Friday, December 31, 2010

Have a Veles New Year

To ring out 2010, here you have some covers from the mid-1990s Ekaterinburg anthology series "Veles," which in the book I note as the first publication of the popular contemporary artist Konstantin Komardin – and which I mistakenly described as "cancelled after one issue." As you can see here, it went through at least seven.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Merry Pictures

A nice link from Drew Tkalenko's Live Journal page on the recently-opened "Merry Pictures: The First Russian Comics" exhibit at Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val. Devoted largely to the children's journal "Merry Pictures" (co-founded in 1956 by the great Ivan Semenov, it holds a very important place in the history of Russian comics), the exhibit also features works by the conceptualists Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov .