Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bulgarian Comic Books

In this post I would like to talk about comic books, which are drawn by Bulgarians and have been published lately in my home country. I recommend all of these if you are interested in contemporary Bulgarian artwork and comics. There is a lot to be seen and learned from these five books.
 Aniventure 2013: Manga, Art, Fanfic - Winning Entries
This is the annual Aniventure book, in which you can find all the winners from the contests, mentioned above. There are three short mangas for the three winning places:
First place - "Kaena" ("Каена") by Boyan Ganev
Second Place - "Legend of Sunny Moon" by Cindy Nayn (Alexandra Stryaskova)
Third Place - "Two worlds" ("Два свята") by Kalin Popov Kalin Popov's Gallery
And the winning fanfic is "Think of the future" ("Мисли за бъдещето"), a "Naruto" fanfic by Cindy Nayn (Alexandra Stryaskova).
There are also photos of winning cosplayers from Aniventure 2012:
Dara Karaboeva as Hizaki from Versailles
Jivko Kabaivanov as Loki from the Marvel Universe
Kiril Popchev as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill
Kiril Lambrev as Vash the Stampede from Trigun
And finally in this book you can find artwork by the artists Denitsa Stancheva,  Fotis Ntalianis, Silviya Ivanova and Bistra Sandjakyan. 
This book is only 90 pages long, but it's a really good compilation of works. I personally really liked Boyan Ganev's and Kiril Popov's works, although I think that Kiril Popov's work look kind of unfinished artwork wise. I don't think that you can find this book in the bookstores, but you will probably be able to get it at the events organized by club Nakama. 

"Co-mixer" - vol 3 and vol 4
"Co-mixer" is a compilation of short, 2 to 5 pages long, black and white comics that are gathered under the same theme. The theme of volume 3 is Weaknesses and the theme of volume four is Noises. I really like "Co-mixer", because it gathers so many different artists in one place. You can see manga styled artwork and caricature artwork and so much more in less then 100 pages.
For more information on "Co-mixer" itself

 "Pocket comic book" ("Джобен Комикс")
"Pocket comic book" collection of short stories by 9 Bulgarian artists like Ivan and Sybilla Koritarevi, Satanasov, Nikolai Popov and more. Inside you can also find interviews of famous Bulgarian artists, working in the film industry like Antoni Hristov, Evgeni Tomov and Vladimir Todorov. 
This book is an amazing project and I really hope they continue to publish such compilations. 
For more information on "Джобен Комикс"
"Stephen King's N."
"Stephen King's N." is a graphic novel, based on Stephen King's short story "N.", written by the American writer and producer Marc Guggenheim and drawn by the Bulgarian artist Alex Maleev. This graphic novel was published by Bard in 2012 and can be found in almost every bookstore.
The artwork and the story are amazing and I definitely recommend this to anyone, who likes suspense horror stories.

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