When I was writing the previous journal entry, commenting the comic-book anthology "Stripolis" that I had received from Serbia, I had asked editor Branko Djukic if it was possible to get the magazine from outside of Serbia, and he sent the following text and many photos of a colony of comic authors here in Zrenjnain who had their works appeared in Stripolis
, so everything that is below is copied and pasted from Branko's e-mail.Cuando estaba escribiendo la entrada anterior, comentando la antología de historietas "Stripolis" que me había llegado de Serbia, le había preguntado a Branko Djukic, el editor, si había alguna forma de conseguir la revista desde fuera de Serbia, y me mandó el siguiente texto (en inglés), y varias fotos de una exposición que hicieron en Zrenjnain, así que todo lo que está abajo está copiado y pegado del mail de Branko.
* * *How the « Stripolis » was created
Carried by the wings of nostalgia I have raised the force to realise my childhood dreams the artistic cartoon. The cartoon, as a media, has opened my mind and imagination, formed my personality and shaped my career as an artist. My desire is to share with others all this inner force and emotion which the art of cartoon created in me.
Our challenge is to achieve the universal dimension of the cartoon which will cross all kinds of the frontiers. Have I been successful with only few enthusiastic collaborators, without a lot of means, which gave their maximum to realise the project the question is open and there is a lot of work to do. At least we proved one thing our geographically distant place became closer to the world of the ninth art.
Our desire is to present the best artists from the Serbia and all over the world, whenever they are known or unknown to the public. Their talent is a guaranty of the quality of STRIPOLIS and his international character. The works from all over the world are included in our publication like, for example: Czech Republic , Poland , Brazil , Canada , USA , Italy , Belgium , Serbia
Between 13 th and 18 th April 2009 our city, the centre of the ninth art for a few days, have given a warm welcome to a few artist which have participated in the realisation of this project. Different expositions, film projections, lectures and workshops have been organized. Their works are already published or will be published in the STRIPOLIS. Here are the names of some participants of the workshop: Boban Savić-Geto, Darko Perović, Zoran Tucić, eljko Pahek, Đorđe Milović, Dejan Nenadov, andor Gogoljak ...
That is only a first step forward toward our aim to become the member of the international family of the festivals devoted to the art of cartoon. To be able to enjoy in the ninth art in this area we need more then enthusiasm of few
.ExhibitionMisho (the book designer: ), Branko and AnkicaAbout Stripolis
I hope that you will like this temptation to revive cartoon as an art. Editorial policy meets a lot of difficulties, especially if we are aware that the authors made their contributions on a free basis. Being artist myself, Im very well aware what does it means to work without honorary, but as well, I know that artist is the man who lives in his own world of imagination, out of time and space, and that he is ready to sacrifice a lot in order to keep his art alive.
Some of my most beautiful dreams were fulfilled as I have been able to contact and to establish the cooperation with the great artists as Vittorio Giardino or Rick Veitch .
The aim is, and it will be, to present in each number of Stripolis a great name of the ninth art. This time we presented Vittorio Giardino with an unpublished short story and Rick Veitch, veteran of the magazines "Epic" and "Heavy-Metal". As Im a goer of Veitch's work I fulfilled his desire by publishing his lucid parody about Charles Brown named "Nutpeas".
Its not necessary to say that this just the begging of something better and bigger. I do not wish to promise impossible to cartoon goers, but Ill try to do impossible. Magazine, with all his qualities, is not faultless. For example: clearness of presentation and the mixture of different genres which are not well balanced. Anyway, without false modesty, I think that Stripolis deserve attention of everyone who considers himself as a connoisseur of the ninth art. This is just a first step toward something better and more beautiful. PromotionAudiencePages by Zeljko PahekPages by Nina BunjevacZoran JanjetovPages by Darko Perović "STRIPOLIS" with 130 pages of whom 36 are in colour is printed on the high quality matt paper ( 130 gr) with the excellent binding and impression. Often I couldnt buy my favourites cartoons because of their price so in the full knowledge of the fact I decided to make Stripolis affordable to everyone by his price which is more than modest - only 4,3 ( 5,5 $ ) + postage and packing ( shipping) .
All those information and many more you can find at our internet blog: [link]
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