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The World View

Like cinema, each country produces graphic novels that can embody distinct cultural viewpoints and values. Art styles can emphasize what is considered aesthetic to a particular population. Subject matter can speak volumes as to the hopes and fears of a nation. Foreign works can provide a needed breath of fresh air if you find that you yearn for something truly different.


大友克洋

Akira. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1984–1993.

Set in a post apocalyptic Tokyo this cyberpunk work was one of the first manga to be translated to English. A film version was later released in 1988. Winner of the Kodansha Manga award for best general manga in 1984.





Stripburek: comics from behind the rusty iron curtain. Ljubljana, Slovenia: Forum Ljubljana, 1997.

A collection of comics from the former socialist block. All works contained within are in English.




Giardino.

Hungarian rhapsody. New York: Catalan Communications, 1986.

From Italian artist Giardino, the work is a spy story with mature content. The main character Max Friedman appears in subsequent work by the author.




Goscinny; Uderzo

Asterix oppdager Amerika. [Oslo] Hjemmet–Bladforl. cop. 1978.

The title translates to Asterix discovers America. This French work follows Asterix and Obelix as they start off on a simple fishing trip and end up making a transatlantic voyage to America.



Enki Bilal; Pierre Christin

Partie de chasse. Genève: Les Humanoides Associeś, 1997.

A French political thriller, a group of retired ex communist bloc political leaders plot the death of a rising individual in the Politburo hoping to stop his vision of Stalinist control coming to fruition.



Herge

The adventures of Tintin, reporter for “Le petit vingtième”, in the Congo. San Francisco: Last Gasp, 2002.

The adventures of Tintin follow the exploits of a fictional young Belgian reporter and his dog snowy. The series is set in a generally realistic 20th century setting but the stories themselves draw from various genres including science fiction, mystery and political thrillers.




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