Review: No Book for Black-and-white Attitudes – Zeina Abirached’s A Game for Swallows

Colour is as absent in Zeina Abirached’s work as shades of grey. In the course of her career as comic book artist the 32 year old graphic designer has internalised one thing completely: less is more. And yet. Her work is filled with an abundance of nuances, patterns and repetitions. Domin...


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...


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...


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...


A classic: The Master and Margarita

"The Master and Margarita" by Michail Bulgakow (1891–1940) has inspired countless artists to design book covers (like for example Mercer Mayer) and even Mick Jagger claimed in an interview some years ago that he wrote the Rolling Stone’s hit "Sympathy for the Devil" after having finished t...


Mouse Guard / Legendes of the Guard

David Petersen's mice are living secluded from the rest of a much too big and dangerous world. They can only leave their habitat under the protection of a "mouse guard". These special guards lead their fellow mice whenever they are bound to travel and adventure inevitably finds them. Due t...