WebFind: A Foreigner’s Guide to Polish Comics

Drawing from Le Grand Pouvoir du Chninkel

Drawing from Le Grand Pouvoir du Chninkel

While the Polish comics industry may not be as internationally recognised as that of the US or the Francophone countries, it certainly has its own share of writers and artists creating world-class comics. From the most famous albums and books and the best known names of the comics industry to obscure classics and personal suggestions, everyone can find something to suit them in the world of Polish comics.

Still from animation based on George the Hedgehog comic

Still from animation based on George the Hedgehog comic

Here’s “A Foreigner’s Guide to Polish Comics” on Culture.pl by Łukasz Chmielewski, published last year, offering a terrific insight into the range on offer, most recently highlighted in the increasingly confident catalogue being published in English by Centrala, an organisation promoting comics from Central Europe who set up a British arm back in 2013 and organisers of the Polish comic con Ligatura, which takes place in Poznań.

The article offers a short history of comics in Poland, a guide to comics for kids and teenagersHistorical comics, information on independent comicszines and underground authorsexperimental and artistic comics – and includes a section on Polish comics available in both English and French.

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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