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.
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 teenagers, Historical comics, information on independent comics, zines and underground authors, experimental and artistic comics – and includes a section on Polish comics available in both English and French.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.