the guys at Produkt, beside doing a joint-sessions when producing comics, were also very critical of marvel.
And yes, especially x-men. Their main criticism was that X-men characters talked a LOT during fights. But otherwise, they were chill.
They also were very critical in their reviews of early Image, but they respected their post-90s output.
Also, I first learned about Bendis through their mag, where they reviewed "Torso", as a part of "Twelve Angry Men" column,
along with Millar, Morrison, etc.

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PatriX
 Posted: Jun 7 2015, 04:47 AM
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QUOTE (¯\_(ツ)_/¯ @ Jun 7 2015, 07:27 AM)
We got Olivier fuckin Coipel. I think??? Tltg


And we have only Piotr Kowalski and Grzegorz Rosiński.
I didn't know that you are French. It's ironic, considering that I have a shitload of
French comics. Much more than x-books, that's for sure, and every genre that is.
Recently I bought another volume of "Sillage" by Morvan and Buchet, as well as another volume of Dylan Dog and Usagi Yojimbo.

But seriously, if you are French, it's your moral obligation to tell something about your country's scene, because you actually have a lot to share.

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 Posted: Jun 7 2015, 11:14 AM
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Fucking NICE! I love this kind of visceral, pulp art. It's pure, undiluted punk.
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