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Kořínek, Pavel and Tomáš Prokůpek, eds. Signals from the Unknown: Czech comics 1922–2012. Řevnice: Arbor vitae, 2012. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-80-7467-012-1
BibTeX citation key: Koinek2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Czechia
Creators: Kořínek, Prokůpek
Publisher: Arbor vitae (Řevnice)
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At the beginning of the third millennium Czech comics have gained a new lease on life. The present generation of authors follows world events, reacts to the latest trends and almost for the first time in a local context it is genuinely free to create, not bound by the restrictive limitations of censorship and cultural and social rejection. As Czech comics gain in self-confidence (and self-respect), they are slowly beginning to explore both the famous, and the less well-known, periods of their history.
A concise, richly illustrated monograph, presented together with the eponymous exhibition in Brno, Czech Republic, offers the first complex work on the history of Czech comics available in the English language. Dispensing with purely chronological and historical description allowed the authors to focus on the motifs, personal and media context of sequential art in the Czech language. Together with the curators and the editors, the authors of the individual chapters include other specialists in comics and professionals from related fields such as art history, film studies and literary studies.

Table of Contents

Pavel Kořinek and Tomaš Prokůpek: Breaking the Cypher (introduction)

Pavel Kořinek: In Our Next Issue (Czech comics magazines)
Rostislav Matulik and Tomaš Prokůpek: In the Torrents of Adventure Comics
Pavel Kořinek: Critters that Make Us Laugh (genre funny animals in Czech contexts)
Martin Foret: Young Gentlemen’s Clubs
Michal Jareš: Through the Underground
Tomaš Pospiszyl: Fer-dada the Ant and Others (Czech comics and fine arts)
Lucie Česalkova: Comics as a Challenge to the Pop Experiment in Film
Vit Schmarc: Unreliable Lines of History (Czech comics and Ideology)
Tomaš Prokůpek: From Felix to Čvutix (Comics advertisement)
Ivan Hanousek and Tomaš Prokůpek: Polylegran (cartoonists and caricaturists from 50s and 60s)
Tomaš Prokůpek: Dreams under the Hooves of Totalitarianism (chapter dedicated to the works of Kája Saudek)
Martin Foret: A New Generation, New Worlds, New Heroes (contemporary Czech comics)
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