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Comic artist Nicolas Mahler as a guest at the Munich Literature House: masterful meditations


Nicolas Mahler presents his new comic "Akira Kurosawa and the meditating frog" in the Literaturhaus Munich. Absolutely worth reading.

Nicolas Mahler presents his new comic "Akira Kurosawa and the meditating frog" in the Literaturhaus Munich.

Absolutely worth reading.


But the Germans are also really tough when it comes to comics.

During the Nazi era, the representatives of the then young art form (and its predecessors) were apprehended, chased away, arrested and destroyed.

In the Federal Republic, especially in the first, restorative decades, picture stories were then belittled as children's nonsense or demonized as rubbish.


Lately, everyone has loosened up in relation to comics (YEAH!) - but this was accompanied by a curious exaggeration of the medium.

As if one had to justify the new enthusiasm to oneself, every short drawn story is now ennobled as a "graphic novel".

That's nonsense!

And Nicolas Mahler unmasks this with just a few strokes: "The comics have not grown up, the culture industry is becoming increasingly sluggish!"


How stupid is the culture industry really?

Nicolas Mahler explores this question in his comics.

© Mahler

This is the central thesis that the artist, who was born in Vienna in 1969, proves in his new book in a multifaceted and, above all, extremely entertaining way.

On March 29, 2023 he will present “Akira Kurosawa and the Meditating Frog” in Munich.

After he had already adapted works by Proust, Musil and Joyce as comics, it's now again (JUHU!) - sometimes more, sometimes less fictionalized - about his own work.

Above all, the book tells of the literary and cultural scene with its quirks.

Mahler, a true master of minimalism and reduction in word and image, observes well and draws aptly.


Nicolas Mahler: "Akira Kurosawa and the Meditating Frog".

Reproduct, 128 p.;

16 euros.

Reading: Nicolas Mahler will present his book on March 29, 2023, 7 p.m. in the Munich Literaturhaus;

Tickets under 0761/888 49 999 or here

Source: merkur

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