Jack O'Lantern: Trick or Treat... with the devil

Soon the day when they are out to get you will be here again: especially in the US Halloween is near – so get ready! Crazy Halloween Pumpkins have a long tradition in America, but just like Halloween, they originate in Irish folklore. Irish peasant "Stingy Jack" was widely known for his...


Call of the gold: "Journey To The Gold Diggins"

In the mid-19th century the cultural development of comic books as an art form met with another famous social phenomenon: the California "Gold Rush". On January 24, 1848 James W. Marshall had found gold near Sutter's Mill. It didn't take long for the first gold diggers to arrive in Cailfor...


Of bachelors and heavy drinkers: George Cruikshank

Born into an artist family on September 27, 1792, the British caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank joined his brother Isaac Robert to follow in their famous father's footsteps. Isaac Cruikshank was known to be one of the Empire's best caricaturists and inspired his sons' work. Ge...


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...